Ohio State Football Recruiting Notebook: 7/5

By Miles Joseph on July 5, 2013 at 2:00p

Welcome to another edition of the Ohio State football recruiting notebook. While this week wasn't near as busy as last week, there's still quite a bit we have to cover in the world of Ohio State football recruiting.

First and foremost, nine of Ohio State's 14 class of 2014 commits participated in Nike's "The Opening" earlier this week at  Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

We'll touch on which Buckeye commits and targets had the best performances on the national recruiting stage later in this week's edition of the recruiting notebook.

We also received some big news on an un-committed class of 2014 five star prospect who has the Buckeyes as one of his top five colleges choices. We'll tell you who after the jump.

There were also several players who held offers from the Bucks that decided to commit to other schools in the past week. We'll tell you who they were and which schools they decided to attend later in the notebook.

Finally, we will take a look into the future of Ohio State football recruiting.

Join us after the jump as we take a look into the past, present, and future of Buckeye recruiting.


The biggest recruiting news of the week was news from The Opening in Beaverton, Oregon. Nine Buckeye commits including the likes of Stephen Collier, Terry McLaurin, Kyle Trout, Jalyn Holmes, Dylan Thompson, Kyle Berger, Dante Booker Jr., Damon Webb, and Parris Campbell.

Indianapolis (IN) Cathedral wide receiver Terry McLaurin turned the most heads of the 14 future Buckeyes in attendance. The recent Buckeye commit finished second to Speedy Noil in the SPARQ National Championship competition. This event was won by Buckeye freshmen linebacker Mike Mitchell last year. McLaurin also caught four touchdowns during the seven-on-seven competition during the second half of the camp.

Another Ohio State commit who had a good performance in Oregon was Detroit (MI) Cass Tech defensive back Damon Webb. The 5-11 corner was very impressive in coverage and had multiple interceptions in seven-on-seven play.

Another Buckeye commit who "showed out" at The Opening was Akron (OH) St. Vincent-St Mary linebacker Dante Booker Jr. Booker, a freakish athlete for his size posted a 4.52 40 yard dash time. He also made several game changing plays in seven-on-seven play.

The last player we're going to touch on is Brooklyn (NY) Erasmus Hall athlete Curtis Samuel who is one of Ohio State's top targets. The dazzling athlete posted a 4.36 40 yard dash time to go along with a 41 inch vertical leap. The Buckeyes are believed to be the leader for Samuel as things currently stand. He could play slot receiver or defensive back at the next level. I think the Buckeyes prefer him on the offensive side of the ball.

Class of 2014 five star safety John "JuJu" Smith named Ohio State as one of his top five schools along with Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ole Miss. The standout from California plans on officially visiting Ohio State for the Wisconsin game at the end of September.

Finally class of 2015 five star defensive tackle Tim Settle confirmed to me that Virginia is his new leader. It's still very, very early in the recruiting process for him and I'm not going to flip my Ohio State pick on the 24/7 Sports Crystal ball because of this development.


There were many prospects who the Buckeyes either offered or expressed serious interest in at one point in their recruitment who committed to another school in the last week.

Chesapeake (VA) Oscar F. Smith defensive tackle Andrew Brown, a consensus top five player in the 2014 class committed to Virginia. While the Buckeyes offered Brown they never had a great shot at landing him as he never made the trip to Columbus for a visit.

Kenton (OH) linebacker Noah Furbush committed to play for the Michigan Wolverines Monday. While the Buckeyes never extended an offer to Furbush, they expressed some interest in him at one point in his recruitment. 

Two wide receivers the Buckeyes had offered committed to other schools on Tuesday. First it was Gaffney (SC) Senior receiver Shaq Davidson committing to South Carolina. He was considered to be a heavy lean to the Gamecocks for most of his recruitment. Tarpon Springs (FL) East Lake wide receiver Artavis Scott followed by committing to the Clemson Tigers at The Opening. He seemed to be very interested in OSU last July after he camped at Friday Night Lights, but that interest died down after he saw other schools.

Finally Ponte Verda (FL) linebacker Dillon Bates will follow in his father's footsteps and play his college ball in Knoxville for the Tennessee Volunteers. 


We could see a commitment as early as today from Scranton (PA) Lackawanna C.C. offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor. He indicated he could choose from the Buckeyes, the UCLA Bruins (where he is a soft commit), and Arkansas. There's also a chance he could take a couple more visits before deciding. Other schools he could still visit include the likes of Alabama, Arkansas, and Florida State. I still think the Buckeyes will be his choice whenever he decides to announce. This is a situation we'll be monitoring very closely in the coming days.

If Eluemunor commits to OSU as I expect him to, the next commitment could come from Carmel (IN) wide receiver/tight end Austin Roberts who wants to decide later this summer. I thought this race was trending towards USC a couple of weeks ago, but I think the Buckeyes are starting to become the clear favorite. He is planning on attending the Friday Night Lights camp which is expected to be held on July 26th.



buckguy10's picture

Awesome news! Proud to see all these future Buckeyes dominating the summer camps.

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Great update, and really exciting news. Other than Eluemunor and Roberts, are there others on our list that plan on announcing this summer? Thanks again for the great updates!

pjtobin's picture

Come on Eluemunor, oh you know what I mean. At this moment , you mean everything. Come play for the best, and a crystal contest, play for Urban. Come on Elumunor!        
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chicagobuckeye's picture

So you're saying your minds telling me no, then that must mean that your body is telling you yes.

cinserious's picture

I don't see nothing wrong...

