Meyer Continues To Build 2020 Class

By Jeff Rapp, July 4th, 2018

Ohio State’s 2020 football recruiting class is not only beginning to take shape, it’s good enough to make even Urban Meyer blush.

Recently, Meyer secured a verbal commitment from high school junior-to-be Paris Johnson, a five-star prospect considered to be the top talent in his class in the state of Ohio and the second-best offensive tackle in the country. The 6-7, 285-pounder, who stars at Cincinnati St. Xavier, is ranked No. 8 overall in the 2020 class according to the 247Sports composite.

Johnson adds to a class that also includes four-star offensive tackle Jake Wray of Marietta, Ga., and four-star cornerback Lejond Cavazos of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

July rang in with more big news on the OSU recruiting front as the verbal commitment of quarterback Jack Miller of Scottsdale, Ariz., was announced.

Miller, like Wray and Cavazos, is a four-star prospect in the 247Sports rankings. He is the country’s No. 47 overall 2020 prospect, the No. 3 pro-style quarterback as well as the No. 3 prospect in Arizona.

Miller’s decision was not out of the blue. He worked out at OSU’s Friday Night Lights showcase the previous weekend. According to reports, he made the trip to Columbus with his parents and two of his sisters.

Miller chose Ohio State over Alabama, Michigan and Michigan State – schools he also had visited unofficially – as well as the likes of LSU, Auburn, UCLA, Florida State and in-state schools Arizona and Arizona State.

The main reason, he said, was comfort.

“It was me feeling super comfortable with Coach Meyer, Coach (Ryan) Day, pretty much the whole staff,” Miller told Bucknuts.com. “I’ve built a great relationship with them. It was like every single visit I went on I compared to Ohio State to see how it matched up. Ohio State had set the bar really high.”

It probably didn’t hurt that Miller also was at Ohio Stadium last fall when the Buckeyes eked out a crucial and crowd-pleasing 39-38 win over Penn State in October.

At 6-4, 210 pounds and strong-armed, Miller is a classic dropback QB with a high ceiling. Other schools he considered included South Carolina, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, North Carolina and Memphis.

Miller said the presence and knowledge of both Meyer and Day were difference-makers. Day is OSU’s co-offensive coordinator and QBs coach.

“He spent time in the NFL; he knows what it takes to get there,” Miller said. “He is the guy I want teaching me.”

Similar to his future classmates, Miller also cited an interest in winning it all in college at Ohio State.

When asked to outline his goals, he said, “Win a national championship for sure. That’s the biggest thing I really want to do. And I want to be developed as a player and a man. I think I can do that that there.”