Ohio State Football Recruiting Update: March 23, 2016

    Ohio State football recruiting update for the week of March 23, 2016

    March 23, 2016


    An Ohio State football recruiting update for the week of March 23, 2016.


    It’s difficult to talk about the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation and say it had a slow week.

    Ohio State might not have landed any commitments in the past week, but it certainly made moves on the recruiting trail by extending offers to three prospects in the 2018 class.

    The Buckeyes offered Palaie Gaoteote, an outside linebacker from Las Vegas. At 6-foot-2, 210 lbs Gaoteote lives in the backfield. As a sophomore, he recorded 92 tackles and 13.5 tackles for loss. He attacks ball carriers and closes in on running lanes before they even have a chance to open up. 

    The other defensive recruit Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes offered is Leonard Taylor, a defensive end from Springfield, Ohio. Taylor is 6-foot-5, 240 lbs and can play tight end, though he makes a bigger impact as a run-stuffing defensive end. He explodes out of a four-point stance and gets his hands inside on offensive linemen to maintain separation and find the ball carrier.

    Last and not all least is L’Christian Smith, a 4-star wide receiver from Huber Heights, Ohio. He’s certainly hard to miss at 6-foot-5, 200 lbs. Smith creates a matchup problem for any defensive back because of his size. He’s able to create and keep separation and is dangerous after the catch.

    Here’s a look at how Ohio State’s 2017 class currently sits.

    Note: Scout rankings and ratings used in this article.

    Ohio State Football Recruiting Update


    Complete Class

  1. No. 1 Overall Class
  2. Total Commits: 13
  3. 5-Star Commits: 1
  4. 4-Star Commits: 10
  5. 3-Star Commits: 2
  6. Josh Myers: 5-Star, No. 4 OT, No. 15 Overall
  7. Haskell Garrett: 4-Star, No. 2 DT, No. 22 Overall
  8. Shaun Wade: 4-Star, No. 5 CB, No. 33 Overall
  9. Jake Moretti: 4-Star, No. 8 OT, No. 64 Overall
  10. Isaiah Pryor: 4-Star, No. 8 S, No. 95 Overall
  11. J.K. Dobbins: 4-Star, No. 11 ATH, No. 111 Overall
  12. Brendon White: 4-Star, No. OLB, No. 131 Overall
  13. Marcus Williamson: 4-Star, No. 13 CB, No. 149 Overall
  14. Jerron Cage: 4-Star, No. 10 DT, No. 158 Overall
  15. Todd Sibley: 4-Star, No. 20 RB, No. 230 Overall
  16. Danny Clark: 4-Star, No. 28 QB, Unranked Overall
  17. Antjuan Simmons: 3-Star, Unranked RB
  18. Blake Haubeil: 3-Star, Unranked K

  19. Top Targets

  20. Jeffrey Okudah: 5-Star, No. 1 S, No. 18 Overall
  21. Darnay Holmes: 5-Star, No. 1 CB, No. 11 Overall
  22. Trevon Grimes: 5-Star, No. 1 WR, No. 7 Overall
  23. Donovan Peoples-Jones: 4-Star, No. 3 WR, No. 25 Overall
  24. Joshua Kaindoh: 4-Star, No. 6 DE, No. 76 Overall

  25. Buckeyes Buzz

  26. Ohio State AD Takes Shot At Jim Harbaugh
  27. Urban Meyer Backs Michigan’s Florida Spring Practices
  28. Urban Meyer Shows Support For Presidential Candidate

  29. Tweet Of The Week

    Quarterback commit Danny Clark and running back Todd Sibley prepare for Ohio State visit.

    Scouting The Enemy

  30. 4-Star WR Keyshawn Johnson Jr. committed to Nebraska (3/23/2016)
  31. 4-Star DE Earnest Brown IV committed to Northwestern (3/22/2016)
  32. 2-Star TE Jack Camper committed to Michigan State (3/22/2016)
  33. 2018 LB Antwuan Johnson committed to Michigan (3/21/2016)
  34. 3-Star WR Cody White committed to Michigan State (3/16/2016)
  35. 4-Star WR Jaevon McQuitty committed to Nebraska (3/12/16)
  36. Unranked OLB Willie Hampton committed to Nebraska (3/9/16)
  37. 4-Star S Djimon Colbert committed to Iowa (3/6/2016)
  38. 4-Star ATH J.K. Dobbins committed to Ohio State (3/6/2016)
  39. 3-Star RB Antjuan Simmons committed to Ohio State (3/1/2016)

  40. Recent Ohio State Offers

  41. Palaie Gaoteote, 2018 OLB, Las Vegas, Nev.
  42. L’Christian Smith, 2018 4-Star WR, Huber Heights, Ohio
  43. Leonard Taylor, 2018 DE, Springfield, Ohio
  44. Marvin Wilson , 2017 5-Star, No. 1 DT, No. 9 Overall, Bellaire, Texas
  45. Kary Vincent Jr, 20174-Star, No. 16 CB, No. 177 Overall, Port Arthur, Texas

  46. MORE: Urban Meyer Has High Praise For Former Buckeyes Star

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