Ohio State Football Recruiting Notebook: 4/19

By Miles Joseph on April 19, 2013 at 3:00p

We're back with another edition of the Ohio State football recruiting notebook.

Harris committed to Michigan over the weekend

Today we're going to take a look back at the happenings in the recruiting world last week and we're also going to preview the upcoming week in recruiting for the Buckeyes.

The dead period has ended and the Ohio State coaching staff is out on the road visiting with and evaluating prospects.

The Buckeyes hosted a bevy of visitors at this past weekend's spring game at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The group included 2013 signees, 2014 commits, and 2014 targets.

Finally, a couple of players the Buckeyes had high on their recruiting board including Drake Harris (Michigan), Dallis Todd (Oklahoma), and Sam Mustipher (Notre Dame) spurned the Buckeyes for rival schools.

Join us as we take a dive into the wide world of Ohio State football recruiting covering past visitors, upcoming visitors, prospects who committed elsewhere, and much, much more.

Looking Back: Spring Game

Players who signed in 2013 that were in attendance for the spring game included in-state players like athlete Christopher Worley and defensive tackle Donovan Munger while two others made the trip from down south. Vonn Bell visited from Georgia and Joey Bosa came up from Florida in order to be in attendance for Ohio State's annual spring game.

Originally four commits in the current class were supposed to be at the spring game, but Damon Webb and Marcelys Jones canceled at the last minute. Only Lancaster's Kyle Trout and Chicago native Dylan Thompson were in attendance for the game. Trout continues to strengthen his role as the "leader" of the class.

Lastly, a respectable list of 2014 targets were in attendance for the game. This list including Derek Kief, who the Buckeyes appear to have a very good shot at landing, Lonnie Johnson, who many no longer have an offer from the Bucks, and Austin Roberts, who had great things to say about his experience at the spring game. Defensive lineman Daniel Cage and 2016 wide receiver Cameron Chambers were also at the game.

To wrap things up, all of the players who were in attendance for the game had great things to say about their experience.

Happy Trails: Targets who Committed Elsewhere

Unfortunately, the Buckeyes saw a couple of prospects high on their recruiting board commit to rivals schools over the last week.

Headlining this list is standout wide receiver Drake Harris, who committed to Michigan just a day after visiting Ohio State.

Harris and his 2,000+ receiving yards were big on Ohio State's wish list, but it was an uphill battle as his father, Mike Harris, is a huge Wolverines fan.

Other top targets who chose other schools over the Bucks are offensive guard Sam Mustipher, who decided to commit to Notre Dame and wide receiver Dallis Todd, who chose the Oklahoma Sooners over the Buckeyes.

While a couple of these may sting, we know Urban Meyer and his staff are still "in" on many of the top junior prospects across the nation and there's really nothing to worry about.

Looking Ahead

Currently there is nobody slated to be on campus this weekend, so expect things to by very quiet on the recruiting front over the next couple of days.

One important target was on campus Thursday, however, in massive 6-6/225 wide receiver Mark Andrews from Desert Mountain high school in Scottsdale, Arizona. Jeremy caught up with him right after his visit wrapped up and it's safe to say his opinion of Ohio State improved over the visit.

The staff will be out on the road visiting with and evaluating prospects over the next couple of weeks, so we may not see as many visitors as we normally would as April comes to an end.


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Buckeye110893's picture

Thank you Miles! Your work is great, especially with the recent departures from the site! Keep doing amazing stuff! Go Bucks 

ohiostbux5's picture

No big loss on Harris. Nobody with the phrase "getbusy" in their twitter handle has made an All-American team since Red Grange.

sir rickithda3rd's picture

i was kind of expecting more after the spring game. o well, the staff will get it done at the end of the cycle. still have a long way to go

mark may wins douchebag of the year... again

MN Buckeye's picture

Slow time . . . slow time . . . slow time . . . 
We only have a dozen or so more scholarships to offer, but I need another gray box (of the 11W kind) pretty soon.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Good recruiting info.  Hope to see the trail heat up a bit in the coming weeks.
Go Bucks!

DefendYoungstown's picture

Those who come will be Champions, those who don't will feel the wrath of Urban.

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

DetroitBuckeye's picture

I really wanted Harris but I guess it just wasn't meant to be.  I do really like the idea of Trout being the "Shane Morris" type figure of the class though, who could potentially be an additional recruiter.  It is very early and the class still looks very promising.

johnblairgobucks's picture

over 100,000's 16-17-18 year young men have yet to play their senior year in High School football.  Sometimes young people grow a lot during that point in life.  I wouldn't get too hung up on many of these recruits that are being top rated as juniors in High School.  The NFL draft is completely different for kids when they make themselves eligible, as opposed to the year before.  Lots of growing up too do, and al ot of lesser hyped kids will step to the for-front, ala Mike Mitchell.

okiebuck's picture

You are correct a mundo JB; additionally some of the kids who had "breakout" years as juniors fizzle when they become seniors. No worries; Urban and company will get who they need on the bus; in the right seats.

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Losing out on Harris didn't bother me at all.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

BuckeyeMike2002's picture

No loss in April on the recruiting trail is final or fatal. Mr. Harris, I hope you enjoy every weekend at Michigan except for all the games you lose and the four tail whippings you're going to get from the Buckeyes.

Q: What is the difference between the Michigan Football Team and a bag of crap. A: The Bag.