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Michibuck's picture

Thanks, Miles. Appreciate the update.

BeijingBucks's picture

what is best use of the schollie that just freed up? the OLine?



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avail31678's picture

Very good update.  Thanks much!  

osubuck57's picture

Thanks Myles, great update!! Good news all the way around. Hopefully, we'll get a few more commitments before summers' out.


YTOWNBUCKI's picture

Curtis Samuel sure looks fast...

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AlphaMaleBettor's picture

Great info.
as a first-time poster on here, thanks!

zbd's picture

Austin Roberts is a horse. Reminds me of John Mackey.

Northbrook's picture

That is very high praise.

SonOfBuckeye's picture

Any news regarding Gesicki?

OSUs12-OH's picture

Thanks Miles for all the info.  

"Class of 2014 five star safety John "JuJu" Smith named Ohio State as one of his top five schools "

I know many are thinking he'll play safety at the next level but I'm more incline to think Wide out is much more to his liking after seeing him in action at the Opening.  Clutch hands to go along with great size and speed as well.  It's a long shot for OSU to get him.  However anything is possible if he makes it to campus considering he has OSU in his final list of schools.  That can't hurt...

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jkrk's picture

Per twitter, Eluemenor says he's going to Arkansas on 7/19 and he'll make a decision after that.

Citrus's picture

Would think that Ark wouldn't be comparable to tOSU, however, bert has done a terrific job with OLinemen. Gotta give him his due on that front.

buck-I.8's picture

Or rather, give Paul Chryst his due

chicagobuckeye's picture

someone apparently just wants to dv you, don't worry I upvoted to even it out.

DenBuck's picture

So what do we think of Collier? Seems like a great young man, smart, will be a great ambassador for OSU but he did not get great reviews. The good news is that he has at least 2 years to develop and get stronger and better mechanics. 

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Hovenaut's picture

I think enough of Urban and staff to trust they like Collier enough. Sure he has work to do, but think he'll be fine.

We know he comes from a good family, and is an excellent student who wanted to come to OSU very much. I believe he'll put forth the effort, and find his role down the line.


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Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

These camps are exceptionally demanding of QBs - asking them to learn playbooks in days and throw to WRs that they have never thrown to before.  Plus, you can teach and learn throwing mechanics and footwork and improve arm strength, but you can't teach leadership and drive.  I think Collier is the guy because he has the latter qualities and the staff is confident about the former qualities.

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HighBallAce's picture

I thought that Eluemunor was going to make his commitment announcement today?

Urban Nation Army's picture

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

trasch_man's picture

Maybe the better thing coming out of The Opening was that some lower-rated guys will get some boosts in their rankings. Certainly McLaurin will get a bump and you'd think Collier will too as he competed in the Elite 11. Great work by all of them who competed!

unholy bucknut's picture

WOW Curtis Samuel looks like a beast. Or at least his video sure portrays him that way.

nfischer's picture

OK...now for the understatement of the week, Curtis Samuel is an amazing athlete with amazing speed!  This guy is going to be a game changer--sincerely hoping he's a BUCKEYE game changer.

Oldschoolbuck's picture

Speed, speed, speed... The one thing you can't teach!
UFM is stocking up on thoroughbreds; can't wait to see all the "Secretariats" in scarlet & gray going against the "Mr. Eds" in the rest of the B1G.
And we KNOW this coaching staff will turn them into FOOTBALL players, too!
Is it August yet?
Go Bucks!!

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Even though we didn't offer - I HATE to read where an Ohio boy picks TSUN.  Makes me want to hurl my breakfast! 

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cinserious's picture

Man, recruiting is so different these days at OSU. We cast such a wide net to so much national talent that it seems like we miss on alot of commits. Actually w are pulling them in left and right and even with reduced schollies, we might ends up with another top 5 class. Three weeks ago, I've never even heard of Terry mclaurin and now he's coming in second in the sparq? I iimagine steven Collier getting huge on the national stage too.

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Psychranger's picture

Miles, I appreciate your update. Austin Roberts looked super! And I was really proud of Terry McLaurin not only for his SPARQ and 7 on 7 play, but he verbalized so well on Nat TV how glad he was to be a Buckeye, how great the Coaches are, how he and others were " working" on uncommitted players. What a great representative for the class! I was a little disappointed in not getting to see young Mr Collier play, but Trent had positive things to say and his criticism was that Stephen sometimes just needed to let it rip! Sounds like a disciplined kid who as his confidence grows will be able to do just that !


Psychranger's picture

Jermaine U. Is absolutely a great young man. I think he will be a key as to where we wind up with this class. Sadly, as much as we'd all love to have Knox and thought we would considering his background, it's no longer looking like he's gonna choose what had always been his favorite team and instead is gonna stay in Tinseltown. No top 5 teams over there, but we wish him well wherever he lands. He's a great kid but we can't have all of them! That's why getting Jermaine would be so important. You just can't have enough of the Big Guys, and we've got holes to fill! Can you imagine being an OL at OSU knowing the speed that your blocks are going to unleash??? This is going to be a team that is going to have tons of big plays year after year with O Linemen looking great to the NFL paving the way. 


Meechy77's picture

It's not over yet...

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Surprises are welcomed.

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