Per Tim May: "OSU QB recruit JT Barrett just texted me to say today's knee "Surgery went great and I'm doing well. Matter of fact I'm doing some quad sets and bending it. Also straight leg lifts." From Wichita Falls (Rider), TX, he was hurt 3 weeks ago, out for season."
Quenton Nelson, OT/DT, From Red Bank Catholic received 11th offer from Virginia today
Josh Malone, WR, From Station Camp received 11th offer from North Carolina today
Scout $ - Thompson Gives the Latest '14 NC WR Trevion Thompson
Video...talks about his role on his team that has won five in a row...Duke is the most recent offer which makes 13...has been to UNC and NCSU...plans to visit Clemson next weekend and still favors Clemson, Ohio State and Florida over UNC and NC State.
BN $ - Buckeye Lead For Gibson Changing '13 OH WR Shelton Gibson
By BK...OSU's lead over Cal, West Virginia, Mississippi State, and Purdue is growing...plans to take all officials before announcing. Still plans on attending The Game. Auburn is out, Gibson is OSU's to lose here.
Rivals$--McMillan names leader, talks recent visits '14 GA LB Raekwon McMillan
Raekwon watches tOSU every chance he gets and feels the defense needs 'quarterback' to lead them. He says he knows tOSU will set him up for life.
Scout$--Elite LB sees Clemson, names leaders '14 GA LB Raekwon McMillan
Raekwon again praises Clemson but says his leaders in order are Ohio State, Clemson then Georgia, Alabama and then USC.
Orlando Boone punter Johnny Townsend, who is committed to Ohio State's 2013 recruiting class, received a nice little surprise on Monday after practice.
The 6-foot, 200-pound senior even thought the news that he had been named an All-American might have been the work of some practical jokers, but it didn't take long for him to find out it was for real.
Townsend, who averages 43.8 yards per punt this season, has been named to the East roster for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which will be played Jan. 5, in San Antonio, Texas.
"It's incredible ... just a huge honor. When I first found out, I was a little in shock because it seemed so unreal," Townsend said. "To get an opportunity to play in such a big game like this is just a huge honor.
"I wouldn’t be able to do it without coach Nick Fleming at Dr. Phillips or and coach Michael Husted at NCS [National Camp Series], who both helped me get to this point."
Fleming, a former Florida Gators kicker, is an assistant coach with Dr. Phillips this season. He has been heavily involved with area kickers in his weekly kicking camps. Husted is a former NFL kicker who now devotes his focus to his own business Husted Kicking.
Townsend joins former Boone players WR Marvin Bracy (2012), now at Florida State, and OL David Harding (2008), now at Duke, as recent Boone All-Americans. They both played in the Under Armour All-American Game.
He also makes the fifth Ohio State commit to be invited the 2013 Army Bowl. Townsend joins fellow future Buckeyes ATH Ezkiel Elliott of John Burroughs School (St. Louis, Mo.), DT Michael Hillof Pendleton (S.C.), OT Evan Lisle of Centerville (Ohio) and CB Eli Woodard of Voorhees (N.J.) Eastern.
Junior QB Drew Barker of Hebron, KY will make his first real visit to USC this weekend for the Tennessee game. Barker dropped by the campus last summer on his way to Folly Beach, but this will be his first opportunity to get the game day experience at USC. His parents will join him and they will drive down to Columbia after his game Friday night. "I'm looking forward to meeting all the coaches and interacting with the coaches," Barker said. "I want to see the game day atmosphere. There will be a lot of things I'm looking forward to." Barker has been to Ohio State, Cincinnati and Louisville this season. He's not sure about future visits. Barker said he's in regular contact with USC recruiter GA Mangus. His offers are USC, Louisville, Purdue, Western Kentucky, Illinois, Cincinnati, Indiana and Louisiana-Lafayette. He does not have a favorite. "I'm just enjoying it all," he said. This season Barker has passed for 1661 yards and 18 touchdowns and he's rushed for 1061 yards and 13 touchdowns.
LB Raekwon McMillan of Hinesville, GA was at Clemson last Saturday for the Virginia Tech game. He also visited Clemson last summer and this visit further enhanced his interest in the Tigers. "It was real nice," McMillan said. "I get a great home feeling at Clemson. They treated me real well." McMillan said he talked a lot with head coach Dabo Swinney and recruiter Jeff Scott And he watched the work of defensive coordinator Brent Venables closely. "I like how Coach Venables puts his linebackers in a position to make plays," he said. McMillan also has been to games at Georgia and USC. He is going to Florida November 3rd and Ohio State November 24th. After his Clemson visit, McMillan reshuffled his top five. Ohio State remains the favorite but, he said, by a slim margin over Clemson. Georgia, Alabama and Southern Cal complete the order of his top five. "Ohio State is a prestigious program and their tradition is great," he said. "Coach Urban Meyer is one of the, if not the best, coach in the country right now. McMillan will not announce a decision until the 2014 Under Armour AA Game. This season he has 100 tackles with 20 for loss and 7 sacks.
Despite a loss to its bitter rival, Tennessee cemented its standing with Jalen Tabor.
The Watch List safety from Washington Friendship told ESPN that Tennessee is firmly in his top five, along with Alabama, Maryland, Ohio State and Florida.
"It was great," Tabor said via text message when asked about the visit. "I couldn't ask for anything more."
ESPN Watch List receiver Thaddeus Snodgrass (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield) announced Monday he made a decision regarding his college choice and is ready to announce publicly. The details of the announcement are starting to clear up.
Snodgrass told ESPN.com on Tuesday evening he will make a commitment either Nov. 2 or Nov. 5.
He will make an unofficial visit to Notre Dame sometime next week before his announcement. He originally planned to visit Notre Dame for its game Nov. 3 against Pittsburgh but now would like to visit earlier. The visit for the Pitt game is now contingent on whether Snodgrass commits on Nov. 2 and who he ultimately commits to.
Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic coach Jim Portela says his junior offensive tackle Quenton Nelson will be able to handpick his college choice from some of the country's elite programs. It might not be long before he can include Oklahoma among them.
Portela said Monday night he was on the phone with coaches from Oklahoma. The Sooners are interested in the 6-foot-5, 285-pound two-way lineman.
"They like him a lot," Portela said. "They're new to recruiting him. He'll be an offer kid for a lot of guys."
Offered is a series at BuckeyeNation where we talk to prospective recruits who have been offered by Ohio State.
It was hard not to notice Dante Booker (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) last year when a stellar sophomore season put him on the map.
All that's worth mentioning is that he has no timetable for a decision and will decide when the time he feels is right.
Montverde Academy (Fla.) big man Devin Williams, one of the University of Memphis' best remaining recruiting targets, had a productive official visit to campus last weekend as he nears a decision.
His mother, Angela Williams, said Monday that she and her son enjoyed the inside look at the U of M program.
"Just the information they gave us, seeing the administration building and the campus — it was very nice," Angela Williams said.
Among the other things that stuck out about the Williams' visit: the community outreach. On Saturday, Williams' second day of the visit, the Tigers held an event designed for fans with disabilities and special needs called "Kamp Tiger."
"Working with the handicapped, them coming to the gym — it was very nice to see," she said. "Devin was out there shooting hoops with them, too."
Williams (6-8, 220) is considering the Tigers with West Virginia and Ohio State, which he will visit this weekend. Originally from Cincinnati, he is rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com.
With the Tigers having lost out on Piney Woods (Miss.) post man Dwight Coleby to Ole Miss earlier this month, nabbing Williams — or a big man or two, period — is a necessity to filling out the 2013 class.
Of the current team, Angela Williams said she liked what she saw.