Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes make top 12 for huge in-state prospect

Spencer Holbrook3 months
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Luke Montgomery has Ohio State in his top 10. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Buckeyes make top 12 for huge in-state prospect

Luke Montgomery is one of the top players in the state of Ohio in the class of 2023.

The four-star Findlay native has now trimmed his school list down, and the Buckeyes are in the mix. Montgomery cut his schools down to a list of 12 on Tuesday: Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, Tennessee, Michigan, Michigan State, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Stanford, Penn State, Notre Dame and Georgia.

Ohio State feels good about where it stands with Montgomery, who is projected to be an offensive lineman in college. He camped with the Buckeyes this June and has a good relationship with the coaching staff. And the Buckeyes have made one of the latest cut lines. They’re in the mix for Luke Montgomery.

New edition of Tim May Podcast

The Tim May Podcast is back with a special guest: Former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.

The three-time national title-winning coach joins the podcast to break down his new role as coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Meyer spent the last two seasons as an analyst on FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff, taking a break from coaching. Now he has moved on from the college ranks to tackle a new challenge in the NFL.

Tim and Urban discuss his first spring in Jacksonville, including what he is focused on changing. Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan has committed to revamping the organization’s facilities, and Meyer is determined on turning around the Jaguars’ culture. Tim also asks about Urban’s expectations in Jacksonville and how the NFL Agamemnon is different from college.

Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward hops on the podcast, too. Tim and Austin break down Gov. Mike DeWine’s decision to sign an executive order allowing all student-athletes in the state of Ohio to profit of their own Name, Image and Likeness.

Both conversations makes this episode of the Tim May Podcast a must-listen for any Ohio State or college football fan.

In-state five-star commits to Notre Dame over Ohio State

Brenan Vernon, a 5-star 2023 defensive end from Mentor (Ohio) High School, announced his college choice on Tuesday night. He picked Notre Dame over Ohio State, Alabama and others.

The No. 2-ranked player in Ohio’s 2023 class, Vernon was glowing when he talked about the relationship he’d build with the Irish at a recent Buckeyes one-day recruiting camp. That day’s visit with Ohio State caused a little bit of confusion for the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Vernon, who had been blown away by his first visit to Notre Dame earlier in June.

Those personal things may have been the difference, especially with Notre Dame defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman. He was a major piece of the recruiting push by the Irish and he, along with defensive line coach Mike Elston, made the decision a comfortable one.

The loss of Brenan Vernon adds intrigue to what’s become a very intriguing Ohio State and Notre Dame recruiting rivalry. The Irish are pushing hard for Ohio’s top-ranked rising-junior and Buckeyes legacy Sonny Styles as well as highly-ranked offensive line prospects Luke Montgomery and Josh Padilla. Vernon isn’t likely to be a vocal, in-your-face recruiter for Brian Kelly’s program, but will no doubt try and influence Styles et al to join him in South Bend.

Ohio State doesn’t yet have a 2023 commitment. Losing Brenan Vernon stings, but the Buckeyes remain in excellent shape for players like Matayo Uiagelelei, Derrick LeBlanc, David Hicks, Gabriel Harris and a handful of others in that class.

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