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Jeremy Ruckert the recruiter?
Though he’s remained mum since his go-kart themed commitment video, there’s no doubt Buckeyes pledge Jeremy Ruckert is putting in work behind the scenes.
On Friday, Ruckert’s 17th birthday, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound tight end from New York talked to Land of 10 about his personal recruiting efforts.
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“I’m doing my best to recruit other guys,” Ruckert said. “If you’re committed to a team, you should be committed to making that team better. That’s how I see it.”
It’s hard to argue that simple, but important piece of logic. As Bama 2017 signee VanDarius Cowan said a year ago, “Savages want to play with savages.” The best players in the country want the best players in the country lined up with them. Ruckert has been doing that, as evidenced by the tweet from 4-star wide receiver L’Christian Smith above. On Thursday, 4-star New Jersey defensive end Jayson Oweh told Land of 10 the Lindenhurst High School standout was one of the two Buckeyes commitments he’s been hearing from the most.
Whether or not Ruckert’s efforts will pay off remains to be seen, but he knows he’s got a job to do.
“If I can get a few guys to make the move,” Ruckert said, “I did my part in helping this team get better.”
Ohio State getting personal with recruit
Here’s how you connect with kids: get into their phones.
That’s what the Buckeyes are hoping to do with one of their most recent graphic design entries. How about a personalized game schedule for your lock screen?
That looks like a winner. Ohio State has been sending these schedules – of the Buckeyes’ 2017 season – to top recruits all over the country, like linebacker commitment Teradja Mitchell.
For the prospects getting these graphics, it’s a good way to see what they’d look like as an Ohio State football player and a great way to see who the Buckeyes are taking on each week. There’s no shortage of fine work coming out of the Buckeyes recruiting offices these days and this is another top piece from Kenton Stufflebeam, Sammy Silverman and the rest of Mark Pantoni’s design demons.
Michael Drennan II working to be Ohio’s next Jaelen Gill
In Thursday’s Dotting the ‘Eyes, we took a look at some of the names to know in the Class of 2020. Among them was Michael Drennan II, a talented athlete from Coffman (Dublin, Ohio) High School.
Drennan doesn’t need to go far to put himself in front of the Ohio State coaching staff and he took advantage of that this summer. He camped with the Buckeyes twice in the last two months.
“I’m getting a lot of interest from schools,” Drennan told Land of 10. “As far as Ohio State, they’re saying that they like me a whole lot and that I’m definitely in their plans.”
How he’ll be in the Buckeyes plans is up in the air. A 2020 prospect still has time to grow and develop, so it’s not easy to speculate on how the 5-foot-11, 170-pound Drennan turns out. What seems evident is there’s a high ceiling for him. Frame-wise, he’s very similar to Buckeyes 2018 commitment Jaelen Gill at the same point in his career. Now, Gill is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete capable of playing anywhere on the field. That’s what Drennan is aiming for.
“[Buckeyes running backs] Coach [Tony] Alford and [offensive coordinator] Coach [Kevin] Wilson said that I did great at Friday Night Lights,” Drennan said. “Coach Wilson said that I’ll most likely be the top prospect in the 2020 class out of Ohio.”
Top N.J. prospect switches schools, still interested in Buckeyes
Ohio State has been one of the schools that 5-star defensive tackle Antonio Alfano has been interested in for some time. The No. 1-ranked player in New Jersey’s 2019 class (and No. 20 player nationally), Alfano continues to be impressed by the Buckeyes, but has not had much of a chance to talk to them lately.
“I haven’t spoken to Ohio State at all,” Alfano told Land of 10. “Probably because they are not allowed to reach out.”
There are ways for 2019 prospects to get in touch with a coaching staff, but most of Alfano’s summer has been spent searching for a new high school. The 6-5, 280-pound lineman will no longer make the 3-hour daily round trip to Bergen Catholic, where he spent his first two years of high school.
“The last month my dad has spoken to 18 schools and we are down to one,” Alfano said, later announcing that school – Rahway High School – on Twitter.
Now able to turn his focus back to the field, Alfano says he’s hoping to get back to Columbus and in touch with the Buckeyes.
“I plan on making some visits this year,” he said. “Hopefully Ohio State is one of them. I have to make sure the schedule makes sense.”
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