Ohio State Football Recruiting Notebook: Friday Night Lights Brings Out the Stars

By Miles Joseph on August 2, 2013 at 2:00p

Welcome to another edition of the Ohio State Football Recruiting Notebook. We have a lot to talk about after a busy week in the world of Buckeye recruiting.

Knox Ohio State's fourth 4-star OL commitment.

The biggest news came when Urban Meyer and his staff added two more commitments to a strong 2014 recruiting class. The first commitment came from Demetrius Knox Sunday night. Malik Hooker followed and committed to OSU on Monday night.

We'll also take the look at the remaining offensive line targets, following Knox's commitment. 

Ohio State also held their Friday Night Lights camp last week. There were a couple of top 2015 prospects who had stellar performances at the camp. Additionally, we'll tell you about a class of 2014 wide receiver who received an offer following a dominant performance.

A couple of top targets in the 2015 class committed to a rival school – we'll tell you why and where they're going later in the notebook.

Finally, we'll take a look into the future of Buckeye recruiting.

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


Forth Worth (TX) All Saints Episcopal School offensive guard Demetrius Knox made the biggest splash of the week. He committed to Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes Sunday night, becoming the 15th member of the 2014 recruiting class.

Hooker surprised many by committing to OSU

The timing of Knox's commitment came as a surprise, as all signs were pointing towards a close race between the Buckeyes, UCLA, Miami, and TCU. Many thought it would go late into the winter.

However, Knox felt Ohio State was the right school for him, so he decided to end the process and commit.

He will likely be a guard at the college level, a need and a huge pickup for Meyer.

The Knox commitment gives the Buckeyes four offensive linemen in this class, with the other three being Jamarco Jones, Marcelys Jones, and Kyle Trout. 

The Bucks might want to add one more offensive linemen to this class. The top two targets are Nassau C.C. (N.Y.) offensive tackle Chad Mavety and Bishop McNamara (Md.) offensive tackle Damian Prince. Of these two elite prospects, I think OSU has a better chance at landing Mavety, 

Knox was not the only player to commit to Ohio State in the last week. New Castle (PA) athlete Malik Hooker became the 16th member of the 2014 class, when he committed to the Bucks on Monday – only a day following the commitment of Knox.

Like the Knox commitment, Hooker's came as a surprise. At 6-feet 2-inches tall and 185 pounds, Hooker will probably play safety when he arrives in Columbus. He could also play wide receiver, if needed.

Ohio State held their second annual Friday Night Lights Football camp last Friday Night. Jeremy, Jordan, and Mike provided excellent coverage of the event, so there isn't too much for us to touch on.

The biggest news came when Meyer and his staff extended an offer to Leesville Road (N.C.) wide receiver Braxton Berrios, following a dominant performance at FNL for the second consecutive year.

The 5-foot-8-inch, 180 pound receiver is a little undersized, but deserving of an offer. He impressed Urban Meyer and the Ohio State coaching staff on multiple occasions.

The Buckeyes have a very good chance at landing Berrios if they make a strong push for him to be in this class. Other teams firmly in the race for this standout wide receiver include Kentucky and Miami (Fla.). 

There were also a couple of top 2015 players who dominated at Friday Night Lights: Canton McKinley athlete Eric Glover-Williams and Benedictine (Cleveland) athlete Jerome Baker. Both prospects impressed almost everyone attending the camp.

The Buckeyes are in a very good position with both of them. In fact, it could only be weeks before Glover-Williams announces his commitment. When he does, I strongly expect the announcement to be for the Buckeyes.


There were a couple Buckeye targets in the 2014 class who committed to to other schools in the last week. In addition, two of Ohio State's top 2015 targets committed to a rival school.

2014 Detroit Cass Tech running back/fullback Gary Hosey committed to Eastern Michigan. Hosey visited Columbus a couple of times and had a fair amount of contact with the coaching staff earlier in the process. He is a great pickup for EMU.

Meanwhile, Westerville Central (Ohio) offensive tackle Nick Richardson committed to the Kentucky Wildcats. They've done a great job recruiting the Buckeye state, and Richardson is another good pickup for Mark Stoops.

Two of the top players in the 2015 recruiting class committed to the Michigan Wolverines last week: East Lake (Fla.) athlete George Campbell and Berea (Ky.) Madison Southern running back Damien Harris.

Both of these prospects held offers from the Scarlet and Gray, and are ranked in the top 50 of the 24/7 Sports 2015 composite rankings.

The Bucks probably finished second for Harris, and were never firmly in the picture to land Campbell. Nevertheless, both of these recruits are great pickups for Brady Hoke and the Wolverines.


With the conclusion of Friday Night Lights and the two commitments the Bucks picked up, we're about to enter a bit of a dead period in Buckeye football recruiting.

We won't see much action from now until the season opener, August 31 against Buffalo.

The two things I would keep an eye on are potential commitments from 2014 Erasmus Hall (N.Y.) athlete Curtis Samuel and Glover-Williams. 

The Buckeyes have a pretty sizable lead for both of these elite athletes, and they both indicated that they could be nearing a college decision.


