Ohio State still chasing Kelee Ringo, facing major uphill battle
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Ohio State still chasing Kelee Ringo, facing major uphill battle

Jeremy Birminghamover 2 years
Article written by:Jeremy BirminghamJeremy Birmingham



Have a question about Ohio State recruiting? This is the place for you, five days a week. Submit your questions on Twitter or on the Lettermen Row forums. Check in daily to see what’s on the mind of Buckeyes fans all over the country. Today’s question asks what the deal is with 5-star cornerback Kelee Ringo and the Buckeyes.

Ohio State Recruiting Question of the Day

Kelee Ringo is the country’s top-ranked cornerback in the Class of 2020. Ohio State needs two or three cornerbacks in the cycle.

Yes, the Buckeyes would love to have Kelee Ringo on board.

But is there any chance for a significant return on the investment into recruiting him? That’s the million-dollar question.

Ringo, 6-foot-2 and 205-pounds, is a prototypical cornerback prospect who combines speed, power and size. And aside from checking all the physical boxes, he also has a high football IQ, a strong motor and drive to be successful. He’s everything a program wants in a recruit.

Ohio State isn’t at the top of the list right now, it seems. But Ringo has clearly been paying attention, and he’s continued to be aggressively recruited by Jeff Hafley and the Buckeyes. There’s a climb to get back in the picture here, though, and that’s understandable considering Ringo has been to Columbus just once — a week before Urban Meyer’s retirement.

So, it’s understandable if things here aren’t as good as they could be.

Ringo’s traveled all over the country during the spring. He’s a Washington native living in Scottsdale, Arizona. He’s spent a ton of time at Texas and Georgia, and those two programs are going to be at the top of the list when he releases his next, shorter list of top schools.

The Buckeyes should be on that list, depending on how many schools deep it is. His coach at Saguaro High School, Jason Mohns, told Lettermen Row that there is at least a plan for Ringo to revisit Ohio State. But there’s no date set aside yet for that trip to happen.

So the question is going to remain until that visit happens — or if it happens. As with a lot of defensive backs, the efforts to recruit Ringo are moving a bit slower than some might like, but creating new relationships with new coaches takes time. There’s no timeline in place for a decision from Kelee Ringo. So right now, time is something that still seems to be on Ohio State’s side.

But getting the next visit to Ohio State set up is what matters the most.

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