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Harry Miller makes surprise visit to Ohio State
The Ohio State recruiting “beat” is about as well covered as any in the country and because of that, it’sÂ very rare when a big-name player makes a visit to the school andÂ someone isn’t privy to it yet that’s exactly what happened on Friday.
Harry Miller, a 4-star offensive lineman from Buford (Ga.), was on campus with the Buckeyes, not participating in the Ohio State 1-day recruiting camp, but taking it in with his mother.
The visit, and to this point there’s no idea how long he’ll be in town, is important. The country’s second-ranked center will make his college decision sometime in the next month or so, and getting back to Columbus before can only be considered a win for the Buckeyes.
At this point, it’d be aÂ majorÂ surprise if Miller committed anywhere other than Ohio State.
Buckeyes offer top in-state wide receiver
There were roughly 500 kids in attendance for Ohio State’s camp today so it’s impossible to see them all. There are some kids though that make it difficult toÂ not notice them, and you can put Massillon (Ohio) Washington 2021 wide receiver Jayden Ballard in that category.
Ballard stands about 6-foot-2 and though he’s not yet filled out physically â€“ he’s just a sophomore-to-be after all â€“ he’s got impressive ball skills and is exceptionally fluid in his movements. He’s a very gifted natural athlete and that’s why today he became the second Class of 2021 prospect in Ohio to earn a Buckeyes offer.
— Nate Moore (@CoachNMoore) June 8, 2018
There’s a long way to go in his recruitment and before he can take a college snap, but this is certainly a name to remember in the future.
Lance Wilhoite impresses
Speaking of wide receivers, though this one may not have as long to wait for a recruiting decision, Nashville (Tenn.) Franklin Road Academy 4-star Lance Wilhoite made his fifth trip to Ohio State and was very impressive, spending much of the early session getting one-on-one time with Buckeyes wide receivers coach Zach Smith and a small group of receivers.
Wilhoite, almost 6-foot-3 inches tall and 185-pounds, was fast, aggressive with his route-running and did a nice job catching the ball out front of his body and using his hands. He’s a player the Buckeyes have offered and have had considerable interest in and things seem to be trending in a positive direction.
“It was a really good day for me,” Wilhoite told Lettermen Row. “I had a good camp.”
Multiple coaches I spoke with during the camp commented on Wilhoite’s frame and fluidity, noting that he’s still going to get much stronger but that he’s got natural gifts that aren’t able to be taught.
He’s one of a handful of receivers Ohio State has real interest in and there’s a good chance most of those guys will make a decision in the next month or two.
Other Ohio State 1-Day camp notes
- Larry Johnson spent a lot of time working 1-on-1 with Apopka (Fla.) defensive tackle Tyler Davis, Pickerington North 2021 standout Jack Sawyer and Westerville Central’s Dontay Hunter.
- For my money, the best quarterback in attendance was 2022 â€“ yes, a player getting ready to enter his freshmen year of high school â€“ prospect Quinn Ewers. He’s going to be a star Southlake Carroll in Texas.
- The Buckeyes hosted a number of tight ends, and I think the best I saw was probably Nick Gallo from Council Rock South High in Southampton, Pa. His brother, Eric, was a center for Virginia Tech.
- Pennsylvania 2021 prospect Derrick Davis, Jr. was in attendance and looked the part of his early Ohio State offer. This kid is going to be a superstar.
- Solon (Ohio) 2019 wide receiver Trevon Raphael was at Ohio State and had an up and down day. His talent is obvious, but there’s a lot of football left for him to learn. He ran very well, but struggled to catch the ball consistently and will need to be coached up quite bit on the finer points of the position as he continues to develop.
- Jonathan Allen, OT, from Dayton Dunbar HS, spoke about his recruitment. He currently holds an offer from Ohio State.
- I’ll have more notes and updates from today’s camp over the weekend.
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