Ohio State Football Recruiting Notebook: 8/16

By Miles Joseph on August 16, 2013 at 4:06p

Welcome to another edition of the Ohio State Football Recruiting Notebook. It has been another busy week in the world of recruiting and we're here to catch you up on the latest.

Samuel is the newest Buckeye commitment

The biggest news of the week came just hours ago when Brooklyn (NY) Erasmus Hall athlete Curtis Samuel committed to Ohio State, becoming the 17th member of Urban Meyer's 2014 class.

There is another top prospect in the '14 class who is high on the Bucks and is looking to set his official visits. 

We also have a few Buckeye related notes on top prospects in the 2015 class. 

Also, a bevy of players with Buckeye offers committed to other schools. We'll tell you who and where they decided to commit.

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

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


Brooklyn (NY) Erasmus Hall athlete Curtuis Samuel had the Buckeye as his leader for most of his recruitment. He made things official today as he called Urban Meyer and told him he wanted to be a Buckeye.

"Curt is very quiet, the decision to go to Ohio State, to leave the New York City area is huge," Lizzi continued. "The trip to Oregon for The Opening was the first time he'd ever left his family for any extended period of time. His decision it what's best for him and that's all we on our coaching staff want, but it's huge. We're very close with (Rutgers head football coach) Kyle Flood, I've exchanged baby pictures with him, but this was about Curt."

Ray Lizzi, Erasmus assistant coach via Eleven Warriors

Samuel could play either wide receiver or corner when he arrives in Columbus. He is one of the fastest player in the 2014 class as a whole, clocking a 4.36 40-yard dash at Nike's The Opening lasrt month.

This is a huge addition to Ohio State's recruiting class, it's rare you see the Bucks pull an elite player from the state of New York, could Samuel start a trend? Ohio State assistant coach Ed Warinner has been very active in New York and New Jersey and it's starting to pay off.


The Buckeyes are in good position for the Empire State's other elite prospect, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Abraham Lincoln defensive tackle Thomas Holley. At 6-feet-4 and 285 pounds, Holley called Ohio State an "amazing" football program and is going to take an official visit to Columbus. Warinner is getting a lot of help from Mike Vrabel in the hopes of securing Holley.

Right Now the 24/7 Sports Crystal Ball shows an even 50/50 split between OSU and Notre Dame for Holley's commitment. I have him pegged to the Buckeyes, as things currently stand.

Unlike Samuel, I think Holley will let things play out through the fall and into the winter. This will be a battle to watch as the year progresses.

2015 Saint Paul (Minn.) Cretin Derham Hall defensive end Jashon Cornell is already regarded as one of the top 20 players in his class. He talks to Buckeye defensive line coach Mike Vrabel at least once a week and plans to visit Ohio State for a game later this fall. I think Notre Dame leads right now, but Florida, Michigan, and OSU will challenge the Fighting Irish for Cornell's commitment. Watch Michigan closely as Cornell has developed relationships with George Campbell and Damien Harris, Michigan's pair of highly-touted 2015 commitments.

2015 Lakewood (OH) St. Edward athletes Andrew and David Dowell will be coming down to Columbus to watch the Bucks practice next Saturday. They are two of Ohio's best juniors and both stand a solid chance of eventually receiving the coveted offer from Ohio State.


A bevy of players the Buckeyes were after committed to other schools in the last week.

The biggest new came when a trio of prospects with Buckeye offers committed to the Florida Gators, as part of a package deal. Plantation (Fla.) athlete Chris Lammons, Homestead (Fla.) Senior wide receiver Ermon Lane, and Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School corner Quincy Wilson are the newest members of Will Muschamp's strong recruiting class.

The Buckeyes were once in the lead for Wilson, but it didn't last. He decided he wanted to go to college with his friends, and the commitment of Malik Hooker to Ohio State a few weeks back solidified that Wilson was not going to end up in Columbus. Florida is definitely the best destination for the trio in a package deal scenario.

Ohio State also lost a pair of player to future B1G member, Rutgers. First, Englishtown (N.J.) Manalapan wide receiver Saeed Blacknail committed to Rutgers last Saturday over Ohio State, LSU, and a couple of other schools. The Bucks led for him very early in the process, but faded away as his recruitment progressed.

Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peters Prep running back Jonathan Hilliman was the other recruit to choose to the Scarlet Knights over the Buckeyes. I think Hilliman would've been a Buckeye if he had a committable offer.

Finally Tucker (Ga.) safety Kirk Tucker committed to Stanford. He camped at Ohio State in June, but the Buckeyes were not a serious player to land the standout safety.


In the coming weeks we'll see some key visitor dates roll in. We already know the Buckeyes will be getting an official visit from Raekwon McMillan for the Penn State game in October. Many other elite '14 recruits will start setting their officials in the very near future.

Other than that, Aug. 31 can't get here fast enough.


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awarren84's picture

Miles...I see Jordan has Noah Brown predicted to come to OSU but Jeremy has Dixon...Assuming we only have one spot for a WR...who do you think is more likely and who do you think the coaching staff prefers?

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Miles Joseph's picture

I'm not sure we'll see either of those guys in Buckeye uniforms. I think the staff would prefer Dixon though.

KBonay's picture

I see what you did there....
*Edit, Oh man- you fixed it.  I liked it better with TTUN spelled incomplete.

I think Notre Dame leads right now, but Florida, Michiga, and OSU will challenge the Fighting Irish for Cornell's commitment.

