Ohio State Football Recruiting Notebook: 5/3

By Miles Joseph on May 3, 2013 at 3:00p

May is finally here. The month is off to a quick start as we already have a couple of big news stories to touch on.

Kyle Allen received an offer from Ohio State on WednesdayKyle Allen is the newest OSU QB offer

In last week's edition of the Recruiting Notebook we touched on the fact that Deshaun Watson, formerly Ohio State's top quarterback target, would be staying solid on his commitment to Clemson. The Buckeyes needed to find a new quarterback to target and they made a bold move by offering three over this past week.

They started things off by offering Scottsdale (AZ) Desert Mountain quarterback Kyle Allen on Wednesday. They followed that up by offering both Bossier City (LA) Parkway quarterback Brandon Harris and Apopka (FL) signal caller Zack Darlington on Thursday.

It will be interesting to see how this quarterback situation works itself out in the upcoming weeks as we know the staff wants to have a quarterback as part of this class.

Notre Dame scored commitments from two players who held offers from the Buckeyes this past week in running back Elijah Hood and offensive lineman Quenton Nelson. There were a couple of other players who also spurned the Bucks for other schools. We'll touch on that a little later.

We'll have more on that, the quarterback situation, and much more in this week's edition of the Ohio State Football Recruiting Notebook.

The Buzz

The biggest item on the docket this week is the big happenings in the quarterback recruiting situation.

After the Buckeyes found out last week they were not going to be able to wedge Deshaun Watson free pf Clemson, they had to find a new quarterback to make their priority. This didn't take long as they offered not one, not two, but three quarterbacks over the span of two days.

The first offer went out to Kyle Allen. Urban Meyer was at his practice to watch him throw Tuesday and he came away very impressed. Meyer only needed a day to think about offering Allen as he received his offer Wednesday.

If you missed them earlier, here are some highlights of Kyle from the 2012 season as well as an interview he conducted at LA NFTC.

Allen told me he was not surprised by the offer and added he is very interested in the Buckeyes.

Yesterday the Buckeyes offered two more quarterbacks. First the news broke that Brandon Harris had received an offer from the Buckeyes. Just a couple of hours later, we found out the OSU coaching staff had extended an offer to Zack Darlington.

Harris was next Wednesday afternoon. He seem legitimately interested in Ohio State and could be a very good fit in Urban Meyer's offense.

Harris would like to make his college decision over the summer.

Darlington's offer came as more of a surprise, but word was Ohio State quarterbacks coach Tom Herman came away very impressed after seeing him throw. He told Eleven Warriors that he felt "blessed" to receive the offer and also said OSU is one of his top choices. Like Harris, he wants to make his decision before his senior season.

To round out the quarterback news, Hebron Connor (KY) quarterback Drew Barker announced his decision date:

He was once a candidate to receive an offer, but it's extremely doubtful that will happen as things stand. He will likely play his college ball at South Carolina or Kentucky.

Happy Trails

Nelson is heading to South Bend to play for Brian KellyNelson chose the Irish over the Bucks

The Buckeyes saw a couple of players they would've loved to have commit to rival schools over the past week.

Two – perhaps the two they wanted the most – committed to Notre Dame.

Charlotte (NC) Catholic running back Elijah Hood, one of the nation's best athletes, gave the Irish his verbal pledge last Sunday. Hood is the nation's 6th-best athlete prospect in 247's composite index and chose Notre Dame over Clemson, Florida State, Michigan, USC and the Buckeyes.

Red Bank (NJ) Catholic's Quenton Nelson, a 6-foot-5, 295-offensive tackle with offers from Alabama, Oregon, Wisconsin and many others, followed suit on Wednesday:

Ohio State's offensive line recruiting woes continued yesterday when mammoth, 6-foot-8, 345-pound Suwanee (GA) Peachtree Ridge offensive lineman Orlando "Zeus" Brown Jr. committed to Tennessee over the Buckeyes and a host of other schools.

Brown was not the only offered player the Buckeyes lost out on yesterday as Highlands Ranch (CO) Valor Christian running back Christian McCaffrey – the son of former Bronco Ed McCaffrey – committed to the Stanford Cardinal.

