Ohio State '20 OH WR (RS JR) - Jayden Balllard

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    24/7Sports released their initial 2021 Top 100 rankings...……

    No. 65 - Massillon Washington four-star wide receiver Jayden Ballard
     
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    Massillon 2021 standout Jayden Ballard will visit Ohio State
    It’s game week in Columbus, and that means nearly every single day we’re learning about new players who are intending to visit Ohio State.

    One of this weekend’s biggest visitors is Massillon (Ohio) Washington 2021 wide receiver Jayden Ballard, one of just two in-state prospects in the sophomore class who already holds an offer from the Buckeyes. The visit was confirmed to Lettermen Row by Tigers head coach Nate Moore.

    Ballard figures to be a very important target for the Buckeyes program moving forward, along with Pickerington North’s Jack Sawyer. A 6-foot-2, 165-pound prospect, Ballard is the only in-state receiver in the 2019, 2020 or 2021 classes to have an offer from Ohio State.
     
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    Jayden Ballard at The Opening Regional
    Four-star Massillon wide receiver Jayden Ballard was able to show his skills at The Opening Regional on Sunday, and he came away from the showcase looking exactly like what he is – one of the best receivers in the 2021 class.

    There weren’t many sophomores at the event Sunday and only three total players from Washington High School, the host school in Massillon, Ohio, but Ballard fit both of those descriptions.

    “I feel like it was a great performance from my point of view because I’m one of the only sophomores here,” Ballard said. “I’m one of the only kids that made it from this school, so I’m grateful for that.”


    Ballard is ranked as the No. 65 overall player in the 2021 class and the No. 13 wide receiver, and watching The Opening Regional on Sunday, it was easy to see why. He displayed some of the best body control among the receivers and showed greater maturity than many of the 2020 prospects at the position. He could have been another MVP option other than 2020 wideout Maliq Carr.

    After the event was finished, Massillon Washington head football coach Nate Moore reminded Ballard to send information from the event to Ohio State wide receivers coach Brian Hartline. Moore has been encouraging Ballard to keep up his contact with Hartline and other coaches to build relationships early in the recruiting process.

    “He’s been in contact with Coach Hartline pretty much since (Hartline) was promoted to the position that he’s in now,” Moore said. “It’s good. (Ballard) just needs to keep up the contact. Communication is key in all relationships.”

    Ballard stands at 6-foot-2, 165 pounds but has good agility and ran some of the best routes in the regional Sunday, putting several defensive backs on skates and making good catches to finish off the routes. He can clearly work at an elite high school level, but to work on a collegiate level, he will need to add weight and get stronger, he said.

    “It’s going to take a lot of hard work and time in the weight room,” Moore said. ““The biggest thing is to go to the camps of the schools that you’re interested in and do well there. This is good. It’s really good competition and good practice for those things that are going to happen later on down the road.”
     
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    Jayden Ballard displays skills in Massillon showcase
    Massillon 2021 wide receiver Jayden Ballard competed in Washington High School’s second annual showcase on Wednesday at the Paul E. Brown Indoor Facility. The wideout is rated as the No. 19 wide receiver in his class and is a big Ohio State target.

    Nearly the entire Washington team participated in front of more than 40 colleges for two hours, and Ballard stood out the most.

    “It was really good for Jayden, but it was also really good for all of the other guys to be able to play in front of more than 40 colleges,” Washington head coach Nate Moore said.

    Ohio State wide receivers coach Brian Hartline was at the event, and it was clear that he has developed a good relationship with Ballard and the staff, especially with growing up at the nearby Glen Oak High School.

    Hartline even hand-timed – with the encouragement of the Washington staff – one of Ballard’s two attempts at the 40-yard dash. He ran a 4.48 on that attempt but ran a 4.45 on his first attempt.

    Ballard was able to show his footwork, lateral movement and agility in individual drills. Each player ran through five different drills, getting two repetitions for each, and eventually, positions separated for 15-20 minutes, allowing Ballard to catch passes from Washington's quarterbacks.

    Ballard has an uncanny ability to cut and redirect smoothly, as well as be economic with his energy, moving quickly but not fighting himself to pick up speed. He can catch nearly anything thrown his way as well. The sophomore caught 36 passes in 2018 for 851 yards (averaging 23.6 yards per catch) and 12 touchdowns.

    Following The Opening in Massillon, Moore encouraged Ballard to contact Hartline about his performance numbers. There’s clearly strong trust between Moore and Hartline, and that can work wonders when it comes to the receiver’s decision down the road.

    Ballard seems like a wideout that could make an early commitment too. It wouldn’t be surprising if he made a decision before the 2020 signing day.
     
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    Jayden Ballard
    Massillon wide receiver Jayden Ballard continues to be the best wideout at every event he competes in, and that was no different Monday. Most of the other 7-on-7 defenses didn’t stand a chance against him, as he moved wherever he wanted and caught nearly every ball thrown his way.

    While he was playing Monday, he was wearing gloves donning Ohio State’s block-O.

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    Massillon 2021 wide receiver Jayden Ballard goes up for a ball with his Ohio State gloves at the Ohio State 7-on-7 camp on Monday.

    Late in the day, Ballard came up limping but played three games on the mild injury. Brian Hartline wasn’t near him the entire day but made conversation with him on a few occasions and stayed until Massillon was eliminated from competition.

    The fact that Hartline felt comfortable not being close to Ballard at all times shows the type of relationship the two have. It wouldn’t be surprising if Ballard committed to the Buckeyes early in his recruitment.
     
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    24/7SportsComposite:

    National: 120
    Wide Receiver: 20
    Ohio: 5
     
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    Jayden Ballard Commits to Ohio State
    This one was a long time coming. Massillon four-star wide receiver Jayden Ballard announced his commitment to Ohio State via Twitter on Friday, around 10 minutes before Clark Phillips announced his own.

    Brian Hartline jumped on Ballard's recruitment early and gripped it tight. Hartline's relationship with the Massillon staff and the staffs in the surrounding area – he grew up near Canton – helped a lot with maintaining Ohio State at the top of Ballard's list.

    Following The Opening Regionals in Massillon on March 31, Massillon head coach Nate Moore told Ballard to contact Hartline about his day, and while Hartline was in Massillon for the Massillon Showcase on May 1, the coaching staff was very friendly and comfortable with the receivers coach, even letting him hand-time one of Ballard's 40-yard dashes.

    Combining that with the way Hartline and Ballard have already established a player-coach chemistry, this commitment was a no-brainer. Ballard is also only a couple hours away from Columbus.

    Ballard was playing in the Ohio State 7-on-7 camp Monday, and he couldn't be stopped. In a 7-on-7 setting, where speed and agility separates the good from the great, Ballard is elite. He moves more gracefully and is more precise on his routes than a sophomore in high school typically is. He just needs to add some weight to his 6-foot-2, 170-pound frame.

    Ballard also becomes the first of what will be a very good 2021 class that Hartline is putting together. If Ballard wanted to be a part of it, he needed to pull the trigger quickly.

    For more on Ballard, check out the individual post about his impact on the 2021 recruiting class here.
     

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