Ohio State Football Recruiting Notebook: 6/7

By Miles Joseph on June 7, 2013 at 2:00p

Happy Friday Buckeye fans!

Settle and Hand were in Columbus for NFTC


We have seen a busy couple of weeks in the world of Ohio State recruiting and it's about to get even busier with the first Ohio State football camp this Sunday.

Last weekend Nike's Elite 11 quarterbacks camp and Nike Football Training Camp came to Columbus. These events brought many top talents to the Buckeye state including top quarterback target Brandon Harris, super sophomore Tim Settle, the nation's number one player, Da'Shawn Hand, and many others.

We also saw a couple of Ohio State's top targets commit to other schools in the last week. We'll tell you who and where they went later in the notebook.

The Ohio State coaching staff handed a couple of offers last week. We'll tell you which players recently received an opportunity to play for the Bucks in college after the jump.

Finally there are many visitors on tap for the weekend as the first one day football camp the Buckeyes are hosting is this Sunday, June 9th. We'll discuss this weekend's biggest visitors in this week's edition of the Ohio State Football Recruiting Notebook.

Join us after the jump to learn about all of the above information and other major stories in the world of Ohio State recruiting.


The Buckeyes are coming off a weekend where many elite prospects were on campus thanks to the two Nike camps that came to Columbus in the Elite 11 camp, which is for quarterbacks and the Nike Football Training Camp, which is for players of all positions.

A couple of the players who attended either or both of the camps came to Columbus early for an un-official visit. These players include Bossier City (LA) Parkway quarterback Brandon Harris, Gary (IN) West Side wide receiver Lonnie Johnson, Manassas (VA) Stonewall Jackson defensive tackle Tim Settle, Woodbridge (VA) defensive end Da'Shawn Hand, and Detroit (MI) Cass Tech defensive back Damon Webb.

Harris was the first to arrive in town on Thursday. He got the chance to check out the Ohio State campus on Thursday and Friday, before participating in the Elite 11 camp on Saturday. He had a very good visit to OSU and the Buckeyes are in his final four schools along with Alabama, Auburn, and LSU. It will be a tough battle for the Buckeyes to win, but they have a chance. Right now I think he'll end up at Auburn. 




Could Kizer be nearing an OSU offer?

Hand and Settle came to Columbus together, arriving Saturday afternoon. While Hand said he had a good talk with the OSU coaches, there is almost no chance he will end up playing for the Buckeyes in college. I think he'll end up at Virginia Tech or Michigan. Settle on the other hand had an awesome visit and is very interested in the Bucks. OSU may even hold an early lead to land his commitment. There's still a long way to go though.

Lonnie Johnson and Damon Webb both had very good visits and remain firmly committed to OSU. The two of them have been busy recruiting players to join them in Columbus starting in 2014.

Six future Buckeyes were invited to Nike's "The Opening" last week. The prestigious camp is held at the Nike headquarters in Oregon next month. The future Buckeyes invited include Kyle Trout, Dylan Thompson, Kyle Berger, Dante Booker, Damon Webb, and Parris Campbell. 

One last major takeaway from the camps is the performance of Toledo (OH) Central Catholic quarterback DeShone Kizer. He has put himself in position to get an offer from the Buckeyes. If he gets the offer I think the Buckeyes would have a pretty good chance at landing him. Right now I feel he favors Notre Dame and LSU.

The Ohio State coaching staff handed out a couple of offers in the 2014 (3) and 2015 (2) recruiting classes over the past week.

The players in the 2014 class offered include the likes of Bellflower (CA) St. John Bosco offensive linemen Damien Mama, Southaven (MS) CC offensive linemen Avery Gennesy, and Elizabethtown (KY) John Hardin defensive linemen Matt Elam.

The two members of the 2015 recruiting class the Buckeyes offered last week were Fresno (CA) Clovis North defensive linemen Jacob Daniel and Monaca (PA) Central Valley defensive back Jordan Whitehead.


Three players who held offers from the Buckeyes committed to other schools last week. Two of these players were recruits the Ohio State coaching staff really wanted in this class. The Buckeyes never had a shot at landing the other player.

The two major targets who decided to play their college football elsewhere were linebacker Chase Winovich, who committed to the Michigan Wolverines last Saturday over the Buckeyes and Pitt. The OSU staff really wanted him, but he decided Michigan was a better fit for him. He should be a good one for the Wolverines. The other major target who committed elsewhere was quarterback Kyle Allen who committed to the Texas A&M Aggies a few days ago. He was one of the Buckeyes top two targets at the quarterback position before deciding to take his talents to College Station.



