Ohio State Football Recruiting Notebook: 7/12

By Miles Joseph on July 12, 2013 at 2:00p

Welcome to another edition of the Ohio State football recruiting notebook.

Roberts Could Decide SoonCould Roberts be the next to commit?

After a month filled with Ohio State camps, commitments, The Opening, and more, we finally had a relatively quiet week on the Buckeye recruiting front.

This week we saw the sole remaining un-committed quarterback on the Buckeyes' recruiting board narrow his list of schools to three. Did the Buckeyes make the cut? We'll tell you later in the notebook.

We will also take a look at a group of three prospects who could be approaching a college decision in the likes of Jermaine Eluemunor, Mike Gesicki, and Austin Roberts. 

There were also a couple of future Buckeyes who received a ratings bump in in the latest top 247, following strong performances at The Opening. One Buckeye commit earned a five star distinction. We'll tell you all about it later in this week's edition of the recruiting notebook.

Finally we will take a look into the future and preview the upcoming Friday Night Lights camp which will take place on Friday, July 26th at Ohio Stadium.

Join us after the jump to take a look into the past, present, and future of Ohio State football recruiting.


Bossier City (LA) Parkway quarterback Brandon Harris has narrowed his college choices to Auburn, LSU, and Ohio State as he approaches at July 19th college decision.

While I think the Buckeyes still have a chance at landing the star signal caller, I think he's going to end up committing to the Auburn Tigers as he is very intrigued by Gus Malzahn's system, the same one that helped Cam Newton win the Heisman trophy a few years back.

There is a group of three prospects, including offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor, tight end Mike Gesicki, and tight end/wide receiver Austin Roberts who could be closing in on their college decisions in the very near future.

Eluemunor was all set to commit last Friday and I think he would've been a Buckeye if he followed through with those plans. However, he is going to visit Arkansas in about a week before making his decision.

Harris is thinking LSUHarris is closing in on his college decision.

I still like the Bucks in this race, but I wouldn't be surprised if the top JUCO offensive tackle decided to stay committed to UCLA or attend Arkansas.

Roberts is another player who could be closing in a commitment. He's visiting Ohio State for the Friday Night Lights camp on July 26th and has the Buckeyes in the lead.

I think the wide receiver/tight end hybrid will end his recruitment at the camp deciding to play his college ball for the Buckeyes.

Finally, Gesicki could commit to a college in the next month or so. He camped at Ohio State June 21st, earning his offer.

Most believe Gesicki will end up committing to Ohio State (95% OSU on 24/7 Sports Crystal Ball). I disagree with this sentiment and think he will end up playing for Penn State in college because I simply don't think there's enough room in this class for both Gesicki and Roberts.

There were a couple of Buckeye commits and targets who earned rating bumps in the new top 247 thanks to strong performances at The Opening earlier this month.

The player who received the biggest bump was Buckeye linebacker commit Dante Booker Jr., who vaulted all the way up to the number 16 player in the class, earning a five star distinction from 24/7 Sports. Buckeye target Curtis Samuel was also bumped up to a five star.

Wide receiver commit Terry McLaurin earned his fourth star and a spot in the top 247 thanks to a strong performance at the Opening. Damon Webb, Kyle Berger, Parris Campbell, and a few others also received a small ratings bump.


Good news! There's almost nothing to report in our "Happy Trails" section this week as no major Buckeye target decided to commit to another school.

The one commitment I would like to mention is that of Halmer (OH) Patrick Henry offensive linemen Colt Petit who committed to Virginia Tech. The massive linemen received some interest from OSU at one point, but never had a real shot at earning an offer from the Scarlet and Gray.


Friday Night Lights, the Buckeyes' biggest football camp of the summer is coming up on July 26th. There will be a lot of top prospects/recruits in attendance.

We will see a group from Cass Tech there including the likes of 2015 stars Jayru Campbell and Mike Weber. They will accompany 2014 Buckeye commit Damon Webb to Columbus.



There will also be two Glenville stars at the camp including the likes of Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith. I think both of these guys will be Buckeyes when it's all said and done. I don't think either is close to committing though.

Other major 2014 players who plan on being at the camp include the likes of Raekwon McMillan, Malik McDowell, Donell Stanley, and a few others.

We'll have much more on this camp in the coming days and weeks.


