Ohio State to see top 2019 RB again, Tyreke Smith talks, honesty in recruiting, and more

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Ohio State will host Noah Cain for third time in 2017

They (OK, I) say recruiting is all about relationships. If that’s the case, you’ve got to like the Buckeyes’ chances to land 5-star 2019 running back Noah Cain.

The 5-foot-11, 207-pound tailback from the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., is set to make his third visit to Columbus since April.

“I’ll be up there for the Ohio State and Oklahoma game,” Cain told Land of 10. “Just me and my pops. I’m excited for it. It’s going to be a good one.”

In his first action this season for the Ascenders, Cain split carries with Oklahoma commit T.J. Pledger and top-ranked 2020 running back Miles Friday. Because of the talent and depth around him, you may not see huge numbers from the Texas native, but he’s not worried.

“I’m not tripping on it,” Cain said of his high school stats. “College coaches know what I can do. When it’s time for me to be the workhorse, I will be.

“I’m worried about putting up monster numbers in college.”

With three visits to Ohio State already, and Texas seeing him regularly, you may safely assume that those two schools will be in the race until the end to sign Cain. But they won’t be the only programs in the mix.

“People can assume what they want,” Cain said of having perceived favorites. “I don’t have my top 5 schools list made yet. I’ll know for sure my top 5 schools next spring. After that I’ll make my decision in December of 2018 before I graduate early.”

Tyreke Smith speaks on his mysterious nature

On Tuesday night  we talked a little bit here about Tyreke Smith, the country’s No. 4-ranked defensive end and a native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio. The gist? Smith is hard to read, not just for folks like me, but also for college coaches trying to get a gauge on what he’s thinking about with respect to his recruitment.

I asked Smith about that, and the 6-foot-3, 260-pound two-sport star admitted he’s been sort of difficult to get in touch with. Especially for Larry Johnson and Ohio State.

“We actually don’t talk as much as I think we should,” Smith told Land of 10. “That’s probably my fault. Every time they want to talk,  it’s a bad time for me, and then it just falls through.”

Before you start up the Worry Machine 2017, know that Smith says it’s not just the Buckeyes having a challenging time reaching him.

“Yes, it’s all schools,” Smith said with a laugh. “I need to do better at contacting them myself. I text schools a lot, but I need to call schools more.”

In a way, it’s refreshing to see a Top 60 player this disinterested with the entire process. Smith is just going to keep doing what he’s doing, at his pace.

“I haven’t let this whole process stress me out like a lot of kids do, for real,” he said. “It’s a blessing, though. I will soon know where I’m going to play college football.”

Has Tyson Campbell dropped the Buckeyes?

Here’s an interesting plot twist: It  appears that Tyson Campbell is no longer considering Ohio State.

How’d that happen? Well, that’s anyone’s guess, but it’s a rather large departure from where things stood between the two sides prior to the start of the summer.

Per an update on GridironStuds.com — a website founded by former Miami Hurricanes player Chad Wilson, who is the father of Florida Gators Quincy and Marco — that is the case. Campbell’s final four, according to the site: Miami, Florida, Florida State, Alabama.

But on Tuesday, Bill Kurelic of 247Sports.com reported that Campbell (and American Heritage teammate Patrick Surtain Jr.) would “absolutely” be coming to Columbus for an official visit this fall.

So what gives? Is that a top four? A final four? A “who cares because he’s from South Florida and the recruiting game down there is insane and it’s all just hype until he signs somewhere?”

Ohio State certainly doesn’t feel that it is out of the picture for Campbell. Recent developments at American Heritage (de-commitment of Andrew Chatfield, Nesta Silvera shutting down his recruitment) aren’t helping the Buckeyes’ cause, though.

There’s a real chance that Ohio State is No. 5 on Campbell’s list. That’s still surprising just months after being at the top of his list. He was unable to visit during the summer and that wasn’t ideal, but not a deal-breaker by any means.

At cornerback, Ohio State has a commitment from Under-Armour All-American Sevyn Banks, but it’s been Campbell and 5-star Anthony Cook who Urban Meyer has coveted to round out the haul. What actually happens with Campbell is up in the air, but if he visits this fall anything can happen. Still, it’s always a challenge to pull the best of the best from South Florida all the way to Ohio.

Listen up kids, coaches aren’t telling you this stuff for fun

You never want to say “told you so,” but sometimes you’ve just got to say, “I told you so.”

Here’s what happens, a lot.

A highly regarded high school prospect is told by a school in which he’s interested that his best position, athletically, may be at a position other than the one he’s used to playing. Or dreamed of playing, whatever. Because of pride, ego or ignorance, that player decides to longer consider the school telling him what he doesn’t want to hear. It doesn’t matter if it’s the truth. It doesn’t matter if it’s his “dream school.”


Because to sign him, another school will tell him what he wants to hear, and then change his position when he’s on campus and can’t do anything about it.

Let’s take a look at the case of James Hudson, a 4-star two-way lineman who played at Toledo Central Catholic. Ohio State never offered Hudson, but he grew up dreaming of playing in Columbus. I actually included Hudson on the “biggest misses” of 2017 for the Buckeyes because I think his ceiling is very high. Why didn’t Ohio State offer?

The Buckeyes never got to see the best of Hudson because he declined their requests to camp in Columbus multiple times. Why? Because they — and many — believe he’s best suited to play along the offensive line. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Hudson wants to be a defensive lineman, and that’s where Michigan — the school he committed to in August — says it will give him a chance to play.

Hudson never went to Columbus to camp with the Buckeyes. He committed to Michigan in August and signed with the Wolverines in February, under the impression he’d be playing on the defensive line in Ann Arbor.

“[Michigan defensive line] coach [Greg] Mattison showed me that the numbers are going to be down,” Hudson told Rachel Lenzi when he committed last August. “This next year, he told me they’re going to be taking six defensive linemen in my class, and that’s a lot.

“I see myself as being a huge part of that defensive line, and I want to bring energy,” said Hudson, who chose UM over Michigan State. “I’m going to bring the energy to get sacks, get tackles. Me and Rashan [Gary], we’re going to do some great things on the defensive line.”

On Tuesday, Gary was named a preseason All-American on the defensive line. James Hudson is now playing on the offensive line at Michigan.

Coaches make millions of dollars to evaluate football talent. If they think you may be better suited for another position, there’s no harm in listening to them. That’s especially true when multiple staffs are telling you the same thing. You can’t just listen to what you want to hear.

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