- Dorian Johnson unofficially visits Ohio State, was surrounded by his family on today's visit. Hearing things went well. Will be at FNL if he pushes his timetable back, but will more than likely still decide early July. "PSU and Pitt still up there but after today I'm considering OSU as a legitimate choice, loved everything about the trip"
- Shelton Gibson attends West Virginia camp
- Louisville offers Todd Kelly Jr.
- Raekwon McMillan unofficially visits Georgia
- Johnathan Lloyd attends North Carolina camp
- Notre Dame offers Jimmy Byrne
- Jamarco Jones attends Michigan State camp
- Drew Barker unofficially visits Vanderbilt
- Nyles Morgan & Josh Malone unofficially visits Ohio State
- Corey Clement unofficially visits Pittsburgh
- Parrker Westphal unofficially visits Nebraska for Big Red Weekend
- Clifton Garrett attends Wisconsin camp
- Clemson has offered 2014 Charlotte Christian (NC) TE Jeb Blazevich, also attended their camp today
- Devon Allen runs 21.46 seconds in his 200 for second, with Trae Armstrong 3rd in the same heat. Allen advances to Sunday's finals. Trae not.
- Bolingbrook (IL) High 2014 CB Parrker Westphal has an Ohio State offer and also eyes a trip to Columbus
- The nation's No. 2 player, 2014 Indian River five-star DE/DT Andrew Brown was at UVa yesterday and is again today
- Kentucky offered DE/LB Lewis Neal
- Desert Mountain 2014 QB Kyle Allen said he is attending ASU camp Monday, then Stanford, Ohio State. 'Just trying to find best fit for me.'
- Michigan is crushing it on LB Michael Ferns visit to Ann Arbor. The Wolverines are impressing.
- Pittsburgh lands prolific RB Corey Clement from Glassboro (NJ) High
- Bowling Green offers Dareian Watkins
- DeMarcus Walker attends Alabama camp, the Sandalwood (Fla.) DL is set to announce August 3rd Clemson, Bama or Auburn
- Michigan State offers Jamarco Jones
- Indianapolis (IN) Pike touted 2014 WR Dominique Booth to visit Indiana on Sunday
- WR talks Michigan & Ohio State visit: Gallatin (TN) Station Camp class of 2014 wide out Josh Malone enjoys his weekend
- 2014 All American Sam Mustipher will be camping at West Virginia on Sunday
- 2014 DL Malik McDowell has been invited to the 2014 Under Armour All-American game
A Buckeye linebacker class that once had two committed linebackers, currently sits at zero due to two de-commits. Many of the players the Buckeyes have offered have went elsewhere, or are leaning elsewhere. This has lead to many new names popping up on the Buckeyes' recruiting radar. One new name fans need to keep an eye on is Chicago (IL) Simeon linebacker, Reggie Spearman. Spearman has yet to receive an offer from the Buckeyes, but an offer could be forthcoming. Reggie, and I chatted about his interest in Ohio State, his upcoming visit, and more! Keep checking back for updates on rising 2013 linebacker Reggie Spearman, as we will be in touch throughout his recruitment.
- Recruitment: "It's going great right now. I currently have 10 offers, and am hoping number 11 comes soon."
- Ohio State visit: "I'm visiting there Wednesday. I'm looking forward to speaking with the coaches, and getting a feel for the place."
- What OSU is telling him: "They've been telling me a lot of good things. I can't wait to get down there to talk with them."
- If Ohio State offers: "It would be great, and is definitely something I would have to take a hard look at before I make my decision.
- Being recruited by Coach Vrabel, and has also talked to Coach Meyer.
- Top 5 (no order): Ohio State, Iowa State, Illinois, Minnesota, and Houston.
- Factors: "Definitely the depth chart, overall roster, and the school I go to needs to feel like home."
- Timetable: "I will probably decide either before the season, or during the season."
- Relationships with other talents at Simeon High: "It was great being around guys like Jordan (Diamond), and Rob (Gregory). They have both helped me a lot in the recruiting process, and have told me not to decide too fast, make sure I weigh all my options, and pick the school that is perfect for me. (#1 rated basketball player) Jabari Parker is one of my best friends, we hang out a lot, he's a great guy."
- Goals: "My goal has always been the same, it's to win a state championship next year to go out on top."
Lots of studs were in attendance which included the likes of Tyquan Lewis, Vonn Bell, Darron Lee, Caleb Day, Christian Morris, Lovell Peterson, Kyle Meadows, and others.
Tyquan Lewis - Lewis definitely looked the part. A very physically imposing player that also had the speed to go along with his size. Lewis and Pantoni seemed to have a great relationship. Lewis was definitely a man amongst boys among his position group. He definitely impressed me. The Buckeyes would be getting a great player if he joined the class of 2013.
Vonn Bell - Vonn Bell to me was the best prospect out there at the camp. He is very quick and had great feet in the football drills. Urban Meyer showed up to the camp for a short bit and exchanged a few words with Bell. Urban at one point asked Coach Everett Withers how Bell performed. Bell and Darron Lee seemed to have a great relationship and competed against each other in many of the drills. Bell won most but Darron Lee held his own. Bell seemed to really be enjoying his day at camp.
