- MarQuez North & Tyquan Lewis unofficially visits North Carolina
- Ohio State offers Michigan commit David Dawson
Scout $ - Top five for five-star CB '13 FL CB Vernon Hargreaves III
- Florida, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Miami, Notre Dame (in order) and is still considering USF.
Rivals $ - Reavis wants to earn Buckeye offer '14 VA S C.J. Reavis
- By Birm...coming to FNL with his folks...early leaders are Virginia Tech, Virginia, and North Carolina (all offered) but says an OSU offer would vault them to the top.
Rivals $ - Five offers for 2014 ATH '14 PA S Montae Nicholson
- By Farrell...offers from Michigan, PSU, Pittsburgh, Bowling Green and Toledo...born in Columbus so he has followed the Buckeyes.
Rivals $ - Fisher camp: Whitfield names a top two '13 FL WR Levonte Whitfield
- Has FSU and Miami on top.
- Very quick off the line and catches everything...visiting OSU and Michigan next week.
Rivals $ - FSU offers Sherrit '13 FL DE Jordan Sherit
- Didn't participate in the morning session at Jimbo Fisher's camp but couldn't resist in the afternoon and earned an offer.
Rivals $ - Talented 2014 WR: Canes want me to commit '14 FL WR Adly Enoicy
- Offers from the likes of FIU, Miami, Florida State, Florida, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and USC...Miami is recruiting him hard but says he has no favorites...grew up watching OSU and is looking for a school that will help him be successful after football.
Scout $ - Camps Continue For Bere '14 OH LB Tinashe Bere
- By Berk....Talks about his interest in Cincinnati, Penn State, Michigan & Ohio State. Attending FNL.
Scout$--Elite LB visits Clemson '14 GA LB Raekwon McMillan
- Compared Clemson to UGA...visiting tOSU next week.
Free Scout - PHOTOS: Elite 11 Day Two
COLLEGE STATION, Texas --- One of the biggest players, literally, at the Texas Division II 7-on-7 state tournament on Thursday was one who wasn't playing: 6-4, 296-pound offensive tackle Demetrius Knox (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal).
While 7-on-7 is designed for skill-position players, Knox made the trek to Aggieland to support his teammates and watch them compete at the Penberthy Intramural Fields. The 2014 tackle holds offers from Alabama, Baylor, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA and he's approved for offers from Oklahoma and Texas, which will be extended in February.
Knox said on Thursday that while he doesn't know yet where he wants to go, he knows when and where he wants to announce -- at one of the All-American games. Knox said he has been invited to both the Under Armour All-American game and the U.S. Army All-American game, but hasn't finalized which one he'll head to.
It’s been nothing short of a very memorable summer for Eli Woodard.
One of the nation’s top college football recruits, the Eastern High School senior recently participated in “The Opening” — an invitation-only event in Beaverton, Ore., for what Nike Football feels are the top 150 players in the country.
Held at Nike World Headquarters, the four-day event highlighted every position and every aspect of the game through dynamic training, coaching and competition.
“It was definitely great going up against the best wide receivers,” said Woodard, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound defensive back who received an invitation based on his play at a camp in Baltimore. “I learned a lot about myself and my game. I feel like I got better.”
Woodard received significant instruction from some of the top defensive backs in the NFL — Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals, Joe Haden of the Cleveland Browns and Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets.
“They gave us some tips and techniques to use. It was some good stuff,” Woodard said. “I learned a lot and got to pick their brains a little. They gave us some time and I asked a lot of questions, especially with Peterson.
“I learned that my game is up there with anybody’s. I worked hard to do well at The Opening and I feel I’m one of the best guys in the country, but I’ll never be satisfied. I’m working hard to improve my game.”
But wait … there’s more.
Next week, the Ohio State recruit will wrap up his travels with a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., for the Champion Gridiron Kings event. He will participate in 7-on-7 games, skill challenges and performance training at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
“As part of the football world, it’s been great,” Woodard said. “Meeting people, testing my abilities against some of the best players … It’s definitely been a successful summer for me so far.
“There’s nothing better to do for football besides going to camps at this time of year. It’s the best experience you’re going to have as a young football player. I’m just taking it all in and having fun with it.”
