11W Recruiting Notebook: Urbanmania

By Alex on December 7, 2011 at 11:00a
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Caleb is an instant impact playerCaleb visited Columbus last weekend

Urbanmania has hit the nation and it is sweeping fast. While there weren't any verbal commitments, I don't think any more noise could have been made in regards to Ohio State on the recruiting trail during Meyer's first week at the helm.

The new Buckeye coach has been as aggressive as you can be in filling out the class of 2012. With anywhere from five to eight more spots left in the class, Meyer is casting a wide net and reaching out to not only the best prospects in the state, but also the best prospects in the nation, regardless of whether they are committed to another program already or not. 

Urban has been relentless thus far while his focus doesn't involve too much on-field activity and it is paying dividends. The Buckeyes are scheduling Top 100 players left and right on visits, are getting back on the short lists of said players, and are also setting a nice stage for a 2013 class that may be even more impressive than the one before it. Ultimately, nobody is untouchable when you combine Urban Meyer's recruiting prowess with the power and tradition of the Ohio State program.

In this week's edition of the 11W recruiting notebook we'll give you the latest on news regarding some super prospects visiting Columbus, bring you up to date on what is going on regarding Bri'onte Dunn, let you know how Joel Caleb's visit went last weekend, and much more. Join us after the jump to get the latest on Buckeye recruiting.

Decision Day Nears For Dunn

As you know, Bri'onte Dunn committed to the Buckeyes last year and was very excited to run the Dave and play in the "three yards and a cloud of dust" offense of Ohio State under Jim Tressel. Obviously things changed a bit when Tressel was dismissed and Luke Fickell took over as head coach. Dunn stayed with his commitment to OSU, but stated he was keeping his options open in case the NCAA came down hard on the Buckeyes or there was a coaching change made that he was not in favor of.

Dunn has a choice to makeWill Dunn choose Ohio State or Michigan?

Dunn took a few visits this season, including one to Penn State and spending two weeks back to back in Ann Arbor, but maintained he was still committed to the Bucks until new developments happened. While it appears the NCAA isn't going to come down hard, Dunn's other worry of a coaching change happened in the form of Urban Meyer.

Dunn had nothing against Meyer, but stated after the news broke that he did not want to play in a spread offense, something that made him not even consider Florida as an option while the new Buckeyes' coach was there two seasons ago. It appeared more and more likely that Dunn would join his friends Kyle Kalis and Tom Strobel, as well as cousin Dymonte Thomas, at Michigan, and that it would happen fast due to Dunn enrolling in January. Then Urban called.

One of the first calls Meyer made as Ohio State head coach was to Dunn to get to know the prospect and try to temper some of his worries about the spread. The two got things off on the right foot, with Meyer reassuring Dunn that he'd be utilized to his skills in his offense and that he'd always wanted a big back like him. Dunn seemed to be back on the Buckeye train and the two left the conversation pleased with their first interaction.

Fast forward to this week and while the Buckeyes still have the lead in this one, the Wolverines are right there pounding on the door. By making the decision to enroll early, Dunn also needs to make a decision early, meaning a final verbal is imminent in the coming weeks.

Brady Hoke and the staff will make an in-home visit to the Dunn family tomorrow, while Urban Meyer and his staff will visit the Dunn home next week. Dunn will make a trip to Ohio State this weekend for his first official visit and will get up to Michigan the following week for his last official. While he still has some work to do in order to be eligible to enroll early, this battle should be over soon and it appears it will be a dogfight until the end.

This is the first true Urban Meyer-Brady Hoke fight over a recruit and it will be exciting to watch. While Hoke has the longer running relationship with Dunn, Urban Meyer has the Ohio State name on his side and will work every piece of recruiting magic he has over the next week to land the outstanding Canton product.

UrBan's Gonna Find You A Diamond

It's no secret offensive line is the biggest need for the Buckeyes this recruiting season, and with only Jacoby Boren and Pat Elflein on board, the Ohio State staff is going to look to add two to three more players intro the group before Signing Day in February.

Can Urban deliver Diamond?The Diamond recruitment is very much alive

One of the top offensive linemen in the country is Chicago Simeon Vocational's Jordan Diamond. Diamond (6-6/290) is rated as a 4-star prospect on ESPN and Rivals and is a 5-star prospect on Scout. He has offers from some of the top programs in the country including Auburn, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Oregon, and others in addition to Ohio State.

Diamond had OSU high on his list while Jim Tressel was head coach, but things have been quiet on that front since Memorial Day. Now that Meyer is the head coach, does that change things?

