Taivon Jacobs joins Jayme Thompson as Ohio State commit duo to play in 2013 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl. #2013ODAABowl— O-D All-America Bowl (@ODAABowl) October 23, 2012
Update on the recruitment of GA LB Trey Johnson
Highlights of Marshon Lattimore, uploaded about a week ago
Highlights of Christopher Worley, uploaded yesterday
Rivals $ - 2014 RB will visit Ohio State '14 VA RB Marcus Boone
- Says OSU has been his dream school since he was a kid...plans to visit for the Michigan game and previously camped in Columbus...cousin of Da'Shawn Hand and visiting UNC this weekend.
BN $ - Urban Taking From Hoke? '13 MI OL David Dawson
- By BK...might make an official for The Game if he can (playoffs depending) and is impressed with the 8-0 start...claims no favorite and says he is being recruited at both guard and tackle.
247$--Florida Hosts Familiar Face '14 DC RB Jonathan Haden
- Jonathan loved his visit to Florida but is also looking forward to taking in a Buckeye game. He likes tOSU's staff and offense.
Scout$--Snodgrass Slows Things Down '14 OH WR Thaddeus Snodgrass
- Thaddeus has decided to take a visit to ND before announcing his decision.
Following The Future: Week 9 (rivals)
Recap of our commits and targets performances last week. Of note:
- Tavion Jacobs put up 191 yards and a TD on only 5 passes.
-`Jalin Marshall put up over 200 yards total (135 on the ground) and 2 TD's.
- Zeke Elliott dominated again with 211 yards and a TD on the ground, plus a 92 yard kic return for a TD (seriously, quit kicking to the guy opposing teams).
- Tracy Sprinkle just blew up again with 12 tackles, 4 sacks, 3 QB hurries, and a tipped pass.
- Vonn Bell had a huge game with over 130 yards of total offense and had 9 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, and an interception.
Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio and his staff are still looking to address a few needs for the classes of 2013 and 2014:
Spartans involved with David Dawson?
Michigan State may be a possible destination for former Michigan commitment David Dawson.
The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Dawson took an official visit to Florida last weekend and is also looking at LSU, Alabama and Ohio State. Dawson will likely check out MSU in person when they take on Nebraska next weekend.
Dawson is rated a 4-star recruit and the No. 165 prospect in the nation by Rivals.com.
2014 QB to make an early decision?
Michigan State has made an offer to one quarterback for 2014: Caleb Henderson of Lake Braddock High School in Virginia. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Henderson, who has 30 scholarship offers, is one of the top recruits in the nation for next year.
Jalen Tabor is one of the top prospects for the class of 2014 (Washington Post)
Urban Meyer has made it no secret the Buckeyes are short on playmakers, and we know by know that Meyer is not afraid to poach another schools commit.
One playmaker who could be the next to fill both of those categories at Ohio State is Southern California wideout Sebastian Larue .
A 4-star prospect out of Santa Monica, Calif., Larue has already pledged to the hometown USC Trojans and head coach Lane Kiffin, but this has not stopped Meyer from attempting to flip this west-coaster out east.
Larue is a speedy receiver in the class of 2013, with potential Percy Harvin-type moves in the open field. Rivals.com rates him as the No. 27 WR in the country, but his impressive offer list includes Arizona, Cal, Florida State, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Tennessee and UCLA, along with Ohio State and USC.
With James Quick rumored to have Louisville No. 1 and Shelton Gibson reportedly dealing with academic issues, Meyer is working feverishly to try a secure more playmakers in this class. Larue took some time to give The-Ozone an update on his recruitment.
Not much has changed over the last month with Vonn Bell, one of the state’s top five uncommitted football prospects.
Probably the biggest news was something that didn’t happen — the 5-star safety from Ridgeland High School wasn’t able to make an official visit to Ohio State, which is one of his three finalists, along with Alabama and Tennessee.
“He was going to Ohio State two weeks ago, and it just became a logistical nightmare,” Ridgeland coach Mark Mariakis told the AJC.
“He was trying to catch a red-eye flight out of Nashville at 2 a.m. in the morning, get up to Ohio State, and get back on Sunday to be back at school on Monday. It just wasn’t feasible to do it and enjoy himself. I think he’s going to wait until after our season for his official visits.
“Hopefully, those teams are at bowl practices or something. Hopefully, our team (at Ridgeland) will be playing deep into the winter. There’s no official visits set up right now.”
Not only has the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder not scheduled any official visits, Bell also has not set a deadline for his decision. It could come at anytime, however, although Bell would like to try to observe Ohio State in a game or at a practice before announcing. He’s already seen his other two finalists, Alabama and Tennessee, in action.
What does a player owe the school to which he has committed? (times dispatch)
RICHMOND, Va. --
In February, linebacker Holland Fisher attended Virginia Tech's junior day and promptly committed to the school, nearly a year before he could finalize his decision in ink. Just a week later, Ohio State offered him a scholarship. Later that spring, Alabama did the same.
So Fisher scheduled official visits to the two football powerhouses. Questions swirled as to whether he would turn his back on Virginia Tech for a more glamorous destination. But Fisher said he had no plans to leave. He simply wanted to explore all his options.
"Everybody who offered me, I took a visit to," Fisher said. "Alabama offered me, so I'm not going to waste their time trying to recruit me."
Late last month, he took his official visit to Tuscaloosa. Alabama made its recruiting pitch, which included inviting Fisher for breakfast at coach Nick Saban's luxurious house.
A few weeks later, Fisher journeyed to Blacksburg for his second official visit. He watched the Hokies rally from a 20-0 deficit to beat Duke and enjoyed the trip so much that he canceled his plan to see Ohio State. Fisher says he's firm in his commitment to Virginia Tech.
