Ohio State could become a major player in the recruiting process for 4-star running back Ryan Timmons, but they have yet to make an offer.
Urban Meyer and his staff would be wise to make that offer very soon, and they've got the perfect opportunity to do just that. Timmons has an official visit scheduled to Ohio State on January 11, and according to a report from Brad Bournival of ESPN.com, the Buckeyes can move up his interest list if they make an offer:
If Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is listening, it won’t take much to become one of the favorites for an ESPN 300 athlete who already has an official visit lined up for Jan. 11.
At least that’s what Ryan Timmons (Frankfort, Ky./Franklin County) said Monday when asked for his favorites.
“Once Ohio State offers, it’ll probably be Kentucky and Ohio State,” he said.
If Ohio State was to make an offer, this would essentially become a win-win for both parties involved.
Should OSU offer Timmons?
Timmons is obviously very interested in the Buckeyes, to the point where they are still in his top four despite not making an offer to him just yet. In fact, 247Sports lists Ohio State as the favorite on his interest list, followed by Illinois and Kentucky—who both have made offers.
Here's what the 4-star had to say about Ohio State, per Bournival's report:
“They win. Coach Meyer is a great coach. The guys he coaches can play at the next level. I think there isn’t a reason I shouldn’t be there if I work hard with the coaches they have. How they want to use me is how I’ve been playing my entire high school career. It’s at the slot and then into the backfield. It’s something I already have a jump on.”
Which former Meyer player does that last description remind you of?
If you're thinking of Percy Harvin, you are correct.
Timmons is 5'11'', 180 pounds and runs a 4.40 40 according to 247Sports. Harvin checked in at 6'1'', 188 pounds and ran a 4.4 40 according to Rivals back as a recruit in the 2006 class. They are in no way carbon copies of each other, but their playing styles are comparable.
Timmons can play as a traditional running back, but he can also line up in the slot and be used in both the running and passing game.
He fits Meyer's scheme perfectly, and he'd offer Ohio State a ton of potential.
Timmons feels strongly about Ohio State and would be a very intriguing recruit to bring aboard. At this point, all Meyer has to do is make him an offer and Ohio State would become a major option for the 4-star running back.
Making that offer during his upcoming official visit to OSU would be a smart move by Meyer.