Big Weekend on Tap for Buckeyes

By Alex on March 29, 2012 at 12:00p
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Will momma like Urban?Elliott is making his second trip to Ohio State this year

The basketball Buckeyes are in New Orleans and the football Bucks continue spring practice, but neither of those events may be the most important on Urban Meyer's mind this coming weekend.

Instead of rooting on his counterpart in Thad Matta or focusing on who is starting tailback will be, Meyer and the rest of his staff will be shifting their focus over the next few days to trying to bring in the next group of Ohio State stars as a group of big time high school football prospects will be on campus over the next few days.

As of today, the Bucks are expecting seven players in this all-star cast, including 2013 players OT Ethan Pocic, RB Ezekiel Elliott, DB Darian Hicks, LB Alex Anzalone, DB Devin Butler, and LB Tim Kimbrough, as well as 2014 stand out LB Raekwon McMillian.

While we plan to catch up with as many of these rising stars as we can after their visits this weekend, we wanted to give you a little bit more insight into the type of players each of them are, as well as what their current recruiting situation is and where the Buckeyes may stand when it comes to being their future destinations.

Please join us after the jump as we introduce you to these seven prospects that will be in Columbus this weekend and will get the red carpet treatment from Urban Meyer and the rest of his coaching staff.

Ethan Pocic of Lemont High School in Illinois is rated as the #3 offensive tackle in the nation by Rivals. Standing at 6-7/285 Pocic (pronounced Po-chick) is an imposing figure but moves very well, fitting the Meyer/Warinner mold for linemen. After a great junior season, Ethan has seen offers come in from OSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Tennessee, USC, Wisconsin, and others, but all the information we are getting has the Buckeyes on top. The Alabama offer will definitely intrigue Pocic, but Meyer has a chance to wrap this one up over the weekend and I expect Ethan to be a Buckeye some time this spring.

Ezekiel Elliott has done things more quietly throughout his recruitment, but that doesn't mean colleges haven't taken notice of Scout's ninth ranked running back in the class of 2013. The 6-0/195 Elliot has been clocked at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash and will be making his second trip to Ohio State this year, this time bringing his mother with him. If you have followed recruiting since the fall, you know Meyer is great with parents and this is a tremendous opportunity for the staff to put themselves in the lead for this speedster from John Burroughs School in St. Louis. In-state Missouri and Notre Dame are said to be the Buckeyes' biggest competition, with other schools that have offered being Arkansas, Georgia, Nebraska, Penn State, Tennessee, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Virgina, Wisconsin, and others. I think the Bucks have a great chance to land Elliott and getting a second visit is a great sign, but let's see how things play out over the weekend before we peg him in Scarlet and Gray.

Darian Hicks of Solon High School does not yet have an Ohio State offer, but had a solid junior season and continues to be in contact with the Buckeye staff. Hicks (5-10/175) is a 4-star prospect and the 15th ranked corner back in the country according to 247 Sports, but the Bucks already have two corner backs in Eli Woodard and Cameron Burrows and it is to be determined if they plan to take another player at the position. Hicks does have offers from Michigan State, Illinois, Iowa, Boston College, Cincinnati, Indiana, Louisville, Penn State, Purdue, and West Virginia, but looks to favor the Spartans and may commit to Mark Dantonio in the near future if OSU does not come through with an offer. Now that Kerry Coombs and Everett Withers can size Hicks up in person, we will see this weekend where things stand with one of Ohio's fastest rising prospects.

Alex Anzalone is someone with whom we talk often and he is also making his second trip back to Columbus to check out the Buckeyes. It looks like the four schools in serious contention here are the Buckeyes, Florida, Penn State, and Notre Dame, but the Gators and OSU have consistently been out on top for the Wyomissing Area two-way star and Scout's 10th ranked outside linebacker. Anzalone will make a trip out west to UCLA, Stanford, and USC following his visit to Columbus, as he is on spring break, but as mentioned before I expect Urban Meyer or Will Muschamp to win this one in the end. I really like Ohio State's chances with the second visit on tap and would be slightly surprised if this one doesn't go in favor of Ohio State.