It does indeed, as after talking to Meyer, not only are the Buckeyes back in the picture, but they are also receiving an official visit from Diamond this weekend. The senior will visit Auburn the weekend after he's in Columbus and will take his three other visits in January before making a decision.

While this is far from a done deal, expect Meyer to bring the heat this weekend when it comes to Diamond. He has been to Columbus before and taken in a game at the Horseshoe, so his face time with Urban could really be an x-factor. I think it is safe to say that the Bucks are in as good a position as anyone to land Diamond and the visit this weekend will be a huge in telling how things will unfold.

Spence Coming Too

Landing Adolphus Washington was great, but the Buckeyes would like to add another defensive end or two to this class to help what seemed to be a non-existent pass rush at times this season.

Spence is the real dealSpence's lone visit will be to Ohio State

Noah Spence is rated as the top player at the position in the country, is from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, grew up loving Urban Meyer at Florida, and is still uncommitted. Appears to us like a match made in heaven and apparently the new Buckeye coach agrees as the heat has been turned on with this super prospect.

Spence tweeted after Meyer called him that the Buckeyes were now at the top of his list, but it was unknown if that was just initial excitement or if it would turn into legitimate interest in Ohio State. It appears it has, as Spence has scheduled a visit to Columbus the weekend of December 17 per his father, Greg. The kicker is that it may be the only official visit the 5-star talent takes.

Penn State and Florida have recently made in-home visits to Spence, but because of his high school team's playoff schedule it appears there will be only one official visit. That trip has been given to the Buckeyes as of now, which says a lot as it comes just a few weeks before Noah will announce his decision at the Under Armour All-American game.

With a huge advantage, Urban has to be feeling good about his chances with Spence, and we are too. If I had to call it today, I would put Spence in this class, giving the Buckeyes an unbelievable duo of defensive ends along with Washington.

