- Per Trib colleague Jeremy Sewell, Belle Vernon OT Dorian Johnson has decommitted from Penn State. Johnson also confirmed Ohio State Pitt and Virginia Tech are the schools he's still considering.
- Ohio State has offered 2014 WR Devante 'Speedy' Noil. Florida State has also offered today.
- 2014 WR Johnnie Dixon: Talked to today I love talking to college coaches they make you feel good.
- 2014 LB Clifton Garrett adds his latest offer from Oklahoma
Jalen Christian (right) enjoying his time with Coach Meyer, guy on the left is teammate 2013 DT Rashard Budd
Scout$--Finley Still Taking His Time '13 MI OL Dennis Finley
- Dennis is focused on Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Illinois. He plans to take in some games including The Game before deciding.
Scout$--Webb Talks Recent and Future Visits '14 MI DB Damon Webb
- Damon says he plans on attending games at tOSU, MSU, and Michigan this season. He has no timetable for a decision.
Scout$--Devon Allen looks to return to U-M '13 AZ WR Devon Allen
- Devon's dad was impressed with Michigan and says they are planning official visits in September right now but the Midwest games will be tough due to early starts.
Scout $ - Top 2014 Prospect Favoring One '14 OH LB Dante Booker
- By The Bank....Had a great time at FNL & spoke with Coach Fickell. Also spoke with Clifton Garrett & Raekwon McMillan about all three attending Ohio State. Says Ohio State is his current favorite.
Scout $ - Tunsil knows five officials '13 FL OL Laremy Tunsil
- Alabama, Georgia, LSU, USC, and Ole Miss.
Scout$--Lewis will not drag the process out '13 NC DE Tyquan Lewis
- Tyquan says he will definitely take an official to LSU early in the season. He talks about wanting to commit in September but says he isn't sure yet.
Scout$--Busy Season Ahead for Mitchell '13 TX LB Mike Mitchell
- Mike will make a few visits during the season and make a decision. tOSU, Texas A&M, and FSU are still the favorites but not the finalists.
Scout$--Byrne No Stranger To Michigan State '14 OH OL Jimmy Byrne
- Jimmy's family is close with Brian Hoyer's family...so he is interested in MSU.
Ohio State Recruiting Update: New Targets (The Buckeye Battle Cry)
We’re back again to update you on some exciting new additions to the 2013 Big Board.
Typically recruiting dies down somewhat once fall practice starts, but that was to be expected anyways this year given so many early verbals.
Even with focus turning towards the season, official written offers give a good indication of who the staff is still seriously pursuing on the recruiting trail and official visits to games tell the tale of which prospects have serious interest in Ohio State.
Last season Urban Meyer was able to put together an unbelievable finish to the 2012 class. Could Meyer pull the same magic two years in a row?
That is obviously what most Ohio State fans will be hoping for.
Last year’s finish included flipping quite a few kids that had previously been committed to other schools. With no bowl game after this season, Ohio State’s staff will have time once again to focus on a select few targets (some of which are committed to other schools) as other coaches are preparing for a bowl game.
Could a few more flips be in Ohio State’s future? If the new additions to the board are any indication, that is clearly a possibility.
Here are the newest additions to our Recruiting Big Board.
FL LB Daniel McMillan (Highlights)
A likely boost to Ohio State in this recruitment will be new Ohio State graduate assistant Ryan Stamper, who went to the same high school as McMillan and played for Coach Meyer at Florida.
There are certainly plenty of interesting story lines surrounding McMillan and Ohio State, and he is clearly one to watch as signing day approaches.
FL WR Tony Stevens (Highlights)
Next up is FL WR Tony Stevens (6’3″ 175 4-star), who is currently committed to Florida State. Ohio State extended a written offer to Stevens on August 1st (the first day you are allowed to do so) and it caught his attention.
It is well known that Ohio State is still looking for some WR prospects in the 2013 class, and Stevens could throw his hat in the ring for one of those spots- if he follows through on the initial interest he expressed in the Buckeyes.
Without an official visit to Columbus, this one will be on the back burner, but if Stevens does make his way north at some point before signing day it will be game on.
PA OL Dorian Johnson (Highlights)
Ohio State is looking for a tackle prospect to add to the class, and with MI OL Dennis Finley being the only reasonably likely candidate with an offer at this time, this could be big news on that front.
It would seem that Pitt has a pretty heavy advantage here, but it is clearly an opportunity for Meyer and company to work their magic.
Once again, with written offers officially out in 2013, it will be easier to see who the staff is focusing on to finish the 2013 class (although that is already relatively clear). As mentioned, official visits for games will also help paint the picture.
These three names were ones that popped up following the initial round of written offers, and there will likely be more between now and signing day.
It would be surprising if Ohio State didn’t pull in a surprise recruit or three to finish the class- just like last year.
It’s all just another day in the life of following Urban Meyer recruiting.
Dorian Johnson to visit Ohio State (ESPN INSIDER)
It didn’t take long for Dorian Johnson (Belle Vernon, Pa./Belle Vernon) to pick where he wanted to take official visits after his decommitment from Penn State on Tuesday night.
The No. 2 ranked offensive tackle in the ESPN 150 told ESPN.com on Wednesday morning that those trips will be to Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech.
What Texas is getting in Daniel Gresham (ESPN Horns Nation)
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Texas knew it was getting a versatile weapon in 2014 running back Daniel Gresham (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints). But how’s this for versatility?
Gresham has played lead roles in two All Saints Episcopal theatre productions.
That's right, he was Horton the Elephant in “Seussical” and the voice of the evil plant in “Little Shop of Horrors.”
“The guy can sing. Really well,” All Saints coach Aaron Beck said. “He’s one of those guys who gets pulled in a lot of different directions.”
The bruising 5-foot-11, 220-pound back can also pitch and play outfield. For the Longhorns, though, the new commit will be quite a handful as a hybrid fullback/running back who can also catch passes out of the backfield.
Beck admits he finds it hard to believe Gresham is only going into his junior season.
“The kid is a freak in the weight room,” Beck said. “We tested him on Monday. On the squats, I stopped him at 600 pounds, because who cares what you can do over that? He’s sniffing 400 on the bench. And he’s got two high school seasons left to play.”
Gresham also ran two 40 times on Monday. He clocked in at 4.59 both times, just as he had earlier in the summer.
“At that size, that’s all you could ask for,” the coach said. “He’s such a bruiser, but he has the softest hands too. He can be a giant mismatch.
“If you’re a corner at our level, just get out of the way.”
Gresham will take over as the feature back for All Saints this fall after rushing for 580 yards (7.25 per carry) in a supporting role behind UTSA signee Brian Vaughn.
Gresham has matured more than most 2014 backs -- he’s already 17 -- and said his weight fluctuates between 225 and 235 pounds. Beck is making it an emphasis to keep him under 230 and keep his conditioning at a high level for the next two years.
And after that? Once Gresham gets on campus, he said, the fun begins.
“In the college weight room, that dude’s frame will carry whatever you want to slap on it,” Beck said. “He’s only limited by his height. They’ll have some options with that kid. They won’t lose with him.”