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Nesta Silvera cancels visits, Ohio State moving on?
If you’re keeping score at home, you can remove American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) 4-star defensive tackle Nesta Silvera from your list of could-be Buckeyes.
The country’s 19th-ranked defensive tackle per the 247Sports composite rankings told Land of 10 early in August that he’d be making an official visit to Columbus the weekend of Oct. 28, when Ohio State hosted Penn State. On Saturday, however, he took to Twitter to announce that he was shutting down his recruitment.
— Nesta (Jade) Silvera (@NJS_ERA) August 19, 2017
With Silvera now out of the picture, and the de-commitment of Andrew Chatfield from Ohio State a few weeks ago, you begin to wonder if the odds of landing 5-star cornerback Tyson Campbell have gone from OK to low in a short span of time for the Buckeyes. But let’s stick with defensive tackle.
Where do the Buckeyes turn? There’s still a strong chance for Ohio State to land Idaho 4-star prospect Tommy Togiai. He visited the Buckeyes in July and will return for his official visit the weekend of Sept. 9. Rumors also continue to swirl that Ohio State will be a top contender for 2016 prospect Antwuan Jackson, who left Auburn and is playing at Blinn College in Texas this season.
Blinn is the school from where Ohio State plucked former ‘Bama 5-star signee Kendall Sheffield, slated to start for the Buckeyes this fall.
Master Teague III, Trey Knox go off in big win
Football is not yet officially underway in Ohio, but it is in Tennessee — and Ohio State commitment Master Teague made sure his Blackman (Murfreesboro) squad got off to a good start.
The Buckeyes’ verbal, ranked by 247Sports.com as the nation’s third-best running back in the Class of 2018, blew up Friday night against in-state Hendersonville. Teague went for 186 yards on the ground (on 18 carries), added 58 yards on 2 catches (both for scores) and added a 97-yard kickoff return to the house for good measure.
— Ryan Jent (@rjent4) August 19, 2017
Teague continues, probably as a result of his competition level, to be almost ignored by the non-247Sports recruiting analysts in charge of ranking prospects. But it’s getting harder to justify. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound back certainly is on his way to serving notice that he’s in for a special year.
Trey Knox, Teague’s teammate and a 2019 prospect, also had a big day for the Blaze. The 6-4, 206-pound junior wideout scored 2 touchdowns on 6 catches and racked up 129 yards receiving. Blackman knocked off Hendersonville easily, 63-28.
— Ryan Jent (@rjent4) August 19, 2017
Knox will visit Ohio State the weekend of Sept. 9 and there’s a good chance he becomes commitment No. 2 in the Class of 2019 before he leaves.
Emory Jones returns to form
Teague wasn’t the only Ohio State commitment getting off to a roaring start in 2017. The Buckeyes quarterback of the future, 100-percent healthy after a shoulder injury that derailed his junior season, led his Heard County Braves to a 42-16 win over South Atlanta on Friday night.
Jones was 10 of 15 for 168 yards and a touchdown passing while rushing for another score.
After all kinds of camps and working on getting physically stronger, Jones was just happy to see the effort translate to the field.
“I just feel more comfortable, in every pass play that’s called,” Jones told Land of 10 Sunday morning. “Everything just seems much easier. I’m transferring all I’ve learned to the actual game.”
The Braves well get their first major test of the season next weekend when they take on Saraland (Ala.) in Cartersville, Ga., as part of a nationally televised showcase on ESPNU. Saraland’s Jack West, the country’s sixth-ranked pro-style quarterback, is committed to Stanford.
Sevyn Banks to make an official visit to Maryland?
That’s what this update from 318Photo.org writer Tre’von Ware suggested Thursday:
In June 2016, he received his first offer from Maryland and he plans to take [official visits to both Maryland] and Ohio State.
Banks, who committed to the Buckeyes in April, has been very public about the strength of his commitment to the Buckeyes. For that reason, it’s hard to imagine he’d jeopardize his standing in the Ohio State class, even if it was just a cursory look at another school because it offered him first. If there’s a school down the road to worry about, it’s probably Florida. Banks’ brother Marcell Harris plays for the Gators.
When they offered Banks in January, the Gators were the easy-to-predict choice for Banks. Heck, he told people at the time he was likely to commit to Jim McElwain’s program.
According to Ware, however, Banks remains solid with Ohio State.
He had this to say about his recruiting process, “I’m 100-percent locked in with Ohio State” despite buzz going around that the Florida Gators and Jim McElwain are wishing to keep the blue chip corner home. Be on the lookout for this physical corner as he expects to jump the rankings and stick with Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes.
I tend to agree, on all counts. Official visits get planned all the time, whether they get taken — see item one on Nesta Silvera above — is a whole different ballgame. I’d be very surprised if Banks made a trip to Maryland.
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