Donovan Edwards buzz builds, top-ranked tight end hears from Buckeyes

Jeremy Birminghamover 1 year
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Donovan Edwards, Ohio State crystal ball predictions

The crystal balls are changing for Donovan Edwards, and that means the internet rumor mill is churning. Steve Wiltfong and Allen Trieu, two of the industry’s most respected and connected recruiting insiders, each turned their official prediction on the nation’s No. 3-ranked running back from Michigan to Ohio State on Monday morning.

Every Michigan outlet quickly broke down predictions and what they meant for the Wolverines. Dozens of articles were written. Explanations given. Chaos ensued.

And to be perfectly honest, none of it really matters. Heck, Tuesday morning, another respected 247Sports.com writer included Edwards in an early 2021 class prediction — in favor of Georgia.

To be clear, I’m a fan of the entire crystal-ball prediction system. I think it serves as a wonderful barometer for people looking for some way to sort through the quagmire that college football recruiting has become. But the system isn’t meant to guarantee where a prospect ends up. It’s meant to suggest where the momentum in their recruitment is now.

Yes, it’s very good news for the Buckeyes that they’re still in the forefront of Edwards’ recruitment. But cautious optimism is the best approach for Ohio State, because as one source told Lettermen Row on Monday: “There’s a long, long way to go” when it comes to a final decision from the 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back.

The Buckeyes have been at or near the top of the list for Edwards for almost two years. Tony Alford and Ryan Day recruit him harder than anyone in the country, and they have both built real a real relationship with him that they hope can offset the pressure the young standout feels to stay home and play for Michigan — which so many of his family, friends and coaches are pushing him to do.

The point: Nothing is imminent when it comes to Edwards, and that while the current mood is positive for Ohio State, there’s not ever really been a moment in his recruitment where things weren’t positive for the program. The interest is and has been legitimate, and that’s why Edwards has been the guy at the top of the recruiting wishlist for Ohio State since he was offered in September of 2018.

I don’t mean to rain on any parades, and I am certainly not suggesting that the crystal-ball predictions aren’t providing real insight into the current temperature of his recruitment. But the bottom line is not much has changed.

Ohio State, Michigan, Georgia, Alabama, LSU and every other big-time program in the country are going to continue to pursue Edwards. The Buckeyes remain in an excellent position heading into the spring, and they can bolster that position when he heads to Columbus next weekend. But any expectation of a commitment happening at that time is unwarranted.

Ohio State reaching out to top-ranked tight end Thomas Fidone

In early January, Lettermen Row wrote about Thomas Fidone, a prospect from Iowa who was then the nation’s No. 10-ranked tight end. In that introduction, Fidone mentioned that he was interested in hearing from the Buckeyes, citing their usage and development of the position in recent years.

Six short weeks later, Fidone has been moved all the way up the national rankings and is now the top-ranked tight end prospect in 2021 and a top-40 player overall. Yes, Ohio State has now been in touch.

“Kevin Wilson reached out to me,” Fidone told Lettermen Row. “He let me know that he’s interested and wanted to build a relationship. He’s stayed in touch since.”

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Fidone, who grew up a fan of Nebraska, has not yet begun scheduling any spring visits. So the opportunity for Ohio State to make a move in his recruitment is there.

Georgia cornerback still hoping to hear from Buckeyes 

The Buckeyes are a serious contender for Georgia 4-star cornerback Jordan Hancock, but there’s another highly-ranked corner in the Peach State hoping to hear from Ohio State at some point: Nyland Green from Newton (Covington, Ga.) High School.

The country’s third-ranked cornerback according to 247Sports.com is a 6-foot-2, 175-pound athlete, and he’s hoping that Ohio State takes a look at him at some point.

“I haven’t heard nothing from Ohio State,” Green told Lettermen Row. “Which kinda bothers me because I like them. I’ve been liking Ohio State since I was a kid.

“A lot of great defensive backs have been through there, and they are great team. I just think I’d be good fit for them because I will lock down any wide receiver in the Big Ten, for sure. I think I’d stand out more in the Big Ten, because I’m a dog and I know I am.”

Kerry Coombs is very familiar with recruiting Georgia thanks to his previous stint at Ohio State. Green could make it worthwhile to make a stop in Covington.

 

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