- Buckeyes checked in on LB Jarrad Davis on Tuesday...he is still committed to Auburn and waiting to see what happens
- Timothy Gardner rated 90 by 247Sports
- South Carolina offers Shy Tuttle
- Ohio State offers Wisconsin commit OT Jackson Keeler
- Ole Miss visited Cornelius Elder yesterday
- With Mack Brown potentially on the hot seat, I asked OL Demetrius Knox if that would influence him away from UT if he is fired. He said no. @MChungOZone
- Rick Trickett from Florida State visits Jacques Patrick
- Illinois offers Damon Webb
- Lebanon senior QB Luke Morgan committed to Ohio State as a preferred walk-on, says Lebanon coach Shawn Lamb @MikeDyer
- New #Auburn HC Gus Malzahn will visit Central Gwinnett #ESPN150 LB and former #Tigers commit Trey Johnson Friday @KippLAdams
Rivals$--Legacy offer '15 NC DT Shy Tuttle
- Shy is excited about being offered by Clemson and is just now starting to get into recruiting. He has a preliminary top five of North Carolina, Clemson, Alabama, Florida State, and Wake Forest. Shy is the nephew of Clemson legend Perry Tuttle.
Scout$--Webb Forming Bonds with Coaches '14 MI DB Damon Webb
- Damon says his relationship with the coaching staff is what will likely make his decision. He still has Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State as standing out.
Like most players who do their damage in the trenches, Pendleton (S.C.) defensive tackle Michael Hill lets his play on the field do the talking, rather than popping off and becoming the center of attention as a result.
But on Wednesday, Hill had no choice to use his words, rather than his actions to show why he was selected as an Army All-American.
"I'm a very shy person," Hill said after receiving his jersey in a presentation and Pendleton High. "I didn't know we had to give speech but I went out there and gave one. I had never done anything like that before."
|Hill committed to Ohio State in November.|
While thanking his friends, family, coaches and teammates, Hill said he relished his chance to be in the spotlight and relect on his accomplishments as a high school football player.
"It was beautiful," Hill said. "I never did anything like that, it was amazing. I felt like I was a celebrity."
The 6-foot-3, 315-pound Hill is already a local celebrity after becoming the first player in school history to earn a spot on the Army game roster. His profile is likely to continue to rise after he joins Ohio State next year. Hill committed to the Buckeyes over the summer and said nothing has changed.
"I'm 100 percent committed to Ohio State," Hill said.
Unfortunatly, football fans around the country will have to wait until he suits up for the Buckeys before they can see Hill in action. He suffered a finger injury during the year that required surgery, forcing him to miss the second half of his senior year. The injury won't be healed in time for him to play in San Antonio.
"I'm not going to be able to play and that's disappointing," he said. "But I'm still going to go and spend some time with the guys and hopefully have a good time."
Junior DB Nick Glass of Atlanta is letting his commitment to Georgia stand for now. But the question is for how much longer? "I'm still committed but they've got five over safety commitments," Glass said. "I don't know what to do about that. It kind of worries me a little bit." Clemson, Alabama, Vanderbilt, UCLA, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Florida State have moved in strongly with Glass with Clemson in the strongest position to overtake Georgia. "Clemson is real low in safeties and they know they give up a lot of points," he said. "They have one of the best defensive coordinators in the country in Coach Venables. I know it won't be given to me but there's a chance for early playing time there." Glass said Clemson leads the schools lining up behind Georgia with Alabama, Ohio State, and UCLA the other top schools. He's also hearing from USC and Lorenzo Ward has been by his school a couple of times ("They are recruiting my close friend Shaq Wiggins pretty hard") but the Gamecocks are not in his top group. Glass said he is transferring to another school in the Atlanta area and will announce his new school this weekend. He's also thinking about graduating early. He will make a decision before his senior season. This season Glass has 85 tackles and 3 interceptions.
Junior RB Derrell Scott of Havelock, NC continues to have USC among his favorites. Ohio State and Florida State are the two other schools he mentioned. "Those are the ones I really like," said Scott. Ohio State, North Carolina and NC State have all visited Scott at his school in the last week. "They're all telling me the same thing really," he said. "They all really like me and they all really want me." He says he will visit the three schools this off-season. Scott is planning to visit USC as well. "I'm sure I'll get down there for a junior day or the spring game...something like that," he said. The Gamecocks have remained in contact with Scott who has offers from USC, Ohio State, Florida State, Tennessee, North Carolina, NC State ,Duke, East Carolina and Virginia Tech. Alabama, Notre Dame, Florida, Texas and Texas A&M are some of the other schools showing interest. He did not name a leader..
