This weekend is set to be a big one for college football powers across the country. Ohio State may have one of the most impressive guest lists of them all.
Well over two dozen class of 2020 and 2021 targets are set to arrive in Columbus today. The program is calling the event the Buckeye Bash & Barbecue.
Per Lettermen Row, while the 2020 class will be well-represented, especially by current Buckeye verbal commits, the focus of the weekend may actually be for 2021. Ryan Day and his staff plan to use it as a jumping off point for the rising high school junior class.
What is going to happen, though, is that a number of major Buckeyes targets are going to gather, play games, fraternize and get to know each other with the hopes of building relationships that will carry them to a real, solid foundation for the Class of 2021. That’s the group that this event is mostly aimed at, not the 2020 recruiting class — although some of the guys in town for that will certainly drop by as well.
Both Ohio State 2021 commitments, 5-star defensive end Jack Sawyer and 4-star quarterback Kyle McCord, will be on campus Friday. McCord will spend the entire weekend in Columbus and will not leave until Monday morning when he heads to Atlanta for the Rivals.com 5-star Challenge.
Here are the recruits expected to appear at Ohio State's major recruiting event this weekend.
Via Eleven Warriors:
2020 Ohio State Commits:
5-Star WR Julian Fleming - Catawissa, PA - Unofficial visit
5-Star OT Paris Johnson Jr. - Cincinnati, OH - Official visit
4-Star WR Gee Scott Jr. - Sammamish, WA - Unofficial visit
4-Star WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba - Rockwall, TX - Unofficial visit
4-Star S Legond Cavazos - Bradenton, FL - Unofficial visit
3-Star OT Grant Toutant - Warren, MI - Official visit
2021 Ohio State Commits:
5-Star DE Jack Sawyer - Pickerington, OH
4-Star QB Kyle McCord - Philadelphia, PA
5-Star RB Zachary Evans - Houston, TX
4-Star RB Sam Adams - Sammamish, WA
4-Star RB Jaylan Knighton - Deerfield Beach, FL
4-Star TE Jalin Conyers - Gruver, TX
4-Star DE Kedrick Bingley-Jones - Charlotte, NC
4-Star DE Darrion Henry - Cincinnati, OH
4-Star LB Cody Simon - Jersey City, NJ
4-Star LB Kourt Williams - Bellflower, CA
4-Star CB Clark Phillips - La Habra, CA
4-Star S Lathan Ransom - Tucson, AZ
4-Star S Makari Paige - West Bloomfield, MI
3-Star TE Joe Royer - Cincinnati, OH
3-Star TE Cam Large - Dedham, MA
3-Star C Josh Fryar - Beech Grove, IN
3-Star ATH Cam Martinez - Muskegon, MI
Particular attention is going to be paid to Clark Phillips, who is set to commit today. Ohio State is viewed as the favorite.
4-Star RB Donovan Edwards - West Bloomfield, MI
4-Star WR Jayden Ballard - Massillon, OH
4-Star WR Latrell Neville - Houston, TX
4-Star OT Ben Christman - Richfield, OH
4-Star DE Tunmise Adeleye - Katy, TX
4-Star S A.J. Kirk - Dublin, OH
3-Star CB Hunter Washington - Katy, TX
Obviously this list is subject to change, as last minute additions and dropouts happen. This could be a huge one for Day and his staff though.