Right now, the focus of college football programs and their recruiting is on the Class of 2015 but these coaches are also doing some work on future Classes including the Class of 2016. Many top programs are also hosting camps for soon-to-be freshmen to seniors as they start their scouting process for younger high school players while getting all the data they want on juniors and seniors.
The Virginia Tech Hokies offered Class of 2016 offensive guard Tyler Gerald of Portsmouth, Ohio a scholarship on May 14th with the local Ohio State Buckeyes offering a scholarship two days later. On June 8th, the Hokies were able to bring in Tyler Gerald and have him work at the camp they were hosting that weekend. Gerald was the premier prospect that weekend and the Hokies gained some momentum.
Now, all of that momentum is gone.
Tyler Gerald took a visit today to Ohio State to attend a similar camp to the one the Hokies hosted and Gerald made the decision to commit to the local Ohio State Buckeyes. Gerald is currently ranked by the 247 Sports Composite rankings as a four-star player and is also the 7th best guard in the country. Gerald also had offers from Kent State and Toledo but those MAC programs really didn’t have a chance.
For the Hokies, this is a disappointment as Gerald brings huge upside at 6-5 300 pounds. With Gerald’s size he could be a player that can possibly play some offensive tackle at the collegiate level or shift while he is still in high school. However, the Hokies have very little reason to be disappointed as Gerald was going to be next to impossible to get from Ohio State and there is still a whole lot of time to get him.