Ohio State Football Recruiting Notebook: 7/26

By Miles Joseph on July 26, 2013 at 2:00p
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Welcome to another edition of the Ohio State Football Recruiting Notebook. While the last week was pretty uneventful in the world of Ohio State recruiting, things are about to pick back up – as Friday Night Lights, one of the biggest recruiting events of the year, is tonight.

Raekwon McMillan headlines the FNL visitors

One of the top offensive linemen in the 2014 class, who was once considered a Buckeye lean, is probably headed to another school. 

There were also a couple of recruits on Ohio State's campus last week. One of which is one of the top players in the 2015 recruiting class.

We will also talk about tonight's Friday Night Lights camp, where a lot of Ohio State's top targets and commits will be in attendance. 

There were also a few players who held offers from the Buckeyes that committed to other schools last week. 

Finally, we'll take a look into future Buckeye recruiting events at the end of the notebook.

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

THE BUZZ

Scranton (PA) Lackawanna Community College offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor is very close to announcing his final decision between UCLA (currently committed), Arkansas, and Ohio State.

Webb and Booker will be at FNL

Up until a few days ago, I felt this race was trending towards the Buckeyes. However, Eluemunor's visit to Arkansas, last week, went well, and the Buckeyes no longer appear to be the front runners for the standout tackle.

I think he'll commit to Bret Bielema and the Arkansas Razorbacks in the not too distant future.

Ohio State played host to a couple of visitors in the last week, with Rockwall (Texas) running back Chris Warren and St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Brothers College offensive linemen Brian Wallace. Both players hold offers from the Bucks.

Warren, who hails from the high school football talent mine Texas, is regarded as one of the top players in the 2015 class. He checks in as the number 78 player in the 24/7 composite rankings.

There was a lot going on inside the OSU football program while he was in town, but the visit went well, and the Buckeyes have put themselves in a solid position with the Lone Star State standout.

Wallace has flown under the radar to this point in the recruiting cycle. 24/7 Sports ranks him as a four star recruit. 

While he reportedly holds an offer from OSU, and the visit went well, I doubt he'll end up playing his college ball in Columbus. I think Iowa is his leader right now, and the Buckeyes' offer probably isn't committable.

The week's biggest news item is tonight's Friday Night Lights camp, which will bring many of Ohio State's top targets to Columbus.

The biggest names in attendance will be: Raekwon McMillan, Curtis Samuel, Marshon Lattimore, Erick Smith, Myles Autry, Eric Glover-Williams, Joshua Alabi, Mike Weber, Jayru Campbell, Jerome Baker, and a host of other big name recruits.

McMillan might be the biggest visitor, as the Buckeyes are in a close, three-team race to land the star linebacker. I'm still under the impression the Buckeyes lead for McMillan's services, but I know Alabama made up a lot of ground this summer. This is a huge visit for the Bucks to impress their top remaining target on the defensive side of the football.

Brooklyn (NY) Erasmus Hall athlete Curtis Samuel is another top OSU target who will be in attendance. The speedy athlete received glowing reviews at Nike's "The Opening," earlier this month. The Buckeyes definitely hold the lead here, but I doubt he pulls the trigger and commits just yet.

The Cleveland Glenville duo of Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith are a couple of other big names who will be attending. Right now the Buckeyes lead for both of these players, but I think they will decide closer to National Signing Day. I'm pretty confident that both will end up playing their college ball in Columbus.

Myles Autry is a name that hasn't come up in a while, but he had OSU as his leader at one point in the recruiting process – he still says Ohio State is his "dream school." It will be very interesting to see how the Autry visit plays out.

A host of elite 2015 prospects will be working out at the camp. The headliners include Eric Glover-Williams, Jerome Baker, Joshua Alabi, Mike Weber, Jayru Campbell, Andrew and David Dowelll, along with many other top juniors. It will be interesting to see what these recruits think of the camp. Ohio State' 2015 class is expected to be a big one, as a lot of players are set to graduate after the 2014 season, and the scholarship restrictions are set to expire.

 

 

Jeremy, Jordan and Mike will be bringing you live coverage from the event. You can check out the full list of visitors here.

HAPPY TRAILS

There were a couple of players who the Buckeyes had offered or expressed some interest in that decided to commit to other schools in the last week.

