ESPN Releases 2015 Top 300 List

By Jeremy Birmingham on July 16, 2013 at 5:09p
ESPN's Top 300 for the 2015 class is out.

ESPN released their initial iteration of the 2015 Top 300 today and it's a list full of Buckeye targets, players that Urban Meyer and his staff have already offered and more that they likely will. Minnesota's Jashon Cornell, a product of traditional Notre Dame-feeder school Cretin-Durhem Hall, currently resides at the top of the list and will be in attendance next Friday night at Ohio State's important Friday Night Lights camp.

Joining Cornell in the Top 10 are several players that Ohio State has made an early pitch towards, including Stonewall (Va.) DT Tim Settle, Suwanee (Ga.) OT Mitch Hyatt and East St. Louis (Il.) defensive tackle Terry Beckner, Jr., who lists the Buckeyes are one of his top schools early. Jacksonville Trinity DB Kevin Tolliver II is the second-ranked player and the highest-ranked player currently committed, he pledged to LSU in November of 2012.

The Buckeye state's highest-ranked player, Hjalte Froholdt is 14th, but the soon-to-be-junior who played at Warren G. Harding high school in Warren last year is currently back home in Denmark unsure where or if he'll play high school football in the United States this fall. Froholdt is followed by Canton McKinley star Eric Glover-Williams at No. 29, Lakewood St. Ed's star Shaun Crawford at No. 49, Cincinnati Moeller defensive tackle Elijah Taylor at No. 89, and Toledo Central Catholic linebacker Chris Green at No. 91, in the Top 100.

Key Buckeye targets on the list include Memphis OT Drew Richmond at No. 68, Pittsburgh OT Sterling Jenkins at No. 75, Virginia linebacker Ricky DeBerry at No. 139, Cincinnati St. Xavier star linebacker Justin Hilliard at No. 145 and Cleveland Benedictine linebacker Jerome Baker at No. 157.

ESPN lists Orlando Timber Creek High School star Jacques Patrick, with nearly 50 offers before he starts his junior season, as the 231st ranked player in the country.

The following players claim early offers from Ohio State: 

1. DE Jashon Cornell 
3. ATH George Campbell
4. OT Mitch Hyatt
6. OT Montez Ivey
7. DT Tim Settle
9. DE Terry Beckner Jr.
13. LB Jeffrey Holland
14. DE Hjalte Froholdt
15. LB Jahvoni Simmons
18. RB Soso Jamabo
20. RB Damien Harris
21. DT Shy Tuttle
24. RB Taj Griffin
25. ATH Torrance Gibson
26. RB Jordan Scarlett
29. ATH Eric Glover-Williams
36. DT Jacob Daniel
37. ATH Christian Kirk
38. CB Minkah Fitzpatrick
41. WR DaMarkis Lodge
48. DE CeCe Jefferson
50. WR Devante Peete
51. DE Joshua Alabi
56. CB Rico McGraw
57. S Kendrell McFadden
68. OT Drew Richmond
75. OT Sterling Jenkins
97. QB Kyler Murray
107. DT Christian Wilkins
108. ATH Jaason Williams
109. DE D'Andre Walker
122. RB Chris Warren
124. OT Matt Burrell Jr.
139. OLB Rick DeBerry
145. OLB Justin Hilliard
147. ATH Brian Cole
157. OLB Jerome Baker Jr.
158. OT Jake Fruhmorgen
162. OLB Sherrod Pittman
199. QB Lorenzo Nunez
200. TE Garrett Williams
204. ATH Jalen Christian
214. WR John Burt
230. ATH Jordan Whitehead
231. ATH Jacques Patrick
283. RB Natereace Strong
284. RB Traveon Samuel
294. RB Mike Weber


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Jordan Wagner's picture

15 Ohioians by my count. 

Seth4Bucks's picture

Not bad for a slow Northern state.

Deadly Nuts's picture

Hopefully this is not a case of ESPN getting high on Texas. They have a good class according to ESPN every year but still suck.


tennbuckeye19's picture

I'd say that is on Mack Brown and the UT coaches more than anything. It's one thing to bring in good players year after year, but what are they doing with them?

Hovenaut's picture

That's right....Mack Brown needs to return to the nation's elite, and soon, with the talent he gathers in seemingly every year.

Hook 'em Horns are getting restless down there.

jeremytwoface's picture

Yeah he doesn't have much time left...
I give him no more than 2 years if he keeps going how he's going.

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

MN Buckeye's picture

It's all right, Major Applewhite will be the problem to all their answers.

buck-I.8's picture

Seems most likely at this point that Froholdt will 'play' in Denmark his junior year, and likely return to Harding for his senior year. Bad news in terms of his development next year, but good in that he will most likely be returning to Buckeye territory as a senior.

BuckeyePoetLaureate's picture

It should help us with recruiting when we have another great season in 2013.

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Ethan_Buck's picture

So Cornell...the number one player in the country..who likes from Minnesota...on ESPN..holy shit he must be a god

I dont always root for college athletics, but when i do (which is most of the time) I choose THE Ohio State Buckeyes.

Jordan Wagner's picture

By my count: Ohio State has offers out to 48 off the 300 prospects on this list. 16%. 

5% of the ESPN's top 300 is from Ohio. 

AndyVance's picture

While it would be a gargantuan effort to compile/analyze the data, I'd be curious to know how those stats compare with recent years, especially across the span of the Tressel era as a frame of reference.

Jordan Wagner's picture

I'm going to look into this for my Thursday evening piece. 

ODEEZ330's picture stacked in 2015. Yea buddy. I'm hype for that year. My man egw abt to be a 5* by that time

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BME_Buckeye's picture

It's gonna be a dog fight getting Hjalte Froholdt from his high school given that his coach is pro-Michigan and likes to send his players to UM. I like the talent in Ohio on the list...
Edit: It should be noted that Steve Arnold brother Dave Arnold played for Michigan in the 80's and helps explain his support for UM. 

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hail2victors9's picture

It will be very interesting to see if he even plays his Senior year in the states.

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!

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captain obvious's picture

I expect my son Jaxton Foys to be on the 2031 list that will  be out at years end. His duedate is 12.1 this year but the Doc says his weight is above average and is very active. He already holds offer from some MAC schools.

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MN Buckeye's picture

He should get a scholarship on the basis of his name alone.

buckeyedude's picture

You mean he hasn't chosen what school he will take his talents to yet? What's up with kids these days? So indecisive! What's his 40 crawl time expected to be?
Oh, and congrats on the little one, Captain. Kids are a blessing. They really are. Mine are in college now, and it seems like just yesterday I was changing their diapers. (Yes, I did my share, damnit)



d1145fresh's picture

Does he live in Ohio? If so I am surprised that Tennessee and Kentucky haven't offered him already. If he has a good arm on him I would imagine Lane Kiffin will be at his preschool to see how he can throw blocks across the room.

captain obvious's picture

We live in Florida and my wife is a former Gator Cheerleader, so I fight the good fight everyday.
We did bump into Brent Pease at the doctors office but I am not going to report it.

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Michibuck's picture

Ohio representing well.