Finally, a couple of players who the Bucks had expressed interest in, but never offered, committed to other schools. This group includes running back Mikale Wilbon (Vanderbilt) and offensive lineman Juwan Bushell-Beatty (Michigan).

Looking Ahead

There isn't too much on the slate for the upcoming weeks as May is typically a pretty quiet month, campus visits-wise, as the recruits are finishing up school and the coaches are out on the road evaluating.

A couple of players who we could see visiting this month are athlete Curtis Samuel, offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor, and wide receiver/tight end Austin Roberts.

That's all for this week's edition of the Ohio State Football Recruiting Notebook.


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703Buckeye's picture

I've gotta remind myself to chill out and let Urbz do his thing. I have no doubt the 2014 class will be great!

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

d1145fresh's picture

@Miles-- Do you think the QB situation is a first come first serve situation. I feel like we saw this last year at RB when EzE committed and we cooled off the recruitment of Green. I didn't know if there was a pecking order for the staff on QBs or if it would be a first to commit then the other two would have to go elsewhere. 

rider1's picture

Kyle Allen's picture makes him look like he's 14 years old-then you watch the highlights...Nice!

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

That was the first thing I thought of too when I saw his picture!  Man, he looks young.  He sure can play though. 

hetuck's picture

This is as good a place as any to say Ohio high schools should have a spring football session. Note how many QBs OSU was able to watch throw. I think it places Ohio players behind their peers in the hunt for scholarships & player development. I think a two-week, no contact period would be fine. 

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whobdis's picture

Really liked Allen's footage. You see some of these guys listed as 'pocket passers..but he's pretty mobile. It's interesting to see what type of QB's they offer. They obviously still want a guy that can run on occasion or they wouldn't have offered Watson. I prefer the guy that buy's time with his mobility but still keeps his eyes downfield. It's difficult to keep guys covered after so much time and a mobile smart qb will find the open guy.

TNBuckeye1421's picture

I m sure that any of the 3 QBs will be good players but I do not see Allen fitting in the Herman/Meyer offense. I really like Zac darlington throws the ball well while Harris has a funky release almost looks like hes slinging the ball to get rotation... watch his elite 11 tape on youtube. 

TNBuckeye1421's picture

Watch the throws he makes between :50 and :60

German Buckeye's picture

So are we all assuming Braxton heads for the NFL after this season - not coming back for senior year?  Most of the early 2014 NFL draft projections have only Roby and Shazier listed as first rounders.  Would Braxton not be a first round pick? 

bucksk1n's picture

His passing would need to improve a lot from last year to go pro after this season.  His ability to run is great but the NFL won't be impressed as it is a pass first league.  Teams have too much money invested in QBs to let them expose themselves to that many hits and I think he's going to need add weight to hold up to the pounding he'd take in the NFL.
I hope you are right and he is drafted in the first round next year as it will most likely mean a trip the the national championship game for Ohio State.

sb97's picture

So who are the remaining OL targets?

Triv's picture

Still in on a lot of big name guys:

Jamarco Jones
Damien Prince
Chad Mavety (JuCo)
Jermaine Elumenor (JuCo)
Braden Smith
Demetrius Knox
Donell Stanley
Alex Bookser

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

tdible2132's picture

Totally agree, we'll forget all about the recent misses if we can land Jamarco Jones, Damian Prince, and Chad Mavety.  Those are my favorite 3 of all, including the recent OL commits we missed on. Q Nelson was a close 4th, but still.

ODEEZ330's picture

David nelson I think his name.his 5* out of fla who I really want to had us un his top 3 recently

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BuckSince79's picture

I think you meant David Sharpe from Jacksonville FL.  5 * and number one rated recruit in FL.  He does have interest in OSU but not sure enought to schedule a visit.

ODEEZ330's picture

Haha right posted same time as u lol. Idk though I'm confident in this one kids quiet and we are def in his topgroup and I trust urb in florida

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ODEEZ330's picture

David sharpe* sorry lol

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tdible2132's picture

David Sharpe would be great, but it seems like out of all the high profile OL recruits we are in on, this guy is the biggest long shot.  It's really really hard to see him ending up at OSU.  I hope I'm wrong though!

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

does kyle allen look 11 yrs old to anyone else? lol

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

tdible2132's picture

Totally agree.  Kid plays like a grown man though!

