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Ohio State offer gives Dasan McCullough chance to go home
The country’s No. 8-ranked athlete in the Class of 2022 sees the offer he picked up from Ohio State on Tuesday as a chance to go back home.
Dasan McCullough, who plays at Blue Valley North High School in Leawood, Kansas, was born in Cincinnati and spent half of his life living in Ohio.
Prior to being offered by the Buckeyes, McCullough was able to chat with Ryan Day, Al Washington and other Ohio State staff members — and he felt something really special happening.
“Ohio State presented everything really well,” the 6-foot-4, 210-pound sophomore told Lettermen Row. “They explained a lot more than just the football aspect of it. I look at Ohio State as the best school in my home state and one that produces great people and great athletes for the next level.
“The offer is ‘different’ for my whole family. Being from Ohio, but also growing up a Big Ten kid.”
McCullough’s father, Deland, played at Miami (Ohio). His older brother of the same name plays for the RedHawks now. His family ties run through Ohio, but McCullough now lives in Kansas, of course. That’s not an area that often produces top-flight talents, but with almost 40 offers to his name, McCullough is a national prospect.
“To be offered by one of the best schools in the nation — if not the best — there are not a lot of kids in Kansas who get attention like that,” McCullough said. “It means a lot to see your talent recognized. Coaches are telling me that just see a big, athletic hybrid like Isaiah Simmons.”
There’s a way to go in McCullough’s recruitment, but Ohio State is going to be involved in this recruitment heavily moving forward.
“My plan is to commit before my senior football season if everything goes well,” McCullough said. “For me, the best-case scenario is to be not too far from home, to find a program where I feel needed and not just wanted, where I fall into their scheme. But overall it’s where I just love the school and campus.”
Michigan standout Josh Burnham offered by Buckeyes
Another big-time linebacker in the Class of 2022, Traverse City (Mich.) Central 4-star prospect Josh Burnham, was offered by Ohio State on Tuesday night.
Very thankful and blessed to receive an offer from THE Ohio State University!!! Thank you @ryandaytime @CoachWash56 @DB_CoachCoombs @CoachGMattison @MickeyMarotti @torilyn_m @markpantoni for taking the time to talk with me and my family!! #GoBuckeyes‼️ pic.twitter.com/2198g7zr6B
— Josh Burnham (@JoshuaBurnham20) April 21, 2020
Like McCullough, Burnham spent time talking to the Buckeyes coaching staff on Tuesday along with his parents. Coming from a family of Michigan fans, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound sophomore admits feeling a little bit strange about the excitement the Buckeyes offer brought on.
“I would say it’s weird,” Burnham joked with Lettermen Row. “But Ohio State is one of the best programs in the nation and I’m going to go wherever I feel a fit, finding a place where there’s a feeling of family and where we have good relationships with the coaches and players. I will go wherever I feel right.”
If Ohio State really wants to upset the in-state Wolverines, who offered Burnham last week, it’s going to be about relationships. The family felt confident and comfortable following their first real impression of Ryan Day.
“We liked them for sure,” Burnham said. “They were super friendly and all great people. We are glad we get to build a relationship with them. We for sure got a pretty good look at the school, but we are also looking forward to going on a visit to see more.
“They made a very good impression and are definitely towards the top of the list.”
Jacoby Mathews wants Ohio State offer
Sunday, Lettermen Row wrote about a recent Buckeyes offer for 2022 defensive back J’yaire Brown, a 4-star prospect from New Orleans. Brown has major Ohio State interest — he’s from Ohio originally — and he’s not the only sophomore defensive back in Louisiana who has a real interest in the program.
“Ohio State opens my eyes,” Jacoby Mathews, the country’s No. 12-ranked safety according to 247Sports.com, told Lettermen Row. “It’s very rare for them to not appear in the playoffs or to compete for championships, so I know they have good coaching there. Their players are making grades and staying healthy. I just like the environment of the crowd that I see when they’re playing at home.”
Mathews is good friends with J’yaire Brown, and the pair would like to play football together in college, if possible.
“J’yaire, that’s like my best friend,” Mathews said. “We want to go to college at the same school. He told me he wants to go back home, so if I got an offer and visited, if I like it — the vibe — I could be there with him.”
Ohio State rarely recruits Louisiana because players who are from that area that have Buckeyes-level talent usually stay closer to home and head off to LSU, Alabama, Georgia, etc. It’s all about return on investment in recruiting, and for young prospects who want Ohio State attention down near the Bayou, it’s not always easy to find. The fact that the Buckeyes are already recruiting Brown may make it more worth their while to check in on the 6-foot-2 defensive back prospect. LSU is his “dream school,” but for Mathews, he’s trying to view his recruitment a bit differently.
“I’ve always watched Ohio State, Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Clemson, and West Virginia,” Mathews, with 17 offers, said. “My dad and me have talked and think maybe if I stay home there’d be too many distractions too close to me.
“I really want for myself to get away and experience life somewhere else where I’ll be stable.”
Ohio State staying in touch with Donovan Green
The Buckeyes are doing their best to get in touch with as many young prospects as they can during this bizarre recruiting time — and that includes Houston-area standout Donovan Green.
Green, the country’s top-ranked 2022 tight end prospect, has had multiple calls with Ohio State in the last few weeks — specifically with tight ends coach Kevin Wilson — and is hoping to hear from Ryan Day soon. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound prospect thinks that call, whenever it happens, will lead to a scholarship offer.
“Wilson was just telling me how excited he was to talk with me, and he was explaining to me how I would be used at the school as a tight end,” Green told Lettermen Row. “He said he wants to get me on the phone with the head coach before he offers a scholarship.”
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