- JT Barrett has a live arm and a quick release. Going to be a dangerous combo as good as he can run. Catching eyes at the Elite 11 on the first day of practice.
- Tony Brown unofficially visits Oklahoma
- Vernon Hargreaves III is at Alabama. Mackenzie Alexander was there yesterday.
- James Quick has Ohio State and Louisville tied for top spot. With 3rd choice as Oregon, 4th Kentucky, and 5th Missouri
- Jason Hatcher will announce his decision on July 27 at 7 PM
- Florida State offers Jordan Sherit
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- By BK...offers from Toledo, Bowling Green, Syracuse, Boston College, Louisville, Illinois, Nebraska and Kentucky with interest from Kentucky, PSU, OSU and Michigan...will be at FNL.
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- By Berk....Discusses his interest in Illinois, Michigan, West Virginia, Ohio State & Notre Dame. Being recruited by Coach Drayton & talks about working with Coach Warinner at camp. No timetable for a decision & would like to visit Michigan, Notre Dame & Ohio State for their 2013 Spring Games.
Hermitage running back Derrick Green has kept busy this summer. He went to Nike’s The Opening camp in Oregon where his 7-on-7 team won the championship. He’s been to Atlanta for a Rivals camp.
This weekend he leaves for visits to Alabama, Auburn and Ole Miss. Next weekend he’s headed to Ohio State and Michigan.
That’s the life of one of the nation’s top running back recruits. He says the experience has been crazy and fun.
“It’s been kind of hectic, though, with all the traveling,” he added.
The 6-foot-0, 215-pound rising senior has been offered numerous scholarships. No. 35 arrived Monday night: Houston. Green has pared down his field to 14 schools: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklhoma State, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
He hopes to get the list to about five by the time the season starts. Hermitage will take on Fork Union Military Academy on Aug. 25. The game will be aired nationally on ESPNU.
Recruit No. 15 in Ohio State's 2013 class arrived in a flash Thursday morning when wide receiver Taivon Jacobs (Forestville, Md./Suitland) announced his decision to play for Ohio State. "I just felt like that was the place for me to be at," Jacobs said. "It was my dream school. I fit into their offensive program. I believe that's where I'm going to make my [name] at. "The education is great and they have a great backup plan for me in case I do have an outstanding junior year."
Suitland rising senior Taivon Jacobs, an All-Met wide receiver and sprinter, orally committed to Ohio State on Thursday and said in a telephone interview he plans to play football and run track in college.
During a discussion with his family Wednesday night, Jacobs narrowed his final choices to Ohio State and Maryland. Jacobs said the talk ranged from the academic offerings of both schools to his track ambitions to how he might fit into the offenses of each program. When he woke up this morning, Jacobs said, the answer seemed pretty clear.
“Their program is great, their family and tradition is great, and the way they run their offense, I felt like that’s the type of player that I am and that I could be a great fit in,” Jacobs said of the Buckeyes.
Jacobs, who is 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds, believes his quickness will help him make an impact at Ohio State. He said the Ohio State coaches told him they envision utilizing him much the same way first-year Buckeyes Coach Urban Meyer did Percy Harvin and Chris Rainey when Meyer coached at Florida. Harvin and Rainey made their marks carrying the ball out of the backfield and catching the ball in Florida’s passing game.
“Coach Urban Meyer loves speed, and that’s something that I’ve got,” said Jacobs, a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com. “I think I can be very productive in their offense.”
Jacobs said Ohio State’s football coaches are open to the idea of him competing on the school’s track team as well. Jacobs, a 400-meter sprinter, said he would “most likely” play football and run track in college.
At Maryland, Jacobs could have played alongside his older brother, Levern III, who enrolled at College Park this spring and will play football for the Terrapins. The Maryland outdoor track and field program recently staved off elimination, as it was the only one of eight varsity programs that raised enough money to avoid being cut as part of the athletic department’s efforts to overcome a multi-million dollar deficit.
Taivon Jacobs did not go into specifics about what ultimately gave Ohio State the edge over Maryland in his mind, though he acknowledged the final decision was difficult to make.
“It was a hard decision between them and Maryland because Maryland is a great place to be also,” Jacobs said. “I felt as though Ohio State was where I needed to be to help them out. That was my dream school since I was a young kid.”
Quarterback J.T. Barrett (Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider) found everything he wanted in the Ohio State Buckeyes. Between coach Urban Meyer, offensive coordinator Tom Herman and the rest of the staff, Barrett said he felt right at home within the family atmosphere and could see Meyer serving as a father figure away from home. The success Meyer quarterbacks have had in the college and professional ranks didn't hurt in his recruitment either.
"With the quarterbacks he has, he puts plays in that they are good at," Barrett said of Meyer. "He puts his quarterbacks in the best position to succeed and the offense is going to be very productive because of that. He had some of the top offenses in the nation at Utah and Florida."
It's probably a good thing that the fit into the offense won't be a stretch for Barrett, because off the field, things might be a little trickier.
"In the Big Ten, you have a lot of traditions that you really don't want to mess with," Barrett said. "I have a lot of things to learn about that."
Three programs are at the top for Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South), and he will visit two over the next week. And another big-time program will look to break its way into the 2014 linebacker’s top group with a strong visit at the end of the month.
Ohio State, which sits above Notre Dame and Michigan State on Garrett’s list, will host the 6-foot-2, 218-pound inside linebacker for a second camp and visit in a little more than a month. Garrett will return to Columbus for Friday Night Lights on July 27 after camping with the Buckeyes on June 23.
On this trip, however, Garrett won’t participate in the camp as he did in June, which could be good news for the Buckeyes.
"I'm going to get to see some of the premier 2014 guys I've been hearing about, see what their plans are. I want to play with the best of the best. Maybe we can all go to the same school," Garrett said.
Since that June camp, Garrett keeps in regular contact with the Buckeyes' staff, specifically assistant Mike Vrabel.
"They love me, and I like Ohio State a lot," Garrett said. "They said keep working and keep the grades up and everything will fall into place."
He's run 40-yard times below 4.4 seconds. And when you watch video of Taivon Jacobs playing football, he looks the part.
Jacobs, a senior-to-be from District Heights, Md., announced Thursday he will play his college football at Ohio State. Jacobs scored 19 touchdowns during his junior season and showed flashes of brilliance as a kick returner and a safety as well.
"I just felt it was the best place for me. They've got their family and tradition." Jacobs told NBC4 Thursday by phone.
Jacobs is the the first player to commit to the 2013 class as a receiver, although his role at Ohio State could be diverse.
"I was excited to hear I was the 1st receiver to commit... coach Urban Meyer said if he could he'd want me to play this year. He was honest with you -- kept it real." Jacobs said. "I like being a game changer, but if they need me at defense i'd surely play defense."
Jacobs had at least 17 major scholarship offers. He's rated as a three-star recruit by several major recruiting services, but many expect his rating to rise this season.
He's the 15th player to commit to the 2013 OSU class. OSU may have room to sign five more players in next year's class.