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Ohio State visit one to watch for Jaiden Ausberry
Ohio State will host a large number of 2022 and 2023 prospects in June, but that’s not new. What is new is the Buckeyes making an active attempt to recruit the state of LouisianaÂ — which is exactly what Al Washington is doing.
One of The Boot’s top young prospects is Jaiden Ausberry, a 5-star linebacker at University Lab High School in Baton Rouge. We talked about Ausberry last month because he and people around him adamantly stated that he is actually considering leaving the Southeast for college. In the last few weeks, conversation has begun ramping up between Washington and Ausberry. He’ll visit Ohio State on June 22, so the contact is coming at a good time.
“I really like [Washington’s] personality,” Ausberry told Lettermen Row. “I enjoy speaking to him. I would like to get to know him more before I visit so I can know what it will be like being around him in person.”
Jaiden’s older brother Austin is a 4-star defensive back in the Class of 2022. He’s not heard from Ohio State, but the pair wouldÂ like to play at the same place in college. That being the case, he doesn’t believe his opinion of a school will be impacted by Austin’s recruitment.
“I don’t think it will,” he said. “But sure, it would mean a lot to my family, you know, to still be playing together side by side in college.”
Ohio State has not offered either Ausberry yet, but it’s likely coming for the now 6-foot-2, 195-pound Jaiden. He’s familiar with the Buckeyes legacy and their culture has his attention.
“I have always heard that the culture up their is great,” Ausberry said. “They have always had winning teams. They also produce a lot of top draft picks and that catches my eye.”
Larry Johnson offers big-time defensive end Dani Dennis-Sutton
Larry Johnson has his eyes set on a busy June, and he’s now got a new 2022 prospect to try to get to campus.
“I am blessed and honored to receive an offer from the University of Ohio State,” defensive end Dani Dennis-Sutton tweeted on Monday.
While Dennis-Sutton may need a brief education on the Buckeyes school name, it’s the recruiting world that may need educated about him. The country’s No. 5-ranked strong-side defensive end is a top 75-ranked player Owings Mills (Md.) McDonogh High School. He has offers from Alabama, Georgia, Florida and 20 other schools, and the current favorite to land him is Penn State. The defensive line MVP from theÂ Rivals.com Camp Series in New Jersey on Sunday now has an Ohio State offer even without playing last year as the state of Maryland opted out due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The relationship with the Buckeyes is new, and it remains to be seen if it’s too late for Larry Johnson to make an impact here. What is clear is that Dennis-Sutton is a big-time talent who is now a real Ohio State target.
Tackett Curtis loves Big Ten football, hoping for Ohio State offer
Heading back to Louisiana, another 2023 linebacker there is very interested in Ohio State and the Big Ten — and he’s certainly open to leaving his home area for college.
“Iâ€™m very serious [about leaving the south],” Tackett Curtis told Lettermen Row. “My first visits this summer are going to be Michigan and Wisconsin. My whole family and high school coach [uncle] will also be attending. I have been to several LSU games in my life and both of my brothers attend there currently, but Iâ€™ve never been an LSU fan. Alabama was my favorite team growing up.”
Al Washington has been watching the 6-foot-2, 205-pound 4-star from Many (La.) High School.
“Iâ€™ve been hearing from them a lot over the last couple weeks after they came across and evaluated my film,” Curtis said. “Coach Washington has been putting in a lot of effort to get to know me and my family more. He said he likes how physical and violent I was in my film. He also said I reminded him of Pete Werner.”
Ohio State hasn’t offered yet, but if it does then visit plans may be quickly adjusted for the country’s No. 3-ranked outside linebacker.
“[An offer] would make us find a way to make that visit happen at some point this June,” Curtis sad. “It would probably be the next week after we left Penn State.
“It would mean a lot to me to be offered by them. They are one of the best programs in the country and are always a threat to win it all. They have a great tradition of winning and have had so many great players come through there. I also love Big Ten football so I watch them often and wouldnâ€™t mind being up north at all. Iâ€™d fit well in that conference. I believe itâ€™s the most physical football conference overall.”
Buckeyes offer California tight end Walker Lyons
Ohio State offered its fifth 2023 tight end, extending a scholarship to California’s Walker Lyons on Monday.
“That was probably my third or fourth conversation with Kevin Wilson,” Lyons told Lettermen Row. “It means a lot. To be offered by one of the top programs in the country [and] for a kid living in California, it’s huge. It shows how hard work pays off, and itâ€™s good to know that coaches from all over the country are noticing my work.”
Lyons is just about 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds. He thinks he’s the type of complete tight end who can compete in any offensive system.
“I can do everything,” Lyons said. “I can line up out wide, in-line, slot, I can block and can make physical blocking and yard after catch plays. I see myself as a four-down tight end.”
An Ohio State visit is already being discussed.
“Iâ€™m going to try and get out to Ohio state in June,” he added. “We are still talking through it with coaches. I am planning on taking a few visits. Iâ€™m still open to everything and looking at all my options.”
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