The first game of Ohio State’s 2020 football season will also offer a unique opportunity for recruits to connect and mingle, as the “Buckeye Bash” is officially set for this coming weekend.
Due to the NCAA Dead Period still being in effect, schools cannot host recruits for home games or other campus events as typically done in the past. So, top 2021 commit Jack Sawyer recently got creative and took it upon himself to organize future Buckeyes.
More than a dozen prospects/commits will arrive in Columbus and reportedly stay at Sawyer’s house in nearby Pickerington, located roughly 20 miles east of campus. The group will then tour campus by themselves come Saturday morning and find a place to watch Ohio State play Nebraska.
The two most interesting names taking part are undoubtedly offensive tackle Tristan Leigh (Fairfax, Va.) and recently-added safety Derrick Davis Jr. (Monroevilla, Pa.)
Leigh, one of the very best at his position, is ranked No. 61 on the Preseason SI99 and considering Ohio State along with LSU, Oklahoma, Alabama and Clemson. The Buckeyes are hoping to make up ground in the race for Leigh, who will also be bringing his younger brother (and 2023 target) Aidan.
Davis, who bumped up his commitment date to Nov. 7, is very likely choosing between nearby Penn State and Ohio State... although LSU, Georgia and Pittsburgh are also mentioned in his top five.
Committed notables set to participate include running backs TreVeyon Henderson and Evan Pryor, defensive tackle Tyleik Williams, offensive lineman Ben Christman, linebacker/safety Jaylen Johnson, tight end Sam Hart, defensive lineman Mike Hall and potentially more.