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- Chad Morris and Danny Pearman from Clemson visit the school of Jeb Blazevich
- Derrick Ansley from Tennessee visits Vonn Bell
- Todd Kelly receives Tennessee Division II-A Mr. Football Back award
- Jalen Hurd named Tennessee Class AAA Mr. Football Back
- Mark Staten from Michigan State visits David Dawson
- Cornelius Elder wins the Tennessee Mr. Football Division II, Class AA Back of the Year award.
- Stan Drayton visits Christopher Worley, Marshon Lattimore, Marcelys Jones & Erick Smith
- Tony Alford from Notre Dame visits Quincy Wilson & Jordan Scarlett
Rivals$--Westphal checks out the Buckeyes '14 IL DB Parrker Westphal
- Parrker was very impressed with the atmosphere and coaching staff. He is going to start focusing more on recruiting and hopes to narrow things down.
Rivals$--Hall sees first college game '15 OH RB Darrin Hall
- More of the same...loved the visit and the atmosphere exceeded his expectations.
BN$--No. 1 RB Loves It At Ohio State '14 TN ATH Jalen Hurd
- Jalen says tOSU is definitely in his top five and he loved everything about the visit. He can definitely see himself in this offense.
Scout$--Buckeyes and Wolverines Neck and Neck '15 KY RB Damien Harris
- Damien says his trip to Columbus was amazing and he loved everything about tOSU. He has Michigan as number one still only because he has been involved with them since last summer and is still learning about the Buckeyes.
Rivals $ - Electric sophomore makes another OSU visit '15 OH ATH Eric Glover-Williams
- By Givler...spoke with Fickell and Meyer...thinks he played okay this fall and is preparing for baseball season, where he will also be highly recruited.
Rivals $ - Jones soaks in Ohio State atmosphere '14 IL OL Jamarco Jones
- By Helmholdt...says this was one of his best visits and is very comfortable with the staff...might see ND and Wisconsin in December.
BN$--Bell recaps third Alabama game '13 GA DB Vonn Bell
- Vonn says he is still talking with the Tennessee staff, expects tOSU and Alabama at his school this week, and is ready to take official visits after his season.
BN$--Quick Sees It All At Ohio State '13 KY WR James Quick
- James says he loved the entire visit and will compare everything during his Louisville and Oregon visits. If Coach Strong leaves Louisville, tOSU is definitely his leader.
Rivals$--Race tightens for Quick '13 KY WR James Quick
- More of the same...was also very impressed with the emphasis on academics.
Scout$--The Next Braxton Miller? '14 DC QB William Ulmer
- William's dad says they were floored by the atmosphere in Columbus and are hoping to get an offer soon.
Scout$--Johnson left Columbus Impressed '13 GA LB Trey Johnson
- Trey says the visit exceeded his expectations and he was very impressed with Coach Meyer.
Rivals$--Buckeyes trending up for Rivals100 LB '13 GA LB Trey Johnson
- Central Gwinnett Coach Todd Wofford says Trey was very excited by the visit and tOSU has set a very high bar. He also says Trey will visit Florida, USC, and probably PSU.
Scout$ - Conley Still Committed to Michigan '13 OH CB Gareon Conley
- Still 100% committed to Michigan and didn't speak to the OSU staff on his visit. No other visits planned right now.
Each week (well, almost each week) we get together to give you The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of the College Football Weekend.
-Let’s see here, there was something that we wanted to put in the good…..Oh that’s right 12-0 bitches!!!
-Carlos Hyde Yo Kids Hyde Yo Wife, we running over everybody up in here. The bruising running back finished with 146 yards in The Game and added another touchdown bringing his total for the season to 17. We all know Braxton will be a front-runner for the Heisman next year but, we’re announcing Hyde’s candidacy right here right meow. Also, we love that he mocked Denard with the feed me motion as he and the o-line were picking up first downs with ease to end the game.
Ohio State played host to several top prospects from the Class of 2014 on Saturday for the Buckeyes' 26-21 victory against Michigan.
The unofficial visit list of Illinois prospects included De La Salle OT Jamarco Jones and RB Mikale Wilbon, Plainfield South LB Clifton Garrett, Bolingbrook DB Parrker Westphal and Oak Park DE Nile Sykes.
"I thought it was great," Jones said. "I got to stay overnight on Friday and go to the game Saturday. It gave me a better look at Ohio State and I was really impressed. I really enjoyed the visit."
He wasn't the only one.
"It was an intense game," Westphal said. "We had to walk a few miles just to get to the stadium because the traffic and the tailgating was just wild. They had as many fans outside of the stadium as they had inside. It was my first game experience at Ohio State and it was great."
Source: NIU coach Doeren not going to Purdue: Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren and his staff are getting "killed" on the recruiting trail this week because of rumors surrounding other schools' interest in Doeren.
According to a university source, Doeren and his staff have not yet taken nor discussed any job offers.
Purdue in particular has been mentioned as a possible destination for Doeren, but sources claim that Doeren will not leave NIU for Purdue.
NIU will face Kent State on Friday in the MAC championship game.
One of the top prospects in the New Jersey in the Class of 2014, Quenton Nelson (Red Bank, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) has 15 offers already. Two of those programs stopped in to check up on Nelson on Monday.
