Jamarco Jones (Chicago/De La Salle) hasn’t been back to Columbus since he was getting instruction from Orlando Pace and LeCharles Bentley back in July at Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights camp.
The ESPN Watch List offensive tackle has gone to Michigan and Michigan State on unofficial visits and was at Soldier Field when Notre Dame took on Miami (Fla.) on Oct. 6 in a 41-3 win by the Fighting Irish.
But that doesn’t mean the 6-foot-5, 285-pound Jones has forgotten about the Buckeyes.
Dominique Booth (Indianapolis/Pike) said he walked away impressed with Indiana after an unofficial visit Saturday during Ohio State’s 52-49 win.
“It showed me how much better they pass the ball,” Booth told ESPN.com about the Hoosiers, who have offered the junior wide receiver. “I guess it did help them a lot.”
The truth of the matter is the Buckeyes might want to put the ESPN Watch List wide receiver in their back pocket before they ever take the field again. Booth has seen Ohio State three times this year -- once in Columbus against California, once at Michigan State and once at Indiana -- and all three times the Buckeyes have turned it on offensively.
The statistics of Ezekiel Elliott (St. Louis/John Burroughs) are becoming mind-boggling.
The senior running back carried 11 times for 87 yards and scored three touchdowns to add to an already eye-popping season total of 28 scores this season. Elliott, who has 70 touchdowns in his last 22 games, also had an interception in John Burroughs’ 56-0 win over Clayton.
Here’s how the other 16 Ohio State commits fared over the weekend:
Visiting for The Game
Shelton Gibson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights) has made it no secret he'd love to play for the Buckeyes. The wide receiver has the Tigers in the thick of the playoff chase after an undefeated regular season in 2011. Cleveland Heights reached the postseason for the first time in school history before losing to Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward in the Division I regional quarterfinals.
Top five is OSU, Auburn, West Virginia, Cal and NC State....one of his coaches is Bam Childress
For Ish Wainright, it’s two visits down and two to go.
The 6-foot-6 wing from Montrose Christian visited Baylor this past weekend after spending the previous weekend at Ohio State.
Next up is Texas (Oct. 19) followed by St. John’s (Oct. 26) for Wainright, who has kept a low profile by not giving many interviews during the process.
“Ishmail is probably the most highly-recruited player we’ve had since Kevin Durant,” Montrose coach Stu Vetter told DMVElite.com. “He has offers from all over the country – some of the biggest names in basketball – and deservedly so; he’s one of the best players in the country. He’s a facilitator and makes everybody else around him better, and he’s going to be an outstanding player for us.“
Asked by DMVElite what he was looking for in a school, Wainright said: “Not just basketball, it’s the education. Actually, Ohio State and Texas – as a matter of fact, every last one of those schools has a great education. They have tutors for every class you have – it’s not a study hall, but; it’s a time set throughout the day that you have to work with your tutor. I really needed that, and that really separated some of the colleges.”
Wainright, who once committed to Missouri only to change his mind, had left foot surgery over the summer but is now rounding back into shape. He maxed out at 256 pounds but said he wants to get down from that.
“I want to get my body down to 230,” he said, “but I might just stay at 235 and just push myself to get used to it. If I do commit, I’m going to ask the college what they feel like I need to do.”
Wainright reiterated comments he made to SNY.tv that he wants to decide before the high school season begins.
“Before the season starts, actually I don’t want to go into the season and after a game, ‘Oh, I have to talk to this coach or this coach,’” he told DMVElite. “I just want to get it off my back before the season and have fun.”
Former O’Bryant High and current Tilton hoop star Wayne Selden has given a verbal commitment to play for the University of Kansas in the fall of 2013.
Ranked among the top 20 players in virtually every national ranking, Selden narrowed his choices down to Kansas, Syracuse and Florida, according to his AAU coach, Leo Papile of the BABC.
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound swingman his varsity career very early on at O’Bryant. He was called up to the varsity as a seventh-grader and spent three years there before transferring to Tilton following his freshman year.
“His first varsity game was in the city playoffs,” said Juan Figueroa, who coached at O’Bryant before leaving for Beaver Country Day. “The next year, he started for us as an eighth grader and you could tell even back then that he was going to be a Division 1 kid. He had an amazing body, great skills and he’s worked very hard to develop his game.”
During that time he joined the BABC program and played a large part in their success on the national scene. Papile has long touted Selden as a player to watch, calling him a “physical marvel”.
“He has a Paul Pierce-type body,” Papile said. “He’s a big kid for a wing, he’s got great strength and explosiveness. I think he’s got an NFL body and that’s the type of thing which separates him from the rest of the field.”
Selden left O’Bryant following his freshman year and enrolled at Tilton. He was originally slated to be a member of the Class of 2014, but followed the lead of his former high school and AAU teammate Nerlens Noel over the summer and decided to move back into his original class.
It was homecoming on Friday night when Evans took on Winter Park. Tony Stevens got the party started early catching two touchdowns in the first half. His big play ability was on display, catching two passes over the DB in one-on-one coverage. Evans went on to win the game 35-19 and afterward I caught up with the 4-Star wide receiver to see where his recruitment stands.
WR Tony Stevens has 6 TD catches in 6 games this season.
Josh Newberg: Tell me, did you decommit from Florida State?
Tony Stevens: I'm kind of like deciding right now. Me and my coach are still talking about it.
JN: Have you talked with the FSU staff since decommitting on twitter?
TS: Yeah I talked with coach Trickett and coach Dawsey. We talked and stuff like that.
JN: Are they under the impression you are in the (FSU 2013) class or out of the class?
TS: In the class.
JN: But that is different from what you said on twitter correct?
TS: Yes sir.
JN: You also listed a top 5 that same night on twitter, but did not list FSU.
TS: I just forgot to put Florida State in there.
JN: What do you got going on now?
TS: I got homecoming, a party tomorrow. I'm relaxing.
JN: Gonna enjoy it?
TS: Enjoy it.