Ohio State Football Recruiting Notebook: 11/1

By John Brandon on November 1, 2013 at 4:30p
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5-star OT Damian PrinceDamian Prince sets announcement date

Welcome to another edition of the Ohio State football recruiting notebook.  We'll wrap the week up for you and give a preview of what's coming up next.

While the Buckeyes were dominant on the field against Penn State, recruits lined the sidelines to take in the atmosphere.  We'll take a closer look at a few of the key visitors who were in attendance and see where the Buckeyes stand with them.

One target picked up an offer from Ohio State, we'll take a look at his recruitment and where the Buckeyes stack up.

One of Ohio State's top targets for the 2014 class set his announcement date, we'll take a look at the Buckeyes chances of landing him and how his recruitment could change between now and his announcement.

Three 2014 Ohio State linebacker recruits were named semi-finalists for a prestigious award this week.  We'll look at the future of the position at Ohio State.

The Dream 14 continues to shine on the high school gridiron, we'll check in on the future Buckeyes as they wrap up their seasons.

THE WEEK THAT WAS

Another primetime game, another huge recruiting weekend for the Buckeyes.  The visitor list was headlined by Raekwon McMillan, but a few other huge prospects made visits to Ohio State as well.  Top 2014 prospects Josh Malone and Tony Brown were in attendance, while the Buckeyes also received surprise (at least to us) visits from Solomon Thomas and Malik McDowell.  Be sure to check out Birm and Jordan's updates on the visitors here, and here if you haven't already.

5-star DE Solomon ThomasSolomon Thomas trending towards the Buckeyes

First, a little more info on Solomon Thomas.  As Birm wrote, this was his second unofficial visit to Ohio State, which shows some serious interest on his behalf.  Thomas' family actually made the flight to Ohio State with Dontre Wilson's family, during which they had a great opportunity to gain some insight into what Ohio State is really like.  Wilson's family was obviously very high on Urban Meyer and the coaching staff, particularly how supportive the coaches are of the players and their families.  While on campus, Solomon got a chance to spend some time with Mike Mitchell and Dontre Wilson as well.  Ohio State's network in Texas is continuing to grow, and having players like Dontre experience early success continues to have a positive impact on recruiting.  Thomas' family was also blown away by Ohio State's facilities and the support of Buckeye Nation.  Thomas currently also is planning to make a third visit to Ohio State following the season.  I had felt that Thomas was probably Stanford-bound for quite some time but, while reluctant at first, have also changed my prediction for him to Ohio State.  My rationale is that he has built pretty good relationships with the coaching staff and current players, he will have visited Ohio State three times by signing day, and Ohio State blew his family away, something that is incredibly important when a player is thinking about going as far away from home as he is.  I think that spending time with Dontre Wilson's family will make the Thomas family more comfortable sending him to Ohio State as well.  Stanford and Texas remain huge players as well, but for now I like Ohio State's chances of landing Thomas.

As discussed here, Raekwon McMillan had another great visit and the recruiting process is beginning to wind down for him.  He is planning on making a decision in late November, announcing his decision in early December and enrolling in January.  He is currently scheduled to take official visits to Alabama (11/8), Clemson (11/23) and Florida (11/29).  Yes, Clemson and Florida are getting the final visits before he announces, but I don't think that will affect him as much as it may affect some recruits.  McMillan is not one to over-react to a particular visit and has done a good job of doing his homework on each school.  One more visit to each of his finalists will help him finalize his decision and then he will announce.  McMillan is getting tired of talking about recruitment, but we will do our best to gather as much information about him as we can as he moves towards a decision date.

Speaking of decision dates, Damian Prince recently announced that he will be making his announcement on Valentine's Day, 2014 to honor his late grandmother on her birthday.  It's not too much of a surprise that his recruitment would go through signing day, but now he has set a date.  Prince is planning on taking official visits after his season is over, most likely starting with the Florida-Florida State game.  Ohio State is sitting in a pretty good position but will need to get him on campus for an official visit.  Maryland, Florida State and Florida are also near the top of his list, with Florida recruiting him very hard recently and making a push to move up his board.  I still like Maryland for him at the moment, but Florida State and Florida could also be tough to beat.  While I think Ohio State is in a good position, I don't currently see him being part of the Buckeyes class, though plenty can change between now and signing day.

Another pretty interesting tidbit from this past week was three potential future Buckeyes being named semi-finalists for the High School Butkus award.  Dante Booker, Kyle Berger and Raekwon McMillan were among the 12 selected for the prestigious award.  Ohio State linebacker play this year has been improving but continues to lack depth and this is further affirmation that help is indeed on the way.

