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Jackson Carman back in action, setting visits and enrollment plans
The country’s top-ranked offensive tackle in the Class of 2018 made his way back to the football field for the start of his final season of high school football this weekend.
It appears that Jackson Carman is set to pick up where he left off.
— Marc Givler (@MarcGivlerBG) August 13, 2017
Carman and the Fairfield Indians took part in their first scrimmage of the fall, and from the looks of it, there’s not been much of a change in his game. There’s domination, and then there’s Carman-level domination. There are times it appears almost too easy for the 6-foot-6, 340-pound tackle.
What is not going to be easy – at least for Ohio State fans – is the next few months of Carman’s college recruitment. The Ohio product will continue to leave Buckeyes fans in suspense.
— Bill Greene (@BillBankGreene) August 13, 2017
Five official visits for Carman is certainly not what Ohio State coaches want to see, but that’s what’s happening. There’s no doubt that USC and Clemson have made a big impression on Carman throughout the summer, but there’s room for Florida State or Wisconsin to muddle the picture as well.
It’s been stated here many times: Carman isn’t your average Ohio recruit. The odds are still in Ohio State’s favor, but the longer this goes, the more dramatics will ensue.
On the plus side, though, is the news that Carman will enroll early. If he does choose the Buckeyes, that’s his fastest path to early playing time in Columbus.
Michael Tarquin still high on Ohio State, hopes for September visit
After a visit to Ohio State this summer, the Buckeyes moved up the list for 4-star 2019 offensive lineman Michael Tarquin. The Belleview (Fla.) High School standout talked about that trip with Land of 10 in June.
“I love [Buckeyes offensive line] Coach [Greg] Studrawa,” he said. “I really enjoyed meeting him and talking to him again. I was there from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. I was in Stud’s room and talked with him, visited with some recruiting people.”
Tarquin, whose father attended Michigan State, said Sunday he’s narrowing in on a decision, kind of.
“I’m starting to piece things together,” Tarquin told Land of 10. “I’m starting to get comfortable with the coaches. I’m still not set on anywhere yet, though. I just have to focus on my team and make a decision after the season.”
Ohio State’s ability to contact Tarquin will crank up come Sept. 1, but he’s continued to reach out to Urban Meyer and Buckeyes offensive line coach Greg Studrawa as permitted.
“I’ve spoken with Coach Meyer and Coach Studrawa a couple times,” he said. “It can be [hard to get comfortable with staff because of contact rules], but it is good to talk on the phone and having met in person.”
Though the majority of his focus is on his team, Tarquin knows he needs to make a couple visits this fall. That’s how he’ll make an informed decision.
“Clemson, Miami, Florida, Ohio State, Michigan and South Carolina,” Tarquin said. “Those are the schools I’m liking the most, I just don’t know if I will be able to go to that many games.”
When asked what game he hopes to see the Buckeyes play, he was quick to reply.
“Oklahoma,” he added. “I just don’t know yet.”
Florida running back checks out Buckeyes, impressed by family feel
Ohio State has one very talented running back from Florida – 2018 prospect Brian Snead – committed. At Friday Night Lights in July, they hosted a talented 2019 back from Oakleaf (Orange Park, Fla.) who has quickly grown in his appreciation of the Buckeyes.
Keshawn King is a 6-foot, 185-pound running back with offers from Miami, Cincinnati, South Florida, UCF and others. He’s happy he had a chance to see what Ohio State has to offer.
“I went to Friday Night Lights,” King shared with Land of 10. “They showed me some things before camp. I loved Ohio. It’s an amazing place with coaches that are great. The school is amazing and the football program is outstanding, there’s so much love in one unit.”
King, like Snead, has started his Ohio State recruitment dealing with Tony Alford, though he’s not been able to talk to him much. The in-person communication at Friday Night Lights showed him all that he needs to know about the Buckeyes running backs coach.
“Coach Alford is a very cool person,” King, currently unranked by the major recruiting networks, said. “He is all about business, all about making that program the best. I have been talking to them for about three months, on and off because that’s all I can, but they like me as a person and a player.”
Unlike Snead, who came to Ohio State in July of 2016 with an offer already in tow, King hasn’t yet received a scholarship from the Buckeyes. He thinks he knows why that it is and isn’t pressing the issue. Ohio State wants to be sure he’s serious about the Buckeyes program and needs to continue getting to know who he is.
“They haven’t offered yet, but they said they want me to play for them,” King added. “They just don’t want to hand me an offer, and have me not really liking them.”
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