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Thanks for the great info, Miles. Any word on Gesicki? Heard that he's bounced around on some visits, and that psu has some momentum. Any truth to that rumor?

Miles Joseph's picture

It's tough to pinpoint a destination for Gesicki. I still like Ohio State, but Penn State is firmly in the running.

SOF_Buckeye's picture

The more I read and look into Gesicki, the more I like him. He seems very athletic, uniquely so for his position.

"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender." Woody Hayes

Jordan Wagner's picture

Wisconsin is a darkhorse for Gesicki. 

Edit: Didn't mean to reply where I did. 

Sobo3612's picture

With the loss of Griffin, will it open up another scholarship for this upcoming class. If Holley does end up at ND what's plan B

Go bucks!

BierStube's picture

Curtis is a nice get .. a very nice get!!

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Squirrel Master's picture

Holley has to be bigger than 285. That kid is a monster on the field. I find it hard to believe he isn't close to Chris Carter in the 330-340 range.
I don't know about you all but Rutgers is coming into the B1G with a bang. Hilliman, Blacknall and a few others committing there recently should make them more competitive that a bunch of the current members. If they can lock down a decent QB to use all those weapons, look out! That team was tough back when they had Ray Rice.

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wolfman's picture

I had noticed the same thing!  It will be nice to have some more competition.

cplunk's picture

I've been trying to explain to people since they came in that you can't evaluate the additions of Rutgers and Maryland based on the past. You have to evaluate based on what being in the B1G and having more money gives them. Rutgers is going to eventually be a big player in the B1G. A consistent winner with recruit feeders in the strong NJ, NY, and PA areas. 
Maryland has a harder path, but with Under Armour money, B1G money, and the fertile high school football areas of DC, Northern Virginia, and VA tidewater in addition to MD and maybe even parts of PA, there is no reason they can't succeed.
in all honesty, I think ten years from now those programs will be in that second B1G tier (Wisky, Nebraska, Sparty) just behind the big two and maybe PSU. They definitely have more potential than an Iowa, for example.

osubuck57's picture

With Dontre this year, not to mention Clark, EzE, Marshall, and rest of bunch. Then next year we bring in Parris, Terry, and Curtis.. Good God, might as well bring the multiple fire extinguishers.A lot of flames are gonna have to be put out at the Shoe!!


Miles Joseph's picture

Urban and Co. are doing a fantastic job of bringing the SEC speed to Columbus.

Iwearmocs's picture

Anything on Nick Glass? I know we probably don't have room for him, but we were high on him at one time I thought, and he's apparently pretty close with Raekwon McMillan.

Miles Joseph's picture

I think he's pretty wide open right now, but I highly doubt he'll be taking a hard look at OSU.

Ahh Saturday's picture

Miles, does Samuel's commitment help us at all with Holley? I know both are stars from Brooklyn, but not sure if they have any relationship with each other.

Miles Joseph's picture

That's a very good question. It definitely can't hurt the Bucks. I'm not sure what kind of relationship they have, but you'd think they've talked a couple of times as they're the two best football players in their area.

SOF_Buckeye's picture

Good point, and I was having the same thoughts. In addition, UFM has definitely increased tOSU presence in the Mid Atlantic/New England area. To think of all the speed currently in this class, Campbell, McLauring, Samuel (northern speed), and still not one commit from the state of Florida.

"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender." Woody Hayes

raiderred's picture

I love the New York/New Jersey pipeline we are forming

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Another great player with some serious speed!  Curtis is blazin' fast! 
Love it!

weimerad's picture

This class will end up with 23 or 24 and here are my final predictions:
Prince (I just can't see him going to Maryland)
Holley (Solomon Thomas possibly if Holley chooses ND or Penn St)
1 of Brown, Dixon or Gesicki
Urban really wants one more DL in the class so he will take either Holley or Thomas

brobbins's picture

There is word that Noah Brown tried to commit but was denied... There isnt room for 24 guys. 
18. McMillian
19. Smith
20. Holley
21. Lattimore
22. Prince
23. Dixon


brobbins's picture

There is word that Noah Brown tried to commit but was denied... There isnt room for 24 guys. 
18. McMillian
19. Smith
20. Holley
21. Lattimore
22. Prince
23. Dixon


Normal Buck's picture

I think I read this somewhere before.

FitzBuck's picture

Have you ever had Déjà vu? 

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Hovenaut's picture

I think I read this somewhere before...

brobbins's picture

Exactly, thats probably where I heard it too...


Mirror Lake Jump's picture

I really hope Gesicki ends up in this class.

buckskin's picture

Me too.  I can't get the thought out of my head that Mike Gesicki is going to look a whole lot like Tyler Eifert when it's all said and done.

buckskin's picture

Damn, I'm excited for every one of our recruits.  If we can land Prince, McMillan, Holley, and Lattimore, plus 2 others, this would be an outstanding class.  Meyer would have to give all A's to his assistant coaches for their recruiting grade.

FitzBuck's picture

And we thought this class couldn't touch last years class...we should have known.  Viva el Meyer.  

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FROMTHE18's picture

Its got to be awkward when you try to commit and the coaches tell you no, but they still want to reruit you

FitzBuck's picture

It's like every girl I ever asked out and was turned down...they still like the attention.  

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ChazBuckeye's picture

Thomas Holley plz;-)

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