Recruiting Roundup: "Dream14" Shines

By Jordan Wagner on September 29, 2013 at 7:30p
Mike Gesicki hanging with #Dream14

Many of the Buckeyes' commitments were in Columbus on Saturday night for the Wisconsin game. Before heading to Columbus, the future Buckeyes had to get some work done on the gridiron. 

Once they arrived at Ohio State, there was still some work to be done. A few of the Buckeyes' top remaining targets visited, including Mike Gesicki (pictured), Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith. The commitments spent a lot of time with the uncommitted prospects, trying to put in the good word for Ohio State. 

Buckeye pledges went a combined 14-4 this weekend, with one loss coming from injured Kyle Berger's high school team. They often fill up the stat sheets, but two commitments stood out from the rest. Also, one uncommitted prospect also had a very impressive defensive stat line. Continue reading for more on how the Buckeyes' commits and targets did this past week. 

Noah Brown dominates in Victory

Noah Brown visited Ohio State this weekend, but he had some work to do on the field before heading to Columbus. The Pope John product shined at receiver, leading his team to a 35-3 win on homecoming day. It's not everyday where a high school receiver will manage to score four TDs, however, Noah Brown is not like most high school receivers. The future Buckeye finished with 204 yards receiving while scoring four of his team's five touchdowns. 

A member of Ohio State's "Dream14" recruiting class, the 6-foot-3 New Jersey native will give the Buckeyes a big target at receiver. Many of the receiver commitments have come from smaller guys, such as Curtis Samuel, Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin and others. Since Ohio State has recruited a surplus of receivers, Brown might have to wait to make a big impact on the field. 

Here are some highlights from the 35-3 win: 

Malik Hooker Does Everything

Ohio State commitment Malik Hooker's early season performance raised some questions of whether or not he was an Ohio State caliber recruit. Many people quickly forget that Hooker is only in his second year of high school football and that his team relies on him heavily to carry the load. The future Buckeye carries the ball, catches passes, returns kicks and plays defense for New Castle High School. Lately, he has quieted the doubters. 

In a 47-13 win, Hooker finished with three TDs, all in the first half. The versatile athlete returned a 99-yard return for a TD, had a long reception for a score and also a rushing TD. Many have mentioned Malik Hooker as the top athlete in the Pennsylvania area. While he stars on offense for his high school team, Hooker is expected to find himself at safety in college. 

He shocked most Buckeye fans with his commitment, but he is a welcomed addition to "Dream14." After his visit for the Wisconsin game, he tweeted he is "100X more excited to come there (Ohio State) after that game!" While he might not be ready to make an immediate impact, Hooker has the potential and high ceiling to be an outstanding player for the Buckeyes. 

Raekwon ​MCMillan: A "Must get?"

The five-star linebacker is Ohio State's top remaining target. McMillan has not disappointed this season. In his most recent game, he finished with 18 tackles, including six for a loss. While he is being recruited as a linebacker, he also plays running back for Liberty County. In a 31-0 win, Raekwon finished with 62 yards and a touchdown. 

There is no questioning the Buckeyes interest since Urban Meyer follows him on Twitter. The Georgia product continues to name Ohio State as his leader, but the Buckeyes have to fight off the SEC for his services. Ohio State is not heavily pursing other linebackers at this point, making McMillan a "must get". 

High School Football Review

Position Player School Opponent Comment
QB Stephen Collier Lee County (Ga.) Eastman Dodge County (Ga.) Won 28-14. 11-25 for 167 yards and a TD run.
WR Parris Campbell St. Vincent-St. Mary (Ohio) at Akron Hoban (Ohio) Won 41-6. Finished with 16 carries for 82 yards and a score. Scored on a 78 yard INT return. 
WR Terry McLaurin Cathedral (Ind.) at Louisville Trinity (Ky.) Lost 35-30. McLaurin was held to 2 catches for 33 yards and 9 yards on three rushes. 
OT Jamarco Jones De La Salle (Ill.) Westchester St. Joseph (Ill.) Team won 42-7 as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery. 
OT Kyle Trout Lancaster (Ohio) at Pickerington North (Ohio) Racked up pancakes in a 38-6 loss.
OG Marcelys Jones Glenville (Ohio) Cleveland John F. Kennedy (Ohio) Glenville rolls over JFK with an easy 53-7 win. 
OG Demetrius Knox All Saints Episcopal (Texas) Dallas Episcopal School (Texas) Won 48-13. 
DE Jalyn Holmes Lake Taylor (Va.) at Norfolk Maury (Va.) Blasted Maury 56-0. Holmes had 4 catches for 74 yards, TD. 
DE Dylan Thompson Montini Catholic (Ill.) at Aurora Marmion Academy (Ill.) No stats listed in a 27-3 win. 
OLB Kyle Berger Ignatius (Ohio) Paramus Catholic (N.J.) Berger is out for the season. Ignatius lost 44-10. 
OLB Dante Booker St. Vincent-St. Mary (Ohio) at Akron Hoban (Ohio) Booker had at least one sack in the win.
CB Damon Webb Cass Tech (Mich.) Detroit Central (Ohio) Webb had a punt return for a TD and a 60 yard TD reception in a blowout win.
S Malik Hooker New Castle (Pa.) Bridgeville Chartiers Valley (Pa.) Won 47-13. Had a rushing, passing and returning TD. 
ATH Noah Brown Pope John XXIII (N.J.) Morris Hills (N.J.) Had 204 yards, 4 TDs receiving in a 35-3 win. 
ATH Sam Hubbard Moeller (Ohio) Cincinnati St. Xavier (At University of Cincinnati) A 20-17 win keeps Moeller undefeated. 
ATH Lonnie Johnson West Side (Ind.) Arlington (Ind.) Two TDs in a 60-0 win.
ATH Curtis Samuel Erasmus Hall (N.Y.) at Bronx Lehman (N.Y.) Won 47-0.
K Sean Nuernberger Oldham County (Ky.) at Mt. Washington Bullitt East (Ky.) 4/4 on touchbacks, 3/3 on PATs and a 63 yard punt in a 38-21 loss. 
TE Mike Gesicki Southern Reg (N.J.) at Toms River North (N.J.) 35-7 win. A hurt ankle didn't prevent Gesicki from playing. 
OT Chad Mavety Nassau C.C. (N.Y.) at Lackawanna College (Pa.) N/A
OT Damian Prince Bishop McNamara (Md.) at Archbishop Carroll (D.C.) Won 48-13. 
DT Thomas Holley Abraham Lincoln (N.Y.) New Utrecht (N.Y.) Double and triple teamed in a 26-6 win. 
ILB Raekwon McMillan Liberty County (Ga.) Hephzibah (Ga.) 18 tackles, including 6 for a loss, and 62 yards rushing with a TD in a 31-0 win.
S Erick Smith Glenville (Ohio) Cleveland John F. Kennedy (Ohio) Glenville wins 53-7. 
ATH Marshon Lattimore Glenville (Ohio) Cleveland John F. Kennedy (Ohio) 65 yard TD catch in a 53-7 win. 
ATH Eric Glover-Williams* Canton McKinley (Ohio) Uniontown Lake (Ohio) Glover-Williams left the game with an ankle injury. He returned, but wasn't 100%.




