Ohio State Football Recruiting Notebook: 4/25

By Miles Joseph on April 26, 2013 at 3:00p

It has been a week since we last talked Buckeye recruiting and while not much has changed since then, a couple of things that have changed over the last week and one of them is quite big, possibly bringing some more clarity to the quarterback recruiting situation.

Does Watson still plan to visit other schools?

Urban Meyer and his staff have been hitting the road hard during this contact and evaluation period, all aimed at trying to improve relationships with the players they're recruiting to Ohio State, and developing new ones as the radar blips to highlight new possible recruits.

Another big-time Ohio State target who had committed to another school a couple of months ago earlier may be back on the market for the Buckeyes after he decommitted earlier this week.

Finally to round things out, one of the Buckeyes' top targets on the offensive side of the ball has set a date for his decision.

We'll touch on all of that and more in this week's edition of the Ohio State Football Recruiting Notebook. Buckle up for safety, boys and girls; it could get bumpy.

Some big news broke yesterday regarding Ohio State's top quarterback target, Deshaun Watson. Watson, who is currently committed to Clemson, had previously said he would take visits to other schools including Ohio State.

Plans of a visit to Ohio State ended when Watson decided to solidify his commitment to the Tigers and not take visits to other schools.

This means two things for the Buckeyes.

The Buckeyes now need to find a new quarterback to make a push to land. Two names come to mind: Hebron (KY) Conner QB Drew Barker and Bossier City (LA) Parkway QB Brandon Harris. 

Barker has been on the Buckeyes' radar for quite a while, but they haven't had a lot of contact recently. That's expected to change soon as Jeremy reported Barker has already spoken to Ohio State coaches and is expected to speak with Urban Meyer over the weekend.

Harris is a relatively new name on the Ohio State recruiting radar. He hasn't been in touch with the OSU staff very long, but there is definitely a lot of interest. He is known for his top-notch arm strength.

The second effect of the Watson news is the impact it will have on Tyrone (GA) Sandy Creek wide receiver Demarre Kitt, who is one of the Buckeyes' top targets on the offensive side of the ball.

Kitt and Watson are very close friends. I don't think it's a coincidence Kitt set a June 10 decision date on the same day his good friend Watson announced he was 100% solid to Clemson. I think Clemson has taken the lead in this race and will eventually earn his commitment.

Lastly, Fort Worth (TX) All Saints Episcopal School offensive lineman Demetrius Knox, who committed to Texas a few months ago, is back on the market after decommitting from Mack Brown and the Longhorns a few days ago.

I think the Buckeyes will be firmly in the race to get Knox's verbal commitment and think they have a pretty solid chance to do so as things currently stand.


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Colonel Quaritch's picture

Will Ulmer also committed to Maryland recently. He looks like he was a fantastic athlete on film and could a lot of good things as a dual threat QB but did need to improve his passing but very Braxton-like running the ball.

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703Buckeye's picture

Unless Maryland can get a decent o-line put together, they won't worry me.

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Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

I am just curious as to why Deshone Kizer is not mentioned in the same category as Barker and Harris.  Kizer probably has the most impressive offer sheet of the three, is higher rated in the composite rankings than Harris (Barker is way higher than both of them) and he's in an Ohio kid.  Is he someone that the OSU staff is not high on or just lack of buzz? 

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TheBadOwl's picture

Because his offer sheet isn't actually that impressive. They're all contingent on the staff seeing him throw, they're not commitable. He might blow up this summer or fall, but right now, the staff doesn't have much interest.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

OK.  I get what you're saying, but does Barker have the same contingent offers for Bama and LSU?  I'm just playing devil's advocate because your answer with respect to his offer sheet was to essentially ignore it, but committable or not, the other two don't have the offers.
Either way, I'm just curious as to why Kizer doesn't get the same press as guys he could be compared to with respect to an OSU offer.  I know the staff doesn't have much interest and I'm trying to understand why? 

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Kizer is much more a work in progress than Barker or Harris, but has a ceiling as high or higher. He's not a polished passer and he's not *that* athletic, either. He's a good QB and a great leader in the huddle and on the field, though.

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Thanks for the answer and all you work. I knew he was a project but sounds like you (and probably OSU staff) think that he is too much effort at this point with others still on the board.  I had thought he was a camp away from an offer but maybe its more like an entire season, which, we'd probably already have a QB at that point. 

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Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

@Miles... What's the earliest you think we could see another QB offer go out?

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

I'm not Miles (obviously) but I would not be surprised if there's an offer out within the next two to three weeks.

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I only directed it at Miles because he wrote the article. Thanks for the info Jeremy. Appreciate your contributions and dedication to the site. 
Also, any thought as to who you think it will go to? 

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

I think you'll see an offer go out after the Buckeyes see Brandon Harris live and in person, week of May 6th. It will go to Harris or Barker, if I had to guess. Which, you know, you're asking me to. ;)

Northbrook's picture

I'm obviously not Miles but I'd guess this weekend is the earliest when Urbz talks to Barker.
Edit: And OBVIOUSLY only Miles is Miles. Obviously

MN Buckeye's picture

I can sometimes see for miles and miles . . . 

Earle's picture


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Oldschoolbuck's picture

Awesome, Earle! Should be up-voted!

iball's picture

I just watched Barker's highlight film...very Tim Tebow...I want that kid. Forget Watson.

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osubuck57's picture

I'd be happy with Barker or Harris.Hope ship hasn't sailed on Barker.Seems like a nice kid,but he may not like playing second fiddle to Watson.Hope this isn't the case.


Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Drew's an emotional kid but not to the point that he doesn't understand how this all works. He's smart and realizes that this is all part of the business and a LOT can happen between now and February. 

If that ship had sailed, when the Buckeyes reached out earlier this week, for the first time in a few months, he would not have called back.

AGL's picture

I say the hell with it,  let the coaches deal with it.  For the $ they all make this should motivate them even more.