Patriot4098's picture

If we get Kyle Allen, we will use him. He may not be the best fit, but Meyer has a gift of figuring out how to use players in his system. If he can utilize(and he can), a gifted passer in his system, then I have absolutely no qualms. It beats the hell outa' being forced to run because the pass isn't as viable of an option. I say take him! He looks outstanding. This a worst case scenario that I would be happy to have!

"Evil shenanigans!"     - Mac

Triv's picture

It appears Allen is putting on a show at Elite 11 today

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

chirobuck's picture

Harris looks like a gunslinger in that video......looks really polished for a hs QB.....couple times he really anticipated the hole in the zone and stuck it in there nice, I was really impressed


^ best post ever ^

Jugdish's picture

From what I saw, Allen wasn't playing against great competition. His line gave him plenty of time to throw and I didn't see any QB runs called. What happened to DeShone Kizer? He seems to be a better fit than the 3 offered. He also played against top notch competition.

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Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

The 3 guys offered all are better than Kizer.  There is no doubt about that. 

tdible2132's picture

I think Kizer is more raw than all 3 of these guys, and I've heard the staff isn't sold on his ability to throw the ball.  Who knows though, I'm from NW Ohio and I've heard great things about this kid.  I wouldn't be upset at all if he ended up as our QB.

buckeyedude's picture

Now Urban's offering schollies to 5th graders?



tdible2132's picture

Haha wait did I miss something?

tdible2132's picture

Nvm duh I assume you're referring to how young Kyle Allen looks lol

cinserious's picture

Of all the things to keep us Buckeye faithful occupied between the spring game and the start of fall practice, these recruiting notebooks from the good people at 11-W are probably the most fulfilling and important distractions. Especially for a recruitnik like me.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

cinserious's picture

Sux about 'Zeus' though. With Jalen Hurd, that makes two recruits I really wanted that Tenn stole from us. Shaping up to be a North-South recruiting battle with the Volunteers from here on out.
@Butch Jones #you sux #we got Vonn Bell!

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

zenshade's picture

I'm thinking the fact we "stole" Vonn Bell from them really riled up the good-ole boys down there, and got the green-backs flowing.  Jalen Hurd was an absolute MUST get at any cost, if they were going to have any chance of getting Tennessee football back online to relevance any time within the next decade .
Jalen's about face from having OSU way out in front to being a Tennessee commit was unbelievable fast.  There's only one thing in the world that causes change to happen that quickly.  Probably nothing went directly to him.  Think aunts, uncles, cousins, mother, father, brother, friends and posse.  That's how the game works.

BuckinBama's picture

So now any time we lose out on a player, and he goes else where that means he is getting paid? We will continue to lose out, on big-time players because thats what we're after now, we're going to sign some, and lose some. We are running a marathon not a sprint. We've finished VERY strong the last two cycles, and that will continue this year, and every year Urban M. is our coach. We have a stupid amount of quality recruiters on our staff then you have the big dawg himself.

zenshade's picture

No, I don't believe that every time we lose a player he is getting paid.  However, it does happen a lot with the top programs.  They're "usually" not dumb about it though.  The difference between the top programs and the middle-tier programs is the top programs are popular enough to be able to build up secondary networks to provide benefits and keep their coaching staffs well insulated from any knowledge of it. (See Calipari at UK as example 1A, 1B and 1C).
Just pointing out that Jalen Hurd's very sudden change of heart from having Ohio State as a clear leader to committing to Tennessee was "surprising".  I hated to hear that, because from what I saw on tape I believe Hurd is the best back to come out of high school in quite some time.  I expect him to have an Adrian Peterson/Oklahoma type freshman season for Tennessee.
Completely agree with you, though, about not needing to worry about recruiting.  The talent level this year and the next few years is already nearing the UNREAL category.  Then you combine that with a coaching staff possibly only second to Alabama/Saban's when it comes to position coaching and game coaching. (And I want to see what happens in the next couple of seasons before I say that Saban is clearly better).
Good Lord its GOOD TO BE A BUCKEYE FAN right now!!!

MN Buckeye's picture

Miles, I am sure we would have loved to have any of these prospects, but it seems that they were already leaning other directions and our chances to get them were slim.  So as long as we still have many great recruits still out there, I prefer to remain positive.