Is Ohio State About to Flip the No. 1 Running Back in the 2015 Class from Michigan?

By DJ Byrnes on January 21, 2014 at 10:46a
Damien Harris' most recent follows

The interest is abuzz today with rumors of a possible de-commitment from the No. 1 running back in the 2015 class, Damien Harris. The Kentucky product is listed as a "solid verbal" to Michigan by Rivals, but Harris hasn't helped put down the rumors by staying silent on the matter, even after a visit by new Michigan OC Doug Nussmeier. 

Today, however, his recruitment appeared to take a twist in a way that would have been impossible only 7-8 years ago: It was discovered his most two recent follows on Twitter are OSU assistant coaches Stan Drayton and Tim Hinton.

UPDATE (11:03 AM): Damien Harris has officially decommitted from Michigan, and it must be assumed Ohio State is in hot pursuit.

UPDATE (11:56 AM): Oh, boy; Michigan fans: STEP AWAY FROM THE KEYBOARD.


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Borrowed Time's picture

interesting, didn't think we would really go after a RB in this class, but if we take one away from TTUN, then let's do it!

tdible2132's picture

OSU definitely wants to take a RB in 2015 FWIW. You can't go 2 straight classes without taking a RB, and we haven't taken a true RB in 2014.

mh277907's picture

I am no recruiting expert but I think you are absolutely correct. Just because we have recruited the position well in the past two years does not mean we should go two years without taking a RB. Kids who want to be THEE running back at OSU should expect to compete and beat out other 5 star recruits everyday in practice.


Borrowed Time's picture

ah my bad you're right, I forgot this is a 2015 commitment. Thanks!

Timmeh's picture

Well that's some great news

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Yeti's have feelings too.

Danify's picture

What Urban Meyer and the coaching staff are doing in their secret lair at current time.

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

That .... and feeding sharks with laser beams on their heads

Yeti's have feelings too.

osupolo's picture

Are the sharks ill tempered? 

dubjayfootball90's picture

hahah, this is priceless!

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

tdible2132's picture

Ha glad we are on the same page here

blocko330's picture

I don't know what it is about this one but WOW absolutely hilarious - probably because it was close to my reaction when a scUM fan told me Hoke was planning on dropping 75lbs by next season

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

- TruthTeller

FROMTHE18's picture

with the way Gesicki's nonflip and Thomas eliminating us, plus bball team being awful, this would certainly change the trajectory of my buckeye mood meter.

HattanBuck85's picture

Damian Harris, Jacques Patrick, Soso Jamabo & LJ Scott. If we can get two of em plus Torrance Gibson/Nunez/Wimbush- I'll be a happy camper. 

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." - Woody Hayes

mrspray's picture

Sounds like a steal (in more ways than one...). He also recently followed the OU RB coach, Cale Gundy. 

In case you're curious, it's Mr. Spray

hodge's picture

Interesting how he doesn't list being committed to the University of Michigan on his Twitter bio.  
Granted, I have no earthly clue if he ever mentioned it, but I find it strange nonetheless.  And then there's the fact that he mentioned that he was closer to Borges than anyone else...
Interesting indeed.

tdible2132's picture

Uh oh folks!!!!

mh277907's picture

Hahahahah. MGoBlog has been abuzz lately with how 2014 is a new year and there is a new post every day about OSU basketball struggles. This should be a nice dose of reality for them.


sharks's picture

Mgo has like three threads about this already. Meltdown incoming...

A man got to have a code...

brylee's picture

ahhhh...that's going to leave a mark!

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Cue the scUM threads about this kid being a thug and/or poor student and/or of low moral character due to not wanting to go to the cute little liberal arts school up north.

blueinsconsin's picture

That stinks.  Hopefully we can get him back.  If not, we'll move on and find someone else.  I just hope he doesn't committ to another B1G school if we can't get him back.

Not here to troll...Go Blue

buckeyeguy0615's picture

Uhh why? Big Ten needs that kinda talent

mh277907's picture

I mean, it is probably good for the conference but I'm not overly thrilled about facing Jabrill Peppers every year.


hit_the_couch's picture

I mean, it is probably good for the conference but I'm not overly thrilled about facing Jabrill Peppers every year.

Really? The kid hasn't even played a down of college football yet. Don't even know if he's a next level stud.

