Kentucky '18 OH LB - Chris Oats (Kentucky Verbal)

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    Christopher Oats returning to Ohio State
    After months of handling his recruitment in relative silence, Winton Woods (Cincinnati) 4-star outside linebacker Christopher Oats has re-emerged and announced he’ll be visiting Ohio State soon.

    Oats, the country’s 19th-ranked outside linebacker, was actually offered by the Buckeyes before current linebacker commitment Dallas Gant, but his recruitment has taken a different road. A 6-4, 215-pound athlete, Oats’ focus in recent months has turned away from Ohio State as other schools such as Cincinnati, Kentucky, Oklahoma and others have recruited him much harder.

    Luke Fickell’s departure from Ohio State to become Cincinnati head coach may have played some part in that, but more than anything else it’s this: Oats isn’t a prototypical linebacker, and there are questions about how he develops and fills out.

    This trip to Friday Night Lights will be a good opportunity for Oats to put his athleticism on display and answer some of those questions about where he stands. Either way, the odds are currently against him ending up in the Buckeyes recruiting class. With two linebackers committed and a handful of targets like Solomon Tuliaupupu and K’Vaughan Pope at linebacker, that position may be difficult to break into. If he ends up a defensive end, with Andrew Chatfield and Brenton Cox committed and stars like Tyreke Smith, Jayson Oweh and Micah Parsons, it may be even more difficult.

    Ohio State is recruiting at a level unlike any other school in the country right now, and that means some difficult decisions get made — especially in the state of Ohio. However, Oats plans to wait to make a commitment until his senior season is over, and that gives him — and the Buckeyes — a chance to figure out the entirety of the pecking order.
     
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    REMEMBER ME?

    It's a rarity in today's landscape for a prospect to handle his recruitment in relative silence, but such has been the case for Cincinnati Winton Woods four-star linebacker Christopher Oats. He took to Twitter over the weekend, though, to announce he will return to Ohio State for Friday Night Lights two weekends from now.

    "[I'm looking forward] to just seeing how well of a coach coach [Bill] Davis is," Oats told Eleven Warriors. "And to get some one-on-one time with him."

    The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Oats has been on campus numerous times over the last year, but seems to have been forgotten after defensive coordinator Luke Fickell took the head gig at Cincinnati. The two have a great relationship, which is why the Bearcats have become the presumed favorite in Oats' recruitment.

    The Buckeyes, meanwhile, have been playing catch-up with the aforementioned Davis in the fold.

    Ohio State also landed commitments from four-star linebackers Teradja Mitchell and Dallas Gant over the spring. And with targets like Solomon Tuliaupupu and K'Vaughan Pope still out there, there are questions about where Oats fits into the equation, too.

    Oats, the 19th-best outside linebacker and No. 255 prospect overall in the Class of 2018, hasn't let that change his feelings about the Buckeyes. The staff has been honest with him throughout the process and has laid out a plan for how they see him fitting into their defense.

    "They see me playing as their SAM (strong-side) linebacker because I can cover and play the run, and they also see me as MIKE (middle)," Oats said.

    This visit will give Oats the opportunity to show the staff what he's capable of. And though the odds are against him, he doesn't plan on making a decision among Cincinnati, Kentucky, Michigan State, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Oklahoma until after his senior season.

    By the time that rolls around, there will be a bit more clarity at the crowded linebacker position. Only time will tell if Oats is the one left standing.
     
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    FINDING A SPOT

    Similarly, Cincinnati Winton Woods four-star linebacker Christopher Oats was widely considered a top priority for Ohio State from the time it switched its focus to the Class of 2018. But the aforementioned factors seemingly have significantly diminished the chances of him ending up in Columbus.

    Even so, Oats returned to campus for Friday Night Lights, and a conversation with Meyer revealed the Buckeyes may still — in fact — have a spot for him.

    “He just told me keep on doing what I'm doing, and he'll accept me whenever I'm ready,” Oats said. “He tells me he sees a lot of potential in me. He tells me I remind him of [former Buckeye and current New York Jets linebacker] Darron Lee. But he also tells me the negative and what I need to work on. That's what I like about coach Meyer, he's straight up with you.”

    The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Oats, who is considered the third-best linebacker and No. 10 prospect in the state, was a favorite of former defensive coordinator Luke Fickell. His departure to Cincinnati has not only made the Bearcats the perceived favorite in his recruitment — at least to recruiting analysts nationwide — but also put new linebackers coach Bill Davis a bit behind the 8-ball.

    “It's getting stronger,” Oats said when asked about his relationship with Davis. “We talk on a regular basis. He's a really good coach. I really like how he coached me today. It's been hard [getting to know him since Fickell left], but it's a business. I had to call coach Davis and see how he coaches and what position he's got me at. Ever since he's been on the job, we've been in touch on a regular basis. He's a good dude. I like him.”

    All that said, ask Oats, and he'll say Ohio State remains at the top of his list. It's no surprise, as you'd expect every kid growing up in Ohio to say the same thing. The good news, of course, is that Oats doesn't plan to make a decision on his future until after his senior season. He'll take official visits to Florida State, Miami, Michigan State, Ohio State and Ole Miss, and the Buckeyes' linebacker situation should have itself settled by then.
     
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    4-star LB Christopher Oats

    He doesn’t play one of the two most crucial position, but Cincinnati Winton Woods 4-star linebacker Christopher Oats could end up with one of those late Ohio State offers that sometimes go out in January to in-state kids. That he didn’t commit and sign with another school in the early signing period is telling, because it feels like Oats is waiting for the Buckeyes to officially decide one way or another. Will an offer come? At this point it’s not a certainty, but it could happen if the numbers are right.
     
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    Always want the local kid who really wants to be a Buckeye!
     
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    Oats has waited patiently for the green light but that bitch has been stuck on red for a minute..

    Would like to see him in this class, but I think he goes to Kentucky..
     
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    WORKING HIS WAY BACK

    All that said, Ohio State is far from finished with its 2018 recruiting class.

    The Buckeyes are set to welcome Maryland four-star offensive tackle Rasheed Walker and New Jersey four-star defensive end Javontae Jean-Baptiste to campus for their official visits this weekend. Neither is expected to make a decision on the future this weekend, but will both likely hold off until the traditional National Signing Day on Feb. 7.

    The same can be said for Cincinnati Winton Woods four-star linebacker Christopher Oats, who was among the staff's top targets at the position until his academics got in the way. As long as he's corrected that, though, I expect he'll be a Buckeye when everything is said and done.

    After sources close to the program told Eleven Warriors the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Oats is eyeing an official visit on the weekend of Feb. 2-4, I placed by 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Ohio State late last night. If that visit happens, it means he's either already in good academic standing or the staff feels he's on track to qualify.

    Oats was one of the in-state prospects head coach Urban Meyer alluded to during his Early Signing Period press conference last month when asked about the balance between recruiting nationally and locally.

    “We had some academic issues this year with some of the Ohio kids,” he said. “Yeah, that's a problem. What's the solution? Do the very best we can.”

    Oats reportedly tried to commit to the Buckeyes in June, but was asked to hold off while he improved his grades. The staff has continued to keep in contact with him in the meantime, even with three other linebackers in the fold.

    Oats is also considering Kentucky, but there's no doubt in my mind he'd choose Ohio State if given the opportunity again.

    Additionally, California four-star linebacker Solomon Tuliaupupu’s official visit for that same weekend remains as scheduled, despite reports to the contrary. That said, I still anticipate he chooses USC on Signing Day.
     
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    If Ohio State allows an official visit, Oats will be in the class..........
     
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    Scheduled for an official visit to Ohio State this weekend.......
     
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