BN$--Four Team Race For Mike Mitchell '13 TX LB Mike Mitchell
- Mike says he is considering tOSU, Oregon, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M. He plans an official to Oregon and tOSU in November and says the Buckeyes are his favorite right now.
Rivals$--Florida star will visit Ohio State '13 FL WR Tony Stevens
- Tony is considering USC, USF, Ohio State, Florida State, Louisville, and Georgia. He has scheduled an official visit for The Game.
Rivals$--Trout building comfort level with Ohio State '14 OH OL Kyle Trout
- Kyle loved the recent trip to Columbus and is comfortable with the staff. Coach Fickell told him to be patient until after the season. Kyle will visit Cincinnati this weekend.
Scout $ - Quick's Visit Pulls Buckeyes Even '13 KY WR James Quick
- By The Bank.....Loved the crazy atmosphere & says Ohio State is now tied with Louisville at the top.
Scout $ - Glover-Williams Hitting The Radar '15 OH ATH Eric Glover-Williams
- By The Bank....Wanted to attend the Nebraska game, but couldn't due to prior plans. Says he'll visit for the Purdue game & would also like to visit for The Game. Has been invited to games at North Carolina & Oregon, but declined due to distance. Would also like to visit Michigan, Michigan State & Nebraska.
Though he's still a bit under the radar, junior Robbie Odeneal (Kankakee, Ill./Bishop McNamara) is hearing from some big programs and will be making a few visits this season.
The 2014 outside linebacker reports interest from Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Purdue. This weekend he will head to Purdue for the Boilermakers' game against Wisconsin.
His next planned visit will be to The Horseshoe.
When bloodlines ooze scarlet and gray, it’s tough for family members not to think like a Buckeye.
Marcus Whitfield (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) has an offer from Toledo and interest from Michigan State, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Penn State and Virginia. But his grandfather Dave was a captain for the Buckeyes’ 1969 squad, so he’s grown up watching and rooting for the Buckeyes.
Marcus attended Ohio State’s Sept. 8 game against UCF and on Sept. 29 was in East Lansing, Mich., to see the Buckeyes play Michigan. As a guest of the Spartans, Whitfield liked Michigan State, but he came away more impressed with his experience at Ohio State.
Ohio State 2013 commit J.T. Barrett (Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider) rarely needs to find motivation. Now, the ESPN 300 quarterback has discovered something to give him that extra drive.
Injured last week in a 44-17 win over Brewer, Barrett had to leave the game and didn't return. Barrett is the only quarterback in the 2013 recruiting class for the Buckeyes.
"Saturday, I went to the sports clinic here in town and got an MRI and they said I tore my ACL, my MCL and my meniscus," Barrett said. "I'm getting a second opinion on Wednesday, but I honestly don't think it's that bad. But like my coach [Jim Garfield] said, 'We expect the worst and hope for the best.'"
The-Ozone recently interviewed Daniel McMillian, a current commit for the Florida Gator, and it was revealed that Ohio State is the only school McMillian would consider at this point other than UF. Now, Urban Meyer is trying to flip another Florida commit.
One thing is certain: Urban Meyer leaves no stone unturned in recruiting. Trying to predict where he will go next is like trying to predict the stock market. If you follow Meyer long enough, there will inevitably be a new big name that pops up on the recruiting trail.
Right now, that name is James Hearns.
Recently, The-Ozone’s Brandon Castel and myself debated the state of Ohio State’s linebacking core in year one of the Meyer era. My argument was that the Buckeyes were in good shape while Brandon’s position posed more concern. It seems like Urban agrees with Brandon’s view, as Hearns revealed to the- Ozone that Ohio State is recruiting him hard.
Do the Buckeyes have a chance? What are the odds Hearns de-commits from his home state and comes up north? He took some time to talk to The-Ozone after a game in which he had three interceptions (one was negated by a penalty), one of which he took all the way for a touchdown.
If that game is any indication of the type of talent James “The Hitman”* Hearns is, then it is no surprise why the OSU coaches are desperately trying to flip this star linebacker out of Tallahassee, Fla.
Toledo recruit Nigel Hayes has now finished all of his planned official tours and is gearing up to make a decision soon, he said, between his four schools: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Stanford and Ohio State.
"I don’t have a specific date but I do know it will be done before my season starts [on Dec. 1]” he said.
- Hayes said the biggest factors that will play a role in where he goes will be: how comfortable he is with the coaches, the developmental opportunities, playing time and academics, as well as input from his parents.
- Right now, his mom’s favorite is Wisconsin. His step-dad is impartial.
- Hayes is planning to major in business and the business program that most stood out to him was Stanford’s he said.
- Stanford also ties with Wisconsin for the best atmosphere/campus, he said. “Stanford’s was just a beautiful campus, being in California and all but Wisconsin was just a great college town and it seemed like it would be a great place to go to school,” he said.
- Stanford won for facilities and equipment as well.
Notice a trend? Hayes mentioned that he really like Minnesota coach Tubby Smith and that his parents did also, and he mentioned a great game experience at Ohio State with coaches and players, but overall, Wisconsin and Stanford were mentioned the most. Read what you will into all that, and it is by no means a full picture of his decision-making. Regardless, according to Hayes, we’ll all know soon.
Offensive tackle Dorian Johnson (Belle Vernon, Pa./Belle Vernon) liked his experience at Ohio State so much, the ESPN 150 recruit would like to make another trip to The Horseshoe in a few weeks.
In town Saturday for the Buckeyes’ 63-38 win over Nebraska, Johnson -- who is ranked second in the nation at his position and No. 27 overall -- has already started talking about coming back on Nov. 24 for the Michigan game. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Johnson isn’t sure whether or not it will be an official visit, but he knows he wants to see the campus again.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Last weekend, ESPN 150 wide receiver Marquez North (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek) took his first official visit to Florida to check out the Gators. According to Ramondo North, Marquez’s father, the visit was a good one.
“Everything went well, and I think he liked it,” Ramondo said. “I know he loved the crowd and how electric it was. I think he got a lot out of his first official.”
The Gators defeated the Tigers 14-6 and have since replaced LSU as the No. 4-ranked program in the country. North’s father said he and Marquez were a little caught off guard by what they saw on Saturday.