The future stars of Ohio State football officially begin their Buckeye careers as standouts from all over the country put pens to their National Letters of Intent.
The Victor File
- Class: 2016
- Size: 6-4/177
- Pos: WR
- School: Coconut Creek (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★
- Composite Rank: 12 (WR)
Early on in the 2016 recruiting cycle, Zach Smith set his sights on a pair of talented wideouts. One of those pass-catchers, Fort Lauderdale's Binjimen Victor, was understandably going to be a tricky pull from the Florida confines.
While Victor received an Ohio State offer in the spring of 2014, prior to Friday Night Lights, it was the star-studded event that really put him at the forefront of Buckeye wide receiver recruiting.
Senior-to-be Eric Glover-Williams may have stolen the show with his Superman apparel, but Victor's performance had many in the crowd asking "who is that guy?" An extended stay in Columbus didn't hurt the Buckeyes' chances either.
One player already in Columbus, Florida's Binjimen Victor, is a composite four-star wide receiver in 2016 as well. Despite strong ties to the Hurricanes, Zach Smith is getting a lot of time with the 6-foot-4 Victor this week: the Fort Lauderdale native will be in Columbus for almost a full seven days. Already holding offers from Alabama, Florida State, Auburn, LSU, Michigan and a number of others, the opportunity for extended one-on-one time is huge for the Buckeyes early in the process.
From that point forward, it was evident that Zach Smith had identified the four-star as one of the top targets for Zone Six.
The Coconut Creek product would return to Columbus this past summer, just a week after Austin Mack made his announcement. Once his senior season rolled around, Victor made a fashion statement that got folks in Columbus a bit excited.
He returned to Columbus yet again for the nighttime showdown with the Nittany Lions, joining Austin Mack and a number of other Buckeye commits and targets. Following the visit, confidence remained high that the Ohio State was still right at the top of the list.
After postponing a scheduled summer announcement that was expected to go in the Gators' favor, Victor slowed things down and made plans to announce in San Antonio at the Army All-American Bowl. With Florida and Tennessee continuing to push, along with Miami's hiring of Mark Richt, the recruitment went into a bit of whirlwind where no one could really figure out who was the team to beat.
Announcement plans were once again postponed as the Army festivities came and went. Zach Smith was in for a visit on Jan. 14, and the 6-foot-4, 177-pounder would go on to make an official visit to Knoxville the following weekend. He was then scheduled to make an official trip to Gainesville, but that visit wouldn't end up taking place.
Jan. 18 would go down as one of the better days we've ever seen on the Buckeye recruiting front as Urban Meyer snagged a trio of his top targets. Maryland standouts Dwayne Haskins and Keandre Jones announced in the afternoon, but it was Victor who hopped on board first.
Blessed pic.twitter.com/BMg0tK9gJY— BVIC (@BinjimenVictor) January 18, 2016
Victor brings great size and an impressive wingspan to the Ohio State receivers' room. While he needs to add some strength, his ability to go up and get the ball may be what really sets him apart. Some time with Mickey Marotti should prove to do wonders for the four-star. Like Mack, Victor is a true outside wide receiver, and depending on how he develops physically, could see the field early on in his career.
On top of everything on the field, the Buckeyes are getting another high-character individual.
In 11 years of covering football recruiting, @BinjimenVictor is one of the best people I've dealt with. Great player, better person.— Ryan Bartow (@RyanBartow) January 18, 2016