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Ohio State set to host Jayson Oweh
Because of a fairly restrictive schedule in his senior season at Blair (N.J.) Academy, the Buckeyes will host 4-star defensive end Jayson Oweh this weekend for his first official visit. Acknowledging that it’s perhaps not the ideal time for a visit in the eyes of Ohio State, Oweh — who has a trip to Penn State scheduled for Nov. 18 — said he wasn’t left with much choice.
On Tuesday, he told Land of 10 he was trying to make it to Columbus this weekend, but a scrimmage, scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday — four hours before the start of the Buckeyes-Sooners game — was holding up the plan.
“I have no other options,” he told Land of 10. “I’ll be missing a majority of my scrimmage.”
Oweh’s flight is scheduled to leave at 4:10 p.m. Saturday, so he’ll have to miss the whole thing if he wants to get to Ohio Stadium before kickoff. Again, the timing of the trip isn’t ideal for him or for Ohio State, which certainly would’ve preferred to host him after he takes trips to Penn State and (likely) Notre Dame.
“I’ll be there Saturday until Monday,” he said. “I’m looking to see the game atmosphere there at Ohio State, and to see the live coaching from [Buckeyes coach] Urban Meyer and [defensive line coach] Larry Johnson.”
With Oweh and his parents in town, Ohio State will have three of its top four remaining defensive line targets on campus for the biggest college football game of the weekend.
Time for Tommy Togiai?
We know that Oweh will announce his college decision on Jan. 4 at the Under-Armour All-American Game. We know that Parsons will be a crapshoot until he shows up on a college campus in early January. What we don’t know is the plan for Togiai, though in speaking with sources close to the Buckeyes on Wednesday there appears to be some guarded optimism that he’s considering a commitment this weekend.
“Ohio State is hoping,” a source shared. “You just never know with 17-year-olds.”
Togiai will arrive in Columbus on Saturday morning, with his parents. He will be making his second visit to the school since July, when he visited for Friday Night Lights.
As of today, I’d move “commitment watch” to threat-level medium on the country’s seventh-ranked 2018 defensive tackle.
Houston Griffith will visit Notre Dame instead
As I also mentioned Tuesday night, these “official visit” lists aren’t really official.
As per usual, visitors lists aren’t official until the player shows up in Columbus. Expect changes to this list between now and Saturday.
So, with that in mind, we’ll remove IMG Academy 4-star defensive back Houston Griffith from the list as we add Jayson Oweh. Griffith told Land of 10 about a month ago that he was heading to Ohio State this weekend, but he will now travel to Notre Dame for its game against Georgia.
With Sevyn Banks committed at cornerback and three safeties already verballed to the Buckeyes, it’s hard to see exactly where Griffith — and even Christian Tutt, who is visiting this weekend — fit into the team’s list of priorities in the secondary. This cancellation, or delay (no reschedule date has been given) will provide both sides a chance to figure that out.
The push to stay home isn’t always just from college coaches
One of those committed safeties, and a player making an official visit to Ohio State this weekend, is Owasso (Okla.) 4-star prospect Josh Proctor. Coming to Ohio for the fourth time in the last year, Proctor will be seeing the Buckeyes and the Sooners go head-t0-head for the second time.
Growing up in Oklahoma and living in Oklahoma, Proctor’s recruitment hasn’t been easy. Since he committed to the Buckeyes in April, discussion of visits to Norman have persisted as friends and peers try to convince him to say no to Ohio State and yes to his home state.
Oklahoma’s hardest football recruiters may not live in Norman this fall.
They can be found in Owasso High School’s halls and classrooms, where fellow classmates are trying to pry senior star Josh Proctor from his commitment to Ohio State.
The defensive back smiles when telling the stories, even mentioning teachers are nicely nudging him toward OU.
Following his most recent visit to Ohio State at the end of July, Proctor announced on Twitter he was done with his recruiting process. Period. No other schools were going to get visits or further consideration. He’s stuck to his guns and says this weekend’s game has no bearing on his decision.
Could Saturday’s game have any impact on his Ohio State decision? If OU wins, could it get back in the running?
“Not at all,” Proctor said. “I got a lot of that today from my teachers. No, I’m not planning on changing my mind.”
That’s all the Buckeyes coaches want to hear.
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