Joshua Mickens

The rush: Ohio State offers 2023 four-star defensive end Joshua Mickens, Damon Wilson would travel to OSU for Michigan game

We’re officially one game of the week away from Michigan, and there’s no shortage of recruiting news this Monday, so let’s get to it.

Mickens takes over OSU offer

While the recruiting visitor slate for Michigan’s next game will likely be another Notre Dame slate with eye-catching names left and right, there were some interesting prospects of note for Ohio’s 56-14 win. State on Indiana on Saturday. One of them was 2023 Indiana four-star defensive end Joshua Mickens.

Mickens, currently signed to LSU, received an offer from OSU over the weekend.

The offer comes very late in the cycle, but OSU wouldn’t make the offer if it didn’t feel at least somewhat confident that it can knock off Mickens, who is ranked the 136th top prospect nationally and the 18th leading player. ranked in the Class of 2023, according to 247Sports composite rankings. In 11 games played for Lawrence Central (Indianapolis, Indiana) this season, Mickens had 74 total tackles (20.5 for a loss), 6.5 sacks, two quarterback rushes, one pass deflection and three fumbles. strengths.

Although Mickens’ visit was Mickens’ first to OSU this year, it wasn’t his first game visit to Ohio Stadium, as the 6-foot-5, 225-pound prospect visited the Buckeyes contest against Oregon last season. Saturday’s visit won’t be the last either. Mickens is expected to be in OSU’s contest against Michigan on November 26 for an official visit, leading to further speculation that he is a prime candidate given Indiana’s scouting plans to sign in December. .

Of course, there’s an elephant question in the room that accompanies Mickens’ offer: Does Ohio State feel less confident about its chances of getting at least one of the three wingers? five-star defensive backs on his recruiting board: Damon Wilson, Keon Keeley and Matayo Uiagalelei?

In short, no. OSU would still like to take two or three more defensive ends in the 2023 cycle, and Mickens’ offer only illustrates that desire, plus the Buckeyes’ confidence that they can knock him out of LSU and keep him closer to home. .

Speaking of the big three, there are a few new keys to dig into regarding one of them.

Wilson to visit for Michigan game

Shortly after Damon Wilson visited Georgia for the Bulldogs’ highly anticipated contest against Tennessee earlier this month, speculation swirled that he might make another visit to OSU before committing.

Well, speculation has turned into confirmation, as Wilson told On3 he will make another visit to Columbus for the Michigan game on November 26. Ohio State and Georgia separated themselves from the rest of the pack in the race for Wilson, and more In recent months, his recruiting has been a seesaw affair between the two programs. But it looks like OSU is getting the last campus visit before Wilson makes a decision.

“I don’t think I’ll wait too late to commit,” Wilson told On3. “I think it will happen before signing day. My visit to the state of Ohio will probably be everything to me. I will focus on my position, see what their roles are and how they play in defense. This will be the biggest part of Michigan’s game visit.

Wilson visited OSU for its season opener against Notre Dame and has since made two visits to Georgia. Ryan Day and Larry Johnson visited Wilson in Florida during Ohio State’s bye week and continue to actively recruit the top defensive prospect daily. His visit for the Michigan game could go a long way in determining whether or not Ohio State can close the deal with Wilson and land his commitment some time before signing day.

Williams places OSU in top 10

A 2024 four-star running back with an OSU offer has included OSU in his top 10. Missouri prospect Aneyas Williams released a top 10 list Monday featuring Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia , Missouri, Florida, Penn State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ole Miss.

Although the Buckeyes cracked Williams’ top 10, Ohio State isn’t among the schools recruiting him the hardest, according to On3. These schools consist of Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, Notre Dame, Penn State and Tennessee, with Notre Dame currently holding two 247Sports Crystal Ball screenings to land the four-star prospect.

Williams traveled to Ohio State Sept. 3 for the Notre Dame game earlier this year and picked up his offer from OSU in July. He plans to commit sometime before the start of his senior season and will likely trim his roster once more before taking any official visits. While OSU may not be seen as the current favorite to land the prospect from Missouri, the commitment of cornerback Jermaine Mathews is still trying to convince Williams to play at OSU.

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