Dareian has offers from Illinois, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Indiana, Purdue, Cincinnati, Toledo, Ohio, Akron and Bowling Green. He planned to visit Wisconsin but his main coaching contacts have all left.
From the Louisville site.....Says it's real close between Louisville & Ohio State. Will make his decision at the US Army Game (Jan 5th) and says the coaching staff being able to connect with his family is the most important to him.
The Buckeyes currently have 19 commitments in the 2013 class, nine of whom are from Ohio. Now that the high school football season is over, we thought it would be a good time to check back in with our resident Ohio football scout John McCallister. He runs the McCallister Scouting Report, which provides scouting reports to numerous colleges all over the country.
Today, we will start with defense, of which there are currently seven commits from Ohio, and have included another prospect who could end up in the class as well. We also look ahead to the 2014 class, with a pair of linebackers who have already received offers from Ohio State.
Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes had their chance, but when all was said and done, 4-star offensive guard recruit David Dawson ended up where he started: Michigan.
In fact, Dawson's recommitment is just one of two big recruiting wins for the Wolverines. Michigan was also able to snag the commitment of 4-star safety Delano Hill (also from Cass Tech), who flipped from his commitment to Iowa.
Tom VanHaaren of ESPN.com reports on the commitments for Michigan:
On a big visit weekend for Michigan, the Wolverines have picked up two big-time prospects in offensive lineman David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech) and his teammate, defensive back Delano Hill. Dawson, the one-time Michigan commit, was on his official visit, while Hill had only recently been offered by Michigan.
The two are big commitments for Michigan as they both come at positions of need, and they also happen to be very good prospects. Dawson is a four-star and the No. 1-ranked guard, while Hill is a solid three-star safety who had been committed to Iowa until flipping to Michigan on Saturday.
With Lacy's commitment looking solid, and no other big-time offensive lineman recruits on the board, Meyer and his staff would be best served to turn their attention to a few other elite recruits they can bring into the fold.
The most realistic of the group, and the recruit that would have the biggest impact, would be 5-star safety Vonn Bell, who has Ohio State in his top three along with Alabama and Tennessee (247Sports). Bell is a superstar in the making so he's going to have to become Meyer's main priority from here on out. Being able to out-recruit Nick Saban and Alabama would be huge, and Tennessee is Bell's childhood favorite, according to Michael Carvell of ajc.com.
Johnson is considered to be the No. 3 inside linebacker recruit in the nation according to 247Sports, so he would be a huge pickup for Meyer's defense.
Losing out on Dawson is a disappointment for Ohio State recruiting, but the Buckeyes can more than make up for that by landing either Bell or Johnson. Recruiting both would be a tremendous recruiting feat by Meyer and his staff.
It's very possible considering Ohio State's potential and Meyer's abilities as a recruiter.
Bowl season has finally arrived to college football, but the Buckeyes are ineligible to compete in a bowl game this year. Fortunately, this provides head coach Urban Meyer and his staff more time to persuade recruits across the country to join the Ohio State Buckeyes.
eading off for today is the news that '14 QB DeShaun Watson went 27/35 for 304 yards in a state championship game win. What's even more impressive is that Watson set the new state career passing record with a 10-yard pass to teammate Tray Harrison in the first quarter. Watson threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more as Gainesville became Hall County's first state champion in the Georgia High School Association. Here's more from the article, including a blurb from one of his teammates:
As far as high school players go, he's the total package. Now, as the first state championship quarterback in school history, he is also the pride of an entire community.
"Deshaun's probably the best high school player in the state, maybe the entire nation," Gainesville linebacker Devan Stringer said.
High praise for the young gunslinger, but Ohio State and Coach Meyer must feel the same as Watson is the only quarterback in the class of '14 to hold an offer. While Watson is currently committed to Clemson, Coach Meyer feels fairly confident they can sway his interest.
Ohio State may have been an undefeated football team in 2012, but the Buckeyes had their fair share of flaws.
The 12-0 Ohio State Buckeyes were anything but a finished product despite their unblemished record.
OSU is going to be bowl eligible next season, when it will be trying to win its first non-vacated Big Ten championship since the 2009 season.
