Recruiting: Ohio State is Looking Nationally, but Still Hitting the State of Ohio Hard

By Derek Young on March 14, 2013 at 5:00p

Many were curious to know how Urban Meyer's recruiting approach would fit in at Ohio State. He showed his success at landing the nation's best during his time in Gainesville, but had less pressure to recruit in-state because of the presence of other elite schools in Florida State and Miami.

Campbell shined the brightest with Urban Meyer watching at State Championships.Parris Campbell is a top five player in Ohio

Recruiting in-state is a necessity at Ohio State and the current regime in Columbus has answered the bell. Shortly after taking over at the end of the 2012 recruiting cycle, the new staff stole Taylor Decker from Notre Dame, poached Se'Von Pittman from Michigan State, and landed Cleveland native Kyle Dodson, who was once a Wisconsin pledge.

In the past class, OSU laid claim to 10 signatures from Ohio prospects, and a junioe college recruit originally from the Buckeye State. Lancaster's Kyle Trout, Cleveland's Marcelys Jones, and Akron's Parris Campbell have already joined the fold for the 2014 class.

The state of Ohio is known for producing top-end football talent year in and year out. While the 2014 class is not loaded with some of the firepower that the previous classes have had, several prospects have multiple elite offers.

Read on for more on who Ohio State has offered, where they stand and where other possible offers could go.

OL Kyle Trout, OL Marcelys Jones, and RB Parris Campbell are Buckeyes, OL Jimmy Byrne is a Domer, and LB Michael Ferns went Blue. Five of the 11 OSU offers have chosen what school they plan to attend, while six others still contemplate their decision.

Two wide receivers in Ohio have been offered, with the most recent being Cincinnati La Salle product Derek Kief. The Queen City talent also has offers from Alabama, Boston College, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Kief will be at Alabama this weekend, and Ohio State the next. A great visit to Columbus could give the Buckeyes a stranglehold for his services.

Springfield's Thaddeus Snodgrass is another in-state receiver with an offer. The speedy wideout earned an offer from Meyer and the staff after a standout performance at OSU's underclassmen camp last June where he ran a sub-4.4 second 40-yard dash.

St. Vincent-St. Mary's becoming a bit of a pipeline to Ohio State. Will Booker don the Scarlet and Gray on Saturdays?

After some miscommunication and timing issues on a possible early commitment, Snodgrass has now slowed down the process. Ohio State has fallen out of consideration for the most part, with Penn State, Kentucky, and Michigan State appearing to be in the best position.

Other possible in-state offers that could go out on the offensive side of the ball are Minster TE Ethan Wolf, Toledo Central Catholic QB DeShone Kizer (recently offered by Alabama), Marion Harding RB LJ Scott, Lakota West RB Mikel Horton, and Westerville Central OL Nick Richardson.

The linebacker position is one of the stronger groups in Ohio with three earning offers from the home-state Scarlet and Gray. The best of that group may be Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary's Dante Booker.

Notre Dame, Michigan, Nebraska, Maryland, Penn State, Tennessee, Louisville, Indiana, and Illinois have also offered the elite backer. Booker is an Auburn legacy but if his visits are any indication, Ohio State is in the driver's seat to land one of the state's bests.

The other undecided in-state linebacker is Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius's Kyle Berger. Ohio State was the first offer Berger received, but Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Tennessee, and West Virginia have since followed suit.

The visits show it will be an Ohio State-Michigan battle for the northeast Ohio product's pledge, but a decision should be coming soon. Berger wants to make his college choice by the end of the spring.

The last two with OSU offers both hail from Cleveland's Glenville Academy, Ohio State's pipeline.

High school secondary mates Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith could find themselves in the same situation in Columbus in a few years. Both are supremely talented, but neither is expected to make a decision anytime soon.

Lattimore holds offers from Alabama, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Tennessee, and USC. Meanwhile, Smith has additional offers in Alabama, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Both are extremely sought-after prospects but it would be difficult to see them end up anywhere other than Ohio State.

