Football Recruiting: More All-Star Week News and Notes

By Mike Young on January 2, 2014 at 6:00p

High school football's all-star week truly kicks off with today's Under Armour All-American Game. 

McMillan and Jones are the only two OSU commits  in Tampa 

Two future Buckeyes – linebacker Raekwon McMillan and offensive lineman Jamarco Jones – as well as two others with OSU offers are competing in Tampa on ESPN. The game started at 4 p.m.

One of the two targets was five-star cornerback Tony Brown, who surprised many by picking Alabama over LSU. 

McMillan is expected to enroll in classes at Ohio State next week. Outside of the two commits, Buckeye fans should keep an eye on a couple of prospects in the secondary.

Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl will feature more Buckeye commits and targets, including Glenville safety Erick Smith, who is reportedly wavering on when to announce his decision. 

Updates from the Under armour all-american game

While Ohio State is still considered the favorite for Smith and teammate Marshon Lattimore, Urban Meyer and his staff will entertain another defensive back – Jermaine Roberts. The Louisiana native is currently in Tampa and scheduled to visit Columbus, Jan. 24. 

Roberts, a three-star recruit according to 247Sports' composite rankings, originally committed to Texas in April. With Mack Brown's departure, (in reference to the running joke: Roberts does not play quarterback) his commitments are left to wonder who will take over in Austin. They reportedly narrowed it down to Baylor's Art Briles, Florida State's Jimbo Fisher, Louisville's Charlie Strong and Vanderbilt's James Franklin, but the school is continuing to take its time in making a decision. 

"I don’t feel comfortable right now not knowing what’s going on," Roberts told "That’s why I’m going to look around and take visits."

While he's unsure of what coach will take over for the Longhorns, Roberts does feel a connection with Urban Meyer. 

"At Ohio State, I just like Coach Meyer,” Roberts said. "He’s a player’s coach. They play a similar defense to Texas, too."

In addition to his Columbus visit, also reports he's been in contact with Baylor and is attempting to set up a visit with Oklahoma State.

John "Juju" Smith is the more highly regarded defensive recruit with a Buckeye offer, and on the same squad as Jones ("Team Highlight"). Perhaps, he can help sway Juju. For what it's worth, Smith, a five-star recruit from California, showed up to the Under Armour camp wearing a USC shirt.  

The two Buckeye commits are on opposing teams, as McMillan suits up for "Team Nitro" (assuredly a tribute to WCW). McMillan sat down with ESPN's Tom VanHaaren to discuss his recruitment and his experience in Tampa: 


Today's update remains heavy on defensive backs, as's Justin Rowland reports Erick Smith will not announce his college decision at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Saturday. Lattimore is still expected to make a college commitment, however.

Looking towards future classes, 247Sports' Steve Wiltfong ran into Kieffer Longson and Jay Stocker at the Army bowl combine. The pair of 2015 recruits are considering Ohio State.

Longson, a 6-foot-7-inch 290 pound offensive tackle from California, received an offer from the Buckeyes in November. He plans to visit Columbus over the summer.

"I keep in touch Coach Warinner. He's a great guy. I've heard he's a really good coach," Longson told Wiltfong. "They have a great program. It'd be awesome to be part of that rivalry with Michigan."

Stocker, currently ranked a three-star safety in 247Sports' composite rankings, has not yet received an Ohio State offer, but grew up rooting for the Buckeyes. He currently lists offers from Maryland, Rutgers and Wisconsin, among others. 

For more updates on the Under Armour All-American Game check out Eleven Warriors' live thread. Remember to follow the 11WRecruiting Twitter feed, as well as Jeremy Birmingham, John Brandon, Jordan Wagner and myself for more all-star game updates. For a list of all Buckeye commits, targets, former targets and B1G commits competing in all-star games go to Eleven Warriors' official preview of all-star week.


