The Hurry Up is your nightly dose of updates from the Ohio State football recruiting trail, keeping tabs on the latest from commits and targets from around the country.
Troy Stellato, Jaylen Anderson to attend overnight Ohio State camp
Ohio State will be putting on its overnight camp, which features camps on both Wednesday and Thursday, and, while there aren’t expected to be many extra-significant Ohio State targets in attendance, there will be a few worth keeping an eye out for.
Stellato is one of the fastest wide receivers in the 2021 class – he ran the sixth best 40-yard dash time at The Opening, with 4.42 seconds – and Ohio State wide receivers coach Brian Hartline has taken a liking to him. Stellato was in town for Ohio State’s spring game in April and has Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Purdue and Vanderbilt. He will likely be searching for his offer from Ohio State this week too.
Anderson is rated as the No. 7 recruit in the Ohio 2021 class and will likely be a highly coveted running back among Power Five programs.
First though, he needs to show that he has recovered well from tearing his meniscus in the summer of 2018. Anderson told Eleven Warriors that he feels “amazing,” and if he shows that there is no dip in explosion, he could earn an Ohio State offer after the camp.
“I’ve been waiting for this chance for a long time,” Anderson said. “I did lots of drills and conditioning, and I have worked to crush the eye tests and more things to stand out.”
Going into his junior year, Anderson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.72 seconds and recorded a 36-inch vertical jump. He hit those numbers at 210 pounds.
He currently has offers from Iowa State, Nebraska, Duke and West Virginia. Schools like Michigan State, Penn State and Purdue are also eager to see what the running back looks like.
Clark Phillips preparing for official visits
Like most cornerbacks looking into Ohio State, one of the biggest reasons California cornerback Clark Phillips has as much interest in Ohio State as he does is because of the Buckeyes’ ability to put corners into the NFL.
The No. 4 cornerback in the Class of 2020 has his official visit scheduled with Ohio State on June 21, and he likes the Buckeyes for many reasons.
“Everything about the university, including their ability to get guys of my position to the next level, coaching staff, business school and campus,” Phillips told Eleven Warriors.
Phillips has already taken an official visit to Cal on May 31, and the mutual interest between Phillips and Ohio State has seemingly grown since Ohio State’s offer in late-January.
For many recruits that live as far away as Phillips does, it’s difficult to get to campus often for unofficial visits. That’s why not only is Phillips’ recruitment crucial for the Buckeyes to land his commitment but also just crucial to show Phillips what the program is like in comparison to some of the others’, like Cal, UCLA and Oregon.
Phillips said he is coming in with a focus on what he’s hoping to see though.
“I want to see how the guys are being coached and how coaches are around guys and what the full experience will be like,” Phillips said.
The La Habra star would be a big addition to Ohio State’s 2020 class that has already added an athletic cornerback in Lejond Cavazos and are still involved with a number of cornerback prospects, including No. 1 cornerback Kelee Ringo and No. 2 cornerback Elias Ricks. Phillips seems the most likely to pick Ohio State of those listed in the top-four, though.
Jalin Conyers sets Ohio State official visit
Texas tight end Jalin Conyers included Ohio State, Oklahoma and Georgia in his top-three and was in Columbus for a visit in late-May, as his recruitment has taken off quickly since April. Now, the No. 5 tight end in the class has two official visits set.
The first visit is scheduled for Georgia on the weekend of June 14, and the second is scheduled back at Ohio State for June 21, Conyers told Eleven Warriors.
The third school, Oklahoma, seems to be the most likely landing spot for Conyers, but with as quickly as his recruitment has moved, it’s hard to tell before he finishes his official visits. A good official visit to Ohio State could swing some things in the Buckeyes’ direction, and bringing in two tight ends in the 2020 class isn’t out of the question for Ohio State either.
Ohio State offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson has developed a good connection with Conyers, and he explained to Eleven Warriors why Ohio State is an attractive landing spot when he released his top-three.
At the moment, Cincinnati three-star Joe Royer is the most likely tight end to pick Ohio State in the class.