The other player who held an OSU offer who decided to commit elsewhere was linebacker Kevin "KC" Crosby who committed to South Carolina. The Buckeyes never had a real chance at landing him.


Ohio State is hosting two one day football camps this month. One of them is this Sunday, June 9th, with the other on Friday, June 21st. Both are expected to attract many talented recruits to Columbus.

The players who will be camping or visiting (but not camping) this weekend include the likes of running back Jonathan Hilliman, offensive tackle Kyle Trout, offensive guard Marcelys Jones, two-way linemen George Brown Jr. (2015), defensive tackle Poona Ford, defensive end Dylan Thompson, defensive end Nick Bosa (2016), linebacker Kyle Berger, linebacker Dante Booker Jr., athlete Parris Campbell, athlete Malik Hooker, athlete Sam Hubbard, and many others. Click here for the complete list of June visitors.

Many Ohio State targets and a commit will be participating in the Rivals 100 Camp this weekend. The OSU commitment who will be in attendance is Cass Tech's Damon Webb. OSU targets who will be there include Andrew Brown, Lorenzo Carter, Jalyn Holmes, Mitch Hyatt (2015), Sterling Jenkins (2015), Laurence Jones, Demetrius Knox, Marshon Lattimore, Tyler Luatua, Raekwon McMillan, Montae Nicholson, Speedy Noil, Jacques Patrick (2015), and Damian Prince. COMPLETE ROSTER

That's all we have for this week's edition of the Ohio State football recruiting notebook. Have a great weekend!


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German Buckeye's picture

Well my take is, fine, we offered you a chance to play for the Scarlet and Grey, you didn't choose us ultimately, so just stand in line to get beat down when you play us in the future (especially if you choose another BIG program over us).   Doesn't mean you aren't a good player, you'll just get your lip bloodied when you line up against us down the road - you asked for it. 

RunEddieRun1983's picture

Spelling and grammar errors aside, good read, thanks for the info.

I don't always downvote, but I do always downvote a Michigan fan trolling the Buckeye boards.

OSUs12-OH's picture

Really dude??? Who made you the Grammar Police?   May be you should apply to 11W and ask Jason to become a writer or better yet an editor LOL.  Sometimes I use my phone to comment and it sure is easier with club-like fingers I have to just make it easy and do it in lower case with some grammatical errors I'm sure.  Sure hope you don't read mine during those times....

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rampageripster's picture

While I agree that grammar nazis on forums are ridiculous... he has a point.  This is a published article on a very popular website.  Basic typos and grammar mistakes should not be prevalent in published content.  This isn't a blog post or a comment, this is an article.
We respect 11W, so we hold it to a higher standard.  Content is excellent so the presentation should match.

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OSUs12-OH's picture

Wow...I was kidding BTW. It's all good. Not trying to offend. I didn't think it was that bad and its not my job to point it out I.e. Jason's name being added.

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

avail31678's picture

I have to say - there were a lot of them.  I don't usually nit-pick, but this article had a lot.
That being said - I still enjoyed the read.  Great info!

zbd's picture

Don't understand how we can offer several for the 2015 class while keeping known big time QB Kizer waiting.  He is an Ohio player.  Is he just a backup in case every other QB goes elsewhere? That doesn't show respect for him.  Not that Gee is gone, catholic players can feel relieved.  

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Jhesse17's picture

What the hell are you talking about? Yes he's a backup plan. I don't think that's disrespectful at all. I don't even understand your point about the 2015 offers. And our coach is a catholic you idiot.

SaltyD0gg's picture

We heard a lot about how much easier it was to recruit with an undefeated record. Is it just me or does it not feel like that at the moment?

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Braxton2Devin's picture

I know one should take this with a grain of salt, but if you look at the 247 Crystal Ball predictions, you will see that this class has the potential to be a great class!

buckeye85's picture

At the end of the year when the rankings are updated and final and we are looking over the signees for this years class, I think people will be singing a much different tune.  I am of the belief that Webb, Berger, Thompson, Jones, Trout, Hubbard and Booker will all continue to rise in the rankings.  Last year, Gareon Conley started off a 3 star and wound up in the top150 on almost every site.
Rivals has raved about Dylan Thompson, he will get a 4th star.  Kyle Berger is quickly becoming on of the top LB prospects in the country.  Booker is already highly regarded and Damon Webb will be a 5 star top 30 kid by the end, IMO.  I think Meyer and the staff have a great eye for talent and know who they want and who they think will fit their systems.  They recruit speed, and athletic versatility.  Most kids they get usually have the potential to end up at 3 or 4 different positions which brings a lot of flexibility to our roster.  We look at the early rankings and class ranking an think that they are underachieving when in reality they are getting a lot of the kids they want, kids that have not even begun to hit their full potential. 