More News Around The Recruiting Room

  • Virginia ATH Joel Caleb visited Ohio State officially last weekend and had a great time. He did not commit to the Buckeyes, but it seems OSU will be in this until the end. Beating home state Virginia Tech will not be an easy task, as the Hokies still get to host Joel for an official, but I think this is a two horse race. Time may be running out for Caleb to commit, as spots are scarce in Ohio State's class. In the end, this could end up making the decision to stay home easier, but stay tuned on this one.
  • Se'Von Pittman has been committed to Michigan State since the summer, but it is well known Ohio State was #1 on his list before things went downhill around spring time. Pittman has talked about possibly taking an official to Ohio State of late and buzz is that it may happen this weekend or next weekend. If it does, I expect Pittman to commit to the Buckeyes soon after, where he would join longtime girlfriend and Jim Foster recruit, Ameryst Alston. 
  • If you missed it a few months back, I spoke to Kyle Dodson shortly after he committed to Wisconsin. At the time Dodson pretty much seemed set, but as I have repeatedly said, I never felt this one was over based on what Kyle told me the night he committed to the Badgers. Apparently, my inkling was correct, as Bill Kurelic over at Bucknuts is reporting that Urban Meyer called Kyle Dodson yesterday ($). Dodson was reportedly very excited about how the call went and said Meyer wanted him to visit soon. The Cleveland Heights product has recently been more open about taking visits, with Auburn just one possible destination, so it's no surprise that Columbus may be one too, and it could come as early as this weekend. It also wouldn't surprise me if Dodson ends up in this class.
  • Demetrious Cox has said all along that he likes the Buckeyes and would likely take a visit to the Buckeyes. Well, Cox narrowed his list this week and left the Buckeyes off, which was surprising news around these parts. Although something never seemed right with Cox's interest in coming to Columbus, you have to wonder what happened over the last week to two weeks to make him leave OSU off of his top choices. 
  • Don Bosco Prep (NJ) DL Darius Hamilton, son of former New York Giant Keith Hamilton, now has Ohio State on his short list after talking to Urban Meyer this week. The New Jersey stand out has been long thought to be favoring Rutgers and has Florida, California, and Tennessee in his top five along with the Scarlet Knights and Buckeyes. Hamilton will visit Florida this weekend, Cal next weekend, and will visit Rutgers unofficially because it is so close. His other three official visits are not set yet, but you can bet one will be to Columbus, Ohio.
  • Ekpen Iduoze is a new name in the OSU recruiting circle. The 6-3/300 defensive tackle does not have a Buckeye offer yet, but there has been contact since Urban Meyer has come on staff and interest appears to be picking up. I spoke to Iduoze last night and he told me he was supposed to visit Ohio State this weekend, but will most likely make that trip next weekend. He called Urban Meyer a "great guy" and also mentioned he is going to commit somewhere either later this month or wait until January. He says Colorado, Pittsburgh, Penn State, and NC State are the other schools he is currently looking at, with NC State the only visit he is planning as of now. Pay attention to this one as if there is an offer, I can see Iduoze quickly hopping on board.
  • Cyrus Jones has been contacted by the Ohio State staff and it appears there is some interest from the Baltimore Gilman star. There is still work to be done to get Jones on campus for an official, but this is great news for Buckeye fans and further evidence of just how good a recruiter Meyer is.
  • Maybe the best prospect on this list, Stefon Diggs , was highly regarded by the Buckeyes, but interest cooled off when Diggs wasn't reciprocating. Now it appears the Olney (MD) Good Counsel star is reconsidering Ohio State and may even visit Columbus this weekend. It is uncertain whether the visit will be official or unofficial as of now, but you can bet Meyer is certainly excited about the progress made here. Diggs told the Washington Post that he has spoken to the new Buckeyes' coach twice since he was hired and when he told him he may visit this weekend, Meyer responded, "We need to make that happen." Count me as one who had this one long gone, but it appears it may be awaken from the dead. Stay tuned.
  • One more elite cornerback/wide receiver that is now on the radar is Davonte' Neal of Scottsdale, Arizona. Neal is reportedly likely to make the trip to check out Ohio State, in addition to other visits planned to Notre Dame and Arkansas. He recently crossed Arizona off the list and eliminated Arizona State earlier on, meaning it is likely he will leave the state to play college football. Neal could end up on either defense or offense at the next level, but either way he is a play maker that Urban Meyer would love to have.
  • Jameis Winston was once very high on Ohio State, but shortly after visiting earlier this year, he decided to commit to Florida State. Nothing has been heard from Winston as of late, but rumors swirled that he was wavering on his commitment to the Seminoles. That may be confirmed by Fox Sports reporter, Laura McKeeman, who tweeted last night that Winston will be visiting Ohio State. When asked why, Winston said, "Urban Meyer!" Yeah, I'm loving this new recruiting strategy.
  • Finally, Jamal Marcus is the latest to be contacted by Urban Meyer. The North Carolina native was offered by the Buckeyes last week and is now debating taking a visit to Columbus. He already has visits scheduled to Florida, North Carolina, and East Carolina, so only has two remaining and has to choose between OSU, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, USC, Clemson, Duke, NC State, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest. If the visit happens, don't be surprised to see Marcus in Scarlet and Gray.

 

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Matt's picture

Great work, Alex, you are doing an outstanding job with the recruiting notebook and I'm impressed with the contacts you have with recruits.  Keep up the good work.

Alex's picture

thanks Matt, appreciate the kind words

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Any word on Dorial Beckham-Green? Rivals has OSU on his list. 

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

ThirdLegLouie's picture

Battle between Arkansas and Oklahoma last I heard. 

If you ain't a Silver Bullet, you're a target

 
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater's picture

Agreed, Alex is quickly moving up my "Favorite 11W writers" list with this kind of in depth, timely information (Ramzy is locked into #1, but the other top spots could be had)....keep it up!

Irricoir's picture

Agreed, this content over comedy any day. Great job Alex. I don't really have a negative thing to say about any of the writers. Everyone of them contribute to this site through little parts of their own personality. I don't always identify with DJ and his writing skills and content or Sarah's use of footnotes and obscure comdies in their relative sense as it compares to Buckeye news but I certainly appreciate the effort they put into it. Ramzy is the man, Alex, you are my number 2! Keep up the great work. You are bringing us so much free content and your efforts aren'y going unnoticed!

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

Irricoir's picture

Is that like saying "I love smart asses and Denny is someone I love the most"? I love you my Marathon running, cyber nerd. You are so precious!

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

Irricoir's picture

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

Buckeyejason's picture

My #1 and 2 would have to be Elika and Sarah..well, because they're women that know a shit load about Ohio State and sports in general..and Elika is a hottie :)..haven't seen Sarah but I'm sure she's an attractive lady as well.

/creeper font off.

That was kind of serious, and kind of not. The ladies do great work on here..Ramzy, Alex, DJ, etc. aren't slouches themselves.

BUCKEYES BABY!