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corveyer's picture

Do you think the staff's interest in Noah Brown's could affect Roberts decision at all? I know Brown is visiting right before FNL. 

pjtobin's picture

So many great athletes. My hope is that they all become buckeyes. Congratulations to all of our recruits getting a star bump. And to Donte for his 5 star ranking! Great read as always. Thank you for keeping us updated. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

osubuck57's picture

Not Miles, but believe we're recruiting Roberts more as an H-back/ TE type to create mismatches. Don't think it affects Brown at all. Believe we're looking at Brown as a true WR.


Eye27's picture

If there isn't any room for Gesicki, I would guess that it would leave Brown out as well.

BierStube's picture

Love seeing Dante getting some extra love.  I would not be surprised to see Webb with a fifth star as well!

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

Toilrt Paper's picture

Webb's measurables and performance at The Opening weren't that good. Best 40 time was a 4.65.

avail31678's picture

Yeah but he continues to impress with his actual game skills.  He could easily be a consensus five star.  I dont care what his 40 time is if he's covering well and breaking up pass plays, which he has been doing consistently in camps.  

JasonR's picture

Finally we will take a look into the future and preview the upcoming Friday Night Lights camp which will take place on Thursday July 26th at Ohio Stadium.

Did a double take when I saw this...is Friday Night Lights actually on Friday, or is it just a clever name?

Urban Nation Army's picture

how do you embed part of a webpage like that?

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

JasonR's picture

On the text entry field toolbar there is a button that looks like quotation marks. Just click that and it gives you a box to paste text in to.

Urban Nation Army's picture

On the text entry field toolbar there is a button that looks like quotation marks. Just click that and it gives you a box to paste text in to.


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

Buckeye Rocket Sci's picture

Given the date, as I've always heard, is July 26th (a Friday) I'm pretty sure that was a typo. 

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence" - Calvin Coolidge

Aesculus.'s picture

Miles, what was up with Austin Roberts not moving up in the 247 rankings despite being named on several all Opening teams?!?!  I saw him catch a crazy good TD pass and his team won the 7v7 tourney.

whobdis's picture

I guess Indiana is our hotbed for wr prospects now. I like guys like Roberts..a nice compliment to the big play guys we picked up last year. He catches the ball away from his body and is a north/south guy after the catch. These guys keep drives alive. We used to always have a guy like that.

2002osubuck's picture

I think roberts would be an incredible pickup. His fathers the TEs coach for the colts, you know hes been teaching his son technique for his entire life. He looked to have extremely good hands and moved well after the catch. Would be a great addition to this class.

Schwizzle1985's picture

Didn't Gesicki cancel his visit to Wisconsin because he was fairly certain he wanted to be a buckeye?  Just curious why he would do that if he didn't have a committable offer.

DenBuck's picture

Good evening all...is Roberts heads & tails better than Gesicki? Both camped so we have seen them up close and personal. 

Buckeye For Life

osubuck57's picture

Some have said that they believe Gesicki will commit to Penn State. Personally think Roberts creates more mismatches as he can play WR/H-back/TE, but thats just me. Gesicki is more TE.


ColerainBuckeye33's picture

Gesicki is better and has a natural position.Just keeping it real.

A wise man once said "success is not final and failure is not fatal"

yankeescum's picture

I think that if Derek Barnett looks better than either, and he is probably a better defensive end, and I think that both Roberts and Gesicki look pretty damn good.

lippertini's picture

That "if" at the beginning supposed to be there?

yankeescum's picture

No.  It was some sort of oversight on my part.

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Gesicki told a recruiting analyst he was pretty sure he wanted to be a Buckeye after he canceled his visit to Wisconsin. I'd late to lose him to State Penn. I think we could fit both Roberts and Gesicki. 
2 OL
that would put us at 22. 

brobbins's picture

Won't be room Quincy Wilson will be a buckeye 


Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

They'll take Smith and Lattimore over Wilson. But yes I'd love to have Wilson in this class. 

brobbins's picture

I feel that OSU is going to have to leave out guys that are better than guys that were commited early. We would rather take roberts and gesicki and mavety but maybe not be able to because of guys like Hubbard and Johnson. Thoughts?


buck-I.8's picture

If the staff didn't really want Hubbard and Johnson, they wouldn't have made their offers committable so early, believe that. Hubbard especially, in the eyes of the staff, is a hidden gem. 

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great recruiting information.  Love hearing and getting all of this info about the recruits out there. 

Goalscorer9's picture

Are any of our current commits going to FNL?  It was cool last year when Bosa was getting love from the fans