Ohio State recruiting: How did the Buckeyes fare with their September to-do list?

In early September, we took a look at what Land of 10 believed was the month’s   “to-do” list for Ohio State football’s recruiting efforts.

With the arrival of the college football season, recruiting would start to pick back up and we’d find out if Ohio State could maintain its momentum on the recruiting trail.

The Buckeyes hit their expectations.

Let’s rewind the month and see how Ohio State fared.

First item: Get a real, complete read on Anthony Cook

Here was the first assignment of the month:

“…this is about finding out exactly where [Ohio State] stands [with Anthony Cook] heading into his Oct. 30 decision…”

With an official visit coming last week to Texas – which started Friday, the day after the Longhorns played Iowa State – there’s absolutely no clarity on this front. Yes, Cook visited Ohio State in September and that’s a good thing, but two visits to Texas including a three-day stay where he and he alone is the focus for Tom Herman and his staff? That’s a bad thing for the Buckeyes.

There is no reason to panic yet when it comes to the 5-star 2018 cornerback from Houston, but avoiding a return trip to Texas would’ve helped make Ohio State’s position as the leader feel much more secure.

The task: Did not complete

Second item: Make a move with Zach Harrison and Jowon Briggs

The second assignment of the month:

“Ohio State is working hard to secure Ohio’s best players in the Class of 2019, and this coming weekend, and the entire of month of September, will give them a serious opportunity to build some relationships.”

September is about starting real relationships with the top juniors in the country, and Ohio State needed to do that with two of the best players from Ohio.

Each player, 5-star Zach Harrison and 4-star Jowon Briggs, visited Ohio State for the Sept. 9 loss against Oklahoma, the only visit made by either player this past month. For the Buckeyes 2019 recruiting class to be a success, this duo  has to find their way to Columbus multiple times. Still, September was a good start.

The task: Completed

Third item: Find new OL targets

We aren’t entirely sure if this third task was met or not.

“The Buckeyes need to locate some offensive linemen in the 2018 class that could fill spots if Nicholas Petit-Frere, Rasheed Walker and William Barnes don’t decide in Ohio State’s favor.”

It’s hard to tell exactly what happened on this front because a lists of names of who is being watched and evaluated isn’t released every day. We know that – at one point in September – Buckeyes offensive line coach Greg Studrawa was in Toledo checking in on Austin Beier, the Minnesota commit. Beyond that, there weren’t a bunch of visits made around the state or otherwise that would indicate new names are popping up.

But again, they probably are, internally. That said, we’ll give this one a “not yet finished.”

The task: Incomplete

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