It’s not often four players from one high school receive an offer from one school on the same day.
It’s even less likely all of them are in the same position group.
But that’s exactly what happened on June 17 for cornerback Jshawn Frausto-Ramos and three of his defensive back teammates at St. John Bosco (Bellflower, California), RJ Jones, Peyton Woodyard and Marcelles Williams. Jones and Frausto-Ramos, both four-star prospects in the class of 2023, and 2024 prospects Woodyard and Williams all received offers from Ohio State that day after participating in a camp at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center one day earlier.
“Just knowing there’s a possibility of playing with them for more years, that’s big,” Frausto-Ramos said. “I’ve always played with RJ Jones since my Pop Warner days. I’ve known the others since the sixth and seventh grade. Just keeping that brotherhood would be really cool.”
Frausto-Ramos, the 246th-best player nationally and the 26th-best cornerback in 2023 according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, told Eleven Warriors he enjoyed his trip to Columbus to camp with the Buckeyes. He impressed OSU secondary coach Matt Barnes with his skill and one-on-one drills.
“(Barnes) really liked the way I was coming out of my breaks,” Frausto-Ramos said. “He was really impressed by that. The most important thing was we did one-on-ones and I feel like I did really well in those. I think I showed out and stood out compared to those other players. He feels like I have the opportunity to play at this level and that really meant a lot to me.”
The 6-foot, 170-pound Frausto-Ramos said he also had an opportunity to break down film with OSU defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs, who suggested techniques to “slingshot” a receiver running a dig and to “hook their hand if a receiver leans on you.”
“We were looking at players who came in before and how they got better along with how I’d be developed here at Ohio State,” Frausto-Ramos said. “He was also coaching me during one on ones and I told him if he thinks I could do something better to let me know. I think he liked that because some kids don’t like to get coached, but I’m a sponge.”
Frausto-Ramos said he plans to attend Ohio State’s home opener against Oregon on Sept. 11, but did not name a front runner for his services.
“I don’t really have a top list, I’m keeping my options open,” Frausto-Ramos said. “By the end of my junior year I’ll start cutting down and start talking about what schools are in the lead. Each school has a reason as to why I might go there.”
Markway to commit July 27
One of the first dominoes for the 2023 tight end class is about to fall.
Mac Markway, one of nine tight ends who has received an offer from the Buckeyes in the class, has set a commitment date for July 27.
I will be committing on Tuesday July 27th. My family and I are taking this time to make my final decision. I will not be doing any interviews until after my commitment.— Mac Markway (@mac_markway) July 19, 2021
Markway, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound four-star tight end, has a connection to the Buckeyes, as he played with Ohio State freshman cornerback Jakailin Johnson at St. Louis’ De Smet High School. Markway, the 93rd-best prospect nationally and the fourth-best tight end in 2023, took an unofficial visit to OSU on June 22. He narrowed down his final seven schools to OSU, Missouri, Notre Dame, Florida, Alabama, Iowa and LSU on July 10.
Murphy sets commitment date
One of the top linebackers for 2022 will announce his college decision on Aug. 1.
Shawn Murphy, the 67th-best player and the seventh-best linebacker in the class, recently narrowed his list of schools to Ohio State, Alabama, LSU, Florida and Penn State.
Murphy seems to be trending away from OSU at the moment, considering he might not be the best fit for the Buckeyes schematically. The Buckeyes already have two commitments from inside linebackers for the 2022 class in five-star C.J. Hicks and four-star Gabe Powers.
Perry puts out top 10
In celebration of his mother’s birthday, four-star defensive lineman Khurtiss Perry announced a trimmed-down list of potential schools he’s considering.
Forever Thankful & Blessedpic.twitter.com/FS7IS5ED4S— Khurtiss Perry (@KhurtissPerry) July 19, 2021
Perry put OSU in his top 10 along with UCF, Tennessee, Texas, Oregon, Michigan, Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Miami. The 6-foot-3, 267-pound prospect from Alabama is the 43rd-best player in the class of 2022 and the ninth-best defensive lineman.
While OSU has 17 commits in the 2022 class, none have come from the defensive line yet. Other top targets for 2022 in the defensive trenches include Caden Curry, Hero Kanu, Chris McClellan, Enai White and Kenyatta Jackson.
Nelson gives verbal to Oklahoma
One of the top quarterbacks in the 2023 class is off the board.
Malachi Nelson, the fifth-best player and the second-best quarterback for the class of 2023, gave a verbal commitment to Oklahoma on Sunday. He became the second 2023 commit for Oklahoma in as many days after running back Treyaun Webb gave his verbal to the Sooners on Saturday.
next chapter pic.twitter.com/3zXvsm5eyt— Malachi Nelson (@MalachiNelson9) July 19, 2021
Nelson had narrowed down his final seven to Ohio State, Oklahoma, Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Notre Dame and USC. It was always unlikely Nelson ended up in Columbus, considering 2022 commit Quinn Ewers has already been billed as the quarterback of the future for the Buckeyes.