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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