Ohio State recruiting: Buckeyes remain in mix for top 2020 receivers

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I know we’re one day away from signing day in the Class of 2019, but only a few 2020 prospects warrant a real look ahead on a day like this one. These two receivers, Rakim Jarrett and Julian Fleming, definitely make that list.

According to Rivals.com, the 6-foot, 182-pound Jarrett is the country’s top receiver prospect in the 2020 class, one spot ahead of Catawissa (Pa.) 5-star Julian Fleming. If you check out the 247Sports.com rankings, it’s the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Fleming at the top of the list with Jarrett as the country’s fourth-ranked prospect at the position.

So basically, these two are really good.

The good news for Ohio State is that the program is seriously involved with each player and the loss of Urban Meyer isn’t going to immediately have any sort of adverse impact on either recruitment. Brian Hartline has established a tight bond with this pair, and his elevation to full-time receivers coach paired with Ryan Day’s promotion are both positives for prospects who see those two as the architects of Ohio State’s new high-flying, pass-friendly offense.

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Ohio State receivers coach Brian Hartline has provided a major boost to the Buckeyes recruiting efforts. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Ohio State may be the leader for each of these prospects right now, but there’s a long way to signing day. Jarrett and Fleming are going to be courted heavily by every school in the country, and neither is likely to make a decision anytime soon. Day and the Buckeyes will have to show continued success throwing the ball, and Hartline will need to keep building those relationships. Schools like Penn State, USC, Georgia and Alabama will fight for Fleming. Maryland, LSU, Alabama and others will battle for Jarrett.

If there’s a coaching change that could most impact Jarrett’s recruitment, it may not even be Meyer’s retirement but instead the hiring of Mike Locksley by Maryland. Locksley was the guy pushing Jarrett’s interest in Alabama, and now he’s leading the charge for Maryland and is a very good recruiter with a ton of ties to the Washington D.C. area. That’s a potential issue for the Buckeyes when it comes to pursuing Jarrett, despite his local family ties in Canton.

Ohio State has one 2020 receiver committed in Texas 4-star Jaxon Smith-Njigba, and they could look to sign four or five in that class if the right guys emerge. Hartline has put them in a great position with Jarrett, Fleming and others — including Washington’s Gee Scott, Houston’s Demond Demas and Illinois’ A.J. Henning. The Buckeyes are also very high on the list for North Carolina’s Muhsin Muhammad and a quintet of Michigan standouts in Rashawn Williams, Maliq Carr, Cam Martinez, Ian Stewart and Devell Washington.

Whatever players Ohio State lands at receiver in 2020, they’re going to be dynamic — and will be some of the country’s best players.

The best way to stay on top of all that recruiting #stuff? Subscribe to Lettermen Row’s Recruiting with Birm newsletter. Ryan Day and the Ohio State coaching staff will be all over the country during these next two weeks in an effort to change the mind of any kids planning on delaying their signing until February.