Charlotte (NC) Mallard Creek WR MarQuez North confirms he will take his official visit to #OhioState for the Michigan game— 11W Recruiting (@11WRecruiting) November 7, 2012
Rivals 2015 4-star G Jalen Coleman of Indianapolis Cathedral offered by Ohio State tonight.— Jeff Rabjohns (@JeffRabjohns) November 8, 2012
Andrew Wiggins had 34 points and 9 rebounds as they beat Alice Lloyd JV something like 100-57.— Scott Anderson (@SAndersonNOB) November 8, 2012
#OhioState will be stopping at Detroit Cass Tech tomorrow. They've offered David Dawson and Damon Webb.— Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu) November 8, 2012
- Ian Bunting rated 87 by 247Sports
- Dareian Watkins & Thaddeus Snodgrass unofficially visits Ohio State
BN $ - Buckeyes Look Good To No. 3 LB '13 GA LB Trey Johnson
- By BK...has watched OSU on TV a couple of times...Coach Fickell and Coach Meyer are his main recruiters at OSU.
Rivals $ - Buckeyes offer Peach State junior '14 GA RB Nick Chubb
- By Givler...OSU offered a few weeks ago...talks to Pantoni and Drayton...early verbal offers from Purdue and Tennessee, as well as hearing from Alabama. Old news but written up today
Scout $ - Scouting Report: Nicholas Bosa '16 FL DE Nic Bosa
- By The Bank...Nic's head coach thinks he has a chance to go down as the best player to ever come through STA...says Joey is a phenomenal talent but that Nic is more athletic and instinctive and is another weight room beast.
Rivals$--Two Ohio State visits on deck for Johnson '13 PA OT Dorian Johnson
- Dorian confirms his Pitt official on November 17 and then two visits to Columbus for The Game and his official on December 7th. He plans to decide by mid-December.
Scout$--Nation?s No. 1 safety likes Clemson '14 VA S Quin Blanding
- Top ten of Virginia and North Carolina, Clemson, Florida State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Miami, N.C. State and Michigan. He wants to look at depth charts, tradition, and facilities.
Ohio State Recruiting: Prep Report (The Ozone)
For most of the Buckeye commits, the playoffs are now underway as they finish out their high school careers. After this past week, 11 of the 17 commits are still playing football.
Tyquan Lewis (DE/OLB), Tarboro, NC Tarboro HS
Tarboro kickstarted their NCHSAA 2A playoff run with a 53-13 first-round victory over Beddingfield. Tarboro was led by running back Quentin Roberson, who finished with 158 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Tyquan Lewis had a sack in the game as well.
Tim Gardner (OL), Indianapolis, IN Lawrence Central HS
Gardner helped lead the way to a 21-7 5A Sectional Championship with a win over North Central. Lawrence Central ran for three touchdowns in the game.
Taivon Jacobs (WR), District Heights, MD Suitland HS
Suitland (9-1) capped its regular season with a 49-7 win over Eleanor Roosevelt (the school, not the former First Lady). Suitland used five first-half turnovers to put up 42 points at the half. Jacobs caught three passes for 74 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown to cap the team's scoring in the third quarter.
They are the best of the best. The players wanted by every program and destined to make a big impact at the college level and beyond.
Rivals.com has identified the first five-star prospects for the 2014 class and is unveiling them this week. Ten prospects have been awarded five-stars but are not ranked at this time and we will profile two each day. One of today's five-stars is Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty linebacker Raekwon McMillan.
Raekwon McMillan, LB, Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County
Scouting Report: At 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds, McMillan already has ideal size for a middle linebacker, but what has separated him from the rest of the pack is willingness to accept coaching and work on his deficiencies. During the summer circuit, there were times when McMillan showed his youth, but rarely did he make the same mistake twice. He's continued that into his junior season at Liberty, where he's emerged as the leader of the defense. With his size and speed some have wondered whether he could play on the outside or as a drop-end, but there's no question that McMillan will is an elite prospect in the middle. His instincts and playmaking ability force teams to try to run to the outside, but he rarely gets caught out of position, even though he's the focal point of every opponent he faces. When matched up against tight ends he has the speed to cover in space. That is of course if he doesn't succeed at jamming at the line of scrimmage, a regular occurrence.
