Ohio State Football Recruiting Notebook: 6/21

By Miles Joseph on June 21, 2013 at 11:30a
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Happy Friday Buckeye Nation! Welcome to another edition of the Ohio State Football Recruiting Notebook.

Jalyn Holmes became the 11th member of the class.

A lot has happened since last Friday's edition of the notebook and Eleven Warriors is here to touch on the latest developments in the world of Ohio State football recruiting.

The biggest story of this week is the commitment of Norfolk (VA) Lake Taylor defensive end Jalyn Holmes. He committed to Urban Meyer and the OSU staff on the last day of his unofficial visit to Ohio State. We'll have more on this huge pickup by the Buckeyes later in this week's recruiting notebook.

There were also many other big time visitors on campus in the last week including the likes of Chad Mavety, Quincy Wilson, Jamarco Jones, Sterling Jenkins, Matt Elam, and many other top recruits. We'll talk tell you more about the visits of these top prospects later in the recruiting notebook.

Urban Meyer and his coaching staff saw a player who many thought would be a Buckeye at one point in time commit to one of the top schools in the country, not named Ohio State. We'll tell you who it was and where they decided to attend college later in the recruiting notebook.

Finally Ohio State is hosting their final one day football camp (excluding Friday Night Lights) today. We'll tell you who decided to make the trip to Columbus to attend the camp or take a look around campus.

Join us after the jump to learn the latest on Ohio state football recruiting.

THE BUZZ

The biggest news in the last week is definitely the Bucks scoring the commitment of Norfolk (VA) Lake Taylor defensive end Jalyn Holmes.

Holmes was thought to be a big lean to his "dream school," Florida State until he came to Columbus for an unofficial visit Tuesday. He was obviously "wowed" on his visit and decided Ohio State was the best place for him to play his college football. This is a very big and surprising pickup for Urban Meyer and Ohio State.

 

 

Holmes wasn't the only top recruit in Columbus this past week. There were many other players high on Ohio State's wish list who rolled into Columbus.

Jenkins is one of the best 15' offensive linemen

The Buckeyes got two big visits from two players who are expected to be in the 2014 class.

The first visit was from JUCO offensive tackle Chad Mavety who said he had an "awesome" first visit to Ohio State. He plans on returning on an official visit for the Ohio State-Indiana game.

The other big weekend visit came from Orlando (FL) University School cornerback Quincy Wilson, who like Mavety had a very productive visit to check out Ohio State.

Wilson will likely seize the opportunity to check out a couple of other schools on official visits before ultimately making his final decision. 

Urban Meyer got the final visit for Chicago (IL) De La Salle Institute offensive tackle Jamarco Jones, who is one of Ohio State' top targets along the offensive line.

While Jones has recently played his recruitment close to the vest, it's all about to come to an end in a coupe of weeks as he is set to announce Thursday. While Jones has kept fairly quiet on his recruitment, I expect him to choose Ohio State as his announcement ceremony.

Finally Urban Meyer and his coaching staff hosted a couple of the top offensive linemen in the class of 2015 in Sterling Jenkins and Drew Richmond. 

Jenkins is one of the only players I've predicted to be in Ohio State's 2015 class. He had a very good trip to Columbus where he got to see the school up close and personal.

Richmond is another elite 2015 offensive linemen who really likes what Ohio State has to offer. He grew up a fan of the Buckeyes which can do nothing but improve Ohio State's chances of landing Richmond.

HAPPY TRAILS

There was one major Ohio State target who committed to another school this past week. This was a player the Ohio State staff really wanted to be a part of this 2014 recruiting class.

This player is 6-5/200 wide receiver Derek Kief from Cincinnati, Ohio and De Salle high school. Kief committed to Alabama on Father's Day (last Sunday) just a couple of days after wrapping up a very good visit to Alabama.

 

 

Ohio State was considered the favorite to land Kief for most of his recruitment until things started to shift towards Alabama just a short week ago. He is a great get for the Crimson Tide and could be a very useful player for them.

LOOKING AHEAD

Ohio State is hosting their final football camp until the Friday Night Lights camp which is expected to take place in late July. The 26th of next month is the most likely date for the final football camp of the summer.

Today's camp is expected to attract many top talents to Columbus. Some prospects are coming to camp and visit, while others are just coming into Columbus to check out the campus and the football program as a whole.

Top recruits slated to be in Columbus in the next couple of days include the likes of Derrell Scott, Damien Harris (2015), Johnnie Dixon, Jermaine Eluemunor (committed to UCLA), Damian Prince, Elisha Shaw, and many other elite talents. Also expected in town Saturday are defensive linemen Derek Barnett and Thomas Holley.

The Eleven Warriors recruiting team will bring readers the most up to date coverage of this weekend's events. Have a great weekend!

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osubuck57's picture

Would be great to snag another commitment or 2 this weekend!!

