Football Recruiting: On the Road Again

By John Brandon on January 24, 2014 at 4:00p

Recruiting season is in full swing and the Ohio State coaches are continuing their relentless pursuit of future Buckeyes.

2014 Commit Demetrius KnoxWill he stay or will he go?

The east coast, Texas and Florida have quickly emerged as hot beds for the 2015 class and OSU is already recruiting these areas hard. That doesn't mean the Buckeyes have forgotten about their home state. Urban Meyer, Kerry Coombs and Luke Fickell were recruiting Ohio this morning, before Meyer headed to Connecticut to check out Christian Wilkins.

Meyer was at big time Cincinnati prospect Justin Hilliard's school this morning, while Coombs was at Winton Woods. Meyer is also visiting top TE target Chris Clark today, who 11W caught up with a few days ago.

Meanwhile, Fickell is staying closer to home and recruiting the Columbus area. He visited Nick Conner today as well as likely several others (more on Conner here). Tom Herman is also back in Ohio Today, checking in on Sciotovill'e Tyler Gerald.

We will have plenty more on the coaches whereabouts on Twitter and in the forum (especially in threads like this one), but join us after the jump for updates on Demetrius Knox and David Njoku, as well as a few recently offered 2015 and 2016 targets.

Beast of the east

Signing day 2014 is fast approaching and Ohio State's class is pretty much wrapped up, but there is one target Meyer and company would really like to snag. Newly offered David Njoku has been receiving a lot of love from the Ohio State coaches over the past week or so, with multiple visits from members of the staff.

Ed Warinner was out in New Jersey again last night to attend Njoku's basketball game. Njoku told 11W that he just got a chance to say hey and have a brief chat with Warinner, so nothing too extensive. It's pretty safe to say that Warinner likely came away impressed though. Njoku's team lost but he continues to display freakish athleticism on the court, averaging more than three blocks per game and nearly 13 rebounds per game over his career. Njoku told 11W that he led the state of New Jersey in rebounding last year, which especially impressive considering he out-rebounded a pair of highly touted 7-footers - Karl Towns Jr. and Trayvon Reed. His football stats aren't too shabby either, as he had nearly 1000 receiving yards, 11 touchdowns and averaged more than 24 yards per catch.

With the recent news surrounding Marcus Baugh, Njoku is Ohio State's biggest remaining target and the Buckeyes are in as good of a position as anyone to land him. He will be visiting Columbus next weekend where he will try to determine if Ohio State is "the right fit." Here's a little more info on his recruitment in the forums from a few days ago in case you missed it.

Stay tuned for more on Njoku's recruitment in the coming days as we'll have all the latest info here at 11W.

New offers go out

While much of the focus remains on how Ohio State will close out the 2014 class, the coaching staff continues their early jump on recruiting for 2015 and beyond. Two new offers went out yesterday – one to a 2015 athlete and one to a 2016 wide receiver.

Nephew of NFL great Isaac BruceNewly offered WR Sam Bruce

The 2015 athlete was Deon Cain, a four-star from Tampa, Florida. Cain has a pretty impressive offer list that includes Florida State, Florida, Clemson, Miami, Louisville and others. He currently plays quarterback for his high school team, though likely projects to a receiver at the next level. Cain told 11W that Ohio State is recruiting him as an athlete and that they could use him as either a QB or WR. He has the ideal size/speed combo that Ohio State is looking for at WR, listed at 6-foot-3 and running a reported 4.40 forty.

Cain said receiving an offer from Ohio State "means a lot to me. They stand high on my list."

Also high on the list for Cain are the local schools - Florida State, Florida and Miami, who offered yesterday as well.

Cain could be difficult to pull out of Florida, but the Ohio State staff is certainly gaining some momentum in the sunshine state for 2015. Jamel Dean (commit), Torrance Gibson, Jacques Patrick, Sh'Mar Kilby-Lane and others are all high on Ohio State in the 2015 class, which could help the Buckeyes with prospects like Cain. Check out Cain's highlights:

The other offer yesterday went out to 2016 wide receiver Sam Bruce from Fort Lauderdale. Bruce just transferred to St. Thomas Aquinas high school where he will be teammates with Buckeye targets Nick Bosa (2016 DL) and Devante Peete (2015 WR). Peete and Bosa are both really high on Ohio State and it would be quite a spectacle if Ohio State reeled in all three from one of the best programs in the nation.

