College football: Big recruiting weekend at Ohio State includes nation’s top running back


By Stephen Means - Advance Ohio Media



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COLUMBUS — Zachary Evans of North Shore (Texas) High School included Ohio State in his top five at the beginning of the month, and now he will make a trip to Columbus for an unofficial visit.

Evans will join 15 others expected to be in town this weekend for a major weekend for Buckeye recruiting. The five-star recruit is considered by 247sports.com to be the top running back and the No. 6 overall player in the class.

The Texas native has not set up any official visits with schools yet, but Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma and Ohio State will be in the running for one.

Should he choose the Buckeyes, he’d be the third five-star recruit in the class and the third considered to be the best player at his position, joining receiver Julian Fleming of Southern Columbia (Pa.) High School and offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr. of Princeton (Ohio) High School.

Receiver praised

Ohio State commit Gee Scott Jr. of Eastside Catholic (Wash.) High School made plenty of noise during the past week on the summer camp circuit.

The receiver made an abundance of plays that impressed everyone from scouts, to even his own future teammates.

The Washington native has been committed to Ohio State since Christmas Day and has shown no signs wanting to change that decision. As a junior, Scott caught 48 passes for 654 yards and six touchdowns.

He is currently rated as the No. 66 in his class and No. 13 among wide receivers, yet there are some people who can take one glance at him and easily walk away feeling that he may be a little underrated. One of those people is Richard Sherman of the San Francisco 49ers. The four-time Pro Bowler spotted one of Scott’s many highlights from the weekend and decided to voice his opinion of the four-star recruit’s ranking.

The two have built a relationship over the past few years, so the praise doesn’t come as a surprise, but neither do some of the performances he’s had this summer. Ohio State’s 2020 recruiting class has had no problem landing high-caliber offensive talent, especially at wide receiver.

There are three wide receivers in the class right now — Scott, Julian Fleming of Southern Columbia (Pa.) High School and Jaxon Smith-Njigba of Rockwall (Texas) High School — who could all potentially have a role in 2020. Combine that with the talent that is already on the roster in Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave and Jaelen Gill, the Buckeye passing game should be explosive for years to come.

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By Stephen Means

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