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

blueinsconsin's picture

You can say that for every recruit

Not here to troll...Go Blue

mh277907's picture

I'm not crowning him the next Heisman winner or anything but he is ranked in the top-5 for a reason. Just look at some of the top-5 guys in recent years - Nkemdiche at Ole Miss, Jaylon Smith at ND, Dorial Green-Beckham at Mizzou, Noah Spence at OSU, Clowney at USC, Clinton-Dix at Bama. All of these guys were ranked in the top-5 (or close) and all had immediate impacts for their teams. Obviously, there are some top-5 guys who never make it but I like the odds. So, to answer your question, yes, I am really not overly thrilled that he committed to UM. Just as they are not overly thrilled that we have the second best class in the country.


blueinsconsin's picture

Agreed that the B1G needs that type of talent, I just want it to be in Maize and Blue

Not here to troll...Go Blue

bigbadbuck's picture

From all the tweets I'm reading he's never going to come back to the Sun and Blue. The way he's getting bashed right now its unlikely he'll ever set foot in the state again. Can't say i would blame him.

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

Urbanabuck's picture

Hopefully he heads up there at least two more times...... In scarlet and grey!

BuckeyeStrong2's picture

"Phone's ringing... It's Urban on the line"


buckeyedude's picture

I heard the Hoosiers are looking for a running back.



DMcDougal24's picture

Dang it I have been too slow lately. Was late to post the decommit. 

zacisone's picture

Go Bucks! O-H-


tdible2132's picture

I'd be curious to hear what Jeremy or Jordan have to say about this matter. Michigan still the team to beat? Michigan in deep trouble and OSU in a good spot? My guess is he is wide open at the moment and won't be jumping into any commitments anytime soon, but it'll be interesting to see where he currently stands in his recruitment now.

Killer nuts's picture

Al Borges: The gift that keeps on giving

AeroBuckeye2001's picture

Just imagine that's Hoke's mug instead of Bert's.

The Ohio State University Class of 2001

BS Aero & Astronautical Engineering

NCBuckeye1's picture

Either way you slice it, that's just....
Well that's just fantastic.

"Without winners, there wouldn't even be civilization." -- Woody

703Buckeye's picture

Hoke looks more like Grimace.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

trock's picture

I love how Kentucky fans are talking about how they think they are going to get him. 

Buckeye Chuck's picture

He's going to fit in so well there with Jones, Lattimore, and Smith.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

TimmyZ's picture

upvote if i could.  i love me some good snark.

Buckeye Scottie's picture

Nice Blue's Clues reference there...Blue is definitely going to need to step back from the ledge.

Mix's picture

A "Blue's Clueless".


BoFuquel's picture

Way too early to re-up take your time Damien and enjoy the ride, but come to Columbus. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

TMac's picture

TTUN losing a 5 star is glorious in itself. That the Good Guys have a good shot makes it just that much better! But this story has another year to go!

ONE Not Done!

JOhio1560's picture

Good thinking Harris.  All you'll know at michigan is failure.  If you wanna be a Buckeye, we'll gladly take you in.

I'm not finished!  Before we let you leave, your commander must cross that field, present himself before this army, put his head between his legs, and kiss his own arse.

AcrossTheField11's picture

Just ask Mike Hart...

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

Ethan_Buck's picture

I dont always root for college athletics, but when i do (which is most of the time) I choose THE Ohio State Buckeyes.

BTBuckeye's picture

Sweet, the downvote trolls are in full force.

jedkat's picture

easy killer, 90% of the time it's a fatfinger iphone vote.

"Can we please stop the message board fighting? I really can't stand the message board fighting..."

"No. You're an idiot, and your posts are terrible."

Oyster's picture

So it was you?

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

jedkat's picture

Nope, I try not to vote on a mobile device so I don't give someone a heart attack. I just never understood coming back in to make a comment on a single downvote. If you got like two or 3 feel free to call out the trolls, but a single one is usually a mistake.

"Can we please stop the message board fighting? I really can't stand the message board fighting..."

"No. You're an idiot, and your posts are terrible."

BTBuckeye's picture

He's having second thoughts about participating in 4 years of mediocre football? Shocking

740Bucks's picture

scUM fans bashing a kid for changing is mind doesn't seem very "Michigan Man-like". 
Maybe the kid woke up & realized that the football program is a joke. Hoke has been getting top recruits and just isn't developing them. I hope he stays FOREVER!

"My idea of a good hit is when the guy wakes up on the sidelines with train whistles blowing in his head." - Jack Tatum

Boxley's picture

Kinda of like our secondary......Ouch that hurt to type, but it is true............Dammit.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

TBDBITL0509's picture

I would've thought the hiring of Nussmeier would help here, but maybe Harris really liked Borges that much more. I mean, Nuss ran the offenses that featured Richardson, Ingram, and Lacy. 

