- Virginia Tech offered Trevion Thompson & Donte Williams
- Demetrius Knox teammate Gresham committed to Texas. Knox wanted to play with Gresham at the college level. I don't see Knox committing this summer.
- Zach Bradshaw decommits from Penn State and verbals to Virginia
- Reggie Spearman commits to Illinois
- 2014 OL Jimmy Byrne reports Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State make up his top three (no order).
BN $ - Gator Commitment 'Gonna Visit' OSU '13 FL LB Daniel McMillan
- By BK...bring recruited by Luke Fickell and Ryan Stamper...says OSU and Alabama are two visits he knows he will take.
Junior WR Shaq Davidson (6-1 175) of Gaffney was on his way to a big sophomore season until he tore the ACL in his right knee in week seven. Prior to the injury, Davidson had 29 catches for 683 yards and 8 touchdowns. Davidson spent the off season rehabbing the knee and is now 100%. He did not make it to camps over the summer but did visit North Carolina. “I want to take a lot of visits this season,” Davidson said. Right now his strongest recruiting is coming from USC, Ohio State, Georgia and North Carolina. They have offered along with Clemson, Wake Forest, Tennessee and NC State. Davidson does not have favorites though his two favorite college players were AJ Greene (Georgia) and Terrell Pryor (Ohio State). Davidson said he has not thought about when he wants to even think about making a decision.
Marcus Baugh (Riverside, Calif./John W. North) wanted to be impressed by Ohio State, but the 2013 Buckeyes commit didn’t expect anything like this.
Set to board a plane Tuesday after visiting Ohio State for this first time since 2004 -- eight years ago it was just to see a basketball game at Value City Arena -- Baugh had just one thing to say.
“I love it,” he said. “I actually don’t want to go home.”
It’s a big name and maybe an even bigger long shot, but Ohio State will take the chance anyway when Daniel McMillian (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) makes an official visit this fall.
While the exact date hasn’t been set and McMillian says he’s still committed to Florida, he hasn’t shied away from coming to watch the coach that won two national championships in his home state.
McMillian is the third-ranked outside linebacker in the class of 2013 and is No. 87 in the ESPN 150.
He was offered a scholarship by the Buckeyes back in January, but committed to Florida on Feb. 2.
"I'm going to take the visit and give them a chance," McMillian said. "You only have one chance to do this stuff."
One of the standouts from Friday Night Lights was 2014 running back Mikale Wilbon (De La Salle/Chicago, IL). The 5-9 190 pound back impressed the staff and other onlookers with his natural athleticism and ability to make plays in space.
This wasn't the first time he impressed the staff either. He attended OSU's camp back in the beginning of June, and ran a sub-4.5 40. He was told then by Coach Stan Drayton that an offer could soon be on the horizon. After a repeat performance at FNL, he's definitely a guy to keep an eye on.
As of right now Purdue is Wilbon's only offer, something that should quickly change. In fact, the Buckeyes could very well be the next team to pull the trigger. It's also important to note that the staff is heavily after Wilbon's teammate, 2014 offensive lineman Jamarco Jones. He also attended FNL, and walked away very impressed with everything he took in. He's made it clear that the two aren't opposed to going to the same school.
I caught up with Wilbon to see his reaction to Friday Night Lights, as well as where things stand in his recruitment.
What have you been up to this summer?
MW: I've been to Michigan State and Ohio State camps, I visited Illinois, got an offer from Purdue, and went to the National Underclassmen Combine.
What schools are showing interest in you?
MW: The schools showing interest are Ohio State, Michigan State, Illinois, Wisconsin, Kansas, Indiana, Minnesota, Vanderbilt, and Northwestern.
Who are you the most interested in at this point?
MW: Michigan State, Ohio State, and Illinois.
How would you describe your game?
MW: I am fast, elusive, explosive, and strong. I can catch, basically I think I've got an all-around game.
What did you think of Friday Night Lights?
MW: Friday Night Lights was a good experience. I got some pointers and I had a good performance there too, as told from some of the coaches.
How did you feel you performed?
MW: I feel I performed great; the coaches were impressed again.
What coaches/former players did you chat with?
MW: Coach Vrabel, Coach Drayton, and Coach Meyer.
What are you most looking forward to this upcoming season?
MW: I just want to help my team win state.
Do you have any idea when you will want to make a decision?
MW: Senior year.
Tuesday wasn’t the best day in the history of Penn State recruiting. That’s the most positive way to put it.
News came in the afternoon that three star athlete/linebacker Zach Bradshaw had withdrawn his verbal commitment to Penn State. Zach became the third member of the 2013 class to decommit since the sanctions were handed out by NCAA president Mark Emmert. Guy Cipriano of the Centre Daily Times later reported that Bradshaw had committed to Virginia after speaking with O’Brien.
While the loss of a dynamic player like Bradshaw shouldn’t be overlooked, Penn State currently has two other linebackers committed to the 2013 class in Zayd Issah and Brandon Bell. With the scholarship limitations that PSU is facing, they may longer be interested in taking three linebackers in this class. If they are, options like Al-Rasheed Benton and Buddy Bell may still be available.
The big blow came this evening when news broke that top offensive tackle, Dorian Johnson, has also decommitted from the Nittany Lions. Dorian was one of the best players in the class and is probably the top recruit that O’Brien and staff have lost since the Freeh Report was released. The current class now stands at nine players, four of whom are from Pennsylvania.
Before committing to Penn State, Johnson had narrowed down his choices to Ohio State, West Virginia, Pitt and PSU. From the sounds of it, Virginia Tech is now a player to land the four star talent.
The loss of Dorian Johnson leaves OG Brendan Mahon and OT Andrew Nelson as the only two offensive linemen committed to Penn State. I would imagine that the staff will begin casting the net back out to gauge interest from other offensive tackles that they previously had relationships with. Dorian will be very hard to replace.