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.
Lathan Ransom Set to Commit
Four-star Arizona safety Lathan Ransom’s birthday is Tuesday, which means his commitment is on the opposite side of Monday night as well. The safety will be choosing between Ohio State, Notre Dame and Texas.
Ransom has done a good job of not allowing his decision to be known, but many signs do seem to be pointing toward Ohio State. He has developed a good relationship with Ohio State commit Clark Phillips and already had good relationships with Ohio State quarterback commit Jack Miller and his teammate Bijan Robinson, who has shown a lot of interest in Ohio State as his commitment date looms.
Columbus ready for you bro. Go bucks! https://t.co/drhrdavuth— Lej (@lejondaryy) July 15, 2019
His recruitment was outlined on the site yesterday, but just a few months ago, his landing spot was a toss up with LSU also in the mix. Now, while it does seem like the Buckeyes are the leaders, there is a slim chance he chooses one of the other two schools, particularly Notre Dame.
He made his unofficial visit to Notre Dame the same weekend he came to Columbus in February, and official to Notre Dame was June 8.
If Ransom does surprise folks and goes elsewhere, it’s not the end for the Buckeyes at the position. Athlete commit Cam Martinez will likely end up at the position once he’s tried receiver and defensive back, but Michigan four-star safety Makari Paige and Westerville safety Rickey Hyatt are also both very interested in Ohio State if the Buckeyes have room to take them.
Jake Seibert Touches Down in L.A.
Ohio State kicker commit Jake Seibert, who recently committed to play in the 2020 Polynesian Bowl in Hawaii, landed in Los Angeles on Monday to participate in the Chris Sailer TOP 12 Camp.
It’s the second year Seibert is competing in the camp, as he also not only competed in the 2018 camp but was named into the TOP 12 out of the 45 kickers and punters at the event.
“There will typically be about six or seven young guys in that group – me being one of them,” Seibert told Eleven Warriors about the 45 kickers and punters at the camp last year. “I was recognized as one of the top 12 out of the 45 invited last year over a lot of older guys.”
Seibert hit all six of his field goals for La Salle in 2018, and ChrisSailerKicking.com rated him as a five-star kicker – the best in the 2020 class.
“Jake is a special kicking talent,” Chris Sailer said on Seibert’s profile on ChrisSailerKicking.com. “He is an amazing athlete with a big-time leg and natural ability. He hits a great ball off the ground on field goal. He has 60-plus yard range and gets excellent lift on his ball. His kickoffs are D-I ready right now. Jake drives the ball deep into the end zone with 4.0-plus hang time. He is a competitor that thrives under pressure. The sky is the limit here. Jake is a fine young man with a great attitude and work ethic. Huge pick up for Ohio State!”
Elias Ricks Leaving California Soon
Five-star cornerback Elias Ricks announced that Monday is his final day in California, as he is transferring to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, to finish his high school football career. He will be introduced as an IMG cornerback Wednesday during a media days event.
My last day in Cali man, its been real— Ricks (@Eliasricks2020) July 15, 2019
This is significant news because, if they hadn’t already been extinguished after his announcement, it all but eliminates the rumors that his parents are living in Baton Rouge.
This also serves as a good reminder that these prospects are still young people with personal lives, and Ricks is uprooting his life to move cross-country to finish out his high school career.