OldColumbusTown's picture

Actually, Nussmeier was only at Bama the past two seasons, so throw out the offenses featuring Ingram/Richardson.  He was there with Lacy and Yeldon, but you could argue Bama depended much more on their passing attack the past two years than they did prior to Nuss becoming the OC.

teddyballgame's picture

I would also like to add that, while Bama did win the championship one year while Nussmeier was there...they relied pretty heavily on a dominant defense.  The offense wasn't super prolific or anything.

TBDBITL0509's picture

Really good points, thanks! It would appear that the Alabama pedigree isn't helping UM too much early in the game. From what I read, Harris went radio silent after Nuss visited. 

bigbadbuck's picture

Maybe it had nothing to do with the coordinator as much as it did with the stellar offensive line play from last year

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

cinserious's picture

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

dubjayfootball90's picture

First thing I thought of:
Homer's car was not made to US automotive standards...

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

UrbanAssaultVehicle's picture

Damien Harris to Brady Hoke this morning...

1big10's picture

Hahahahaha I just died laughing!!! He's like peace out biotcchhhh!!!!


hit_the_couch's picture

I hate gifs, but this is pretty slick. 
I want that chair too. I have a tiny apt, need to conserve space when I can.

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

ohiowhitesnake's picture

I finally got a set of Gold Pants!

gumtape's picture

High and tight boo boo

OfficerRabbit's picture

I can't help it... I will always up vote for Borat references. Takes me back to college bar nights and saying "Very nice, how much?" to girls. That never did seem to work well..



buckeyedude's picture

Probably because you didn't ask to see their "treasures."



PittBuckeye's picture

What have the tTUN fans been saying?

thePhilipJFry's picture

That Michigan is still #1 on his list and Nuss will close the deal.  Also all negative tweets to Harris have been done by OSU fans posing as Michigan fans on twitter.  Seriously

Buckeye Rocket Sci's picture

I love M(*)chigan and all, but there are a ton of assholes in our fan base.  I really doubt its Ohio State or Michigan State fans posing as Michigan fans that are tweeting at Harris.  We have enough idiots in our own fan base to do this to ourselves.

One of my favorites.
Note: I'm not saying we don't have our own fair share, still funny.

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence" - Calvin Coolidge

thePhilipJFry's picture

The Ohio State fanbase is a big tent, anything that exists in the world exists within this fanbase (good and bad).  I think most rational people understand this.
A very large vocal group on mgoblog believe that Michigan's fanbase (and athletic department, and school) are pure as the driven snow.  It both shocks and amuses me.

MichiganBuckeye222's picture

Mgoblog is going crazy.  Maybe they will start a series of posts regarding pedophelia and how young the kid looks.... 

Representing the Buckeyes in the Mitten State since 1987.


thePhilipJFry's picture

I, for one,  appreciated the reference to the other time the Michigan fanbase ran off one of their potential recruits.

+1 HS
GoBucks713's picture

This is the face Brady made once he realized what Soylent Green was made of.

-The Aristocrats!

OSUEXT's picture

Are we sure it's just not Alex Anzalone's dad?

The Butler's picture

I've trained Canaries in the sport of falconry.


otrain2416's picture

Brady Hoke: Alex please don't decommit!

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Mortc15's picture

It was just a few short years ago that I was making my college choice. Although it wasn't primarily to play sports( I was invited to visit a D-3 for football) anyone's college choice is difficult. To bash someone because they aren't sure of that a year from what's necessary is bad and I can't understand why anyone, scum fans or otherwise, would post such ignorant things as a result. 


jbirmmd's picture

"only impact a fan can have on a prospect's recruitment is a negative one."
Something that all fans who follow recruits should take to heart. 

2002osubuck's picture

I was going to post the same thing. Every fan base pays needs to pay attention because this can happen anywhere. Our fans were pretty nasty to Roby and philly brown for the orange bowl after they helped win the most games in OSU history. And, we saw how social media cost us recruits last year because that sicko "fan" posted pictures with them and was a convicted sex offender. Harris' HS coach is right, there's not much positive that can come from grown men contacting kids on twitter. Ill leave it to the coaches to represent tOSU and recruit the best kids. I'll cheer for whoever we get regardless and wish well guys we don't.

Toilrt Paper's picture

If one did not have a twitter account no one could bully you from afar.
Secondly, what will be the reaction if Knox decommits for UCLA?

Go1Bucks's picture

Next up for scUM:
Nussmeier calls up Brady to say: Coach, I can't work in an organization thats scares off its own recruits, I''m decommitting too, back to Bama. Laters!

Go Bucks!

gm3jones's picture

It looks like I need to get a better collection of Gifs. Pretty good stuff fellas.

There is nothing more remarkable as learning to think better.

dzig's picture

forget it...

"all men are created equal, it's just that some are MORE equal than others"