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The Football Fever: Buckeyes snag two prize verbals from receiver and linebacker


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COLUMBUS -- Sunday as a day of rest was a bit out of the norm for Buckeye football recruiting as receiver Garrett Wilson, the No. 13-ranked prospect in the class of 2019, verbally commited to Ohio State.

The 6-foot-1, 179-pound playmaker deluxe committed to Ohio State over Texas on Sunday night in what is another huge win in the state of Texas for coach Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes.

Sunday afternoon 4-star linebacker Cade Stover of Lexington committed to the Buckeyes as well during a video he released on Twitter showing his rural upbringing on a farm.

The nation's No. 2-ranked receiver follows in the footsteps of J.T. Barrett, Dontre Wilson and, most recently, star freshman running back J.K. Dobbins, cornerback Jeffrey Okudah and linebacker Baron Browning as ESPN 300 prospects from the Lone Star State to sign with Ohio State in the Urban Meyer era.

Wilson's high school teammate and quarterback at Lake Travis High in Austin, Texas, four-star quarterback Matthew Baldwin, signed with Ohio State in February as well.

Wilson, who was born in Dublin, Ohio, and lived in the area until sixth grade, continues a run of talented wide receivers headed to Columbus, following Ronnie Hickman. When Wilson and Hickman both sign in December, the Buckeyes will have inked two or more ESPN 300 wide receivers for a fourth straight class.

The Buckeyes boasted the No. 14-ranked class prior to Wilson's announcement. They are a strong bet to sign a top-seven class for a ninth straight year, with five-stars Zach Harrison, Darnell Wright and Devontae Dobbs all seriously considering Ohio State, as well as ESPN 300 members Lewis Cine, Noah Cain, Harry Miller and Brandon Smith.


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