North Carolina assistant David Duggan was at Red Bank Catholic on Monday, as was Northwestern assistant Bob Heffner. Both are recruiting the 6-foot-5, 285-pound Nelson for their respective schools.
Nelson is expecting another Big Ten program to come through the school Tuesday. Ohio State assistant Ed Warriner, the Buckeyes' offensive line coach, will be at Red Bank Catholic on Tuesday. He is also Nelson's lead recruiter.
Ohio State had two coaches in the Chicago area on Monday, sending out assistant coaches Mike Vrabel and Ed Warriner to check in on some of the city’s top prospects.
Chicago De La Salle offensive tackle Jamarco Jones said Warriner, Ohio State’s offensive line coach, was in to see him Monday. Plainfield (Ill.) South inside linebacker Clifton Garrett said Vrabel, the Buckeyes’ defensive line coach, was in to check on him.
Both Jones and Garrett visited Ohio State for the Michigan game this past Saturday. Jones said he is high on the Buckeyes following the visit, and Garrett said Urban Meyer is pushing for him to commit to Ohio State.
It’ll be Ohio State commit vs. Ohio State commit on Friday when Jayme Thompson (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) faces off against Cam Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) in the Division II state finals.
But first some Toledo Central Catholic athletes had a chance to relish in their semifinal win over Aurora in a 20-13 semifinal thriller.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” Thompson said. “It couldn’t happen to a better group of guys. I love my team. Offseason, our coach preached about facing adversity. We knew we would have to go through a game like this. Whitmer [a 42-0 loss], we didn’t do it so well. We had a chance to redeem ourselves and I think we did pretty well.”
Standing on the sideline before the game, ESPN Watch List inside linebacker Clifton Garrett (Plainfeld, Ill./Plainfield South) was watching Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier warm up when the Michigan players came out onto the field. Shazier had some comments for the Wolverines, which even fired Garrett up.
"The Michigan players started coming out and as soon as that happened Shazier got in Denard Robinson's face," Garrett said. "That was getting me all pumped up.
"Watching that game, I was thinking, 'I just want to go out and play.' "
The weather at Ohio State was a bit startling for defensive end Da'Shawn Hand, who is expected to be one of the prospects in the nation for the 2014 class.
"It was very cold!!!" the junior defensive end from Woodbridge (Va.) stated to ESPN via text message on Sunday after watching the Buckeyes beat Michigan 26-21 on Saturday. "... but the stadium was nice."
The temperature at game time for Hand's visit was in the mid-30s. When asked what else stood out about the visit, Hand stated, "A lot of die-hard fans [and] great tradition."
James Quick almost got caught up in the excitement. Then, he thought better of committing to Ohio State during his official visit there this past weekend.
"I had a few times where I thought it was the place for me," the ESPN 150 receiver from Louisville (Ky.) Trinity said as he and his family drove home on Monday. "But I have to look at other places to make sure I'm making the right decision for me."
Quick, who is rated the No. 10 receiver in the country and No. 98 prospect overall, said he will likely take an official visit to Louisville in December. Then he will take his official visit to Oregon sometime in January. Those schools have long been his three finalists. Ohio State seems to have a slight lead.
Ohio State commits sat surrounded by cement on Saturday and all they could talk about was concrete.
What they saw Saturday was a foundation for an Ohio State house they hope will be strong by the time they graduate.
From ESPN 150 players such as Eli Woodard, Cam Burrows, Ezekiel Elliott and Trey Johnson to ESPN 300 Ohio State commits such as J.T. Barrett, Jayme Thompson and Michael Hill, it was a memorable weekend at The Horseshoe on Saturday.
ESPN 300 athletes Shelton Gibson and Donovan Munger joined ESPN Watch List juniors like Raekwon McMillan, Jimmy Byrne, Drew Barker, Kyle Trout, Jamarco Jones and Darius West to sing the praises of their most recent visit to Columbus.
For Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) it’s been a rivalry month, so to speak.
An ESPN 300 defensive tackle with several Division I suitors, he took in the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday.
ESPN 150 linebacker Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett), who was at the airport Sunday following an official visit to Ohio State, did not want to discuss the dismissal of Auburn head coach Gene Chizik.
"I do not want to talk about anything specific yet," Johnson said. "I want to wait and see who they bring in and continue to take my visits."
Even a southern guy like Josh Malone respects the tradition of Ohio State vs. Michigan.
"How much the game means to both schools," the receiver from Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp said in a text message to ESPN on Sunday following his visit to see the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines 26-21 on Saturday.
Junior running back Mikel Horton (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) is in the process of collecting more offers, but he said his recruitment could come down to the two teams he saw live Saturday.
The 6-foot-1, 228-pound Horton, who already holds an offer from Indiana, took in the Michigan-Ohio State game in The Horseshoe on Saturday.
"It might come down to Ohio State and Michigan as my two choices," Horton said.
Marcelys Jones (Cleveland/Glenville) doesn’t mind being the mouth of the Tarblooders quartet and he was all smiles Sunday when talking about the Ohio State Buckeyes.
The junior offensive tackle joined Ohio State targets Chris Worley (2013), Erick Smith (2014) and Marshon Lattimore (2014) at The Horseshoe on Saturday to watch Ohio State complete a perfect season in a 26-21 win over Michigan.
But unlike trips past, Jones and the Glenville bunch saw a different look to the Buckeyes this time around.