ArTbkward's picture

I also agree, this piece is outstanding.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

bassplayer7770's picture

I agree with Matt.  I am fascinated and excited about all this recruiting news.  I'm also looking forward to more news about Urban's staff on 11W.

German Buckeye's picture

Could any other head coaching hire made the impact that Meyer has?  Seriously doubt it.  This right here speaks to his hiring impact.

costinjr's picture

Don't we only have around 4-5 scholarships left?

Buckeye in Athens's picture

We can expect a couple of medical releases (Melvin Fellows for one, most likely) as well as a couple of transfers. Anywhere from 2-5 spots will open right there. 

Alex's picture

I think we have from 6-8....probably have 4-5 now and then I see McVey, Fellows, and possibly one more (maybe Hagan?) on medical hardship....that would be 7-8 and throw in a possible transfer (Taylor Graham?) you have 8-9....take into account 1-2 schollies reduced this year and there is your 6-8

Squirrel Master's picture

sorry man but don't you mean December 17th for spence official?

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Erk aTx's picture

I caught this too.

Alex's picture

good catch thank you

rampageripster's picture

I posted this on the Buckshuts post about Winston... this seems like a logical place to put it..

How I hope we finish (I think we'll end up with 5-6 spots left after attrition):

1) Keep Dunn:  I cannot stress this enough, this is huge.  If he flips, it gives Hoke a win over UFM and keeps up the scUM momentum.  This is a big thing for UFM to really lock down Ohio.

2) Flip Pittman: It tells the rest of the B1G that Ohio St isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

3) Noah Spence: The kid is a monster, and would finish what has to be a top 3 DE class.

4) Jordan Diamond: We DESPERATELY need tackles, and this is the best pure tackle left on our board.  Plus it will be a recruit we pulled out from under scUM's nose.

5) Joel Caleb/Stephon Diggs: I think Caleb is more likely, but either is great.  This is that speed/Percy Harvin type player that UFM is looking for.  Elite athletes, plus Caleb keeps that VA pipeline we've started to establish while Diggs gets us into MD, a place that we should be recruiting more anyway.

6) Jamal Marcus:  I think we projects well as a rush linebacker, something we haven't had in a while, a true LEO.  Underrated and just instinctive.  His film reminds me of Rolle in how he finds the ball no matter what

7) Flip Dodson: This is more of a wish, but I think it is possible if we get him on campus.  He is a tackle prospect that is commited to Wisconsin, I don't think much more needs to be said.  Another win for UFM in the state and at a position of great need.

A couple of other names I wouldn't mind seeing here:

8)  Davonte Neal: a stretch the field wide out that we don't see in this class so far.

9) Alex Kozan: he projects as a gaurd, but is a solid player (being recruited by LSU) and seems like a quality guy... nothing wrong with depth

10) Dante Fowler:  very soft DE FSU verbal... another one of those flips that really sends a message.  He would be the guy I really go after is Spence gets away

Cause I couldn't go for three

Alex's picture

If I had to guess the finish I'd say:

(keep Dunn), Dodson, Diamond, Spence, one of the three WRs (Diggs, Caleb, Jones), Pittman

I feel good about those guesses, but the last 1-3 spots could be interesting.

rampageripster's picture

I don't think we get Jones, just a hunch (and I don't want him, growing up in MD I HATE Good Counsel, minor bias)... Diggs and Caleb would be a hell of a haul to add to our current WR class

Cause I couldn't go for three

BTwrestle04's picture

Not wanting Jones because of what high school he is from is a little sensitive. Although I did hate Urban Meyer while he was at Florida, I'm all aboard the bandwagon now that we have him. What made it even worse was I saw him in the bathroom at the airport in Phoenix the day after the National Championship with a shit-eating grin on his face that will haunt me until I die. 

rampageripster's picture

It was a joke... though if you went to HS down the street from that monstrosity (which moved into the neighborhood from it's old location when you were a junior and proceeded to change the dynamic of the small "suburb" completely) you may agree...

Cause I couldn't go for three

BTwrestle04's picture

Oh, I didn't take it seriously at all. I was just saying that opinions can change fast lol.

Alex's picture

Diggs is Good Counsel...Jones is Gilman

rampageripster's picture

oops... my bad... then reverse that :P  I forgot that Jones and Jennings went to the same school

Cause I couldn't go for three

btalbert25's picture

So if Pittman comes into the fold, Dodson flips, Dunn Stays and we add the players you think, is it enough to knock Michigan's recruiting class down a few pegs.  It would be awesome if all the trouble this program has gone through, and all the efforts of Hoke still ended up with them falling short of the Buckeyes in recruiting.

