Ohio State Buckeyes Recruit Ryan Watts

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Ryan Watts is the latest high school recruit to take the college world by storm. Watts played for Little Elm (Texas) High School, and he originally committed to Oklahoma. However, much to the delight of Ohio State, he de-committed from his original school and committed to them. Why did that happen? There are many reasons why this highly touted star high school player decided to become an Ohio State Buckeye!

Ryan Watts Little Elm Texas

Watts was heavily pursued by Ohio State.

This is pretty self-explanatory, considering that Ryan Watts de-committed from Oklahoma two weeks after visiting the Ohio State campus. Even though they knew he had already made a verbal commitment to Oklahoma, recruiters Jeff Hafley and coach Tony Alford pursued Watts relentlessly, selling him not just on how great the Buckeyes campus would be for him but on how much better it would be for his family. He finally committed to the Buckeyes after considering his other offers.

Watts was a highly sought-after recruit.

Another reason why this is Ohio State’s gain and Oklahoma’s loss is that Watts has been a highly sought-after recruit for at least the past year. At Little Elm, Watts was a true phenom, notching an interception vs. Wakeland High School last week, a 46-yard touchdown reception in his last game against Independence High School, and a 24-yard touchdown against Liberty High School. Simply put, some scouts were looking at these performances, and they liked what they saw. This was one of the main reasons why Ryan Watts was recruited by a dazzling array of colleges! He got offers not just from Oklahoma and Ohio State, but also from Alabama, Notre Dame, LSU, Michigan, and Texas among many others. Many different programs wanted him for his explosive athletic talents.

Ohio State football recruiting: Ryan Watts commits to Buckeyes, Lorenzo Styles to Notre Dame

Why was Watts so heavily recruited by Ohio State?

Of course, all of this fanfare begs the question: why was Watts so sought after by Ohio State? There were several reasons why they wanted Ryan Watts. First of all, they were impressed with his skills on the defensive side of the ball. The Ohio State Buckeyes had recently hired defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley, and he wanted to solidify Ohio State’s core of outside corner-backs. The coach was ambitious, to say the least. He not only wanted a good outside core; he wanted the best in the nation. He was so impressed with some of Ryan Watts’ skills at Little Elm that he knew he had to do everything in his power to steal him away from Oklahoma. Although it took some doing, he was able to do very gradually and he now has his solid defense. Look for Watts to help Ohio State compete for the National Championship in the near future!

Darrion Henry as an Ohio State Buckeye

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Darrion Henry is a 6’5″, 280 pound strong-side defensive end from Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a senior at Princeton High, and this year Ohio State received a verbal commitment from him that he will be attending starting in 2020, and playing football as a Buckeye. His recruitment was viewed as a major victory for Ohio State, as Darrion Henry has been heavily sought after by some of the top schools in the nation. He was recruited by associate head coach and defensive line coach Larry Johnson.

Darrion Henry DT from Cinncinati Ohio

How Good is Darrion Henry?

Oh he’s good. Darrion is the No. 2 prospect overall in Ohio, and the No. 11 defensive tackle prospect in the country. Last season he lead the GNC with 8.5 sacks.

What Other Options Did He Have to Consider?

Darrion Henry seriously considered and visited Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Notre Dame, Penn State, and Pittsburgh, according to Dayton Daily News. These schools have some of the top football programs in the country, and they were all after him, so Henry knew what he was doing when he chose Ohio State. Reportedly he’s long thought of playing for LSU or Ohio State, and he chose to be a Buckeye.

What Does Henry Bring to Ohio State?

Well, to start, he’s clearly shown his stuff playing for Princeton High. He should bring a good balance of talent and athletic ability. Henry isn’t just a big guy to fill up the line; he’s quick and strong. Alabama and Clemson’s dominance has shown the importance of strong defensive tackle play, and Darrion Henry may be just what Ohio State needs to edge closer to their level on defense.

Darrion is a close childhood friend of offensive tackle Paris Johnson, another key member of Ohio State’s 2020 recruiting class. Apparently the two have long had plans of playing college football together, and there dream is coming true. Johnson played at St. Xavier his first three seasons, and is finishing his high school career at Princeton this fall, playing alongside Henry. As No. 1 in the state, Johnson along with Darrion means Ohio State will have to the two top picks in the state of the 2020 class. Ryan Day has been emphasizing in-state recruitment, and these two are evidence of it.