BrooklynBuckeye's picture

I agree that we will end up with a great class. As far as the undefeated thing goes as a recruiting tool, you know SEC coaches are saying we would have lost to their top six schools last year, and we didn't beat anybody. If the Buckeyes put the hurt on an SEC school this coming January, look out. This program is set to explode. 

NYCBuckeye's picture

It amazes me that anyone can possibly think this in JUNE of 2013 for the 2014 class. 
Maybe this will ease your pain - Alabama has 10 commits (one more than OSU), with only 2 of those 10 being in the top 10 in their respective positions, and none in that group having earned 5 stars (and I'm not a star gazer at all, just providing some reference here), according to Scout. Guess it isn't easier to recruit winning 3 national championships in 4 years at the moment....

osubuck57's picture

Great to see Kizer winning awards,just not sold on him whether he's an OHIO guy or not. We may honestly not take a QB in this cycle if Darlington decides to go to Nebraska and Collier visit/camp doesn't go as expected. Harris I think stays in the south.


OSUs12-OH's picture

Thanks for the weekly recruiting info Miles...much appreciated.

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

rider1's picture

Who was putting down Winovich to the point that Jeremy felt inclined to comment?

buckeye85's picture

Lots of posters in 247 were saying that he was our scraps and that he got shut out of tOSU because he was our 5th option.  scUM fans were running their mouths as usual so some Buckeye fans decided to try and troll them a little bit. 
Personally, I am not really sure what happened because lots of people were calling him a heavy Buckeye lean, saying that if he did not commit to scUM on his visit then it was a very good chance he would be a Buckeye.  Then he visits Pitt, rumors surface of him committing, he denies it, says he is going to back out and take his time, and two days later commits to scUM. 
The whole thing seemed weird and I read somewhere that he did not want to compete with the depth we had at OLB, but who really knows.  I know his film looked good, but it is hard to say just how high he was on the Buckeyes board and whether or not Booker committing swayed his decision.
Overall, I do not think he was that big of a loss, nothing in the neighborhood of losing Jamarco Jones or anything (he is a must get at this point in time IMHO.)

harleymanjax's picture

Anybody that has a chance to play for the Buckeyes and chooses TTUN is obviously not the sharpest knife in the drawer!

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Who the hell is Jeremy Birmingham?

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Triv's picture

Just gonna hope this is sarcasm 

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MN Buckeye's picture

Thanks for the updates, Miles!  Good information is always helpful.

pjtobin's picture

Do we need to get a qb this year? I know we don't want to miss the next Troy Smith, but how bad would it hurt us to go without?

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Triv's picture

If Braxton has a huge year and goes pro? It would be devastating and we'd be in a similar situation as Michigan is this year post-Bellamy injury. If Braxton leaves (I don't see it happening but it's not impossible) then our only 2 scholarship quarterbacks are Cardale and JT, neither of which will have been higher than 3 on the depth chart their whole career.

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

rdubs's picture

Even if his stats are amazing I doubt he goes pro because his arm isn't ready yet and it seems unlikely that it would be ready after just one more year.  I still think it makes sense to take a QB in every class.  You aren't always going to hit a homerun like Braxton, but every once in a while you end up with a Troy Smith who was a second option who developed well.

BlueBayou's picture

It doesn't matter if he is ready, but rather if he believes he is ready.  If Braxton believes he is ready and he feels this season validates that, there is a good shot he goes pro.  Much like you, I'm of the belief a team should take a QB in every class to be safe and make sure they have proper depth.  Your point about Troy Smith is a very good one.

Jhesse17's picture

There is no chance Braxton goes pro simply because if I was an NFL team right now I would not draft him. I hate to say it but the kid hasn't proved he can throw or make good decisions. If he shows up this fall and passes for 3,500 yards with a 2/1 TD/INT ratio, maybe. But unless that happens I don't see it.

buckskin's picture

It never feels good to lose out on some kids we wanted, but I will make my final determination regarding the quality of this class the day after they play their last game as seniors for OSU.  Hopefully they'll have 4 sets of gold pants, 4 big ten rings, and a NC ring or two!

dubjayfootball90's picture

I hate when people rag on a kid when he commits elsewhere. "He was our scraps. He was not good enough. We don't need him." Come on People.
(The 'come on people' phrase is directed at a general audience that habitually performs this act. I am not singling anyone out on this website, FYI.)
If a kid is offered by tOSU, or even any other big time program, you have to think its for a reason and he would make the O or D better, wether it be in game time or preparation.

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