A second team All-Courier-Post selection last fall, Woodard has clearly made his mark on the national scene.
He’s listed as a five-star recruit by ESPN, the No. 7 overall player on its Top 150 list and the No. 3 cornerback in the nation.
Rivals.com rates Woodard as a four-star player, the No. 19 overall player and No. 4 corner in the country.
Scout.com also gave him four stars but ranks him eighth nationally among corners.
ESPN and Rivals.com each list Woodard as the top recruit in the state.
With all of this national attention, is there additional pressure for Woodard to perform at a high level?
“Sure there is, but I enjoy pressure,” he said. “There was a bunch last year. This year, I’ve worked hard and feel I can have a great year.”
“I’m real confident with our team this year. We have a good group coming back and we’ll have some high expectations. The No. 1 thing I want to do is help the team as much as possible to win a state championship. We’re going to work hard together.”
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer craves speedy players. Taivon Jacobs said he has been timed as fast as 4.32 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
Sounds like an ideal match, and yesterday it became one. Jacobs, a receiver, committed to become the 15th member of the Buckeyes’ 2013 recruiting class.
“I feel Ohio State is the best fit for me,” Jacobs said. “With the tradition and the family feeling and the way they run their program, I feel I can grow there as a player and also grow as a person.”
Jacobs said he had 17 offers. Maryland and West Virginia were the other finalists. Jacobs, from suburban Washington, said he has been a die-hard Buckeyes fan since he was 10.
“At first, I just liked their colors, and then I started liking how they had that rivalry with Michigan,” he said.
Jacobs attended Ohio State’s camp last month. He said receivers coach Zach Smith has recruited him since he was a freshman while Smith was at Marshall.
Jacobs is rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and is given only two stars by Scout.com, mostly because of concerns about his size. Jacobs is 5 feet 10 and 165 pounds.
“I’m not the biggest guy, but I play with a lot of heart,” Jacobs said.
He said he had 35 catches for 972 yards and scored 13 touchdowns as a junior last year.
Recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic said he was impressed when he watched Jacobs at Ohio State’s camp.
“I thought he caught the ball very well,” Kurelic said. “Obviously, he’s very athletic. He’s the kind of guy who can stretch defenses. I was impressed with his ability to get separation. Urban Meyer is looking for speed. With Taivon Jacobs, he has definitely added speed.”
Jacobs said Ohio State coaches told him they would like to use him the way Meyer used Chris Rainey and Percy Harvin at Florida. Kurelic compared him to Cleveland Browns draft pick Travis Benjamin from the University of Miami.
Jacobs said he wanted to commit to a school so he wouldn’t be distracted as a senior at Suitland High School in Forestville, Md.
“I’m going into my senior year; I wanted to enjoy myself and not feel overwhelmed. So I decided to make a decision early. Now I can try to help lead my team to the state championship.”
While there are plenty of very good players on the Ohio State roster, there is undoubtedly going to be a reshaping of it with Urban Meyer bringing his brand of offense into Columbus. Part of the transformation will include bringing in players that can do big things in space and the Buckeyes landed one on Thursday as District Heights (Md.) athlete Taivon Jacobs committed to program.
"I just called Coach Meyer and told him I'm going to be a Buckeye," Jacobs told BuckeyeGrove.com. "Coach said that he was excited to have me and he can't wait to see what I can do on the field. I told him that it's time to go get that crystal ball (laughs)."
The 5-foot-11, 165-pounder held offers from Maryland, West Virginia, Notre Dame and several others. Jacobs strongly considered staying in-state but felt the fit in the offense and with the coaching staff at Ohio State ultimately made it the place for him.
"I really had a great relationship with coach (Zach) Smith and that played a very important role in my decision," he said. "I like how they are going to utilize me on offense. They said they are going to use me like they used Chris Rainey (at Florida). They have talked about me being in the backfield, getting it in the slot and in the flat and also being a deep threat."
Jacobs becomes the 15th commitment for Ohio State's class of 2013. He had 35 catches for 972 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior last year on offense and was also a standout defensive back named to MaxPreps' All-American second team. Additionally, he recorded an impressive nine return touchdowns and six interceptions on the season.