I just finished chatting with a few of the premiere 2014 recruits on the Ohio State coaching staff's radar. The state of Georgia holds an all-star game after the playoffs have been complete for the current juniors. Several of those prospects have the Buckeyes in their top group.
LB Raekwon McMillan and ATH Myles Autry have told me that Ohio State is the team to beat for their services. It had been widely known around recruiting circles that those two had a strong affinity towards OSU.
S Nick Glass is committed to Georgia but has told me several times that Ohio State is the school that will give the Bulldogs the strongest competition for his signature. QB Deshaun Watson, who has an OSU offer but is committed to Clemson, has recently told me that the Buckeyes would be the school right behind Clemson.
WR Demarre Kitt has told Miles that Clemson is his top school but that the Buckeyes had picked up their recruitment of him and had narrowed the gap. Urban Meyer was at his state championship game where he shined for Sandy Creek High School.
DE Dante Sawyer also has an OSU offer and has told me that he's quite interested in the Scarlet and Gray as well. LB Bryson Allen-Williams is another Peach State recruit beginning to attract attention from the Ohio State coaching staff.
This group of elite athletes took to twitter today to create an avalanche of recruiting news. They voiced their desire to visit Ohio State this spring together. WR Demarre Kitt had already told our Miles Joseph a few weeks ago of his intention to visit Ohio State the weekend of February 10.
After talking to Autry and Glass, it seems that the likely date for this group of talented prospects to visit Columbus will indeed be the weekend of February 10. During that weekend, Ohio State's basketball team will be hosting the high-powered Indiana Hoosiers hoops squad on the hardwood. It definitely appears to be some strategic planning on the part of the Ohio State staff as the Schottenstein Center crowd should be raucous for that showdown.
Obviously plans can change, but as of now, that will be one of the more high profile recruiting weekends for the Buckeyes during the 2014 recruiting cycle. It will be difficult for the OSU staff to match that type of recruiting weekend in terms of the caliber of talent, the rest of the entire offseason.