Butler is a rising starButler is hoping for a Buckeye offer this weekend

Devin Butler isn't a name too many recruiting fans are familiar with, but they better be soon as the athlete from Gonzaga High School in Washington DC is blowing up fast. At 6-1/175 Butler has starred for Gonzaga at both wide receiver and defensive back and registered 43 tackles, 12 pass break-ups, 6 interceptions, a fumble recovery, and a touchdown on defense last year, while also catching 11 passes for 168 yards and 3 scores on offense. Butler currently holds offers from Baylor, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, UNC, Notre Dame, Penn State, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and others, and says he expects the Buckeyes to offer in the very near future. That offer may come this weekend when he makes an unofficial visit to Columbus, and we will see how the staff feels about him depending on if that happens or not in the next few days.

EDIT: Butler has cancelled his visit to OSU according to Evan Flood of 247 Sports

Tim Kimbrough has been a fan favorite of Ohio State recruiting fans for a while now as the Indianapolis Warren Central linebacker has listed the Buckeyes as a favorite despite not holding an offer from Urban Meyer. At 6-1/222, Kimbrough can pack a punch and has earned a ranking as Rivals' and Scout's fifth ranked middle linebacker, while earning honors as 247's fourth ranked inside linebacker after a strong junior campaign. Kimbrough has been to Columbus a few times already, but returns this time trying to add an offer from the Buckeyes to add to his list of Louisville, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Cincinnati, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan State, Penn State, UNC, Mississippi State, Purdue, and Vanderbilt, among others. I think the Bucks will look to take Anzalone and Courtney Love at linebacker and then make a decision on whether they want to offer Kimbrough or wait on Jaylon Smith. Once again this weekend could be telling for how this one will play out, as Kimbrough isn't going to wait forever for the coveted Ohio State offer. If he does get offered, I wouldn't be shocked to see him accept on the spot though.

EDIT: Looks like Tim Kimbrough may have delayed his visit by a week or so

Raekwon McMillian is just a sophomore, but is getting plenty of recruiting attention already and the Buckeyes are showing serious interest. McMillian is reciprocating that interest and the 6-3/230 linebacker from Liberty County High School in Hinesville, Georgia will make the trip up north this weekend to check out Ohio State for the first time. Already holding offers from Georgia, Ole Miss, and South Carolina, I expect Raekwon to land a scholarship from the Buckeyes this weekend and move Ohio State towards the top of his list once they do so. McMillian is already built like a college star and will only improve after a tremendous sophomore season in which he totaled 84 tackles, with 16 coming for a loss. There is still plenty of time in McMillian's recruitment, but you can tell the staff really likes this kid as they are going after him early.

Finally, as a bonus, a little birdie is telling us that current West Virginia commit and Toledo Central Catholic star, Jayme Thompson, may be visiting Columbus this coming weekend. Thompson verballed to WVU back in early February, but growing up in Ohio, always was a fan of the Buckeyes. OSU told the Rivals 13th ranked safety that he would get an offer once he showed a commitment to school and Thompson responded by performing well this past semester, and thus earning the Ohio State offer a few days ago. Word is it may not be long until Thompson flips his commitment from the Mountaineers to the Buckeyes and I look for some action on this to happen as early as this weekend. Stay tuned folks.

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JasonR's picture

I do hope Kimbrough gets that offer this weekend. He and Anzalone sounds like a great LB class to me, with the possibility of adding Smith or Love.

And great work as always, Alex.

dubjayfootball90's picture

masterpiece 

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

Hayze's picture

Alex, any insight on which of the LBs have commitable offers or not?

Obviously Derrick Green is but that's where things look to get fuzzy.

hodge's picture

I think right now Anzalone and Smith have commitable offers...outside that it gets sketchy, maybe Love?