Analyst's Take: "McMillan is the type of player who can come in and change an entire defense, not just with his athleticism and playmaking ability but with his intensity and passion for the game. There are some aspects of his game that still need some refining, like his coverage skills, but for a guy of his size who thrives in the middle of the field, he's more than adequate. His also does a nice job of batting down balls at the line of scrimmage when he can't get to the quarterback on the blitz and is versatile enough to move out and get around the edge quickly. He's built to stop the run first and foremost, and is great at filling the hole and exploding to make big hits against running backs. -- Woody Wommack, Southeast Analyst, Rivals.com
Why he's a five-star: "McMillan is a huge linebacker who is excellent in space, has terrific instincts regarding which lane to fill and what angle to take, and he has the length and quickness to cover a lot of ground. McMillan is a rare, jumbo-sized backer with quick-twitch ability as well as the ability to drop in coverage and flip his hips. He is also a very good pass rusher, sheds blockers well to make plays in the running and passing game, and creates turnovers consistently." -- Mike Farrell, National Recruiting Analyst, Rivals.com
His coach says: "He's obviously got the size and the attributes you look for, but on the field he backs up his actions. He's a leader and a guy I can really count on. In the weight room, he's the first one to arrive and the last one to leave and he's a consummate team player. He has all the great leadership qualities that a top player should possess. As the middle linebacker, he gets all the signals, he's responsible for getting guys in place. He's a physical kid and he's come a long way in the last year. He makes the proper reads, which has allowed him to get to the ball faster. His physicality is his best attribute, but right there is his ability to quarterback the defense. He's also very coachable and he's hungry to learn more about the game. He knows that he doesn't know everything and he's become a student of the game." -- Kirk Warner, Liberty County head coach
Odds and ends: In addition to his spot as the leader of the team's defense, McMillan also serves as the team's short yardage back ? As a sophomore, had 97 tackles (20 for loss), five forced fumbles, one sack and one interception ? During his freshman season, had 53 tackles (five for loss) and two sacks ? McMillan's coach, Kirk Warner, played tight end at the University of Georgia from 1986-89.
NFL player comparison: Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers
They are the best of the best. The players wanted by every program and destined to make a big impact at the college level and beyond. Rivals.com has identified the first five-star prospects for the 2014 class and is unveiling them this week. Ten prospects have been awarded five-stars but are not ranked at this time and we will profile two each day. One of today's five-stars is Woodbridge (Va.) Woodbridge Senior defensive end Da'Shawn Hand.
Da'Shawn Hand, DE, Woodbridge (Va.) Woodbridge Senior
Attributes: 6-4, 245, 4.81 40
Scouting Report: Hand is a unique prospect who is remarkably athletic, explosive, and quick for his size. He has a frame that still has room to fill in and is learning more about the game every day. There aren't many things he can't do. His greatest strengths are the combination of his explosiveness off the line and his amazing balance. He plays with excellent leverage and is too quick for offensive lineman, able to beat them around the outside and to the inside gap on a very consistent basis. Once he gets to the ball-carrier or quarterback, Hand rarely misses a tackle and is always a threat to knock the ball loose with a bone-crushing hit. His agility allows him to work in space, and he is able to rush from depth because of his speed. When Hand doesn't make a stop in the backfield, he takes the right angle of pursuit to chase down the ball-carrier.