Sam Bruce is 5-feet-8-inches tall and 160 pounds, but the sophomore has plenty of time to grow. Offers from Alabama, Florida State, Notre Dame, USC, South Carolina, Michigan State, Clemson, Miami and others already are pretty telling - the kid can flat out play. He has genes on his side that's for sure, as he's the nephew of former NFL star Isaac Bruce. 

As of a week ago, Bruce had a top two of Florida State and Miami, though offers yesterday from Ohio State and Alabama will give him something to think about. He has visited Florida State and Miami thus far, but I would expect him to expand his horizons a bit as the process continues. He isn't planning on committing until his senior season so he is very early in the process. The Florida schools have an early advantage but the Buckeyes and others should be in the mix as well. Being in the same class and on the same team with Nick Bosa could really help Ohio State's chances here. I'm not saying Bosa is a Buckeye lock by any means as it is very early, but Nick likes Ohio State a lot and Ohio State has a good relationship with the Bosa family, which should help with Peete and now Bruce. Check out Bruce's highlights, his route-running for a sophomore is phenomenal:


Today, Ohio State offered another 2016 prospect, running back Kareem Walker (Wayne, NJ). Walker is already a big back, at 6-feet, 1-inch tall and 190 pounds as a sophomore, and he holds early offers from Michigan, Penn State, Tennessee, Rutgers and a few others. Michigan is recruiting Walker very hard after offering a couple of weeks ago, and one Michigan site says that he will visit the Wolverines. Additionally, Walker is being chased by in-state Rutgers and took an unofficial visit there in August. Still, Walker doesn't really have any favorites and he has barely started the recruiting process. On the field, Walker helped lead his team, De Paul Catholic High School, to a New Jersey state championship this past year. Check out his sophomore highlights here.

Meech Update

After visiting with the Ohio State coaching staff on Wednesday, it appears Demetrius Knox has canceled the visit to Texas he was planning to make this weekend.

He could of course change his mind between now and tomorrow but as Birm predicted, it doesn't look like he will visit Texas. As of now he is still scheduled to visit UCLA, we shall see if he does indeed make the visit. I think he will go ahead and check out UCLA one last time, but I would be surprised if he flipped from Ohio State.


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Ethan_Buck's picture

Big Meech not heading to Texas is very eyebrow a great way

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

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

The "no worries" comment is probably as telling as the cancelation. As a Buckeye fan and 11W enthusiast, he gets the notion that taking trips this late is liable to make some fans anxious. I certainly don't begrudge the guy for getting to Cali in January (we're looking at -25 with the wind chill on Monday here in Chi-town), but from his comments, I suspect he's trying to send a message without being disrespectful to his hosts at UCLA next week.

cwerph's picture

He just tweeted that he is not visiting UCLA
BIG ❌EECH ‏@Meech_Dream14 2h
"@uclabruinsfan16: @Meech_Dream14 you still coming on the ucla OV next weekend?" no, sorry man.

Crimson's picture
sharks's picture

+1 for the first ever fearless leader gif on 11w

A man got to have a code...

buckeyedude's picture

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osu07asu10's picture

Meech, you know Columbus is home!

CJDPHoS Board of Directors // Best friends with Homey Hache

The 0 is silent.

ronbizi's picture

Re:  Marcus Baugh... did something else happen with him recently?

allinosu's picture

Yes, read back in the archives a little ways to find him.

oregonianbuckeye's picture

He was arrested for underage drinking again last week. 

ronbizi's picture

Thanks for info.... imaginary +1 since I don't have enough stickers yet for a real upvote!

iBuckeye's picture

There ya go. Your welcome.

ronbizi's picture

Thank you very much!  I'm been down for last couple days with one of the worst colds I've ever had.  11W has been my only entertainment.  Great community here!

vitaminB's picture

Samborghini?  We gotta work on that one, my man.

MikeEagleBuckeye's picture

Per 24/7, there seem to be multiple QBs that are pretty high on the Buckeyes.  How do you think that situation plays out?

