Ohio State: Buckeyes make top group for California 5-star Johnny Wilson

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Ohio State makes top 5 for California star receiver

Call it the lure of Ohio State or the impact of Brian Hartline on the recruiting trail. Call it whatever you want, but the Buckeyes are becoming a pretty dangerous team on the recruiting trail when it comes to wide receivers. The latest bit of evidence to support that? Calabasas (Calif.) 5-star Johnny Wilson’s top-five list includes Oregon, UCLA, Washington, Texas and Ohio State.

Wilson was offered by the Buckeyes in December, and though he’s not visited the school, he clearly thinks very highly of what they are building offensively. He’s the country’s second-ranked receiver according to the 247Sports composite rankings, and the 6-foot-5, 215-pound wideout has almost 40 scholarship offers to this point.

The Buckeyes have two 2020 receivers committed already in Texas 4-star Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Washington 4-star Gee Scott. And they are hoping to add at least two, maybe three, more if the right names want to come aboard. The main targets remain Rakim Jarrett, Julian Fleming and Marcus Rosemy.

Ryan Day and his Buckeyes would have a tough time turning a prospect like Johnny Wilson away if he’s serious about the program and not just using the Ohio State name as a resume booster.

Grant Toutant surprised by Buckeyes offer

Last week, Ohio State offered a scholarship to Warren (Mich.) De La Salle 2020 offensive lineman Grant Toutant, an early Penn State verbal in next year’s recruiting cycle.

The offer was unexpected, according to the 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle.

“It actually came as a surprise,” Toutant told Lettermen Row. “I haven’t been in contact with them at all. I briefly talked to someone over the summer at a camp, but that was it. Not a camp at Ohio State, it was the Sound Mind/Sound Body camp at Grand Valley State University and then the Wayne State prospects camp. Ohio State was briefly there.”

The surprising offer came at his school when Day and Greg Mattison visited for a basketball game.

“They came to my school and watched me at basketball practice,” he said. “They talked to my coach for a bit and at the end of my practice, my coach told me they had offered me.”

With 11 offers now, Michigan’s 19th-ranked prospect in 2020 kn0ws an offer from the Buckeyes is one that could alter his recruiting profile.

“Being a kid from Michigan, I know Ohio State has always been a strong competitor of ours, and they have a winning history,” Toutant said. “I think is raises the level of offers I have. I also got offered by Michigan State the same day. Mark Dantonio and Ryan Day were in the gym together, both watching me. Now this is bringing Notre Dame in this week.”

Toutant isn’t making any decisions about his recruitment based on these recent offers, though. He will head to Happy Valley for a major junior day event this weekend to get back together with the Penn State staff before making any decisions about visits elsewhere.

Ohio State checks out Cameron Martinez

Down the road from Warren De La Salle a bit in Muskegon, 3-star 2020 prospect Cameron Martinez is once again hoping to remain in contact with Ohio State after a coaching change.

Originally recruited by Kerry Coombs, the two-way star lost contact with Ohio State for most of the last year. But he began developing a relationship with former Buckeyes cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson by the end of the year. Johnson, obviously, is no longer with Ohio State and his replacement had not yet made contact with the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Martinez, though Brian Hartline had stayed in communication with him.

Now, it appears, Matt Barnes, the new Ohio State assistant secondary coach, will be picking up the mantle of conversation.

“Coach Barnes was at my game on Friday night,” Martinez told Lettermen Row. “I didn’t get to talk to him. I don’t understand the rules to why we can talk at the school but they can’t talk to me or my parents at the game. He sat with a few of my football coaches and talked to them throughout the game.

“He was there the whole time.”

Though he didn’t speak to Barnes directly, Martinez was happy with the message Ohio State relayed through his coaches.

“He said they were meeting soon as a staff and they were going to talk about me then,” Martinez said. “And that he likes how big I look. A lot of coaches have been saying that because I guess I don’t look as heavy on film. Said he definitely can see me playing slot receiver.

“He hit me up Sunday with the spring practice schedule and said I can do some freakish things athletically.”

Martinez intends on making an Ohio State visit for a spring practice. Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Northwestern are among his 17 offers. He is a legitimate Division I prospect on offense or defense.