The early signing period is approaching, bringing different strengths to the college football recruiting trail. Teams needing the next few pieces for a great 2023 class are putting pressure on committed prospects with some success. The latest to renew his recruitment is four-star quarterback Mark Fletcher.
Ohio State landed the four-star on April 12, helping the Buckeyes compete for the top spot in 2023. Fast forward to the month of November, Fletcher visited first Miami and then Florida last weekend.
Fletcher was scheduled to visit Ohio State on Nov. 26 for the Big Ten rivalry game against Michigan with the College Football Playoff. There are many questions whether this visit is still going on or canceled. The Gators finish the season with two road games and Miami visits Clemson this weekend before returning to end the regular season at home against Pitt; Will the choice be to keep his visit to Columbus or stay in South Florida with the Canes?
The next big question for Ohio State is what is the recruiting status of Brandon Inniss. Inniss, Fletcher’s five-star receiver teammate at Plantation’s (Fla.) American Heritage, has been a target of Canes head coach Mario Cristobal since taking the job. If Fletcher, who appeared to be a lock at Ohio State for about six months, can make a comeback, the Buckeyes staff must be concerned about Inniss’ status.
RESPONSE OF COMPETITORS
From an outside perspective, the Gators have a lot of recruiting momentum in 2023. While Fletcher visited Gainesville over the weekend for the South Carolina game, four-star quarterback Jaden Rashada was among those in attendance. Rashada was committed to Miami from June 26-Nov. 10.
Florida might be in the driver’s seat here, but Miami has home-court advantage. Before we give up on the Buckeyes, let’s see if Fletcher visits Columbus for the Michigan game.