BuckeyeW's picture

Probably way too early to speculate on that, after what we saw this year with Barker, Watson, Kizer, Collier, etc.

John Brandon's picture

Gibson and Wimbush are the ones that Ohio State has in a separate class along with Jarrett Stidham from Texas, they really want one of them and Ohio State is highly confident they will get one of them. For a while it looked like Wimbush was the one they'd end up with but now it's looking like Gibson. Gibson is clearly the No. 1 QB target (with Wimbush and Jarrett Stidham close behind) and I think the Buckeyes are in good shape for him. If Gibson falls through I think they'd be in good shape with Wimbush and they'd make a push for Stidham. They have a few other options after those guys like Lorenzo Nunez and a few they haven't offered  

weimerad's picture

You seem to think that they will only take 1 QB in the 2015 class. But from everything I've gathered and read they wing to take both Gibson and Wimbush if they can.

John Brandon's picture

Wimbush and Gibson wouldn't both come in my opinion. I could see them taking more of an under the radar guy for depth ala Kenny G or more of a project

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

With Gibson being the top target, would the staff ask Wimbush to hold off on a commitment until they knew what Gibson was going to do? Or is it first come, first serve? 

weimerad's picture

I disagree.  If Wimbush wanted to commit, I highly doubt Urban would slow play him and tell him to hold off.  Simply b/c they don't know what will happen with Gibson.  Take Wimbush and continue to go hard after Gibson.  Plus, Gibson has said that he loves competition, so I don't think 2 QBs in the class will scare him

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Not really sure what you're disagreeing with. I was asking a question, not making a statement. 

weimerad's picture

Sorry, I it was supposed to be a response to John's comments

John Brandon's picture

They will definitely take Wimbush if he wants to commit, I just think with him delaying and Penn State entering the picture, Gibson is the more likely option. Plus Gibson is higher on the board though they absolutely take either

Seattle Linga's picture

Meech - if you go out West to visit please remember that Columbus is family and all about relationships. 

UrbanAssaultVehicle's picture

...And its not always -4 degrees!!!

ronbizi's picture

Ummm, he's a high school kid enjoying his recruiting process and interacts in a friendly manner with fans.  Even if he doesn't end up here, he seems like a great kid. 

stevebelliseeya's picture

"We are eternal. All this pain is an illusion." - Tool

Oakland Buckeye's picture

Here's your answer Steve

ScarletGray43157's picture

I almost never downvote.  Almost never.

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

Oakland Buckeye's picture

So you dv me because I say the guy is a *ichigan troll - but you're ok with the Skid saying the posters on here are sucking an 18 yr old kids nuts - nice.

Crimson's picture

Oakland: I don't think you understand the reply structure of this board.  Try again.

Baroclinicity's picture

Almost looks like Urbz is photobombing the Meech picture.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

John Brandon's picture

haha he definitely is 

BuckToAsT's picture

If Meech says "no worries," and Coach Herman says "no worries," then guess what--I'm not worried!
Ok, so I'm a little worried, but that's only because I am a worrier by nature.

buckz4evr's picture

He's all Buckeye if that helps

bucknut94's picture

He's enjoying the process and the scenery. He will be a Buckeye.

wyatt's picture

Here in NJ, David Njoku was thought to be headed to Miami until now. Looks like Baugh hitting the bottle opened up the door for Njoku to head to Columbus.  He is one tremendous athlete.

439LawDog's picture

Who wouldn't want a trip to SoCal in the dead of winter knowing they are going to wine and dine you and your family at some of the best restaurants L.A. Has to offer? Have fun Meech! Will be rooting for you where ever you decide to play.

buckeyedude's picture

Right. Texas has been feeling the effects of this winter's "Polar Vortex" as well as the Midwest. I'd take the trip too, if I was Big Meech.

I heard it's been warmer in Fairbanks, Alaska, than Ohio this winter. Hopefully he doesn't have an offer from the U of Alaska.



PittBuckeye's picture

I want me some Njoku, aside from the fact that there's like a 25% chance I say his name correctly, I think dudes going to be a stud.

John Brandon's picture

It's pronounced Nah-joke-oo