- Vonn Bell WILL NOT visit this weekend and has pushed his official visit back until after the season. Hearing the visit will happen sometime in December.
- James Quick and junior Reggie Bonnafon both expected to visit Ohio State for game on Saturday
- Ryan Timmons will be at the Nebraska game this weekend
- Jayru Campbell will try to make it to Ohio State this weekend
- Cornelius Elder will attend the Ohio State/Purdue game
- DeShone Kizer will attend the Nebraska game
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- By The Bank....Visited West Virginia two weeks ago & will visit Ohio State this weekend. Has an official planned to UCLA and says Ohio State, Nebraska & Michigan State are other possibilities for officials.
Several Ohio State commits have come out of the gates strong in the 2012 high school football season, but you could argue that none have been better statistically than running back Ezekiel Elliott. The 6-foot, 198-pound prospect out of St. Louis (Mo.) John Burroughs, has ran for over 800 yards on just 52 carries in 5 games. On those 52 carries, Elliott has scored 18 times and he has also added five more touchdowns through the passing game and kick returns.
|Elliott is scoring a touchdown one in every three times he touches the football.|
"I was really proud of myself for what I was able to do last season but I really just wanted to progress from what I did last year," Elliott said. "I wouldn't say I expected to (put up the numbers he has) but I have been working hard for it and it was my goal before the season (to play at this level)."
Elliott's individual accomplishments have helped his team to a 5-0 start but the humble runner is giving the credit for that start to his teammates.
"We're playing well," said Elliott. "A big thing has been our line. Our linemen really put a lot of work in the off-season and it's showing in their play, they're making it really easy for me."
Elliott and his teammates are on a mission this season. After coming up short the last two years, Elliott is hoping to end his high school career on a high note.
"We've been to the championship game the last two years so our expectation is to win state," he said. "Last year we had a chance to win and we lost in like the last minute. We know how it feels to lose that game and we all know what it takes to get there. This should be our year."
Back in May, Michael Chung caught up with Tracy Sprinkle, the 6’5” 260 pound defensive end commit in the Buckeyes’ 2013 recruiting class. Tracy is in the midst of his senior season at Elyria (Elyria, OH) and took the time to speak with me. According to Maxpreps.com, Sprinkle is averaging 9.2 tackles/game and 2.0 sacks/game so far this season. Sprinkle plans on enrolling early to Ohio State and also played basketball for Elyria.
How’s your season gone so far? Specifically, how do you feel about your play?
Our season is going well. I feel like I’m having a good season. I’m leading our league in sacks with 11.
Are any other schools still actively recruiting you?
No. I still receive mail, but that’s about it.
Are you close with any current Buckeye players incoming 2013 commits? If so, which players and commits are you closest with?
I wouldn’t say I’m close, but we all communicate through twitter. I speak with Ezekiel Elliot, Cameron Burrows, Marcus Baugh, Jayme Thompson, Darron Lee, and Tyquan Lewis.
Are you still speaking with any other OSU recruits to come play with you at OSU?
Urban Meyer loves recruiting quarterbacks, and he may have another good one in his sights for the class of 2014.
The Knights of old had a representative symbol on their helmets and shields called Crests. Lions were the most common symbol and Ohio State has already offered a ferocious football player from Baltimore, Md. named William Crest.
It is no secret the Buckeyes have one spot for a quarterback in the 2014 class, and they are looking at a number of prospects, including a pocket passer out of Arizona named Kyle Allen.
If Meyer prefers a more mobile quarterback, he could make a strong push for Crest, who models his game after West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.
Standing 6-2 and weighing 195 pounds out of Dunbar High School in Baltimore, Crest already holds an offer from the Mountaineers, along with Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Maryland.
The Buckeyes would love to have Crest come to OSU as an ATH/QB prospect similar to Darron Lee and Jalin Marshall. Would Crest follow their lead?