Other defensive prospects in the state of Ohio that could eventually attract an offer from the Buckeyes are Lima Central Catholic DB Darius West, Winton Woods DB Mike Edwards, Massillon DB Marcus Whitfield, Huber Heights Wayne LB Dorian Hendrix, Moeller LB Sam Hubbard, Winton Woods DL Daniel Cage, Shaker Heights DE Joe Henderson, and Galion ATH Dareian Watkins.


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ATXbucknut's picture

Now why is Snodgrass no longer considering OSU anymore?  Did he feel slighted by not being allowed to commit early?

lljjgg's picture

I'm sure Derek or one of the Staff can answer your question better and with much more knowledge than I can, but that said, I read in a Snodgrass interview with OZone recently that the OSU staff essentially stopped contacting him (according to Snodgrass). Have to assume the staff lost interest, or just has certain WRs in mind as higher priorities.

ODEEZ330's picture

Really want cage to get his offer also hubbard. Id like the staff to take a hard look at nathan devers out of massilon. Think he is big ten quality o line for sure.

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Seth4Bucks's picture

I don't follow recruiting other than what Alex, Derek, etc report on here. I don't know who Devers is or how good he is. But I do know that I want to see Meyer & Co pursue national level talent, not just B1G quality. If Devers fits that criteria than great! Either way, I have utmost confidence in Meyer's staff bringing in the best talent they can find and actually capitalizing on that talent.

BuckeyeNationProblems's picture

Believe it or not but ohio state has always recruited national level talent. A top 25 class, or top ten in most cases, is no better in the sec than in the big ten.  It then comes down to coaching and playing style.  B1G recruits are every bit at good as SEC recruits, despite what their fan base tells you. At least when evaluations regarding tosu. 


Seth4Bucks's picture

Yeah, no doubt that Tressel always brought in some pretty good talent, but he focused mainly in the midwest. But Meyer doesn't care where you are, if he wants you he'll come after you.

larry b's picture

ya know what? i couldn't agree more. exactly right!! its the scheme...

larry brown

larry b's picture

ya know what? i couldn't agree more. exactly right!! its the scheme...

larry brown

j12harris's picture

I appreciate your passion for the Buckeyes but why jump in on a blog about recruiting which some people follow at insane levels  ???    just wondering


BuckeyeNationProblems's picture

Any insight on Saban offering osu targets? Obviously they are elite talent, but it seems more "targeted" than in the past. Anyone agree? 


sharks's picture

Coach Saban is a smart man- surely he sees UFM and tOSU as his main competition.  Welcome to the big time, ladies and gents:  we're not just fighting tsun and Notre Dame, we're fighting the class of college football- the SEC.
That said, juniors are tweeting about having twenty-thirty offers.  Everyone is offering everyone.
I wouldn't worry about Bama.  They'll get one or two of ours, we'll get one or two of theirs.  As long as the program is successful, we'll have top guys clamoring to get on board.

A man got to have a code...

Larryp713's picture

Kids like Snodgrass scare me because when we pass on them (and I trust the staff knows what they are doing), those kids go up north or to Happy Valley with a monster chip on their shoulder. I wish him the best, and hopes he ends up in Kentucky if the Buckeyes are truly out of the picture.



buckeye76BHop's picture

"After some miscommunication and timing issues on a possible early commitment, Snodgrass has now slowed down the process. Ohio State has fallen out of consideration for the most part, "

So because he couldn't commit early...he's not considering OSU now????  Confused...this seems/sounds like another Shelton Gibson similar to his grade issues last year.  Clarification would be great...
Like what I've heard about most of the others high on OSU's list...but not so much about Snod.

"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 

2002osubuck's picture

I think the staff has kitt and Autry in mind, not to mention, we're in the top for both. Add in kief the 2013s WRs and we shouldn't miss snodgrass much. I want guys that want to be buckeyes especially when they're from Ohio.