Ohio State chasing defensive backs from Georgia, Micah Parsons changes visit

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Ohio State keeps working on Georgia commit Chris Smith II

We’ve mentioned the same two names at cornerback so many times that you’d be forgiven if you felt that Anthony Cook and Tyson Campbell were the only players in the country capable of playing the position. That’s not the case, and the Buckeyes certainly are keeping tabs on more than just that pair as they look to complement Sevyn Banks in their 2018 class.

There are others, such as Hapeville Charter (Atlanta) 4-star prospect Chris Smith. Smith, a Georgia commit, told Land of 10 he’s still hearing from the Buckeyes regularly.

“Yes, they’re still trying,” Smith said. “I talk to [cornerbacks] coach [Kerry] Coombs. Ohio State is coming at me hard.”

Smith said the Buckeyes likely will get a chance to see him in Columbus this fall for an official visit. Ohio State is one of three schools the country’s No. 29-ranked cornerback says he’ll visit this seasons, besides Georgia, of course.

“I plan on taking an official visit, but I am not sure when yet. I’m still planning,” Smith said of the Buckeyes. “Michigan and Alabama, too. I’m still considering those schools.”

Smith has been committed to Georgia since May 1, so his official visit “plans” may change. But for now, expect to see him make a trip to Ohio State this season.

Change of plans for Micah Parsons?

Speaking of changing plans, it appears that 5-star defensive end Micah Parsons will make his official visit to Ohio State this weekend rather than the weekend of Oct. 28, as previously planned.

There’s no real “reason” for the change. Parsons’ recruitment has been, and will be, full of all kinds of twists and turns such as this one. From a game perspective, seeing the Buckeyes at night against Oklahoma certainly is no worse than seeing them against Penn State in late October, though a number of the 2018 Ohio State commits expected for the game against the Nittany Lions won’t be in town this weekend to continue building relationships with Parsons.

No matter when Parsons visits — and I wouldn’t be surprised if he changes his mind again — it’s another chance for Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson to illustrate the need for Parsons as a player.

As we’ve mentioned here many times, this one is going to be wild to watch.

Buckeyes offer Georgia 2019 defensive back

Ohio State loves recruiting in Georgia, and on Sunday night Urban Meyer went back to the Peach State and offered another top prospect, this time in the Class of 2019.

Joseph Charleston is a 4-star prospect from Milton (Alpharetta, Ga.) High School and ranks as the country’s No. 10 safety in his class. The Buckeyes offer is his seventh, putting Ohio State in early alongside Bama, Tennessee, Clemson, Ole Miss and, of course, Georgia. His brother plays baseball at Tennessee.

As a sophomore, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Charleston recorded 4 interceptions and made 69 tackles.

Ohio’s top 2019 prospect to visit for Oklahoma game

Ohio State will see defensive end Zach Harrison on campus this weekend, the 5-star 2019 prospect from Lewis Center, Ohio, told Land of 10 on Monday. Unfortunately, he may be making the short drive to campus with his leg in a brace after leaving last Friday’s game against Bishop Watterson.

“I just planted wrong,” Harrison said of the injury. “I’ll be out about a month, maybe longer, maybe shorter.”

Harrison will be one of a handful of top 2019 prospects expected at Ohio Stadium this weekend for the Oklahoma game. Land of 10 will have an updated visitors list toward the end of the week as more names are finalized.

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