The Hurry Up: Gauging Ohio State's Chances with Vernon Broughton Monday, Landyn Watson Breaks Down June Visit

By Taylor Lehman on July 14, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Vernon Broughton
Vernon Broughton

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.

Vernon Broughton Expected to Commit Tomorrow

Texas defensive tackle Vernon Broughton is expected to announce his commitment tomorrow, according to 247Sports, and while he has been discussed a lot in terms of who Ohio State could add along the defensive line for the 2020 class, he won’t be committing to the Buckeyes.

On Saturday via the story feature on his Instagram account, Broughton announced his top-two is Texas and Texas A&M. That isn’t surprising news, though, because his staying in Texas has been expected since before his official visit to Ohio State on June 14. Ohio State would have wanted him to extend his recruitment past the dead period so that it could continue to work a relationship with him, but he's seemed prepared to head to a Texas program for some time.

As far as where he is going between those two schools, he is predicted to go to Texas and has been for some months now, but Texas A&M has made a late push. Seems like the Longhorns all the way, though.

Landyn Watson Discusses June Visit

Landyn Watson, the No. 12 2021 defensive end out of Hutto, Texas, was in Columbus for a visit June 15, the same day that Ohio State hosted its second one-day camp of the summer. Watson didn’t participate in the camp, but he did make an unofficial visit and met much of the staff.

“The visit overall was really good and eye-opening, seeing some things that I haven’t seen at other programs,” Watson told Eleven Warriors. “The amazing facilities and the huge stadium and all the hospitality around campus. The coaching staff was real genuine.”

Watson said he got the genuine impression from the staff when he and the other visitors were walked around campus and when he sat down to have a one-on-one talk with Day. He met many members of the staff, including Greg Mattison, Larry Johnson and Kenny Anunike.

“They loved my character, my film and my work ethic that my coach told them about,” Watson said.

In 12 games for Hutto in 2018, Watson recorded 55 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks as a sophomore. But the Buckeyes aren’t ready to extend an offer yet. The staff wants Watson to develop more of a relationship with Johnson, who Watson has been in contact with for nearly a month now.

Watson would be the 11th defensive end Ohio State would have offered in the 2021 class, and while the Buckeyes will surely look to add edge rushers and stack up in a strong class, they already have the commitment of five-star defensive end Jack Sawyer and in-state end Najee Story and Texas end Tunmise Adeleye both lean strongly toward Ohio State currently.

Watson hopes to get back to Columbus for a visit soon, but he also has LSU, TCU, Oklahoma State and Washington showing him the most love outside of Ohio State at this point too.

Sam Adams Commits to Washington

Washington running back Sam Adams, the teammate of Gee Scott Jr., announced Sunday afternoon that he has committed to Washington.

Adams had been in contact with Ohio State for months but recently became more of a discussed prospect because he made an official visit to Ohio State on June 21 with Scott. Adams had been assumed to be headed to Texas A&M, since that's where his father played, but Washington had made efforts through the recruiting process and made him a local-target priority.

Adams landing in Columbus was always a slim chance.

"The school and football team have everything I'm looking for," Adams told Eleven Warriors on Sunday. "On top of that, I want to represent for my city."

Jake Seibert to the Polynesian Bowl

Ohio State kicker commit Jake Seibert has committed to play in the Polynesian Bowl on Jan. 18 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

As if anyone needed more than his tape and the scouting report by Chris Sailer Kicking to understand that he is a top kicker in the nation, he added the Polynesian Bowl to his resume and will be watched closely at La Salle during his senior year.

Seibert is the third Ohio State commitment to commit to the 2020 Polynesian Bowl, as Paris Johnson Jr. and Gee Scott Jr. will also be competing.

Gee Scott Jr. Serves Food at Kids Camp in Washington

Ohio State wide receiver commit Gee Scott Jr. was seen at the Budda Baker Kids Camp on Saturday in a hair net serving food to kids. There were other prospects there too, like Quintin Yon-Wagner, Ayden Hector, DJ Rogers and Rishi Daniels.

Knowing the kind of person Scott Jr. is, it isn’t surprising that he was out volunteering for a camp in this capacity. That authenticity translates into how he connects with other recruits and will be vital within the wide receivers room in the future. Cody Simon told Eleven Warriors that Ryan Day and the staff are recruiting football players who also fit a certain mold as people, and the other commitments in the 2020 class work similarly to this behavior as well.

Budda Baker is a safety for the Arizona Cardinals and played for Washington in college. He began the camp in Bellevue, Washington, last July after his brother was shot and killed outside of a bar. Other NFL players volunteer at the camp as well. Bengals wideout John Ross helped out last year.

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