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Seattle Linga's picture

Thanks Mike for the Update - It's always nice when the truth comes out with all the writers on this Staff - best site for legit articles. I think the false rumors are starting to drive everyone crazy. 

bigbadbuck's picture

Tony Brown announces hes Rolling with the Tide. Alabama is his choice

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

jamesrbrown322's picture

Lattimore and Smith now NOT announcing. This CANNOT be good for OSU. The longer it drags out, the more you have to wonder....
As long as they make a choice they're happy with, that's fine. I really think Meyer and Co. are only recruiting Smith to get Lattimore and keep Glenville pipeline flowing...

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

labuck's picture

Looks like he said lattimore will still announce Saturday.

Oakland Buckeye's picture

Lots of down votes here JB - but I do agree that Lattimore is the crown jewel and only top 50 player - Jones (328) & Smith (#287) could be the pull to keep Ginn & Pipeline happy and both of htem if they do sign with Urbz will b 2 of our 3 lowest rated recruits...Still hope we get them though if Urbz wants them...

jamesrbrown322's picture

I misunderstood what another site was saying, my apologies. Lattimore still plans to announce. Allegedly he's not "undecided" after being 100% confident in his decision earlier in the week. I hope he goes to OSU, but I am wondering whether some of these 17-18 year old kids resent, on some level, that everyone automatically assumes they'll don the scarlet and gray just because they went to Glenville and OSU is recruiting them. I think perhaps they want some of the agonizing and hand wringing over their decisions that you see with some other big time recruits.
Honestly, I hope they get Lattimore, but at this point, what position does he play? I always want them to get as many of the top 10 recruits in Ohio as they can, but Meyer has more of the Cooper recruiting view - recruit the best players from everywhere, anywhere, even if that's not Ohio.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

Chris Raiden's picture

I'll start worrying when it drags past Saturday. Until then, I'm assuming they're messing with the media and having a little fun, much like they've said they are.

Rjr88's picture

Raekwon is exactly what we need!  It's obvious that he "gets it".


GoBucksOSU's picture

What OSU commits are playing in the US Army All-American Bowl?

flabucknut1's picture

I must be missing something! Please tell my dumb ass how many players can a SEC team sign after getting 50 commitments. I live in Orlando( Lucky me ) and I can tell you what I see here in Fla.  they get so many commitments that half of the talent never see the field on a regular playing basis. Urban did not leave the cupboard bare. The Asshole coach they have now had so damn many Blue chippers that he couldn't satisfy the player or their parents. It is always the same down here. Everyone jumps on the bandwagon of who is on top at the time. The University of Florida should be ashamed of themselves. 
Here is little old UCF from the woods of West Orlando and they make the Gators and Miami look like Division III and to be honest they take the players that no teams in Florida wants( plus they couldn't make the grades ) and they kick Baylors ass. Remember them? That's the team that said they could beat anyone on any field.
Hmmmmm. I guess that they didn't get the field that they wanted! Again my question is....... How many commits do the SEC get to sign and do they have a Taxi Squad..?  I thought that there was a limit for everyone else. In the mean time, let  me go take some over the counter PED's  since I live in SEC Kuntry and not in the Big Dick 10!!!!!

Jim Rhoads

Bamabucknut's picture

Part of what happens with many who are recruited and join some teams is that they  are evaluated and many have the scholarship withdrawn after the first year...if the coaches don't see the potential they want.Hence the drag net for big numbers every year.

Gray Box's picture

Raeking Ball and Jones representing:

andyb's picture

It never of the first questions ANY ESPN tool asks is "Derrrrr why did you pick a Big Ten school over an SEC School????  Derrrr duhhhhh derrrr!!!!"  As if to say "are you an idiot?"
pisses me off beyond belief.

Spivan's picture

Remember, a $2.5B deal with the SEC and a major stake in the SEC Network has nothing to do with why ESPN drools all over them.  It's obviously because they are superior to every other conference, including those in the CFL and NFL.

Gray Box's picture

Raekwon taking the field:

buckeyewiseman's picture

Raekwon is no slouch... But wow, Jamarco is a large man!! 

buckskin's picture

Nice interview Raekwon.  Meyer has definitely planted the ttun stamp on him.  Like the comment about Jabrill.  Friends now, but won't be so much for the next 3 years.  Love it.