HAMLIN TRENDING OHIO STATE, BUT WHY? Over the weekend, Sean Fitz, a prominent 247Sports.com analyst for that network's Penn State affiliate, made some noise by predicting that Pittsburgh 2016 cornerback Damar Hamlin would eventually choose the Buckeyes. Hamlin, the country's 11th-ranked cornerback has his "crystal ball" split almost down the middle between Ohio State and Penn State. Yes, Tom Loy has Hamlin to Notre Dame, but most people assume it's a two-way fight between the Nittany Lions and the Buckeyes. Why would Fitz go against the grain and the team he covers to predict Ohio State as the eventual winner? One explanation is that Penn State could be full at cornerback with Lavert Hill and Zech McPhearson already in the fold, but Hamlin's too good of a prospect and too big of a talent for Penn State to turn away. Hamlin has visited Ohio State four times since last July and remains at the top of the Buckeyes' target list at defensive back/cornerback, but even sources in Columbus don't really know where the optimism re: potentially landing Hamlin comes from. He's a Pittsburgh kid, and the Ohio State staff always feels they do a good job there, but it's a unique area to recruit from and even though Hamlin has not seemed to be too high on Pitt, the Panthers still have a lot of sway in the area. If Hamlin doesn't end up at Penn State, the Buckeyes will continue to fight off the Western Pa. pull that new Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi is sure to employ. So, in summation: Ohio State feels good about Hamlin, but there's nothing happening directly that makes them feel any better than they did a week ago. One thing that is for sure: they'd love to have him in the class and the sooner the better, but it appears that Hamlin is planning to take official visits and decide during his senior season.