First Norcross (Ga.) linebacker Kevin Mouhon committed to the Tennessee Volunteers, last Saturday. While he held an offer from the Bucks, and visited with teammate Lorenzo Carter late last month, there was never a good chance he'd up in Scarlet and Gray.

Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista defensive tackle Jalen Jelks committed to the Oregon Ducks on Monday. Jelks grew up rooting for the Buckeyes, but OSU never extended him an offer. He should be a good one for the Ducks.

LOOKING AHEAD

Ohio State's summer camps are set to come to an end with the Friday Night Lights camp, and we're about to enter a one month slow period in the world of Ohio State recruiting.

We won't see many visitors or commitments in the month prior to football season. Things will pick back up with the start of Ohio State's football season, Saturday, August 31, when the Bucks take on the Buffalo Bulls.

23 Comments

Comments

FROMTHE18's picture

man its going to be great when we have 25-28 members in a recruiting class again

bucksnut51's picture

Thanks for the great info, Miles! Who do you see as the next commitment and when do you think it will occur?

Urban Nation Army's picture

hey nice profile photo

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

Urban Nation Army's picture

Isn't the picture captioned "Webb and Booker will be at FNL" a photo of Parris Campbell and Booker?

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

BKLYN_Buckeye's picture

The Autry film is quite impressive but I'd take Samuel any day.

hcazualcc's picture

"Jermaine Eluemunor is very close to announcing his final decision between UCLA (currently committed), Arkansas, and Ohio State"
jermaine decommitted on twitter.  not a current ucla commit.  all you have to do is take one look at his profile with a profile banner split between arkansas and ohio state.

JasonR's picture

Did the Cass Tech guys cancel? I thought I had heard they weren't coming any more. What a bummer too...that would be awesome to get more kids from a scUM pipeline.
Also, does that mean Webb is no longer coming?
 
EDIT: Did Autry decide to make the trip? Thought he had cancelled too.

buck-I.8's picture

None of the guys you brought up will be there, this info is dated 

Goalscorer9's picture

the suuupah sophomah

hit_the_couch's picture

As many of these kids as possible need to commit to tOSU, and we will make them Jesus famous.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

JYBUCKEYE's picture

I don't know what to make of that comment.  +1 on the profile pic.  Hilarious.

avail31678's picture

I really liked Kwon's video.  He seems very patient until the runner commits to a lane, and then he pounces.

Buckifan4Life's picture

Raekwon is a downhill, devistating hitter. I love his swag. He has to be a Buckeye!!!

brobbins's picture

Eleumenor to ARK so mad right now any news on other commits or ol

All I do is win

TWCBUCKEYE's picture

Raekwon will be a stud regardless of where he goes.

"Nothing cleanses your soul like getting the [Mark May] kicked out of you."

Hovenaut's picture

Hope all the young men attending tonight have a blast watching how the best damn program in the land does football.

Hats off the 11W staff for all their efforts in providing the best damn coverage on it all....much appreciates gents.

I am not the Last Dragon, therefore I do not possess the power of the Glow.

bhardy22132's picture

Bama just picked up their third linebacker in this years class a few days ago. I would like to think that kwon is taking notice to that.

WhySoSerious's picture

Kwon is all Buckeye brother.

 

Rare&Uncommon

Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

pjtobin's picture

Who is this Eric Glover Williams fellow? They said he was a beast at today's event. Did I miss something, somewhere, about him?
 
edit: I just watched his highlight. He is fast! Not very big, yet. Though it seems he can break a few tackles as well as alluding them. I had read the live feed from Friday night lights that said him and Webb were getting after it. Can anyone fill me in a little?

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

ODEEZ330's picture

Top player in ohio imo 2015. There's been stuff abt him on 11 w for a few different times from canton mckinley

O'Deez330
stark county football

buck-I.8's picture

He's almost certainly got some growing to do still, you gotta figure he's only 15 or 16 still. Listed at 165, that'll change, and he'll probably end up at 6'0 or so. He probably won't be a 5 star guy, if only because he doesn't have a single position that he can be rated at, similar to Jalin Marshall. Extremely versatile though.

pcuzz1's picture

Autry is elusive! Would love to see him in the class

pat cozzens