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Ohio State will see 2023 linebacker Tamere Robinson again soon
Tamere Robinson earned an offer from Ohio State last month following an impressive one-day recruiting camp in front of linebackers coach Al Washington. The Brashear (Pittsburgh) High School standout, a 4-star prospect who is a consensus top-100 player, was thrilled to add the Buckeyes to his substantial offer list.
“I couldn’t wait for that one to land,” Robinson told Lettermen Row at the time. “Ohio State is definitely one of my top schools.”
Since the offer last month, there’s been consistent contact with Washington and the Buckeyes. That communication has helped grow the bond between the pair and will bring the 6-foot-4, 210-pound linebacker back to campus soon.
“I am coming back for the cook out [on July 29],” he said. “Our connection is strong.”
The Buckeyes have a number of big-time players coming into Columbus next week. Though he’s not been talked about much, Tamere Robinson is definitely one of them.
Florida offensive lineman Clay Wedin excited for first Buckeyes visit
Another player coming to Columbus next week is Carrollwood (Tampa, Fla.) Day School 2023 offensive lineman Clay Wedin. A 6-foot-6, 295-pound tackle prospect, Wedin has 23 offers — including Ohio State, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU and most of the Big Ten’s elite teams. Wedin, an early 3-star prospect despite that offer list, has been waiting for the chance to see the Buckeyes.
“My main thing is to get to know some of the coaching staff in person instead of over the phone,” Wedin told Lettermen Row. “I really would love to see the campus, facilities and to learn about their support staff. I’ve always loved the fact that Ohio State is a big, blue-blood school that’s always playing big-time games. But what’s even more intriguing to me is how they develop their lineman for the NFL. That and the type of culture that the coaching staff has implemented there.”
The Buckeyes are hosting a number of key prospects from Florida next week. Wedin is a fan of the way the Big Ten continues to push linemen into the NFL. That’s one of the primary reasons he’s considering leaving the south for college — and why this trip to Ohio is important.
“What draws me to the Big Ten is that I love how they have consistently put lineman into the league,” he said. “These are guys with long and successful careers, and they are developed throughout their college careers.”
Josh Padilla getting good sense of recruiting options
One in-state player visiting Ohio State next week is Josh Padilla. The Wayne (Huber Heights) High School 4-star 2023 lineman spent June checking out a number of his top schools. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound interior lineman has a couple of schools percolating as top choices, but it’s the Buckeyes and Notre Dame most commonly expected to be his ultimate choice. Both of those programs are hoping to see Padilla back on campus next week, and it’s expected he’ll stop to see both schools again.
After those trips it becomes a bit more realistic for Ohio’s No. 5-ranked rising junior to start narrowing down a choice. The first real chance to make college visits has given him a lot to consider.
“I think it opened my mind visiting these colleges,” Padilla told Lettermen Row. “Just seeing what they were all about and seeing the traditions they all have. I think after visiting the colleges again in the last week of July the process should be easier.”
Ohio State is looking for its first 2023 commitment.
Ohio State targets in 2022, 2023 class set announcement dates
On Monday, two players with Ohio State offers announced upcoming commitment dates.
Linebacker Shawn Murphy, a 4-star prospect from Unity Reed (Manassas, Va.) will make his college choice on Aug. 1. The Buckeyes are in his final five but have remained an outlier in that group. He hasn’t visited Ohio State this summer, and right now I’d lean toward Alabama being the choice. There’s aÂ small chance he’ll visit the Buckeyes next week from what Lettermen Row has been told. If that doesn’t happen, the odds of Ohio State being the choice are very, very low.
In the Class of 2023, DeSmet (St. Louis) High School 4-star tight end Mac Markway also took to Twitter to indicate that he’s ready to make a college decision. That announcement from Markway, the No. 4-ranked tight end in the country, will come next Tuesday. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound tight end was in Columbus about a month ago and enjoyed his connection with Kevin Wilson.
“When we get in Columbus, Ohio, I automatically felt comfortable,” Markway told Lettermen Row. “[Offensive coordinator Kevin] Wilson was a great guy to get the tour from. He was really down to earth and easy to talk to. Plus, Coach Day was a very unique coach. He really gave off that family feel when we were talking to him.”
Ohio State was one of seven finalists for Markway, but I don’t believe they’re in the winning position with his decision a week away. Perhaps the urgency of his decision will lead to a bit more urgency on the Buckeyes behalf. Wilson has offers out to eight different tight ends right now.