Howell talked his top teams and relationships with Wiltfong and Wiltfong said he got the sense that Ohio State is not one of his top choices. Clemson, FSU, NC, NC State and Tennessee were some schools included. Wiltfong said his money is on Clemson unless his visit to FSU soon changes his mind. I also wouldn't rule out one of the instate schools.
Kid has nice film, curious where he would be ranked if he was in say, Florida.
This tells me three things, 1. the staff definitely plans on bringing in two RBs this class, 2. we're not in a good position for the higher targets and 3. they really like this kid.
Holland and Kurelic crystal ball? He's as good as locked up. Holland is excellent when it comes to Texas recruits.
With Grinch saying he uses both 4-3 and 3-4 defensive concepts, I could see this kid being a WDE in a 4-3 defense or standup OLB in the 3-4 if Grinch does in fact use some 3-4 concepts when he takes over the defense after Schiano moves on.
Battle was recently named a top player at the Adidas 7-on-7 tournament.
2. S Jordan Battle: The Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas standout was another safety that played the part of eraser in the secondary. The 6-foot-1, 187-pound Battle showed good range, and has a knack for being around the ball. Ohio State and Miami look to be the two top teams in Battle’s recruitment.
Another Safety that Ohio State is hard after, is Alabama commit Brendan Gant who was also named a top performer at the tournament.
1. S Brendan Gant: The Alabama safety commit was nipping at Stevenson’s heels for ‘Alpha Dog’ honors with his own impressive showing on the back end of the defense. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound covered the field sideline to sideline and was able to get his hands on several passes. Gant, a Lakeland (Fla.) Kathleen, also recorded multiple interceptions on the day.
Gant recently stated that Ohio State is the school thats recruiting him the hardest and has been since day one. He plans to visit this Spring.