hit_the_couch's picture

McMillan plays RB? WTF. That is a huge back especially for h.s. I bet he could take out LBs, refs and the goal post.

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

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Our recruits since Meyer took over are so versatile. A majority of these guys are D1 level at multiple positions.
Id like to know what Lattimore and Smith felt about last night versus their time at TTUN vs ND. Hope our commits are getting after them and Kwon...sounds like they are.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I would love to know how effective of a recruiting tool Saturday night's game was!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

UrbanCulture's picture

Can't wait to see how Collier and McLaurin bounce back after sub-par performances this week. 

Wesleyburgess1's picture

Well having LeBron James there can't hurt. I'm sure we'll get the help we need this year. Remember we only want the kids that WANT to be here.

RU Is B1G's picture

Gesicki's tweet today...

"Ohio state it was real... But im a jersey boy!"

Good sign...maybe will still have a shot. Then again he was clearly blown away by his was Noah Brown whom I also had hopes for. Recruitment against OSU is difficult indeed.

bucknut8's picture

to me this sounds bad for OSU. as in he's saying he had one hell of a time at OSU, but OSU isnt for him becuz hes a jersey boy meaning Rutgers is the place for hiim?
Thats what I get out of it.


RU Is B1G's picture

Right, good for me, bad for you. But he could just be looking forward to a pork roll sandwich.

BenW's picture

That was an incomplete quote. The next sentence was something along the lines of "glad to be back home" or "leaving for home now". Not as bad as it seems. 

Squirrel Master's picture

not to mention, Rutgers isn't OSU's competition. Its between PSU and OSU.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

RU Is B1G's picture

I think OSU is the leader but Rutgers is ahead of PSU. Just going off his comments after his RU visit. 

KBonay's picture

Noah Brown @ 3:20 mark.  Outstanding.

Quickturtle's picture

Noah Brown looks very good. Physical with good speed. I really admire and appreciate how after TD's he hands the ball off and doesn't showboat. Just goes about his business.
A great addition. 
So many of our recruits this year are versatile and athletic. Can't coach that.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Was Mike Gesicki walking with a limp at the game?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Seattle Linga's picture

Speed Kills we need the burners

RU Is B1G's picture

I think Rutgers is #2 after OSU based on Gesicki's comments after his official to Rutgers. 
I'd guess 75% OSU, 20% RU, 5% PSU...but that could change after his PSU OV. 
"TH: What did you think about the Rutgers-Arkansas battle, Mike?
MG: The game was great! I was there with my two best friends and they loved it just as much as I did. Some atmosphere during that fourth quarter. RU can compete and beat anyone. And by the way, coach Prince is a dude!
TH: How did you feel Rutgers utilized their tight ends in the game?
MG: I think terrifically. But they don't want me to play tight end, they want me to fill in for Brandon Coleman.
TH: How did you feel about the offense, overall?
MG: They got the ball to everyone... in all different places. Like I said, coach Prince is the man. He knows the offensive side of the ball.
TH: Anything else in particular stand out to you about the game?
MG: Just how well the players responded to adversity and how much the players looked like they loved being at RU. It seems like a great place and a difficult place to say no to.
TH: Is committing to Rutgers and playing with Saeed and the rest of the Jersey boys something you are seriously considering at this point?
MG: Yes
TH: What are the main things about the school that has them still in the race for your services down the stretch?
MG: It's my home."