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Teradja Mitchell is a 5-star again
Ohio State linebacker commit Teradja Mitchell caught a well-deserved bump in the football recruiting rankings on Monday. The 6-foot-2, 232-pound prospect from Virginia Beach, Va., has been named a 5-star prospect by the folks at Rivals.com. He’s now the No. 15 prospect in the country according to the oldest of the three major recruiting networks.
Why? Here’s the take from Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Friedman:
“Mitchell has showed drastic improvement compared to this time last year. The Ohio State commit has always been a big hitter and makes plays all over the field during the season, but the biggest knock on him has been his speed. As a huge inside linebacker, teams would try to take advantage of him in the passing game, but Mitchell has shed weight and has become an asset in coverage. The Buckeyes will rely on Mitchell much like they did Raekwon McMillan.”
That’s high praise for the future Ohio State linebacker who, this Wednesday, will start his run as the subject of My Senior Walk, a weekly journal and a Land of 10 exclusive. Buckeyes freshman quarterback Tate Martell started the series for us last year.
Who else was a mover and a shaker among the Ohio State commits in today’s adjusted Top 100 by Rivals?
- No. 15 • Teradja Mitchell • 5-star
- No. 18 • Emory Jones • 5-star
- No. 21 • Taron Vincent • 5-star
- No. 27 • Jaelen Gill • 4-star
- No. 31 • Brenton Cox • 4-star
- No. 34 • Brian Snead • 4-star
- No. 35 • Jaiden Woodbey • 4-star
- No. 83 • Jeremy Ruckert • 4-star
- No. 94 • K’Vaughan Pope • 4-star
We took our first crack at recruiting rankings — starting with my choice for Ohio’s top 20 prospects — on Monday morning. Which big name is No. 1 in my mind?
Emory Jones to see Bama soon
Future Ohio State quarterback Emory Jones is about two weeks from making his first trip to a college game this season, and it’s a big one.
According to SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner, Jones is one of the dozens of top prospects expected at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Sept. 2 to see Alabama take on Florida State.
For Jones, it’s a quick trip from his home in nearby Franklin, Ga., but the two teams going head-to-head are hoping to make a big impression on the Ohio State commit. If there are two teams out there, right now, that are potentially concerns for a “flip” with Jones, it’s the Crimson Tide and the Seminoles.
However, because this game is at a neutral site, the coaches from those schools aren’t able to use the visit for recruiting purposes, at least not via conversation on site.
Because it’s a neutral-site game, the coaching staff will not be allowed to talk to them. Florida State will also have a group of visitors at the game, too, but like Alabama, its coaching staff cannot have communication with the recruits.
Jones has been committed to Ohio State since July 2016.
Buckeyes offensive line target jumps into No. 1 tackle spot
Today was also moving day, rankings-wise, for 247Sports.com.
We’ve had Nicholas Petit-Frere on our radar for a while as a candidate in the 2018 class to earn a fifth star, but it was hard to make that move this spring and summer without seeing the 6-foot-6, 280-pound offensive tackle in any camp settings. However, one dominant showing Friday night was enough to confirm how we felt about the Tampa (FL) Berkeley Prep product — and then some.
Ohio State is hoping to land Petit-Frere and Carman as it looks to finish off the 2018 recruiting cycle with the top-ranked class in the country.
2019 Indiana prospect has Ohio State attention
Ohio State has a major haul at defensive end in its sights in the Class of 2018, but the Buckeyes have not forgotten the 2019 crop. West Lafayette (Ind.) 4-star George Karlaftis has spent some time getting to know Ohio State over the summer.
“Not that much,” Karlaftis told Land of 10 when asked if he’s had much contact with the Buckeyes. “When I have, I’ve been talking to Kevin Wilson.”
The Buckeyes offensive coordinator is very familiar with Indiana, obviously, but he’s not the position coach the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Karlaftis would deal with in Columbus. With 10 offers already, including Michigan and Notre Dame, Ohio State will have to amplify its approach if it’s really interested. He was on in Columbus with the Buckeyes and Larry Johnson Sr. in July for Friday Night Lights. Ohio State impressed him, but he’s wondering if he’s a priority.
“I didn’t think they were that interested, honestly,” said the country’s No. 181 player in 2019. “But, I may be wrong. I can clearly tell that they aren’t as interested as other schools.”
There’s no rush for the Buckeyes to charge into recruiting the defensive end position in 2019 as they work to finish off 2018, but if they’re into Karlaftis, they may need to turn up the heat soon.
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