ORLANDO -- Tony Stevens didn’t put up spectacular numbers in his final season at Evans but he made plays when they need him most. The Trojans wide receiver became the first football player in school history to be named a U.S. Army All-American. His family, teammates and coach, Chip Gierke, watched Stevens accept the invitation and don the Army jersey.
“It means a lot," Stevens said. "All the the hard work I've put in from the spring until now and from last year, it paid off.”
The 6-foot-4, 185 wideout was named to the 2012 All-Metro Conference Football team this week. Stevens finished with more than 400 yards and 8 total touchdowns.
Stevens is one of three players from the Orlando area who will play on the East Team in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, TX on January 5, 2013. Boone punter Johnny Townsend and Winter Park quarterback Asiantii Woulard will also participate in the game.
With college football's national signing day inching closer, college staffs are starting the stretch run to finish the 2013 cycle. In our latest “Finish Line” feature, 247Sports and Bucknuts.com take a look at what left for Ohio State in the 2013 cycle, which currently has 17 commitments and is ranked No. 5 nationally by 247Sports.
Five-star defensive back Vonn Bell is one of Ohio State's top targets down the stretch of the 2013 cycle.
Vonn Bell, CB/S, Rossville (Ga.) Ridgeland
The recruitment of five-star Bell is down to a trio of programs in Alabama, Ohio State and Tennessee. As of today, Alabama and Ohio State hold the decided edge with the hire at Tennessee being a potential game changer.
National Analyst Steve Wiltfong on Bell’s recruitment: “It's looking like a two-team race with Alabama currently holding the edge over Ohio State. He has visited the Crimson Tide campus several times and the Buckeyes spot just once. Bell won't take any official visits until after his season. If Ohio State can get him back to Columbus they'll have a chance to move up the list. Another thing to watch will be who Tennessee hires as its head coach as the Vols could get back into the picture.”
Mike Mitchell, OLB, Plano (Texas) Prestonwood
The 6-foot-4, 222-pound fast and physical linebacker has been consistent in saying Ohio State is his favorite since the summer. With an official visit to Columbus this weekend, Urban Meyer and staff could put a closing finish on one of the class of 2013’s best athletes.
Wiltfong on Mitchell’s recruitment: “Rumors swirled at The Opening during the summer that Mitchell was close to committing to the Buckeyes then. He'll finally visit Columbus for the first time on an official visit this weekend with Ohio State as the team to beat. Other schools in the mix include Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Florida State and Oregon.”
The official visit of Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) is an interesting one, as the ESPN 150 cornerback will spend a whole bunch of time one-on-one with Urban Meyer and his coaching staff.
While most of this weekend’s heavy hitters --Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas, Prestonwood Christian) and Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) are expected in town -- will make their official visits beginning on Friday, Conley will not.
Because of the ACT test Saturday morning and a boys basketball game at Canton Timken later that night, Conley’s official visit actually started Wednesday night and runs through Friday.
Ohio State’s -- pardon the pun -- blitz for outside linebacker Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) hits overdrive this weekend, as the 6-foot-4, 216-pound senior finally makes his way to Columbus.
The team has been trying to get Mitchell on campus for months, but his team’s success in the regular season and part of the postseason prevented the ESPN 150 prospect from coming to Columbus. Finally, Ohio State will have Mitchell all to its own on an official visit, as he'll be in town Friday through Sunday.
The Buckeyes have been no stranger to Mitchell, as assistants Tom Herman and Luke Fickell were in Plano last week to check in on the No. 121-ranked player in the country.
Ohio State has led for Cleveland Heights (Ohio) receiver Shelton Gibson, but that does not mean the ESPN 300 receiver is committing anytime soon.
Gibson plans on taking at least a few official visits, and his first went to West Virginia the weekend of Nov. 30.
“It was great. I got a chance spend some time with the players and coaches and went to a great game,” Gibson said.
If he were still the coach of Wisconsin, Bret Bielema might be a little upset with Urban Meyer again.
A year after the Ohio State coach flipped Kyle Dodson from the Badgers, Meyer offered another offensive tackle committed to Wisconsin.