Ohio State recruiting: Florida trio set for official visits; Pennsylvania recruit planning trips to Columbus

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Aquinas trio plans to take Ohio State official visits

Ohio State’s strong relationships at Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas have been well-documented. The Raiders have been kind to the Buckeyes, sending the Bosa brothers, Trevon Grimes, Damon Arnette and others to Ohio State over the years. Ohio State has been kind in return, offering many of the top players to come out of the South Florida powerhouse program.

Recruiting analyst David Wilson of Miami DieHards recently reported that a trio of 4-star St. Thomas Aquinas standouts — safety Jordan Battle, cornerback Jaden Davis and linebacker Anthony Solomonwould be taking a group official visit to Ohio State on April 7. All three prospects hold an offer from Ohio State.

Although he’s the lowest-ranked player of the bunch on the 247Sports composite rankings, there’s no doubt that Battle is Ohio State’s top target from the school. The 6-foot-1, 187-pound safety recently was minted as an Under Armour All-American, and he’s one of the few players that Ohio State currently would accept a commitment from as a safety. Miami, Georgia, Oklahoma, Michigan and Florida are a few of the other top contenders for Battle.

Battle’s 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions currently read 100 percent in favor of the Buckeyes, and I’ve joined those predictions. He previously told me that he plans to wait until the summer to commit, and it’s possible that things could change between now and then, but I have the Buckeyes in great shape for Battle.

Davis is a player whom I could see Ohio State reeling in if the Buckeyes wanted to press for his commitment, but I don’t think the Buckeyes would take him right now. Florida, Miami, Oklahoma and Clemson are a few of the top schools for Davis.

Solomon is unlikely to end up at Ohio State and mostly seems to be tagging along with his teammates. His recruitment has turned into a two-team race between Miami and Michigan, although he holds nearly 40 offers and other schools will surely try to sneak in there.

Super freshman says he will visit Ohio State

Full disclosure: I am a Gateway High School alumnus.

We last spoke about Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway freshman Derrick Davis Jr. in February when the Buckeyes offered the Pittsburgh-area standout shortly after an impressive performance at the Under Armour All-America camp in Geneva, Ohio.

Only five 2021 prospects have landed an Ohio State offer, but the 6-foot, 176-pound safety has a chance to be one of the best in the country. Penn State, Pitt, West Virginia, Baylor, Kentucky and several other programs have offered Davis as well, but Ohio State earned the “dream school” label when he discussed his offer with Land of 10 as the news broke.

At the time, Davis told Land of 10 that he planned to visit Ohio State for a spring practice, with visits down the road.

“I’ll be attending a couple of spring games and visits,” Davis told Land of 10. “I will be visiting Penn State, Ohio State, West Virginia and Temple. I’m excited and honored to have [so] many opportunities as a freshman… Right now I know that the Penn State junior day is April 7 and the Blue and White Game is April 21. So far, that’s the only school I have specific dates for.”

Penn State and Ohio State likely will be two of the most significant programs in Davis’ recruitment as it progresses.

Fact or fiction?

This morning, 247Sports recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic issued a report that Dallas Bishop Dunne standout and 4-star athlete Marquez Beason, a recent Illinois commit who had Ohio State in his final four, would be taking an official visit to Ohio State.

Beason’s recent commitment to Illinois on March 10 over Ohio State, LSU and Texas A&M came as a surprise, but it would be equally surprising to see him turn around and immediately schedule official visits to several other programs just days after committing.

Shortly after it was posted, Beason took to Twitter to refute the report.

Now, each of the three other finalists and several other schools undoubtedly will continue to recruit Beason and hope to pry him away from Illinois. He’s the No. 53 prospect and No. 6 athlete in the Class of 2019, and his commitment won’t slow down recruiting efforts from Ohio State, LSU, or Texas A&M. Still, it looks like there was no fire to this smoke quite yet, and you shouldn’t pencil Beason onto any visitor lists.

Florida visitor arrives tomorrow

Ohio State plans to welcome Orlando (Fla.) Jones linebacker Marcus Tillman Jr. to campus for an unofficial visit on Thursday. There was some brief concern that the storm that brought snow to Columbus Wednesday morning could lead to travel complications, but Tillman informed Land of 10 that he’s still on track to touch down in Columbus Thursday for his visit.

Tillman is a high school teammate of Buckeyes cornerback Sevyn Banks, a 2018 signee and early enrollee. Tillman, a 2019 recruit, is ranked as the No. 38 outside linebacker and No. 560 prospect overall in his class. Florida and Ohio State are the two main contenders for Tillman, but Clemson, Louisville, Kentucky, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and several other Power 5 programs have offered.

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