Donovan Jackson, Another Huge OL Commit For Ohio State

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Donovan Jackson

With more than a year left before the Buckeye recruiting class of 2021 plays their first game, it seems there have only been a few days between huge signings lately. Another top offensive lineman commits to the Buckeyes. (OL) Donovan Jackson made his verbal commitment to Ohio State public on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

Jackson is ranked in the top ten of all offensive linemen nationally and a top ten overall player in the talent-heavy state of Texas. He currently attends Episcopal High School in Houston, Texas. He won the MVP at the opening’ over the summer and has been highly coveted by the OSU recruiting campaign.

Who Recruited Donovan Jackson

Offensive Line Coach Greg Studrawa built a strong relationship with Donovan leading up to his commitment. Donovan mentioned that they often joke but “Coach Stud” is serious with him when he needs to be.

The improvements the Buckeyes have made in their offensive line recruiting have been tremendous over the past few years. The success of running backs like J.K. Dobbins and what recent linemen units have been able to accomplish has made the program very attractive to the best big men coming out of high school.

The prime-time recruit has been offered by 29 FBS schools. In addition to his official visit to Ohio State this past April, Jackson also made visits to Texas and Texas A&M in March of 2019. Although this was a big decision for him, he stated that he learned everything about Ohio State he needed to, in order to make the correct choice. He did not want to go into his senior year of high school without making the commitment first.

Other schools that made offers include, Alabama, Baylor, Florida, Georgia, Houston, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, and Wisconsin. Jackson’s family has Ohio roots as his parents met at the University of Miami Ohio and his grandmother currently lives in Cincinnati.

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Why Donovan Jackson Picked Ohio State

Donovan Jackson has also formed a great relationship with Ben Christman during this period, another highly recruited O-lineman from the state of Ohio. The two of them plan to continually work together to bring on some of the remaining elite linemen OSU is targeting in the class of 2021.

What brought Donovan Jackson to commit now? The Penn State game this past season played a huge role. Donovan understood how much was riding on the game and seeing the team’s performance was inspiring. The terms trust’ and brotherhood’ he heard mentioned while on campus resonated with him as well.

What Jackson Brings to OSU

Buckeye fans, Get excited. This young man is a 6’4” 295 lb beast who drives defenders into the ground once he gets his hands on them. He plays with a mean and nasty attitude between the whistles and is respectful and articulate off the field.

Coach Studrawa (OL) has shown outstanding progression in landing more and more elite o-line talent with every recruiting class. The philosophy seems to be position-less recruiting. OSU is now successful at recruiting the biggest, most intelligent and athletic big men, getting them on campus, and seeing where the pieces fit best in the unit.

Ohio States 2021 Class

This signing is major. Jackson along with Christman can potentially aid the commitments from the other top linemen recruits OSU is leading with like JC Latham (Bradenton, FL), Tristan Leigh (Fairfax, VA), and Jager Burton (Lexington, KY).

At this pace, Ohio State football could end up with 5 or 6 guys who are potential top 100 players, on one offensive line! Congratulations to Donovan Jackson, his family, and the Ohio State fans.

Miyan Williams From Winton Woods

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The Buckeyes are getting themselves a new, exciting running back in Miyan Williams. The Winton Woods senior has reached a decision to join the roster for the Buckeyes next season. Miyan Williams is a 3-star recruit based on rivals dot com. With the height of 5’9” and weight of 210 lbs, he has a dynamic combination of both speed and power which will certainly come in handy for Ohio State in the following year.

Miyan Williams

Who Offered Miyan Williams a Scholarship?

Williams has been an intriguing prospect since he burst on the recruitment scene a year ago. A formerly unranked player he has risen as one of the thirty best running backs in his state. He has a wide variety of offers, 13 in total. Some of those included Kansas, Boston College, Cincinnati, Kent State, Kentucky, and Iowa State. It was that college, Iowa State, to which Williams gave a verbal commitment back in July. But all that changed after a wonderful weekend in Columbus.

What did Williams think of Tony Alford?

Miyan Williams visited the campus and attended the game Ohio State played against Penn State on that faithful weekend. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that what Ohio State showed him during that weekend has blown him away. He heaped praise for everyone. But, he did single out running back coach Tony Alford runs his practices. Alford was the man who recruited Williams and is beyond elated that his troubles his on fertile soil. Williams will likely agree that Alford is the man who will make him the best running back he can potentially become.

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Visits to Campus

As we earlier stated, Williams is highly sought after recruit. He has visited numerous schools before committing to Ohio State. He visited Iowa State and was recruited by Tom Manning. The college of his home town Cincinnati was also heavily invested to bring him in. Both Doug Phillips and Marcus Freeman recruited him heavily. Kentucky’s Vince Marrow was also trying to get him to commit to his program. But, Tony Alford outclassed and out impressed them all.

What Miyan Williams Offers Ohio State

The running back position has seen its fair share of up and downs during the last few Buckeyes seasons. With Miyan Williams, they should finally have some solid stability on that roster spot. He is one of the 30 best running backs in the country ranked by numerous sources, including 247 sports and Rivals dot com. He has a unique combination of balance and speed. His 210 pounds are more muscle and give him the stability and power he needs to push back pesky defender that will be in his way.

Williams is a decorated played. He has won the Offensive Player of the year for division II prep, according to Ohio Sportswriters. The Buckeyes are going to be a more local team in 2020. Williams is the 6th local player who has committed to play for them next year.

Williams rushed for almost 1000 yards this season and has had 10 touchdowns. His team, the Warriors are 6 and 3. In his entire high school career, he has rushed for over 5,800 yards and has an impressive 68 touchdowns to his name.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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