One last big piece of news from this weekend was 2015 4-star defensive end Hale Hentges picking up an Ohio State offer during his unofficial visit.  Hentges is ranked as a top-12 weak-side defensive end nationally, and holds offers from the likes of Nebraska, Wisconsin, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Iowa among others.  The 6-4, 230 pound product from Jefferson City, Missouri also plays tight end in high school, and has a good combination of toughness and athleticism.  Missouri will make a very strong effort to keep Hentges in-state, though he has already also visited Nebraska and Arkansas this season, and will be visiting Wisconsin this coming weekend.  Right now it's way too early to tell where Hentges will end up, but this weekend's unofficial visit and offer should certainly help the Buckeyes chances.

High school football preview

Position Player School Opponent Comment
QB Stephen Collier Lee County (Ga.) at Columbus Northside (Ga.) Won 44-7.  18 of 25 for 342 yards and 4 TDs, also had 61 rushing yards and a rushing TD.
WR Parris Campbell St. Vincent-St. Mary (Ohio) at Youngstown Ursuline (Ohio) Won 40-7 last night to finish season 10-0.  130 rushing yards on 12 carries, 80 yard kick-return TD.
WR Terry McLaurin Cathedral (Ind.) Zionsville (Ind.) Won 54-26 in opening round of playoffs.  311 rushing yards on 18 carries, 4 TDs.
OT Jamarco Jones De La Salle (Ill.) at Crystal Lake Central (Ill.) Won 56-0.
OT Kyle Trout Lancaster (Ohio) Newark (Ohio) Lost 32-8.
OG Marcelys Jones Glenville (Ohio) Cleveland John Hay (Ohio) Won 40-0.
OG Demetrius Knox All Saints Episcopal (Texas) Houston St. John’s (Texas) Won 42-6 to remain undefeated (9-0) on the season.
DE Jalyn Holmes Lake Taylor (Va.) at Norfolk Granby (Va.) Won 57-0.
DE Dylan Thompson Montini Catholic (Ill.) Chicago Morgan Park (Ill.) Won 47-0 to complete perfect regular season (9-0).
OLB Kyle Berger Ignatius (Ohio) Canada Prep Football Academy (Canada) Lost 13-10. DNP (ACL).  Named semi-finalist for Butkus Award.
OLB Dante Booker St. Vincent-St. Mary (Ohio) at Youngstown Ursuline (Ohio) Won 40-7 last night to finish season 10-0. Named semi-finalist for Butkus Award.
CB Damon Webb Cass Tech (Mich.) Grosse Pointe South (Mich.) Won 20-14.  Made 2 interceptions and 4 tackles in win.
S Malik Hooker New Castle (Pa.) at Natrona Heights Highlands (Pa.) 25-yard TD run in 42-21 victory.
ATH Noah Brown Pope John XXIII (N.J.) at Flanders Mount Olive (N.J.) Won 69-29.  58 yard rushing TD was the highlight of the game for Brown.
ATH Sam Hubbard Moeller (Ohio) Louisville Trinity (Ky.) Lost 45-42.  14 tackles (2 for loss) and a pass break-up in defeat.
ATH Lonnie Johnson West Side (Ind.) Highland (Ind.) Won 30-9 in first round of Indiana playoffs.
ATH Curtis Samuel Erasmus Hall (N.Y.) Brooklyn Tech (N.Y.) Won 28-0.
K Sean Nuernberger Oldham County (Ky.) vs Louisville Jeffersontown (Ky.) Lost 39-13.  Tied Kentucky state record with 57-yard field goal.  Also made a 20 yarder, 4/4 on touchbacks, 1/1 on XP.
OT Chad Mavety Nassau C.C. (N.Y.) Globe Tech (N.Y.) Ohio State-Florida State battle.  Visiting for Indiana game (11/22).  Visiting Florida State unofficially this weekend.
DT Thomas Holley Abraham Lincoln (N.Y.) at Boys and Girls (N.Y.) Ohio State-Penn State-Notre Dame battle.  Officially visited OSU and PSU thus far.
DL Solomon Thomas Coppell (Texas) Ryan (Texas) See above
ILB Raekwon McMillan Liberty County (Ga.) South Effingham (Ga.) See above
S Mike Rogers Campbell (Smyrna, Ga.) Bye Not a lot of news since he got his Ohio State offer.  Still committed to UCF but trying to make an official visit to Ohio State.
S Erick Smith Glenville (Ohio) Cleveland John Hay (Ohio) Won 40-0.
ATH Marshon Lattimore Glenville (Ohio) Cleveland John Hay (Ohio) Won 40-0.  Was scheduled to visit Alabama next weekend but has postponed it
ATH Eric Glover-Williams* Canton McKinley (Ohio) Massillon Washington (Ohio) Only played the first half of 47-0 win. Had a 16-yard TD run.

Looking ahead

The Buckeyes don't have a home game for a few weeks, with the next and final home game on 11/22 against Indiana.  Chad Mavety (header picture) will be in town for that game, among others, as Ohio State will hope to make a lasting impression with him.