Green's an RB, pretty sure DeVeon Smith also holds a commitable.  Ty Isaac does too, but we're definitely not leading that pack.

buckeye76BHop's picture

Smith is gone TTUN...don't expect Meyer to push like he did with Dunn (smith packed his bags unlike Dunn).  I think Green and Elliott are the ones to go for (and I bet Urbs gets both).  It would be great to see those two as RBs for OSU. Green has already said he's going to commit...it's just a matter of time with him...the other RB is up in the air.  Elliott has GREAT hands as well as running ability...he's my favorite besides Green.  I ESPECIALLY don't think Ty I. will be a Buckeye.  The competition he plays against makes him look MUCH better than I believe he actually is.  He also hasn't had a visit for a while...so  I'm not sure they're pursuing him as much.    

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

hodge's picture

Whoa!  Didn't even know he committed. Way behind the times here, I was on vacation and was off 11-dub for a week.  I knew I should have stayed tuned in!

BuckeyeInNYC's picture

Alex, GREAT work as always.  I second JASONR's point about Kimbrough.  Seems like the time is ripe for OSU to extend an offer and i agree that if they do this recruitment will be all but wrapped up.

I'm a huge fan of guys like Elliott.  He seems like the kind of playmaker that is going to be an X-factor in an Urban Meyer offense.  He may not be the headliner, but he'll be the advantage we have over teams based on how we run our offense.  Just my hunch.

Pocic and Anzalone are no-brainers and I love how the recruitment process is going with them so far.

Alex, what about wide receivers?  I have not heard much of anything in a while from you regarding possible recruits at WR.  Is Foster number one on our board?  Treadwell?  Along with Bosa, Pocic, and either Anzalone/Smith I think that one of either Foster or Treadwell is a must-get for this class.

Alex's picture

Still think they get Gibson and then go after Foster and Fullwood with Treadwell, North, Lemay, and some of those guys in there as well...I think they'll land 3-4

buckeye76BHop's picture

Do you really think they can land Foster?  I think Gibson's in and will probably make that verbal in June...but I'm still wondering about Foster...??? He's such a STUD and it would be great to land him...I'm just not sure he's coming.  Any knews???

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

bassplayer7770's picture

I just rewatched Ezekial's highlight video, and I agree with you.  He definitely seems like the playmaking type that Coach Meyer is really after.  He has good speed, plus he shows good hands and the ability to shift quickly.  I'm thinking there's a reason he is scheduled to visit during this huge weekend.

BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

Raekwon McMillan...Only Built 4 Buckeye Linx.

hodge's picture

Does this make Urban the RZA?

Nappy's picture

In the sense that he's running the show, yeah.  But I'd like to think of him as more of a Ghostface fan. 

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bassplayer7770's picture

Treadwell has said he plans to visit tOSU sometime during the second week of April.

Bj Mullens over Sully's picture

I think we should just go ahead and offer Kimbrough, I think Smith will committ to ND during their spring game.

Favorite Buckeye: Obviously BJ Mullens

Jdadams01's picture

I'm thinking the staff may be in agreement with you. We'll know for sure if they offer.

Triv's picture

Not sure how I feel about the Thompson offer. He seems like a decent safety at best, and taking 2 or 3 last year I was feeling like only 1 safety would be in this class and I was hoping that would be Su'a Cravens or Vonn Bell

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

Jdadams01's picture

I don't know if UFM feels like he has his type of safety on the roster. I wouldn't be shocked for him to take a couple this year and next. Also, I think if Cravens or Bell asks for a spot, UFM would give them one no matter how many safeties we have. They are players you don't turn away.

Triv's picture

I'm more concerned about Craven or Bell choosing some ther school because of our abundance at safety. I know Urban will take either of their commitments, and I also realize that both of them probably aren't too afraid of competition. But if one school has 1 or 2 safeties and one has 3 or 4 and both are very close in a kids mind I know which one most high school athletes would give the edge to.