"The Tech visit just solved a lot of problems," he said.
Fisher's case isn't unique, and it raises a question central to the turbulent world of recruiting: What does a player owe the school to which he has committed?
When Fisher agreed to play for Virginia Tech midway through his junior year — very early for a football player — he was urged to make the decision only if it was the right one. Hunter Bottoms, a former Clover Hill assistant who still works with Fisher, asked if he was sure he was making the right decision. Fisher said yes.
"I don't want you to be one of those kids who flip-flops," Bottoms told him.
Recruits are allowed up to five trips where the school covers all expenses, but can make as many unofficial trips as they want on their own dime.
Elder still thinking hoops (247sports)
Despite his success on the football field for Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth High School, Cornelius Elder is still thinking basketball.
Elder is a two-sport impact player
In an ideal world, the 5-10, 165-pound Elder would play just basketball at the high major level. The one high major to approach him solely for basketball is Alabama, who is in search of a point guard. The Tide coaching staff is expected to watch Elder on the court this high school basketball season.
A number of schools are recruiting Elder, an all purpose back and safety on the football field, to play both sports.
Just this past weekend Elder unofficially visited Ohio State as a football recruit but also met with head basketball coach Thad Matta.
Elder also lists Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt who are recruiting him in both sports.
An official visit to UCLA is scheduled for November 16, and Elder will then get a gauge on UCLA's interest in him as a basketball prospect.
As he is on the football field, Elder is a gritty basketball competitor with an athletic burst and feel for winning games.
He is a four-star football recruit, ranked No. 163 by 247Sports and No. 192 in the 247Composite.
As a basketball prospect, Elder is a three-star prospect, ranked No. 128 by 247Sports and No. 179 in the 247Composite.
WR Thaddeus Snodgrass names top five (espn insider)
ESPN Watch List wide receiver Thaddeus Snodgrass (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield) told ESPN.com this week that he will make a commitment either Nov. 2 or Nov. 5. He added that he now has a top five.
The 6-foot, 174-pound junior announced late Wednesday night on his official Twitter account that the choice will be between -- in no particular order -- Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin.
According to ESPN.com Midwest recruiting analyst Jared Shanker, Snodgrass will make an unofficial visit to Notre Dame sometime next week before his announcement. He originally planned to visit the Fighting Irish for their game Nov. 3 against Pittsburgh, but now would like to visit earlier.
The visit for the Pitt game is contingent on whether Snodgrass commits Nov. 2 and to which program he ultimately commits.
His announcement will take place at Springfield High School.
Big 33 snub not sitting well with Ohio (espn insider)
Pennsylvania’s sudden dismissal of Ohio on Wednesday in the Big 33 All-Star Game didn’t sit well with some from the Buckeye State who either played in the contest or coached in it.
The game dates back to 1957, with Pennsylvania playing against all-stars from Texas, Ohio, Maryland and simply East Pa. vs. West Pa. But Ohio has been involved the last 25 years and dumping Ohio in favor of Maryland for the next five years rubbed a little salt in the wound.
“We’re very taken aback by the letter we received, very surprised,” said Grafton (Ohio) Midview coach Bill Albright, who coached in the Big 33 this year. “Quite honestly, we left as coaches with the support people thinking we were still in good shape.
- Assistant Coach Kurtis Townsend from Kansas Jayhawks visits Andrew Wiggins
- Troy Williams names Indiana leader, according to Boo Williams, his uncle
Scout $ - Final visit set for Williams '13 OH PF Devin Williams
- By Snow...enjoyed his Memphis visit...talks to OSU almost every day...visiting OSU this weekend and hopes to sign during the early period.
New schools in mix for 2014 No. 1 Wiggins (espn insider)
John Calipari sits on top of the mountain in the world of college basketball. However, being king doesn’t make him immune to a problem. This is elite recruiting, and every action comes with a reaction.
And there’s reason to believe a recent addition in Lexington is cause for a little case of nervousness typically uncommon at Kentucky.
The good news for UK fans is that wing James Young (Rochester, Mich./Rochester) is a Wildcat. The bad news for UK fans is that James Young is a Wildcat.
Andrew Wiggins, the nation's top basketball player in the Class of 2014, is reclassifying into his original 2013 class.
The move by Wiggins, a native of Thornhill, Ontario, comes with a new ranking -- No. 1 prospect in the senior class.
Huntington (W. Va.) Prep coach Rob Fulford confirmed Wiggins and his family decided Thursday to announce the decision. The 6-foot-7 small forward was the best prospect at last summer's LeBron James Skills Academy and was the clear-cut choice for the top spot in 2014.
Wiggins moving to No. 1 in 2013 means senior small forward Jabari Parker of Chicago Simeon moves to the No. 2 slot. Parker, a three-time Illinois state champion and two-time USA Basketball gold medalist, is one of the strongest No. 2 overall players ever in the ESPN 100.
Wiggins, an athletic specimen whose father played at Florida State, is strongly considering the Seminoles and Kentucky. North Carolina coach Roy Williams visited his school this week, and Ohio State and Kansas are expected to be at Huntington Prep this week.
Wiggins, who is a month older than Parker, had been contemplating this move since the summer. By coming back into his original class, Wiggins is now eligible for the McDonald's All-American game next March and any other postseason all-star events.
Regarded as one of the finest athletes in high school basketball, Wiggins would have been the No. 1 player in 2012, 2013 or 2014. A scoring ace with tremendous size, he consistently demonstrated deep range, the ability to finish and exceptional long-term potential.
The move by Wiggins causes a ripple effect throughout the rankings. The new No. 1 player in 2014 is Tyus Jones of Apple Valley, Minn., formerly the nation's No. 2 prospect in 2014. Meanwhile, junior forward Victor Law of Chicago cracks the ESPN 60 for the first time.