SCOTTC.

zachofaltrades's picture

This was probably posted somewhere else, but has Mr. Holmes visited FSU yet?  If not is he still planning on doing so?  If he does go, will he reconsider his commitment?

OSUs12-OH's picture

I'm no insider by any stretch of the imagination. However I don't think he'll be visiting FSU or Clemson after committing to OSU.  I'd say if he does....oh boy will the naysayers come out of the woodwork to inform us on how he'll flip or he's now a "soft" commit.  It's all good...he's a Buckeye and he put us on his short list of 3 before even stepping foot on campus.  I'd say he's in for the long haul.

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Buckeye06's picture

This is from a big FSU insider (my coworker is a Seminole fan and is on their sites a lot and I asked him about this as it was going on).  There are 2 updates here:
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I know there was a report earlier that Rivals100 DE Jalyn Holmes committed on his visit to Ohio State. Holmes since then has said that report is not true. I am told that the Buckeyes did make up a lot of ground and he had a great visit, but that's the extent of it. I've also been told he is scheduled to take his final unofficial visit to FSU on July 12 and from everything we've heard, the FSU side is still confident in where things stand.

Just wanted to update the situation a little. Thought this one was about to done (For FSU), but it looks like FSU still has a little work to do here. Pretty stunning news even that it's even a battle at this point. That's where things stand though at this stage.
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Jalyn Holmes update (6:39 pm)

This has been an amazing change of direction for Jalyn Holmes. When I went to Chicago a few weeks ago, he was all set to pick FSU. However, now after taking a visit to Ohio State, he is expected to announce for the Buckeyes and that could happen on Thursday. However, there is a hang up right now as I'm told by Mike Farrell that the Mother is extremely ticked off about this coming out and really upset with Buckeyes staff. I personally still see the commitment going down, but there's a small chance that Ohio State shot themselves in the foot with this latest development.

Farrell told me that Holmes wants go home and tell his teammates and coaches, make calls to the other coaches before announcing. Again, this was before the rumors started, but that was the plan. Farrell believes that Holmes will still eventually visit Florida State. Pretty rough news for FSU considering Holmes was recruiting for FSU the last three weeks (before he took the Ohio State visit). However, upon arriving to Ohio State, things just completely changed and for those wondering the connection to the Virginia area with Urban Meyer? I'm told he's like a God over in the Virginia area after landing Percy Harvin and is very popular there. I will say in talking with some people around the FSU side, they are not going to give up on this one. Especially with all the connections Holmes has to FSU with his father and Holmes himself growing up fans.

This is one that probably won't be over until signing day. With that said, I never want to leave you guys hanging. Even if it is bad news. This is just pretty stunning news with how much of a shift his recruiting has taken in the last 48 hours.
 
 
 
 
From those, he may still visit

Buckeye06's picture

Don't know what happened when I pasted from emails from my friend...will try and fix
 
Edit: it's not letting me, but the content in my previous post is good info, just in a crazy format now haha
 

dzig's picture

Paste it into note first, then copy/paste to here. That will get rid of the html. FYI

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OHBuckInCA's picture

Hurts on Kief.  Looking forward to who the staff will get on the outside to go along with Lonnie.

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Psychranger's picture

Congrats to Coach Meyer and his Asst Coaches! It's been a little dry spell and I know they're gonna be making up ground to make this another Top 10 class. Now, lets get some good news on some stud OL recruits. With the graduation of most everybody on the OL at the end of this season, you'd think there'd be plenty of smart guys wanting to play soon and play in games with huge exposure and National implications. 

JB3

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Urban vs. Saban is going to be fun to watch over the next decade!!!  I don't think there are going to be any other schools up for the challenge!!!

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SaltyD0gg's picture

Loved Raekwon's tweets following Jalyn's commitment. Can't be seen as anything but positive.

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AJBor41's picture

@Saltydogg - Are you able to share?

avail31678's picture

I'm not swag enough to paste stuff, but it's in the gray box thread for Jalyn's commitment...
 
Try this link to my comment (Raekwon's tweet is right above) -
http://www.elevenwarriors.com/2013/06/22976/ohio-state-football-recruiting-jalyn-holmes-commits-to-buckeyes#comment-474098
If that doesn't work, just use this link and scroll downs a bit...
http://www.elevenwarriors.com/2013/06/22976/ohio-state-football-recruiti...

bodast67's picture

i think this is what you were talking about

 

 

 

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

Welcome, Mr. Holmes. At the end of the day, it was "elementary", wasn't it?

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great news on Jayln and also nice to see Raekwon is watching so closely.  Would be great to see those two guys playing together soon.  Man, the front seven of the defense is going to be insane the next few years!!
Go Bucks!

buckskin's picture

If there is such a thing as momentum in recruiting, I believe we are starting to roll.  Really anticipating our recruiting developments in the next three weeks.