Ohio State recruiting mailbag: Talking Anthony Cook, transfers, Emory Jones

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This week, we’ll discuss what Ohio State would do if Emory Jones were to bolt from its top-ranked recruiting class, the last remaining cornerback options, and a host of other topics.

Hello everyone, welcome to the first installment of what will become a weekly tradition here at Land of 10: the Ohio State recruiting mailbag. Yes, I’ve done mailbags before, but this one is different because it will happen every single week, and I know how much you all value consistency.

I do too, and I value you all being here for the journey. If you wish to have your Ohio State recruiting questions answered in a future version of this column, sign up for our Ohio State forum. We try to keep the conversation going over there.

Anyway, enough with my yammering. Let’s dig deep and get started. Four-to-six sentences of relentless effort.

If Texas has an impressive season do we have lower chances with Anthony Cook– rebuck

There really is nothing better than a little vagueness to kickstart a mailbag.

Yes, how Texas looks on the field this fall should have an impact on Houston’s Anthony Cook. Four of the top five players in Texas are committed to Tom Herman’s Longhorns, with Cook the lone holdout.

Ohio State will see Cook for his official visit on Sept. 9, and there’s some discussion in recruiting circles that a decision from the country’s No. 2-ranked cornerback could come toward the end of October. If Texas is rolling at that point, playing big-time defense and looking like a monster? Sure, things could get interesting.

Regardless of what happens with Cook, recruiting in Texas is going to get more difficult in the years to come.

More likely to flip, Jadon Haselwood or Palaie Gaoteote and why? – RaspberryTea250

Of the two, I’d probably lean toward the linebacker, Palaie Gaoteote. Jadon Haselwood continues to show Ohio State interest, but it’s hard not to see him as a Georgia kid through and through, unless something happens in Athens that sets the program back to another rebuild phase.

Gaoteote has been committed to USC since December 2016. He’s solid there. If there’s one team out there that can shake things up, it’s the Buckeyes. There’s an official visit expected this fall, and Ohio State will go all-in to make him the fourth linebacker in its Class of 2018.

If the coaching staff were to miss on two of Micah Parsons, Tyreke Smith, Jayson Oweh, and  Tommy Togiai do you think they would still pursue a fifth Defensive Lineman or would they go after a different position? – JDunc686

If the Buckeyes were to miss on two of those four, that means they would’ve still landed two of those four to go with Brenton Cox and Taron Vincent. That’s a good place to start in defensive line recruiting.

Obviously, Ohio State is aiming for the stars at defensive end. But that’s what is great about aiming high, right? Even if you miss, you end up in a pretty good spot. There are defensive line options out there, a guy such as Antwuan Jackson, for example, at defensive tackle.

Urban Meyer said it this fall: You can never have too many good linemen, offensively or defensively. Those spots will keep being a focus.

With the way Ohio State has been recruiting more nationally the last few cycles do you expect the number of transfers to increase? – TheOtherBorenBro

I like this question. Yes, I think it’s natural to expect more players who come from different regions of the country to transfer closer to home if they get to Ohio State and don’t find the field as early as they’d like to. Unfortunately, that’s the nature of the beast in college football these days.

There are so many challenges to landing a prospect from thousands of miles away, but keeping them engaged and involved in the program after they’ve enrolled, when they’re not an integral part of the team right away, may be the hardest. It requires a strong family unit that supports the player without coddling him, without telling him: “You should be playing. Come home and play around here where you’re really appreciated.”

At this point in Columbus, if you’re not in the two-deep by your second season, there’s a good chance you may never get there. A lot of kids aren’t waiting around to see how that unfolds.

Any guess on who the next commit will be for the class of 2019? – BuckeyeNick

I think Ohio State’s next 2019 commit will be Trey Knox, a 4-star wide receiver from Tennessee.

A teammate of 2018 commit Master Teague III at Blackman (Murfreesboro) High School, Knox will visit Ohio State on Sept. 9. I expect him to commit that weekend.

I’ve seen that Patrick Surtain Jr. and Tyson Campbell are still taking an OV to Ohio State. How good are our chances with either one of them? – BucksLAN

I think it’s important to be honest, so let’s be clear: The chances of Ohio State landing both Surtain and Campbell are almost zero. The country’s No. 1 and No. 3-ranked cornerbacks, respectively, are teammates at American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.). They are not likely to play together at the next level, but if they do, it’s not likely to be in Ohio.

However, the pair is expected to take an official visit to Columbus this fall. If they do, I believe Ohio State still has a chance to land Campbell. The Buckeyes were all over Campbell in the spring, and though things have slowed down between the two sides over the summer, there’s no doubt he’s right at the top of Ohio State’s list with Cook.

I think the most-likely scenario is that neither Surtain nor Campbell ends up at Ohio State.

In a disaster scenario where Emory Jones decides to go elsewhere during the middle of the season, who do you think Ohio State would go after in a frenzy? – TerrryLash

First things first: I don’t expect Emory Jones to end up anywhere other than Ohio State.

But in the doomsday scenario you’re describing, one where Jones ends up at Bama or Florida State or anywhere else, there’s no doubt the Buckeyes have a backup plan.

There’s likely a top-tier and a lower-tier quarterback in that backup plan, and I’m not going to venture any guesses as to whom that includes. I know that there is a backup plan, though, and it really is just a matter of how much time would be available to execute it, if that makes sense. Ohio State would need enough time to get to know a kid, his family, etc. It would need enough time to set up a visit or two and it would need time to try and flip a player committed elsewhere.

Considering the current situation at quarterback — losing J.T. Barrett after this season and knowing there’s at least a chance that one of the current backups could transfer — it’s absolutely imperative that the Buckeyes land a quarterback in 2018. That’s why Emory Jones probably is the most important commit the Buckeyes have right now. He’s their guy, he’s been their guy, and losing him so close to signing day would be a major blow.

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