Darron Lee - Lee was the one player that really struck me as a guy that stood out at the camp that was a bit under the radar heading into the camp. Marc Givler reported some of his testing numbers which were very solid. Lee competed very well throughout the camp and definitely looked OSU material to me. An offer has not fell into Lee's laps yet but it wouldn't surprise me if it did. Meyer also spoke briefly to Lee.
Caleb Day - Day seemed like he had put on more weight when I saw him at the camp and had not lost any of his speed and athletic ability. Day at one point was a fast rising prospect but it seemed as if his stock was beginning to slip. Day's camp performance at OSU certainly had to improve his stock as a prospect. He is camping at Michigan monday.
Christian Morris - Morris was definitely the most physically imposing player amongst the offensive line group. Morris is just a massive player. I wonder if he's the type of offensive lineman that OSU is looking for because he is molded differently, but he should be a solid player at the next level for some team. That team will be getting a good one in Morris.
Lovell Peterson - I think if he gets an Ohio State offer he will be a Buckeye. I don't know how much Ohio State wants an interior offensive lineman though. He performed well at camp and seemed to be in tip-top shape again. He is definitely back to where he needs to be. It remains to be seen how Peterson's recruitment will shake out. A lot of that could depend on the numbers crunch for Ohio State.
Kyle Meadows - I think Meadows is the best offensive tackle prospect left in Ohio and certainly fits the mold of what the Buckeye coaching staff is looking for. He is a very smooth and quick lineman for his size and definitely impressed at the camp. If an in-state offensive lineman gets an offer I would expect it to be Meadows.
I also saw Josh Perry at the Ohio State camp taking in the action. He is a lot bigger than I remember and I overheard him saying he is pushing 240 pounds now while still maintaining if not improving his speed and strength. I think Perry can be a huge asset for the Buckeyes for the years to come.
Furthermore, I know a lot of you were wondering about Vonn Bell and Tyquan Lewis. I can tell you from what I saw the stay in Columbus couldn't have done anything but help Ohio State's chances with the two starts in the class of 2013. A lot can happen between now and their decision date but Ohio State seems to be right in the thick of it for both of the tremendous athletes.
|Knox has the Buckeyes on his mind|
One of the elite offensive lineman in the country for 2014 is Demetrius Knox (Ft. Worth/Texas). Knox is a 4-star (1 point away from a 5-star) in the class of '14. He is currently the 28th best prospect in the whole country, the 4th best out of Texas and the 5th best offensive tackles overall.
Knox stands 6'5" and weighs 300-pounds, fantastic measurables for an offensive tackle. The Buckeyes know one of their weak points has been on the offensive line, especially the tackle spot. Knox would be a perfect fit for Urban Meyer and Ed Warriner.
For a school that has produced some top lineman including Orlando Pace, Nick Mangold, LeCharles Bentley to name a few, should have no problem attracting some of the top talent in the country at the offensive line position.
Now with Meyer starting his recruiting trail early in 2014, Knox is one of the prospects that Ohio State has at the top of their list.
Join us after the jump to read the interview with Demetrius Knox.
Who is recruiting you from Ohio State? What's your take on them?
The offensive line coach (Ed Warriner) is recruiting me. I have called him up to talk with him a couple times and he's a really cool guy. I can't wait to see him coach at a practice or something.
Who do you currently hold offers from? Do you have any favorites?I have offers from Texas A&M, Texas Tech, TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma State, UCLA, Alabama, Nebraska, Ohio State, Michigan and an offer coming in February from University of Texas and Oklahoma.
I really don't have a favorite right now, I just want to sit back and see how everyone does this year.
Who's recruiting you the hardest?Everyone pretty much is coming at me the same. I talk to the coaches at least once a week.
What are your greatest strengths as an offensive lineman?
My greatest strengths are my quickness my flexibility and my persistence because I ever stop hitting you till the whistle blows.
What can you improve on the most?What I need to improve on the most is my bench. I only bench 280 and since I weigh 300 I want it to be there. My lower body is already set. I can squat parallel 600.
What's the biggest factor for you in making a decision?Really and truly I just want to find the best place for me and wherever that is, is where I will go.
How did your sophomore season go from a personal standpoint?Well at the end of my sophomore year I was excited about the way I played, I thought I did great. But then a couple months passed by after the season and now I see I didn't do that well.
I've gotten so much better than what my highlights says out me. I've been working everyday to get better and it's going to show at the end of August.
What are some of your goals next season?My goals next season are to win a state championship and make the person playing in front of me walk over to their sideline and quit. If I can't do both of those then I haven't done my job well enough.
What do you think of Ohio State and Urban Meyer?I was born and raised in Ohio so I'm a die hard Ohio State fan and I really don't know to much about Coach Meyer yet, but this year will tell me all I need to know about him.
What interests you the most about Ohio State?Like I said I was raised in Ohio so I love everything about Ohio State.
Are you planning on making a visit to Ohio State at any point?Yes, I hope to get down there before the summer is over.
Anything else you'd like to let Buckeye Nation know?I just want people to know I am not the tackle you see on my highlight tape. I'm way better now and I can't wait to show people.