Darrion Henry Ultimate Highlights // 2020 4-star DE/DL // Ohio State Commit – Cincinnati Princeton

Cincinnati has fallen behind in recent years as far as recruiting by Ohio State, but they’ve made a comeback with 5 players already committing from the 2020 class. Darrion Henry and the others could be the beginnings of a new wave.

Darrion did suffer a pretty serious shoulder injury toward the end of his junior season, and also gained weight due to poor diet. This has raised some concerns about him living up to the expectations. Henry has recently turned things around though. He’s gone through intense rehab, changed his diet, and overall been working very hard to get back on track to be ready. The young man now seems confident, motivated, and ready to go.

Darrion Henry seems to be just what Ohio State needs, and it should be fun to see what he can do in the 2020 season.

Jayden Ballard Wide Receiver from Massillon Ohio

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Standing at an impressive 6″2 and weighing in at 175ibs, Massillon, Ohio based wide receiver Jayden Ballard is an exciting prospect and the latest in a line of great recruits for the Ohio Buckeyes. Highly regarded as a future NFL prospect, Ballard attended high school in Washington before signing onto the OSU 2021 recruiting class.

Jayden Ballard

What Makes Jayden Ballard a Great Prospect

Jayden Ballard is impressive in stature and through the Ohio fitness program, will undoubtedly look to bulk up, increasing his physical presence. Interestingly, he is something of an all rounder with an impressive athletic history, including playing Basketball but it is Football that he really excels at. Ballard has the potential to make it as the number one choice receiver for the college football team due to his very natural passing ability, impressive ball tracking, respectable speed and deep ball threat. Ballard was a huge standout performed in his respective classes in 2019 and 2020 making him a key target for the OSU recruitment class. The wide receiver was very impressive during the Opening showcasing his impressive skills and riveting potential. Still just a Sophomore, the receiver is boosted by his youth, his talent having caught stares since his breakout year in 2018. Away from the field, Ballard has been praised for his exceptional athleticism and is highly regarded as a very intelligent, polite student with a great academic future as well as that of his budding football potential. He is very popular amongst teammates and has built a fantastic reputation for his outstanding work ethic.

Ballard Had 20 Scholarship Offers

Ohio Buckeyes had to fend off over twenty other offers for Jayden Ballard to secure his services, testament to the fantastic future many believe he will have. The four star rated talent currently ranks as the 125th best prospect in the country, as well as the fifth best player currently in the state of Ohio. Unsurprisingly Ballard received offers from Notre Dame, Michigan State, Washington State, Maryland, Boston College and Pittsburgh. However it was Ohio Buckeyes that drew in the rare physical talent. It was his visit to Ohio on 21st June that was enough to convince him of its draw and he committed there are then, publicly declaring his commitment to the Buckeyes. Despite several alternative offers, Ohio always stood a great chance with Jayden Ballard due to a history of playing in the state. The connection has always been there and that in itself undoubtedly boosted the teams chances of his capture.

Jayden Ballard Ultimate Highlights // 2021 4⭐️ Massillon WR // Ohio State Commit

Ohio States 2021 Class

In regards to what his recruitment means for the OSU recruiting class of 2021, his press speaks for itself. It is widely believed that Ballard will be something of a special capture for the team with the potential to really make a difference. He offers great promise and is the kind of received the Buckeyes were really searching for to feed off their impressive quarterback Kyle McCord. Moving forward, Ballard is undoubtedly one of the most exciting captures so far for the Ohio State recruiting class of 2021. There is much excitement surrounding the potential that he has and having already made quite the name for himself, it is easy to understand why.

Josh Fryar Improves Ohio State’s 2020 Line

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Independence day was one to remember for Ohio State Buckeyes this year as they secure their second recruitment of the day. Standing at a towering six foot five and a half, Josh Fryar serves a very talented, up and coming offensive center for Ohio State Buckeyes. A formidable talented, the college football recruit is flexible, full of raw talent and by all accounts: a blank canvas. His solid build and height makes him a shoe in for almost any position up front. The 18th member of Ohio State‘s 2020 class, the team fought off stiff competition from Indiana, Florida State, Washington and Penn State to snap up the versatile player. However it was the unwavering interest of Ohio and his own gut feeling that convinced Josh Fryar that it was the place for him. Rated currently as the no.8 guard in the entire 2020 class, Josh Fryar has the stature and potential to prove a real capture for the Buckeyes. While there is little doubt there is plenty for the 300 pound player to work on such as conditioning and strength, he is a man who will be ready to play in no time at all.