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

Alex's picture

Bell will be in Columbus April 5 FYI

Doc's picture

JD, I think UFM feels like he doesn't have ANY of his type of players on the current roster.  He has a look of disgust on his face most of the time.

"Say my name."

Jdadams01's picture

Agreed. Outside of Boren, Simon, Stoneburner and Miller I don't know who he really likes. Maybe Hank, Roby, Shazier, and Curtis Grant.

BIGHEC39's picture

Hi Alex,

Any word on Su'a Cravens visiting Columbus anytime soon and how do you his recruitment to OSU playing Out?

BigHec39

Alex's picture

I don't think he'll be a Buckeye....if he visits that could change...he says an official visit to OSU is in his plans so we will see

GeneStarwind's picture

Other names this weekend QB Chavas Rawlins, QB/ATH Aaron Bailey & 2014 OL Andy Bauer

Bj Mullens over Sully's picture

On the other thread you made with the 2013 players, didn't you post soemthing about Aaron Bailey visiting this Saturday?

Favorite Buckeye: Obviously BJ Mullens

Bj Mullens over Sully's picture

Sounds like Cam Burrows will be down there this weekend helping out Meyer.

Favorite Buckeye: Obviously BJ Mullens

DMcDougal24's picture

Allen Trieu of Scout just tweeted that Jaylon Smith will be at OSU this weekend. Great news.

Allen Trieu ‏ @AllenTrieu 
Fort Wayne Bishop Luers OLB Jaylon Smith visiting #OhioState this weekend

Bj Mullens over Sully's picture

Urban gets another chance, let see what he can do, this weekend is ending up having some big names, still curious if Aaron Bailey is going.

Favorite Buckeye: Obviously BJ Mullens

GeneStarwind's picture

Bailey is definitely going according to Nebraska Scout page. Visiting Ohio State this Saturday, Illinois on April 6th, Nebraska on the 14th & Notre Dame on the 21st. I posted the link on this story yesterday in the 2013 Thread in case anyone missed it.

dbit's picture

Think maybe these guys will all watch some TV on saturday night?!

Alex's picture

Marcell Lazard will also be in town

bassplayer7770's picture

I've seen 2012 recruits Noah Spence, Boom Perkins, Cam Williams, and Armani Reeves should also be in town this weekend.  Sounds like a huge weekend planned.  Take in a practice or two and watch the bball game on Saturday.  Maybe we'll get some commits next week!

buckeye76BHop's picture

I wouldn't get too upset or excited that OSU hasn't got more verbals...I believe they're waiting to see more of these kids in camp (up close and personal as well) and see what shakes loose with some in their final SR seasons before excepting verbals.  I think that's what happened with Malik Zarie and he didn't feel like waiting...apparently.  It's all good to be patient because with the amount of scholarships...we're going to have to be.  

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

bucks_lax_14's picture

Jayme Thompson goes to my alma mater (also the same school Dane Sanz went to) and is good friends with my sister.  He his one of the hardest working players I've seen and takes everything very seriously. I think Urban would really appreciate that.

GeneStarwind's picture

I've had the privledge of watching him last season. I'm a Whitmer grad, and having 5 kids from the class of 2012 going to BCS schools, 3 of which are in the B1G, it's really huge for the city of Toledo. It seems NW Ohio is getting recognized with great talent. Mainly Whitmer, Central and St. John's are producing the talent in NW Ohio. CB Leroy Alexander to Nebraska, S Mark Myers to Michigan State, DE Chris Wormley to Michigan. Two other kids are going to Toledo, OL Storm Norton and RB Jody Webb. Huge year for Whitmer and NW Ohio and more years to come it seems. Looking good for this part of Ohio.

J.Mo's picture

My alma mater too... But I haven't seen a game sine maybe 2008 (if that was the year) when they played Dublin Scioto down in Dublin.

I'm looking forward to the Kizer kid. I went to school with a Kizer but don't know if there s a relationship.