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Ethan's picture

Great read, as usual Miles! One of the things I love about this site is the lack of bias in reporting -- ttun landed some great players, and you didn't attempt to underplay that. 
Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but Noah Broan was absent from your "two things to keep an eye on" section, though he's been rumored to be close to committing. Is there a reason he was left off? With the few remaining spots left in the class, I'm just curious to see if the staff is still pushing for him. 

avail31678's picture

I noticed that about Brown also.  Brown and Samuel were both specifically called out by the 11W as the two guys being rumored to commit to the Buckeyes "soon," but only Samuel is mentioned.  Curious.

GoBucksOSU's picture

That would be great if both Samuel and Glover Williams committed soon.

KevinJ's picture

EGW is a badass!!! Kid has mad skills!

SoDakBuckeyeFan's picture

I hope Berrios pulls the trigger and decides to join this class. I watched a lot of the coverage of the opening and you just kept hearing his name over and over. Pretty sure he even caught the winning TD in the 7 on 7 championship. All I kept thinking at that point is why does this young man not have an offer from Ohio State, thankfully he showed up in a big way at FNL. Gotta love a player that stands out when the best of the best get together. Seems like an even tougher Dane Sanzenbacher to me. And I love me some Dane Sanzenbacher. 


BierStube's picture

I agree (eer .. first of all great write up!) about Berrios.  From what I have seen he is very quick and crisp in his route running.  He may not have the straight line speed of some of our other targets (how often do you really run in a straight line anyway), but he is the type of guy that can move the chains!

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Kindell's picture

I agree, and he probably would have been offered sooner even if he was a couple inches taller. He seems so quick in the slot though that his height shouldn't be a major issue.  He would also pose a threat on end around's and returning I am sure.  I really want Samuel too though.

bodast67's picture

I still feel that the staff sees him as a "Wes Welker" type of receiver who is under-sized but can run the good, quick  routes which play havoc on opposing defenses.




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45OH4IO's picture

He reminded me of Steve Smith from the Carolina Panthers because he has a major Napoleon complex. He got nasty a few times in his highlight reel. I like that attitude.

MotownBuck's picture

In the vid last week of FNL there's a moment where after a catch, Coombs shakes his hand and won't let go. Looks like it was a playful show of respect and probably some Coombs gems being dropped on him

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Olemissbuckeye's picture

I thought the same thing. Kid has a nasty streak.

jaxbuckeye's picture

What I wonder is if Berrios' offer is commitable. By that I mean, when I look at his offer list and think about how few spots we have, if it were me I'd commit sooner rather than later. I wonder what he's waiting for???

jaxbuckeye's picture

What I wonder is if Berrios' offer is commitable. By that I mean, when I look at his offer list and think about how few spots we have, if it were me I'd commit sooner rather than later. I wonder what he's waiting for???

ToddGak's picture

I really doubt it's committable.  No offense to him, but with the limited spots, he's just not a priority.

Lawver_5's picture

I don't think urban would have offered a kid right after FNL if it wasnt actually a committable offer. He impressed at the camp and earned the offer, but he obviously has interest in other schools as well

MotownBuck's picture

Did Hooker attend FNL this year or last year? 

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weimerad's picture

Sorry, but I don't want Berrios.  He looks like a great player, but OSU needs the taller bigger WR such as Noah Brown. 
Also, I don't understand why most people are adament that OSU will only take 5 OL in the 2014 class.  If Mavety commits to OSU there is no way that they will stop recruiting Prince.  Plus some of the current commits are recruiting Prince big time.  Miles, not sure why you're not confident about Prince. 
I'm 99.9% confident that there will be 6 OL in this class with the remaining 2 spots going to Mavety and Prince.  If Prince happens to go elsewhere, then I think they'll go after either Bookser or Ruble. 

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FROMTHE18's picture

well Berrios just went from a prospect thatd Id be happy with in the class to a prospect i really want in this class

Alpo's picture

Any news on Samuels visit to Rutgers yesterday?

Silverbuck8's picture

From what I have read he is visiting at the moment.

Miles Joseph's picture

I'm not as big on Brown to OSU as most.

BKLYN_Buckeye's picture

I thought I was the only one. I really think we need an X receiver who plays the X position- not an ATH. If we could somehow get Saeed Blacknall to take a visit here...

1stYrBuckIClub's picture

I'd take Blacknall over Brown in a minute. Unfortunately it seems he is all LSU, and Brown still has the height and athleticism to play the position. I'm guessing Meyer knows more than we do about this kinda thing. 

gwright78's picture

Just watched Berrios for the first time and my first thought was Sam McGuffie. I hope for Berrios's sake that that's not the case!

zbd's picture

 Berrios looks like a punt and kickoff return guy. Eric Glover-Williams just has a knack for getting yardage when there is none. Amazing.

EDUGOON's picture

Berrios is tough guy to pass on. If he can't contribute at slot he is a sure shot to be a special teams dynamo!!!! Eric Glover-Williams is a big play waiting to happen. Bringing him down would be a huge get.