Analyst's Take: "Hand is such a unique player and there are so many things he does well. His combination of speed off the line, balance, agility and overall athleticism is just too much for any offensive lineman to handle. On pass plays, Hand has a large arsenal of moves to get to the passer, and on run plays he is quick to read and react. Hand's versatility is one of his more valuable qualities. He has the speed and agility to play in space, the explosiveness to rush off the edge and the strength to play inside. Hand is relentless in his pursuit and is often found making big plays downfield. One thing that stands out about Hand, other than his speed, is his strength. Even when he is double or triple-teamed, he is still able to shake off the blockers and make big plays." -- Adam Friedman, Mid-Atlantic Analyst, Rivals.com
Why He's A Five-Star: "Hand is a rare athletic specimen who has incredible body control and balance for a big rush end and is very hard to knock off his feet. He's very quick off the snap, has a nice array of pass-rushing moves and he strings the run out well by taking on blocks and shedding at the proper time. He beats defenders so easily at times it looks like he's going at half speed, and his willingness to play defensive tackle for his team as a junior and take on triple teams while still being effective speaks to his team-first attitude and character. He's the most rare pass rusher since Jadeveon Clowney and has the potential to be as dominant in college." -- Mike Farrell, National Recruiting Analyst, Rivals.com
His Coach Says: "Hand is such a special player because he is so humble and he doesn't have a big ego. It's refreshing nowadays, when many of the top players aren't normally humble like him. He is a total team player and he is a hard, tireless worker. He is always watching film and studying his game. He always asks questions about how he is doing and what he can do better. He's somebody that can put his hand on the ground and attack off the edge because he's so quick and agile. He could work in space if he is asked to do so. There isn't much he can't do physically and he's an extremely hard worker. He also plays some inside defensive tackle for us. I think it goes hand in hand with his educational background. He has the physical tools and he's very gifted, so my expectation as his high school coach is for him to develop his leadership skills. A lot of kids won't like to be leaders. I've told him, the situation he's in and the way the spotlight is on him, he has no choice but to become a leader. Everybody is going to look up to him and watch him so the more he can lead, the better." -- Woodbridge Senior coach Kevin Smith
Odds And Ends: Hand came to high school wanting to be a middle linebacker. ... He recorded 65 tackles, five tackles for a loss, three sacks and three fumble recoveries as a freshman. As a sophomore, Hand had 84 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, 21 sacks and three fumble recoveries. ... Hand is studying to become an engineer. ... He did more than 100 pushups to win that contest at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge.
NFL Player Comparison: Julius Peppers, Chicago Bears
Top-five basketball recruit and Prestonwood sophomore Mickey Mitchell tears ACL, will miss football and basketball seasons (Dallas News)
Mickey Mitchell, one of the top sophomore basketball prospects in the nation, will miss the remainder of the football season and the entire basketball season after tearing his ACL during a football game last Friday.
Prestonwood basketball coach Chris Mayberry confirmed the injury on Tuesday night.
Mitchell was injured on the first possession of a 37-13 loss to Bishop Lynch. He had been the starting quarterback for Prestonwood in his first varsity football season, passing for 1,855 yards and 21 touchdowns, while rushing for 773 yards and 11 more scores.
The 6-7 Mitchell was better known, however, as one of the best basketball players in the Class of 2015, considered the fifth-best recruit in the nation by Scout.com. He averaged 10.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists as a freshman last season, helping Prestonwood’s basketball team to a 28-3 record and the TAPPS 5A championship.
The football team, a Division I semifinalist last season, had been in a tailspin even before the injury; the loss to Bishop Lynch was the team’s third straight. Prestonwood (7-3) will make the TAPPS playoffs, which start in 10 days.
Mitchell’s injury will be a significant blow to Prestonwood’s basketball team – which would have competed for a mythical national title with a healthy Mitchell and in 6-8 senior Julius Randle, a top-five talent in this year’s class.
“We still have a lot of belief in our team,” Mayberry said. “We’ll still be a force to reckon with. But there’s no replacing a talent like Mickey.”
Prestonwood will play one of the toughest schedules in the nation this season, with elite out-of-state tournaments in Missouri and Florida and showcase games against Chicago Simeon and San Jose, Calif. Archbishop Mitty.