Josh Fryar

National Ranking

With an ESPN rating of three stars in his current state, Josh Fryar was an appealing option for many teams. Ranked 3rd in state and 55th regionally, he was a big name for 2020 recruitment and so this is a player that Ohio State will have been incredibly satisfied to secure the services of.

Official Visits

After official visits to Indiana, Penn State and Oregon, Ohio looked like an outside bet for the player however the second day of his visit there was enough to convince him that it was the destination for him. With the promise of great education and a real prospect at NFL football, Josh Fryar found himself enticed by the prestigious establishment. With a really keen eye for broadcasting, education is just as important to the player and with the promise of an education that could really give him a boost into the industry, it was a no-brainer for the talented player. With formal offers received from Indiana, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Oregon, Penn State and Purdue, Fryar certainly wasn’t short of interest, testament to the importance of this capture for Ohio State, the place which Fryar himself admits to have fallen in love with.

Ohio State’s 2020 Class

Defense is the name of the game for the Buckeyes who have worked hard to recruit a number of very talented players including five defensive recruits for the OSU 2020 recruiting class. Alongside Josh Fryar, they look set to be a highly competitive side as they seek to replicate previous successes and aim for Championship victory – something that is certainly not out of the question.

Josh Fryar Ultimate Highlights // 2020 4-star OC // Ohio State Target // Beech Grove HS

With players such as Beech Grove bred Josh Fryar, times are exciting for fans of the team as they look to show that recruiting raw talent, such as Fryar, the second highest rated recruit from his state will give them the competitive edge, a move that has been approved by fans and critics alike.

Tyvis Powell Heading To The Browns

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Tyvis Powell Senior Bowl

Tyvis Powell is a second year player from the Ohio State Buckeyes now in the NFL, but he will be heading back to his home state, Cleveland to play for the Browns. Powell, an undrafted free agent, was waived by the Seattle Seahawks just prior to the postseason. However, being without a team was temporary because shortly after, Powell who is from Bedford, was claimed by the Cleveland Browns off waivers.

The NFL draft of 2016 had some great moments; however, Powell who is a fan favorite of Ohio State sat and waited for his name to be called as each round went by. Powell who plays safety, did not show any remorse and regrouped. He took calls from other teams in the league.

Tyvis Powell then signed with the Seattle Seahawks in the Legion of Boom. In 2016, he did not get much time on the field, but as a Buckeye he was able to get some snaps on special teams. Powell played in eight games in which he gathered three special team tackles, despite being on the active roster for the season.

The Buckeye‘s fans will miss Powell who is heading to Seattle, which is his home state. He hopes to get a spot on this 53-person team.  September is a while away but Powell needs to get through the mini-camps and OTAs before he is considered for a spot on the final roster.

Cleveland Browns Terrelle Pryor Can Do It All

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Terrelle Pryor began his college football career at Ohio State as the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes.  It makes sense that he now finds himself in Cleveland with the Browns.  He recently showed his skills in receiving, rushing, and passing against the Miami Dolphins team. This player can do it all! And the Browns need him to do it all until they have a solid option at quarterback.

Pryor Switches to Wide Receiver

He boldly switched positions only a year ago to keep his NFL career going.  This receiver is a valuable player because he recently gained 21 yards rushing, 144 yards receiving, and 35 yards passing.  He is the first player since Billy Kilmer in 1964 to catch three passes, throw three passes and carry three times.  This is an impressive feat for any player.

Terrelle Pryor is a valuable asset to the floundering Cleveland Browns (0-3).  Since he is over six feet tall and can run at lightning speed, he adds depth to the team.  The Browns are currently starting their third string quarterback and it is entirely possible that Pryor may be passing even more in the upcoming games.

Hue Jackson is the head coach for the Browns and has created several packages to better utilize the unique skill-set that Pryor brings to the table.  It will be interesting to see what number 11 will accomplish next.  His teammates love his positive attitude and he is also a fan favorite in Ohio.

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