Ohio State will have a very good recruiting class in 2013, but which positions are the biggest needs for the Buckeyes? Here are the four biggest holes based on lack of recent success and personnel turnover.
Ohio State does have two solid receivers in Devin Smith and Corey Brown, but neither are the explosive game breaker that can take Urban Meyer's offense to another level. OSU's passing game struggled at the end of last season because it didn't have a receiver able to win the one-on-one battles and get open.
With the recent departure of Verlon Reed, a spot on the roster opens in recruiting if the Buckeyes are able to land touted wideout James Quick from Kentucky or possibly an under-the-radar prospect like Ryan Timmons.
Jalin Marshall and Taivon Jacobs are the two wideouts who have verballed to the Buckeyes this year, and each has that explosive ability to make big plays.
Colerain senior offensive lineman Dylan Wiesman decommitted from UC on Sunday night and has opened up his recruiting, according to Colerain coach Tom Bolden.
Wiesman, who was Associated Press Division I first-team all-state this past season, cited the UC coaching change and the direction of the Big East Conference as the reasons for opening his recruiting, Bolden said.
Ohio State, Tennessee, Michigan and Notre Dame are among the schools showing interest in Wiesman.
Bolden said Wiesman will likely schedule official visits to Ohio State and Tennessee in January.
Wiesman, a first-team all-district and first-team all-GMC selection, is a three-year starter for the Cardinals. Wiesman is 6 feet 4 and 300 pounds.
Bolden said Wiesman has been torn about his decision since he really likes UC and the pharmacology department.
Wiesman originally made a verbal commitment to UC in June. He also had offers from Tennessee, Kansas, West Virginia, Kent State, Bowling Green, Marshall, Western Kentucky, Ball State, Miami University and Duke at the time.
Ohio State might know who the first member of its 2014 recruiting class is by the end of the week.
Wide receiver Lonnie Johnson (Gary, Ind./West Side), who has made no secret about his affinity for OSU, said via text message that he will announce his choice at 5 p.m. in his high school gymnasium on Friday.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound junior has interest from Ball State, Cincinnati, Florida State, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, LSU, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon and Purdue. But it will come down to a choice between Ohio State, Bowling Green and Illinois, which offered Johnson on Monday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The search for more playmakers at wide receiver is ongoing, but it won't include Verlon Reed when Ohio State gets back on the field during spring practice.
After playing sparingly on offense as a redshirt sophomore last season, Reed and the Buckeyes mutually agreed to part ways over the weekend, a school spokesman confirmed on Monday morning.
Reed had a 13-yard reception in the opening win over Miami (Ohio) in September, but he didn't make another for the rest of the season and couldn't sneak into a rotation that was looking for more contributors to consistently complement Corey Brown and Devin Smith in the passing attack. A talented two-way player out of nearby Marion-Franklin High School, Reed appeared in eight games for the undefeated Buckeyes and also contributed a tackle on special teams.
Reed wasn't listed on the final depth chart of the season ahead of the rivalry game against Michigan, leaving the position battles heading into spring essentially the same as they already were. The Buckeyes are only replacing one receiver on the two-deep, departing senior Jake Stoneburner.
One Ohio State commit ended his career the best way possible, while another finished in heartbreak. Joey Bosa (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) won a state title. J.T. Barrett (Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider), who is on the mend with a torn ACL and meniscus, lost in double overtime.
Bosa recorded four sacks and added three tackles for loss in a 41-25 Class 7A championship win over Tallahassee Lincoln. Lincoln, incidentally, was led defensively by Buckeyes target and Florida commit James Hearns.
The game was rarely in doubt as the Raiders overcame a six-point deficit and built a 21-6 lead after the first quarter.
ESPN Watch List defensive tackle Elisha Shaw (Tucker, Ga./Tucker) did not get to meet with Georgia defensive line coach Rodney Garner when the 6-foot-5, 292-pound standout dropped in on the Bulldogs' junior day on Saturday. He had to settle for a different coach.
“Coach Garner wasn’t there but I talked to Mark Richt,” Shaw said. “He was just telling me to stay focused. He was talking about how good Georgia is and how they are a family up there and how they take care of you.”
The strong defensive lineman took in one of Georgia’s bowl game practices, toured the facilities and checked out the meeting rooms.
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