Ohio State Football Recruiting Notebook: 8/23

By Miles Joseph on August 23, 2013 at 6:00p

Welcome to another edition of the Ohio State football recruiting notebook. It has been a relatively slow week in the world of Buckeye recruiting.

One of Ohio State's remaining targets in the 2014 class could be announcing his college decision any day now. We'll give you all of the details in the buzz.

One of the top players in the '14 class announced his top seven, Thursday. Did the Bucks make the cut for this elite prospect?

Ohio State released a scholarship player, Thursday. We'll tell you where this player might be headed and its impact on recruiting after the jump.

High School football is set to start in many states across the country. We'll give you this week's top game in this week's edition of the notebook.

There isn't really anything to report in "Happy Trails" as the none of Ohio State's targets committed to another school in the past week.

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

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


Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII athlete Noah Brown is one of the only recruits remaining on Ohio State's recruiting board for the 2014 class. He publicly said the Bucks are his leader ever since he visited for Friday Night Lights, in July.

A decision could come any day from the standout athlete, as he said an announcement will come no later than Sept. 12.

While many people believe Columbus will be the final destination for Brown, I continue to believe he will end up staying in-state and play for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, who are currently on a bit of a recruiting hot streak.

He will probably be a receiver or running back at the college level and will be a great pickup for the school he decides to attend.

247Sports composite five-star Coppell (Texas) defensive end Solomon Thomas named a top seven of Ohio State, Texas, Stanford, UCLA, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and UCLA.

Texas is probably the favorite to land this elite prospect, as things currently stand. Stanford and – to an extent – Ohio State are still firmly in running for Thomas' services.

Last night, our own Kyle Rowland broke the news that sophomore defensive back Najee Murray was granted a release from his scholarship. Murray's departure opens up a scholarship for Ohio State, available immediately:

I still think the 2014 class will end up with somewhere in the neighborhood of 22 or 23 players, but this extra scholarship does give the staff room to take someone they may not have been able to take.

High School football games start tonight for many teams across the country. This week's top game pits No. 3 Nocross (Ga.) against No. 9 Washington (Fla.) Saturday night at Norcross.

Standouts in this game include Nocross five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter, Nocross athlete Myles Autry, and Norcross linebacker and Tennessee commit Kevin Mouhon. Carter is one of the nation's top five players and has Alabama, Florida and Georgia as his favorites. Autry is believed to be a Florida State lean, but don't tell that to Everett Withers, the man tasked with recruiting Autry for the Buckeyes.

Autry is expected to announce his top seven sometime before the game:

We'll be updating you on performances of Ohio State's commits and top targets in future editions of the recruiting notebook.


As I mentioned in the open, there is nothing to report this week as far as Buckeye targets committing elsewhere.

We'll probably have more news in this section in the coming weeks.


Ohio State's first game is a week from Saturday, against Buffalo. At the moment, there aren't any known recruits traveling to the game, but you can count on a couple of last minute visitors.

All of the visits set for this fall are listed here, in the Eleven Warriors recruiting forum. 


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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

As always appreciate the tidbits. Where do you see Brown playing on the field if he comes to tOSU?

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

InHartWeTrust's picture

Probably would follow up Devin Smith, IMO.

Ahh Saturday's picture

Recruiting seems to be slowing down. Guess we'll have to content ourselves with actual Buckeye football.  Eight more days.

Pavs38's picture

I see us at 78 currently... can we see a breakdown on the 76?
Thanks :)

36buck's picture

I have 76 as well.

Pavs38's picture

I have 77.. forgot about Griffin...
Jeff Svoboda @JeffSvoboda 11 Aug
Mike Vrabel said Purdue transfer DE Rashad Frazier has "literally earned" his scholarship at OSU. In DE rotation right now.
Frazier being on scholarship would be 77

36buck's picture

he's will be on scholarship for just this yr as they are way under the 82 limit.  I would imagine a few kids will get scholarships for this year only.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Thanks for the update Miles.  Noah Brown sure has some good size at 6' 2".  He's got a good frame to put on at least another 20 to 30 pounds by the time he gets in college.  I'd really like to see us get him.  Would be another great weapon to add to the arsenal. 

DenBuck's picture

We don't need Autry. 

Buckeye For Life

Crimson's picture

When asked why he favored the Bucks, Noah Brown responded

EDUGOON's picture

Great Work Miles!!! Any word on Derrell Scott?

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

It looks like that ship has sailed. Scott has a decision date scheduled and has done so without scheduling an official visit to Ohio State.

allbucksallthetime's picture

It's been my hope all along that OSU get Thomas Holley and Solomon Thomas in this class.  It's a stretch for sure but those 2 young men would be incredible additions to our defensive front.  IMO, both are in an area of need because games are ultimately won in the trenches.  Go Bucks!

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

I would rather have some other guys than Noah Brown with the numbers being tight but hopefully he can find a way into this class. Very talented kid.

pjtobin's picture

How is it the Rutgers are pulling in such great talent? Is it just because they are in the Big now? Or have they always done well?

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

Oldschoolbuck's picture

PJ, I'm no expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I know Schiano (HC at Tampa Bay now) is a fantastic coach who was able to snag a lot of talent out of PA, NJ and other areas of the Northeast that play good HS football.
Remember, Rutgers was in the Big East too. I think Schiano got some kids from Miami and other areas of Florida that produce good talent.
I'm sure it doesn't hurt them now that they're in the B1G. I've said before that they were probably going to give State Penn heartburn on the recruiting front, because they might be able to lock down Eastern PA, convincing kids that didn't want to go too far from home to play in Jersey.
Throw in some good talent in NY (Curtis Samuels is out of Brooklyn), MD and the Tidewater of VA (which is not all that far away), and Rutgers might be able to be a pretty decent team for years to come.
I'm sure there are others on 11W that know a lot more about it than I do; maybe they can offer better insight.

pjtobin's picture

Thanks old school. I didn't know much about them until they came to the big. I still don't know a whole lot other than I read here at 11w. It is amazing to me that they are in the mix on a few TOSU targets. I know most of the kids will stay local. I just see TOSU and Rutgers not even on the same level. It must be my scarlet glasses?

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

buckskin's picture

Solomon Thomas, go to Texas and get under coached by a poor staff, or come to OSU, get challenged and fully developed, become a grown ass man and make millions in the NFL.  Touch choice.

brobbins's picture

Miles good article here, wish there was more to talk about on the recruiting front. How do you see the class this season finishing up?


cinserious's picture

247Sports composite five-star Coppell (Texas) defensive end Solomon Thomas named a top seven of Ohio State, Texas, Stanford, UCLA, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and UCLA.

Dang Solomon! Like California much?
I love the fact that two teams aren't on his list: USC and SEC.  But Ohio state is so SUCKIIIIT!

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

I wonder if he is leaning towards UCLA since they are listed twice?

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

ap2538's picture

Well, in that case my top 7 consists of Ohio State, Ohio State, Ohio State, Ohio State, Ohio State, Ohio State, and Ohio State!
and yes, I realize no one cares about my top 7!