Ohio State Football Recruiting Notebook: 7/19

By Miles Joseph on July 19, 2013 at 2:00p

Welcome to another edition of the Ohio State Football Recruiting Notebook.

A lot has happened since last Friday's edition of the notebook and we're here to give you the latest in the world of Ohio State football recruiting.

One of Ohio State's top offensive line targets might make his college decision early next week. We'll tell you where the Buckeyes stand for this recruit later in the notebook.

There was also a big visitor on campus last weekend. We'll tell you which top 2014 prospect came into town to check out Ohio State and where the Buckeyes are on his list.

The big news of the week came when a couple of Ohio State's top targets committed to another school. We'll go in depth on this later in the recruiting notebook.

Finally, we'll take a look into the future at events like Friday Night Lights.

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


It has been about a month since the Buckeyes received their last commitment, which came from Chicago (IL) De La Salle Institute offensive tackle Jamarco Jones.

The Ohio State staff could get more good news soon as Scranton (PA) Lackawanna offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor is closing in on his decision. The massive offensive tackle is taking an official visit to Arkansas this weekend and ha said he'll make a decision shortly after the visit.

The three teams in the running for Eluemunor's services are the Buckeyes, UCLA, where he is currently committed, and Arkansas. All three teams listed have a legit chance at landing the JUCO standout, but I still think the Buckeyes will be the choice when it's all said and done. Make sure to keep an eye on this developing situation early next week.

Staying on the topic of offensive linemen, Lebanon (PA) Mt. Lebanon tackle Alex Bookser was in town for an un-official visit last weekend. All reports indicate the visit went well and Bookser intends to take a couple of official visits before finalizing his college decision.

I have Bookser projected to Pitt right now, but I think the Buckeyes are close behind the Panthers in this race and have a legit shot if they really want Bookser to be a part of this class.


There were a lot of players who held Buckeye offers that decided to go to another school in the last week.

Locust Grove (GA) safety Cortez McDowell started things off by committing to the Tennessee Volunteers. McDowell never expressed legit interest in the Bucks so it doesn't come as a surprise that he decided to go elsewhere in his recruitment.

Carmel (IN) wide receiver/tight end Austin Roberts came next when he committed to UCLA on Wednesday. I was projecting Roberts to be a Buckeye at this time last week, but the Bruins picked up a lot of traction in the last week. I now think tight end Mike Gesicki will be part of the OSU class after Roberts decided to head elsewhere.

Ft. Lauderdale (FL) St.Thomas Aquinas wide receiver Corey Holmes committed to Notre Dame on the same day. This is a very minor loss for the Buckeyes as he never expressed serious interest in the Scarlet and Gray.

Finally Bossier City (LA) Parkway quarterback Brandon Harris committed to LSU yesterday. The Buckeyes were one of his three finalist, along with Auburn and LSU, but both the Buckeyes and Auburn Tigers already had quarterback commits in their classes.

Looking ahead

Ohio State's Friday Night Lights camp is just a from today, next Friday July 26th.

You can check out the complete list of Friday Night Lights visitors right here.

FNL, now in its second year at Ohio State will once again be one of, if not the biggest recruiting event of the year for Urban Meyer and his staff.

Stay tuned, as we'll have full coverage of Friday Night Lights, including the 11W recruiting staff out en masse for the Midwest's top recruiting event.


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SilverBulletNYC's picture

Thanks, Miles. Well done.

The South will NOT rise again!

Savage45's picture

I'll be at F.N.L. again, anyone else planning on it?

Cavluv23's picture

I wish !!! Post some pictures !!!

World travel is my passion spreading the word and grace of Ohio in every corner of the world . 

Gametime's picture

I'm down! I didn't know it was it was an open event!
11W Staffers, Let a guy buy you a pitcher afterward?

