Long snapper Nick Sharick is the newest Ohio State Buckeye.
The Thomas Worthington product joins Ohio State's class of 2013.
In an exclusive from The O-Zone's Tony Gerdeman, Thomas Worthington long snapper and briefly former Tennessee volunteer Nick Sharick will be joining Ohio State in 2013 as a preferred walk-on. He'll provide depth at a position that also includes Bryce Haynes and George Makridis.
Per Gerdeman, Sharick joined Tennessee last summer but left before fall camp, effectively making him a gray shirt and reintroducing him as a class of 2013 recruit. While he's unrated by the major recruiting services, Sharick was also considering an offer to join South Carolina in a similar preferred walk-on capacity.
Sharick becomes the fourth preferred walk-on to commit to joining the Buckeyes for the 2013 football season following fullback William Houston, quarterback Luke Morgan, and wide receiver Devlin McDaniel. While recent attrition may ultimately help Ohio State's 2013 class be deeper than outsiders may have anticipated, it's always helpful to get players of Sharick and Houston's caliber, who under the previous administration may have even garnered scholarship offers. Getting them without impacting the 82 scholarship limit is crucial until Ohio State is out from under that NCAA mandated limitation.
5-star safety Vonn Bell put his recruiting on hold until after his senior season at Ridgeland High School.
Ridgeland’s season ended with a loss to Sandy Creek in Saturday’s Class AAAA state championship, and Bell has set up his official visits to his three finalists.
Bell will go to Ohio State on Jan. 11, Alabama on Jan. 18 and Tennessee on Jan. 25, his coach told the AJC.
The AJC Super 11 selection grew up a fan of Tennessee.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer attended Bell’s game last Saturday at the Georgia Dome.
We've already talked about the in-state defensive prospects that the Buckeyes have landed or offered to this point, so now it's time to look at the other side of the ball.
There isn't a large number of in-state prospects on offense with offers yet, but there is certainly some elite talent in the next few classes according to John McCallister.
Things are still very early for the 2014 class, so there will be more names added to these lists in the coming months.
Clifton Garrett, OLB, Joliet (Ill.) Plainfield South - The top prospect in the state according to 247Sports and the nation’s No. 2 outside linebacker according to the 247Composite, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Garrett is a hard hitter that has already seen scholarship offers come in from Ohio State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Nebraska and Wisconsin among others. Garrett is looking forward to seeing more interest come from the SEC conference and would also like to add an offer from USC. The Buckeyes have impressed the most at this point in the process, but we’re not expecting a decision from Garrett until after his senior season.
Jamarco Jones, OT, Chicago (Ill.) De La Salle - A consensus Top100 player with a chance to be a consensus Top50 prospect, the 6-foot-6, 290-pound Jones could be a guard or tackle on the next level. The likes of Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin have already offered Jones, and when it’s all said and done, he’ll be one of the most highly recruited players at his position in the land. We like where Notre Dame and Ohio State stand, but Florida and Vanderbilt are two programs that will be in a position to grab some momentum when Jones visits in the spring.
Nyles Morgan, LB, Crete (Ill.) Monee - The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Morgan is right there in the debate for state’s top linebacker alongside Garrett. Florida, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin are several of the many to already extend a scholarship. The Irish have perhaps shown Morgan the most at this point, but like Garrett, we expect Morgan to take his time and not make a decision until after his senior season. He’ll have many more offers to think about by that point.
Nic Weishar, TE, Chicago (Ill.) Marist – A big-play tight end that has caught 166 passes for 2,260 yards and 18 touchdowns over the last two seasons. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Weishar is a talented athlete that is also a mid-major level basketball recruit. Notre Dame may be in the driver’s seat, but Weishar is also considering offers from several places including Boston College, Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.
Enoch Smith Jr., DT, Chicago (Ill.) Mount Carmel – Earned his offer from Notre Dame at camp and went out and backed it up this fall with 23 tackles for loss in a run to a state championship. Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, N.C. State and Purdue have also offered the 6-foot-3, 270-pound Smith with interest being generated from coast to coast. Notre Dame is the team to beat at this point.
Recruiters, fans and sportswriters have known about Cameron Hunt of Corona Centennial since he was a starting offensive lineman as a sophomore. But what happened over the course of his senior football season revealed that Hunt had become the lineman of the year in Southern California.
"He's probably the best offensive lineman we've ever had, but I think what's even more important is his leadership," Coach Matt Logan said.
The example Hunt set on and off the field was a big reason Centennial went 14-2, won the Inland Division title and knocked off three consecutive unbeaten teams en route to an appearance in the CIF state championship Open Division bowl game.
His goal was to "play my hardest" play after play and be dominant.
"People knew my name but didn't know what I was about," Hunt said. "I think I've shown I play with a physical streak and a nasty streak, and that's going to help me at the next level."
Hunt has committed to California.
Drew Barker has two more scholarship offers to consider.
The ESPN Watch List quarterback from Hebron (Ky.) Conner said he recently picked up scholarship offers from North Carolina and Tennessee.
Lonnie Johnson (Gary, Ind./West Side) announced Monday that he would commit to a school on Friday. On Tuesday, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound wide receiver decided to hold off on a commitment for a little while.
His uncle and coach Jason Johnson confirmed the postponement saying it was a little early in the process for the athlete to announce.
Johnson has offers from Bowling Green, Illinois and Ohio State in pocket right now and interest from Ball State, Cincinnati, Florida State, Indiana, Louisville, LSU, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon and Purdue.
He had been considered a heavy Buckeyes lean after calling the offer from Ohio State a dream come true and one he had been waiting for since he was 12.
The Buckeyes are still very much in the fold, but Johnson has decided to wait on a decision.
Recruited as an athlete, Johnson is being looked at as a wide receiver by most schools.
The junior caught 31 passes for 777 yards and added 13 touchdowns this season. As a defensive back, he had 29 tackles, eight pass break-ups and six interceptions.
Four-star outside linebacker Tommy Sanders (Cordele, Ga./Butler Community College) will likely be No. 20 or No. 34 on Wednesday.
That’s the 20th commit for either Ohio State or South Carolina or No. 34 for Texas A&M in the Class of 2013 after he makes his announcement.
Butler (El Dorado, Kan.) CC coach Troy Morrell confirmed Sanders’ plans for his announcement via text message today.