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pjtobin's picture

Thank you for keeping us posted. I too would like to see Berrios and EGW in s&g. Time will tell. Am I the only one who dislikes losing great players to SCum? I just don't see what they see? Maybe my scarlet colored glasses fog up when I look north?

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Mirror Lake Jump's picture

I look just like Braxton Berrios did in high school minus the speed, agility, hands, and vision.

Squirrel Master's picture

Knox's commitment is still making me stoked about this class. I thought it was very good before then but it just seems like once he did commit, now its going to all cherry on top. McMillan, Lattimore, Smith, Mavety, Samuel, Prince, Scott and any number of recruits can add to this class but it is officially a great class right now. I would say a top 5 class right now, will be a top 3 with most of those committing.
I know Knox can't communicate much with us but I know he is reading. Glad you are a buckeye man and don't stop being a doubleonedubster!

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ToddGak's picture

Jesus man, can you please stop with Knox?  You're obsessed, and it's creepy. 
By the way, you addressing Knox in this manner could still potentially be an NCAA violation.

Crimson's picture

Knox is a wonderful commit.  Also, if you want to complain, there's a whole thread for that here.

1stYrBuckIClub's picture

Also, it is only a a violation if the user is a booster. If he does not support the univeristy in any way financially, than in the NCAA's eyes it is acceptable. 

BuckeyeSouth's picture

Berrios has amazing balance and an incredible ability to make cuts.  I think he'd be one of those players that everyone doubts so he outworks all of them to make a point.  He'd be a great addition to the S&G.

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

I tend to agree with that, BUCKEYESOUTH.
If we ONLY look at "measureables" (height, weight, 40 time, etc) we probably miss a lot of really good football players.
What moron GM or head coach on an NFL team would take a wide receiver who only ran a 4.7 40 and went to a nowhere school in rural Mississippi? A team did - the 49ers - and they only got the greatest receiver in NFL history, Jerry Rice.
Berrios has showed up big at every event he's been at, and Urban & Co seem to see something they like in him. If he chooses us, I think we'll be pleasantly surprised.

Silverbuck8's picture

Schollie reductions likely to keep Berrios out, he looks crisp in his route running.

Larryp713's picture

Berrios does appear to be alot like McGuffie. I hate being like this. Those kids are so fun and exciting in high school, but when you play a B1G schedule, the likelihood of being destroyed by one good hit goes up significantly. It is why running and spread QBs bomb in the pros... The level you play against jumps dramatically. I can only think of one 5'8" star tearing up the NFL... Maurice Jones-Drew. He is special, let's not kid ourselves.
But... Berrios is hard not to root for. How much work has this kid put in to be as good as he is? I will trust in Urban on this, and if Berrios is a Buckeye, cheer for him like mad. Probably will anyway.



BlockO's picture

Darren sproles, wes welker

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BeijingBucks's picture

Yeah I can think of a few but the welker comparison feels the most right in terms of role.  Remember how critical #11 was to us a few years ago to keep drives alive.  Are we really worried about his NFL production? Not.  Berrios is killing it against prime college level camp competition so at that level he is a catalyst and obvious why he got the offer...

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Adam21's picture

I think Berrios reminds me of a kid by the name of Aaron Pflugrad out of Arizona St. If you aren't familiar with him, look him up. I had a chance to work with him right out of college; not only is he a great player, but a terrific person.

ToddGak's picture

Nothin like tootin' your own horn!

Adam21's picture

I guess I should clarify. When I say work with him, I do not mean on the football field. He does other things than play football, but I did get to watch him play a few times (I am in no way a football player, as I haven't played since I was in HS).

thekornidentity's picture

I remember watching him play. It's funny because his QB was Brock Osweiler and the height differential was almost an entire foot. Also, Aaron's sister was a cheerleader at Oregon and pretty damn attractive.

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great article Miles!
Go Bucks!

Knarcisi's picture

Farrell must have forgotten early, early commitments in our 1,2 punch of Burrows and Marshall last year. 

buckeyedude's picture

Are any of you whipper snappers old enough to remember Dino Hall(5'7" 165lbs)? The running back for the Cleveland Browns? Dude was lighting quick, much like this Berrios kid. He played 5 years for the Browns(79-83).
I'm sold on Berrios and hope he gets to play for the Buckeyes.



ChazBuckeye's picture

This is the first time in a long while that I can agree wholeheartedly with Rivals Mike F. that TTUN have a great start to the 2015 season for sure. It will ensure they can celebrate the #1 class in June again next year;-)

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Silverbuck8's picture

Definitely a great start, long ways to go with 2015 signing day 18 months away.  Will be interesting to see if Hoke's no visit policy is continued as many saw Florida a huge player for Campbell.

Spirit's picture

Saw this in Charleston, W.Va. They gave us Vonn, Quon, (hopefully) and maybe more GREAT ones, like these two!


joethejester's picture

What people seem to forget is that we already have a Braxton Berrios on the roster who played kick return and running back in the past. Meyer moved him to pivot and most are excited about him despite his lack of height and relative lack of burner speed. I think BB has the potential to be Jordan Hall 2.0. 

Buck Commander's picture

What about Raekwon  McMillen?

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great article, love it!