Offered: Dorian Johnson (espn insider)
Offered is a series at BuckeyeNation where we talk to prospective recruits who have been offered by Ohio State.
Dorian Johnson (Belle Vernon, Pa./Belle Vernon) has been a hot commodity long before he put himself back on the market in August after his decommitment to Penn State. The second-ranked offensive tackle in the nation and the 27th-ranked player on the ESPN 150, Johnson's services have been in demand for a long time.
Confirms again the two visits....he is really impressed how Ohio State has fought for him and given him the time he needs to make a decision
Will decide first couple weeks of Dec.
Snodgrass announcement postponed again (espn insider)
ESPN Watch List receiver Thaddeus Snodgrass (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield) made a college decision close to three weeks ago. He just can't seem to find the right time to make it public.
The 6-foot-0, 174-pound receiver planned to have a ceremony at his high school Thursday but said the school asked him to delay the announcement because of another event that day.
"They keep saying they have things going on in the library," Snodgrass wrote in a text message.
Ohio State offers 2014 RB Nick Chubb (espn insider)
When Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown) opened his junior season with 390 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns in three quarters during a 40-0 win over Rockmart, some eyebrows were raised.
The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Chubb hit the halfway mark of the regular season with a 366-yard, 7-touchdown performance against Southeast Whitfield, and then schools really started to take interest.
Now with an offer from Ohio State, Chubb could become a big part of a Buckeyes offense that already includes high school touchdown machines Bri’onte Dunn (Canton, Ohio/GlenOak) and Ezekiel Elliott (St. Louis/John Burroughs), should he decide to come to Columbus in 2014.
Robert Foster announces Pitt visit date (espn insider)
Pittsburgh fans can breathe a sigh of relief. ESPN 150 receiver Robert Foster (Monaca, Pa./Central Valley) will take an official visit to Pitt.
Less than a week after tweeting he was ready to make a decision following his official visit to Alabama, Foster announced via his Twitter account @DROBFoster_4 he will visit Pitt later this month.
“My official visit to PITT on the 16th,” he wrote.
Offered: Donovan Munger (espn insider)
Offered is a series at BuckeyeNation where we talk to prospective recruits who have been offered by Ohio State.
Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) has Louisville, Ohio State, UCLA and Tennessee recruiting him hard. With his Red Raiders narrowly missing the playoffs, the ESPN 300 senior can now turn his attention to where he'll spend the next four or five years of his life.
Visiting UCLA for USC game and might visit the Bucks for The Game
Ryan Timmons talks finalists and visits (espn insider)
Ryan Timmons' visit to Purdue gave the Boilermakers a leg up on the competition. Whether or not that lasts remains to be seen.
"It was great," the ESPN 300 athlete prospect from Frankfort (Ky.) Franklin said. "I went on my official this past weekend. It went well. I got a better understanding and a better feeling about the school."
Purdue's leg up on Timmons' other four finalists came thanks to more introductions. Of all the schools recruiting him, Timmons has only met one entire coaching staff. That's Purdue. He also was able to spend time with Boilermaker head coach Danny Hope.
McMillan turns in huge day despite loss (greenville online)
Class of 2014 linebacker Raekwon McMillan of Liberty County High School in Hinesville, Ga., who visited Clemson for the Tigers’ win over Virginia Tech last month, recorded a whopping 16 tackles, three for losses, while rushing for 93 yards and scoring two touchdowns as a running back in a 33-16 loss to South Effingham last week. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound standout has about two dozen scholarship offers already – Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Georgia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Texas, Southern Cal and South Carolina among them.
He was offered by Clemson in the spring, and he visited Clemson for the first time over the summer. He’s also visited Georgia, South Carolina and Florida this season.
Ohio State has been considered one of the favorites to land him, and he has a visit scheduled to Ohio State Nov. 24, as the Buckeyes play host to Michigan.