Two schools have emerged as potential leaders in the recruitment of four-star Miami (Fla.) Edison lineman Jacky Claude.
“Ohio State and Florida State are looking real strong right now,” he said. “I really fell in love with Ohio State when I was up there for camp. The school was nice and the people were real nice. I liked the honesty in their coaches. They told me what I needed to know, not just what they thought I wanted to hear. Plus, that’s a championship team right now. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that? The fact that they’re the champions and they offered me so early is a big factor.”
Claude recently told Rivals100 that he was leaning heavily to the Buckeyes, but wasn’t ready to make a commitment.
It appears he may still be open to other schools, such as the Seminoles.
“They’ve shown a lot of interest lately,” Claude said. “My coach was up there for one of their training camps, and he said their coaches were really high on me. They’ve got a great program with tradition. If I had to pick one of the three Florida schools, it would be them right now.
“My top five is Ohio State, Florida State, Florida, Miami and LSU.”
Claude (6-4, 290, 4.9) is a player who could play guard or tackle on the next level. He’s the No. 12 guard in the nation according to the latest Rivals.com rankings. Florida, Miami, LSU and Tennessee have also been recruiting him heavily.
Academically, he maintains a 2.4 GPA and will take the ACT next month.
Claude and Edison open the season with a big-time matchup against Killian next Thursday.