Buckeyes impress Texas 5-star, California group arrives, new cornerback offer

Buckeyes impress Texas 5-star, California group arrives, new cornerback offer

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California group set to arrive, big names camp at Ohio State

An important group of top California prep prospects, headlined by 4-star offensive lineman Earnest Greene, will arrive at Ohio State on Tuesday. Lettermen Row talked about this group coming just about two weeks ago, but the names have changed a bit since then. Coming alongside Greene, a top target for the Buckeyes in 2022, is potential 5-star 2023 prospect Matayo Uiagalelei, the younger brother of Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei.

What makes this trip unique is that both Greene and Uiagalelei are expected to not only visit, but camp, with the Ohio State coaches. They’ll be joined by a number of top-tier talents from St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) High School: 2022 running back Rayshon Luke, 2023 cornerback Jshawn Ramos, 2023 defensive back R.J. Jones, 2024 stars Peyton Woodyard, Marcelles Williams and Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa.

Everyone, with the exception of Luke and Viliamu-Asa, will camp with Ohio State. The Buckeyes have made a big impression in the Braves program over the years and will get another shot to do that this week.

Texas 5-star David ‘DJ’ Hicks impressed on first day of Buckeyes visit

Allen (Texas) 5-star 2023 prospect David “DJ” Hicks arrived at Ohio State on Sunday night and toured the Buckeyes campus on Monday. It’s a visit that the standout Texan told Lettermen Row he’d be taking three weeks ago. Though the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Hicks will camp with Larry Johnson on Tuesday, he talked about his trip to this point on Monday night.

“It’s actually been better than I expected it to be,” Hicks told Lettermen Row. “I haven’t ever really been out of Texas, so it was just new. I like the campus, it’s a different and new feel. They showed me everything.”

Tuesday will show the country’s No. 22-ranked player in the 2023 class something else: What Larry Johnson is like as a coach. The venerable Buckeyes defensive line coach already made an impression.

“It was really good to spend time with Larry Johnson,” he said. “It was really good. I learned a lot from him.”

Lettermen Row will have more from Hicks after the camp, but suffice to say that Ohio State has made itself a contender already.

Ohio State offers 2022 cornerback Terrance Brooks

With odds increasing that Toriano Pride will commit to Clemson in the near future, Ohio State made a move on a new 2022 cornerback on Monday night.

Terrance Brooks, a 4-star prospect from Plano (Texas) John Paul II, is the son of former Texas A&M and NFL safety Chet Brooks. He had a Zoom call with the Buckeyes coaching staff on Monday and the offer was extended.

“We got a Zoom call with Ryan Day, Kerry Coombs and Matt Barnes,” Brooks told Lettermen Row. “We talked. It means a lot to me to have them recruiting me and showing me that I’m a priority.”

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Brooks already has four official visits on the books. He’s been to Oregon and Florida already and has trips on the docket to Texas this weekend and Alabama later this month. He wasted no time trying to figure out if he can work in an Ohio State visit this month.

“There’s a chance,” the country’s No. 8-ranked cornerback said. “I’m talking to my parents about it.”

Cash Cleveland hoping for Ohio State offer at one-day camp

Last month, Ohio State accepted a preferred walk-on commitment from Rockwall (Texas) Heath High School’s Corban Cleveland. On Tuesday, Cash Cleveland, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound rising sophomore and the Corban’s younger brother, will take his first shot at a Buckeyes offer. He got a chance to tour the Ohio State campus on Monday.

“It was an awesome day,” Cleveland told Lettermen Row. “I played as a freshman on varsity at Rockwall-Heath and they saw my film and stuff and invited me to a camp and visit.”

Cash Cleveland has no offers yet. What he does have is a growing understanding of what makes Ohio State unique and the insight of a big-time Buckeyes receiver to lean upon.

“Jaxon Smith-Njigba is like a brother to me,” Cleveland said. “I have known him all my life. I wanted to make an early visit to Ohio State because they are always competing for a national championship and they are one of the best programs in the nation.”

It’s never too early to learn the names of highly-talented players from Texas. Cash Cleveland could be one of those to know moving forward.

Ohio State in final four for Josiah Trotter

After visiting the Buckeyes last week, St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia) 2023 linebacker Josiah Trotter has included Ohio State in his final-four schools.

Ohio State, Clemson, Penn State and South Carolina remain in the mix for the 6-foot-2, 225-pound 4-star prospect. He’s a former teammate of Buckeyes freshmen Kyle McCord and Marvin Harrison and the younger brother of Clemson freshman Jeremiah Trotter, Jr. Combine those things with the fact that Trotter is in Philadelphia, and it’s easy to see why the first three schools are in his final list. South Carolina is an interesting outlier considering the relationship his family now has with the Gamecocks primary rival. Shane Beamer has made Trotter a focus and has put South Carolina into the mix.

Though he has an early top four schools, there’s no immediate rush for a college decision for the rising-junior prospect.

“I’m not sure yet when I’ll make a decision,” he said. “But definitely before my senior season.”

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