Alex's picture

very well could...Dodson, Pittman, Diamond, Spence, Jones/Diggs/Neal/Caleb plus some of those other names will take OSU from about the 16-20 ranking into the top 10 easily

Nappy's picture

As long as we can cherry pick the players we want from Ohio and get a few of the top prospects nationwide, We'll own the B1G for another 10 years.  Michigan has to rely on Ohio players and coaches to be competitive and if we cut off that pipeline, you get RichRod results.

Fan of bacon since 1981

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Michigan couldn't be relevant in college football without OHIO talent and coaching. They should rename the school. University of Ann Arbor.  Don't use the name Michigan, because they get all their talent outside that sad state. Most of the good players in michigan go play for sparty.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

Devin1024's picture

Awesome article Alex! I always look forward to your recruiting updates. Keep up the great work! Go Bucks!

Seth4Bucks's picture

Awesome sauce on all this recruiting momentum and the great job you've done in running it all down and writing it up for us! Thanks!

I'm ready for the Urban era to begin and it sounds like a lot of great players around the country echo that sentiment.

Buckeye in Athens's picture

Holy Buckeye, our D line would be sick if we can land Noah Spence to go along with Adolphus Washington. Dodson and Diamond are absolutely crucial IMO. I am a bit concerned about our LBs now though. Besides Shazier, we can really only hope Curtis Grant comes along for next year. 

bassplayer7770's picture

I agree about LB.  Didn't I also read somewhere that Josh Perry could get moved to D Line?  We all know Urban is aware of the need at LB, so I'm hoping there will be a few surprises left for us.

Buckeye in Athens's picture

Yeah, I do trust Urban to sort it out, especially because he already mentioned it as a need. 

Matt F's picture

Awesome work Alex...keep it going.

It's going to be hard as hell to wait for the Era of Urban to kickoff!

Maestro's picture

Cool beans man.  SpEnCe, SpEnCe, SpEnCe................I feel dirty now.

vacuuming sucks

Bucks's picture

It wasn't that I didn't know Urban was a great recruiter while @ Florida, I just didn't pay any real attention to it aside from knowing his ability to pull in great classes. Kinda nuts how good he is. If he does indeed pull Dunn in (and away from Michigan), that is one heck of a feat considering just how adverse he has been to the spread.

Marshall's picture

I love Coach Tress, despite all the intrigue.  But I always felt like he was a PG-13 recruiter...nice guy who we could cheer for and feel good about, but he always struggled closing out on the big national fish (MoC and the deuce of whom I won't speak).  With Coach Meyer, looks like Ohio State has itself a rated R guy.  To paraphrase Swingers (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117802/quotes), at this point with all the garbage that's swirling around, I want the R guy, both on the field and in recruiting.

Marshall
2002 graduate of The Ohio State University
National champs.  Coincidence?

Buckeyejason's picture

Free golf and tattoos weren't enough for guys like Sentreal Henderson, Shariff Floyd, Aundrey Walker to close with..compared to the free cars and housing for parents that other schools offer.

BUCKEYES BABY!

BuckeyeChris's picture

I think, toward the end, OL recruits especially could see that Bolls was not developing talent worth a crap and chose to go elsewhere.

bassplayer7770's picture

Great point, Chris.  Let's hope Urban lands a great OL coach soon to help lure in the OL recruits that we need.

BuckeyeChris's picture

Exactly, Bass and thanks. It was very frustrating, long before Tatgate broke, to see that it was just going to be "accepted" that the OL was going to be the team's weakness year in, year out. 

dmurder's picture

Diamond and Spence have got to be the most important to grab.

Dodson would be nice, and i think we hang on to Dunn.

Can you freakin imagine Spence, hankins, simon, washington, and williams. That would be 06 florida gator defensive line!

"We have always had the best damn band in the land, now we have the best damn team in the land"- Jim Tressel 1-03-03

BuckeyeChris's picture

"That would be 06 florida gator defensive line!"

Were they good? 

BuckeyeSaab's picture

They were okay, but had problems getting any pressure on the QB.

I'm sorry for not being sorry.

dmurder's picture

they got to our qb in the national championship!!!

"We have always had the best damn band in the land, now we have the best damn team in the land"- Jim Tressel 1-03-03

cbusbuckeye's picture

In all fairness you and I both could have gotten to Troy Smith in that game

BuckeyeSaab's picture

That and I was being facetious.

I'm sorry for not being sorry.