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Alpo's picture

Improper benefits?

dubjayfootball90's picture

Question: I know this has been answered before, but why has Eluemunor wavered and started looking at other colleges and is making another decision after already committing to UCLA? I just forgot what happened a while back and looking for someone to fill me in again.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

Jordan Wagner's picture

He visited UCLA and loved his visit. Probably was pressured into committing and pulled the trigger. He made his previously scheduled visit to Ohio State and loved it and many don't see him sticking with UCLA now. 

dubjayfootball90's picture

Thank you, Jordan. Appreciate it.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

Buckeyeneer's picture

Birm made it sound like he is one of those guys who can't say "no". He gets pressured and says "yes" before his heart is truly into it.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

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dubjayfootball90's picture

Hopefully if he does flip, then thAt is it. Hopefully. :)

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

zenshade's picture

One would hope, but on the other hand with Meyer and company I like our chances of being the school he can't say no to at the point where he signs his letter of intent. :) 

dubjayfootball90's picture

yea, true be to that.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

BuddhaBuck's picture

I could probably Google this, but who won the Smokehouse? #SoBlurryOnYouTube

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tennbuckeye19's picture

The infamous Ryan Timmons. 

captain obvious's picture

R Timmons runs a 3.89 40 bench presses 500lbs and once scored 14 touchdowns in a JV basketball game when he was 7
speaks 4 languages English, Spanish and 2 dialects of kentuckian
sorry Waycracken couldnt help it
I actually hope the kid proves you right

I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me

Urban Nation Army's picture

I bet he could throw a football over them mountains

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

zenshade's picture

After watching Timmons video last year, I couldn't believe that we didn't give him a committable offer immediately.  He just looked like a kid that you definitely take, regardless of the competition level.
And then we signed Dontre Wilson and James Clark, the latter looking a whole lot like he has athletic ability in Ted Ginn's ballpark.
Then it all made sense.  As good as Timmons looked, we unbelievably ended up with play-makers that looked better.
Really hoping that Timmons tears it up in the SEC, though, and manages to stick a few daggers in the heart of Alabama and Florida fans over the course of his college days. :)

Scott's picture

If I remember correctly, Ryan Timmons won the drill last year.

Class of 2008

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

had/still have Mike Gesicki as top guy on their board at TE

I thought Luatua was the top guy. Did that change recently?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Hovenaut's picture

Not really disappointed about Roberts and Harris...as I prefer Gesicki and never felt Harris was necessary after Stephen Collier committed.

Ready for another o-lineman to jump aboard, hoping we get some good news from Eluemunor.

Braxton2Devin's picture

Even if we do get Eluemunor, how can we be so sure that he won't start visiting schools and wavering his commitment again?

Crimson's picture

You can't, but I'd take him anyway.  Maybe the staff told him to visit another school before he committed.  Just a thought

osubuck57's picture

Conceivable we don't sign a TE this cycle if Noah Brown comes on board. He could grow into h-back/TE role. Fine either way for me. Gesicki is the true TE but also likes Penn State as well.


pjtobin's picture

I was glad Harris chose to go elsewhere. I just never got the feeling he was ever a buckeye. 

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

BierStube's picture

I guess Harris went with his plan B or C!

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

Schwizzle1985's picture

Do you get the feeling that Eluemunor is higher on the board than Mavety?  Or it is just on a first to commit basis?

Silverbuck8's picture

Just basing this off of insider info on other sites, Mavety appears to be higher on their list and that's the reason Eluemunor was slow played.  From all indications including interviews he was going to flip from UCLA but was told to wait.

Schwizzle1985's picture

Interesting.  If that is the case, it seems that if Eluemunor is deciding in the next week it won't be for OSU?  If I remember correctly Mavety won't be deciding anytime soon.

Silverbuck8's picture

Mavety was scheduled to announce late July early August.

lippertini's picture

That's funny, b/c someone claiming an insider source (staff?) here believed the opposite a while ago.  I have no idea what's true, of course.

Eddie-Eddie's picture

Great info Miles.  Thanks for keeping us up to date. 

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

I agree. Great work Miles!  Hopefully we'll see some commits coming soon.

Michibuck's picture

Thanks, Miles. Great work.