High School playoffs will be starting up here in the next couple of weeks, with several future Buckeyes beginning their quest for a state title.  

As for possible commitments, Raekwon McMillan should be making a decision in the next month or so, and Thomas Holley could be making his in the relatively near future as well.

Other key developments include Mavety's visit to Florida State this weekend, Mike Rogers setting up a visit to Ohio State at some point, and 2015 recruiting to continuing to pick up.

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raiderred's picture

I thought I read somewhere Trevion thompson canceled his trip?

John Brandon's picture

Yes you are correct 

Danify's picture

Always love these weekly Football Recruiting Notebook(s). Stephen Collier has been consistently special this season combine that with his smarts and I could see similar winner-type traits of Craig Krenzel (with better stats).

John Brandon's picture

Thanks! And I agree with you I think Collier is a special kid, even spoke to younger kids a couple days ago about the danger of drugs

Wesleyburgess1's picture

Drugs are bad mmmkay... Great read. I am really glad to see MacMillan isn'ta flakey guy. Hopefully we get him but I'll respect his decision as long as it's not Bama. Lol

Chief B1G Dump's picture

What I really like about the McMillan visit schedule is that it sets up perfectly for primacy recency effect. For those who dont know, the primacy recency effect is a speech giver or psychological effect where the first and the last things you see/here are what stay with you. Everything in between is just muddled. With thay being said, I really like that the main threats Clemsux and Bammer are lumped in the middle. We are first and Florida is the last. This sets up nicely for us.

Im not sure if I should type that in sarcasm fomt or not...

Seattle Linga's picture

Great article John - glad to see the lingering effects of the PSU blow out haven't died down yet.

Seth4Bucks's picture

Lots of Buckeye recruits with undefeated seasons out there.

DannyBeane's picture

Wow Solomon Thomas looks like he's 40 in that picture. He is going to be trucking people for sure. Hope he signs with the good guys.

Seattle Linga's picture

Agreed Beane - He looks like he's used up all of his eligibility.

DenBuck's picture

Excellent, John. Solomon would be a huge surprise...are you thinking we get both Holley and Solomon? Plus Smith. Raekwon, Lattimore. Mavety. Ragnow maybe. Perhaps a surprise guy too. Love it.  

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Seattle Linga's picture

Wow Den - How awesome would that be - just think of the possibilities

kmp10's picture

Maybe I'm missing something specific to the high school Butkus award... but how is Kyle Berger a semi finalist for any award this season? Didn't he tear his ACL in August??? 

John Brandon's picture

Not exactly sure why either to tell you the truth.  I'm guessing it's based off of his entire high school career but I don't know

Rjpfish2's picture

I thought the same thing. Must be this: http://www.thebutkusaward.com/thebutkusawards/default.aspx
"Second, and in the long run most important, he (the winner of the award) will understand that this recognition brings a responsibility to serve others by giving back."
Also defines the award's "original purpose of honoring athletic achievement and service to the community."
 

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I know this is waaaaayyyyy off topic but just watched Troy Smith toss a 38 yard TD with 2:40 left to win the game over Toronto!  He ended up with 3 TDs and one INT (pick six)... the interview after the game was classic Troy!  GREAT to see him tossing the ball again.  Duron Carter also plays for Montreal and was kicking ass as well!

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INTLBUCK's picture

I actually wish that the Browns would have given Troy a look after Hoyer went down.  

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

What was awesome was watching Troy during the post game interview - just a class act!  Even better was the gushing that the post game show hosts were doing over the way he handled himself after tossing the pick 6 on his first pass - they were giving him a ton of love about his future and that was excellent to hear him get some big time props!!!

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

vitaminB's picture

Did you catch this online?

Seattle Linga's picture

Agreed but maybe he'll sharpen up his skills up north and make a big splash again in the NFL --- let alone C-Town

buckskin's picture

Glad to see three buckeye recruits up for the high school Butkus award.  Hopefully we get all of them.

BeijingBucks's picture

Haha... I think there was a typo on T mclaurin box score ... It said 311 rushing yards and 4 TDs?  And no one mentions it?!
sick

 

 

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buckeyeguy0615's picture

I think we had a thread about it this week? And he was The Opening player of the week.

FROMTHE18's picture

Collier is proving to be quite a hidden gem in this class...glad to have him aboard.

Bucks43201's picture

Damian Prince looks like a young Woody Hayes in that picture.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Sobo3612's picture

If urban adds thomas and holley to this insanely good/young d line core, ohio state will have the best d line in the country and it won't even be close

Go bucks!

weimerad's picture

John I'm assuming that Urban will have an in home visit with Raekwon before he announces?

avail31678's picture

Did I read that right?  Nuremberger with a 57 yard field goal?!  Wow.