Alex's picture

Hearing good things on Dodson......also Tommy Schutt may visit this weekend too...December 10, 2012, a day that will live in [recruiting] infamy

BuckeyeChris's picture

Hmmm...given that it's December 7th....  

Alex's picture

I'm talking about Saturday during the official visits

BuckeyeChris's picture

I know...I was just being uber sensitive to the "date which will live in infamy..." phrase being used to refer to football, ON December 7. I'm over it now. Carry on. 

ThirdLegLouie's picture

Tommy Schutt > Ekpen Iduoze

If you ain't a Silver Bullet, you're a target

 
NewJerseyBuck's picture

Alex, with today's Academic All Americans being released it makes me wonder, will Urban put the same emphasis on academics/ Graduation rates? We all know JT did this and it means a lot as a graduate of tOSU for the academic standard to be kept as well. Its also well known that the SEC doesn't quite have the same academic prowess...

DANKU!!!!!

Alex's picture

So far he says he will...he said evaluation pre-bowl game/practices starts in the class room.....He also mentioned grad rates were a high priority of his so I expect him to follow through....off the field stuff will be important, especially with the circumstances surrounding the program

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Great piece!  It's going to be a blast to watch all this shake out in the off season.   I totally agree with bucks, Urban keeping Dunn will be huge.  Beating jabba the Hoke right from the start will set the tone for years to come.   Go Bucks!

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

HolyBuckeye1093's picture

I know the impromptu photoshop challege deadline has passed but u said Jabba the Hoke and I just couldn't resist.

Alex's picture

Cyrus Jones and David Perkins (OLB from South Bend, IN) apparently have just scheduled officials

Maestro's picture

Nice, need LB's...........not the injured kind though.

vacuuming sucks

btalbert25's picture

So the next 2 weekends the recruiting class could go from solid to freakin awesome .

Bucks43201's picture

how many scholarships are left to be awarded for the '12 class ... like 10 ?

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

ThirdLegLouie's picture

10 would be freaking awesome but 6-8 maximum is realistic. 

If you ain't a Silver Bullet, you're a target

 
ThirdLegLouie's picture

If Dunn does flip to scUM (which I think he will-he's played both sides too hard for him not to be seriously thinking about going to TSUN. I think he's been keeping OSU around for so long because he feels it's going to be an easier break with OSU when he does flip) that would open up one more spot for Jones/Caleb/Diggs/Neal

 

God, it burns me though, just thinking that Michigan is gong to get another born n raised Buckeye. Woody is rolling in his grave.

If you ain't a Silver Bullet, you're a target

 
BTwrestle04's picture

I think we'll somehow keep him. Even if we don't we have good backs in the system already. I'm not sure the status of Berry, however. If we strike out on him, we still have Warren Ball in the class. He won't make or break our recruiting class. Plus both of them have a lot to prove to surpass Hall, Hyde, Smith (even though he fumbles like freakin crazy), Berry (if he is still even on the roster).

Obviously we would all love to have him, considering he is an Ohio boy, and the best prospect out of Ohio (I believe?), but he isn't make or break at this point. I believe we need more help on defense than offense anyhow. I think we have the talent in place at offense, just had lousy coaching this season.

Ethan's picture

So Alex, who all is visiting this weekend? I know we have Diamond, Dodson, Winston, Dunn, and Diggs. Is there anyone I'm missing? This could be a monumental day for the recruiting class. All of those guys are better than every other commitment we've got, with the exception of possibly Washington

ThirdLegLouie's picture

Did I just have a feel good moment rewatching the Youtube video of Braxton Miller commiting to Ohio State? Yes, yes I did..

If you ain't a Silver Bullet, you're a target

 
ThirdLegLouie's picture

THIS WEEKEND IS HUGE--RECRUITS WITH AN OFFICIAL VISIT FOR 10/10/11

RB Warren Ball

OL Jacoby Boren

OL Jordan Diamond

OL Kyle Dodson

RB Bri'onte Dunn 

OL Pat Elflein 

WR Frank Epitropoulos 

DT Ekpen Iduoze

LB Joshua Perry

DE Se'Von Pittman

DT Tommy Schutt

 

If you ain't a Silver Bullet, you're a target

 
WMBuckeye's picture

Would love to see a recap of how things went after this weekend...all that talent in our grasp..kinda tingly all of a sudden!!

Proud to be a Buckeye in SEC territory...Long Live the Vest!!
Class of 2003 OSU/ATI "Where the men are men, women are few and the sheep are scared.."