- Marc Givler @MarcGivlerBG Shaker Heights (Ohio) DT Donovan Munger has committed to #OhioState #buckeyes
- Jamarco Jones unofficially visits Northwestern for a bowl practice
- Greg Bryant commits to Notre Dame
- De'Niro Laster has committed to Minnesota
- Shakir Carr has committed to Central Michigan
- On Monday OSU assistant Mike Vrabel will be in Wisconsin to check out Wisconsin offensive tackle commitment Jaden Gault
- Rutgers, Washington & Louisiana-Lafayette offer Jacob McCrary
BN$--Urban Meyer after Craig Evans '14 WI DL Craig Evans (Wisconsin Verbal)
- Craig is shocked that Coach Bielema left and is definitely listening to other schools. Coach Meyer was the first to call him and invite him to visit.
Rivals$--Buckeyes land another commitment '13 OH DT Donovan Munger
- Coach Gibson confirms the commitment.
BN$--Mitchell's OSU Visit Goes "Great" '13 TX LB Mike Mitchell
- Ken Mitchell says Mike had a great time in Columbus but he isn't sure if Mike will take more visits or make a decision.
Scout $ - Prospect Breakdown: Gareon Conley '13 OH CB Gareon Conley
- Breakdown by The Bank.....Compares Gareon to Bradley Roby and says he can be a star on either side of the ball for the Buckeyes.
2013 wide receiver/cornerback/safety Corey Smith visited the Hawaii Warriors this weekend. This is his first visit since visiting Mississippi State on November 30th.
Smith currently has offers from sixteen teams. It is projected that Ohio State is at the top of his list.
Teams that have offered at him include: Ohio State, Georgia, Hawaii, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Alabama, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Akron, Ball State, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Miami (OH), Nebraska, North Carolina, Penn State, Toledo, and Vanderbilt.
Smith is from Grand Rapids, Michigan, but played for East Mississippi State Community College this season. At wide receiver, he recorded 733 yards on 51 receptions and scored nine touchdowns. In his last game against Northwest Mississippi, he caught 10 passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns.
The four-star recruit is ranked 2nd in the state of Mississippi, 3rd among wide receivers, and 9th overall among junior college recruits by 247Sports. Smith has great hands, can run routes well, and can make catches in traffic.
According to ESPN, Smith is “a crafty route runner with quick hands, quick feet and good, sneaky speed to threaten the deep field.”
Corey Smith currently has three years or two seasons of eligibility left. This means that he still has a redshirt year available.
Jordan Cunningham's high school football career may be behind him, but it couldn't have ended in a better way. The 2013 wide receiver and his University School (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) team took home the Florida 3A state title Saturday. The offense scored 24 unanswered points to come back and take the win over Madison County (Madison, FL). Cunningham talks about the win and his recruitment right here.
Jordan Cunningham was sidelined with an injury for part of the game but was able to come back and help his team to the victory. Fortunately, he isn't the only dynamic receiver the Suns have. The self proclaimed "Bomb Squad" has several play-makers including D.J. Taylor and Emmanuel Soto who each had a touchdown in the game.
Cunningham has three official visits left and Florida State, Alabama, Ohio State, and Miami are all in the mix for those. He's already taken visits to Oklahoma State and Stanford. Those schools make up his top six.
He talks about the win, his Stanford visit, and what's next, all in the video below.
Ohio State stayed on defense Sunday when it picked up its 19th commit in the class of 2013.
Two days after Gareon Conley picked the Buckeyes, this one came on the defensive line as ESPN 300 defensive tackle Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) gave his pledge to the Buckeyes after taking his official visit to Columbus over the weekend.
Ken Mitchell didn’t hear anything about a commitment to Ohio State from his son, ESPN 150 outside linebacker Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian), following an official visit to Columbus, Ohio, over the weekend.
What he did hear was how much fun the 6-foot-4, 216-pound senior had this weekend.
“His first two words were 'crazy' and 'awesome,' ” Ken Mitchell said. “The first thing he did when he got there was spend time with Coach [Urban] Meyer. Then he went to the OSU basketball game. He said it was a great time.”
Urban Meyer likes his football team with enough defensive linemen to go from one sideline to the next. With the addition of defensive tackle Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights), the two-time national champion coach might be able to do just that.
Munger, a four-star ESPN 300 prospect, became the sixth defensive lineman to give his pledge to the Buckeyes on Sunday, joining Billy Price (Youngstown, Ohio/Austintown-Fitch), Tracy Sprinkle (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria), Michael Hill (Pendleton, S.C./Pendleton), Joey Bosa (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) and hybrid Tyquan Lewis (Tarboro, N.C./Tarboro) in the trenches from the recruiting class of 2013.
Munger is a wide-bodied defensive tackle with a motor that rarely takes time off. His frame fits perfectly in the interior line at 6-foot-3, 280 pounds.
On the heels of landing ESPN 150 cornerback Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington), Ohio State picked up another verbal from an in-state defensive prospect as ESPN 300 defensive tackle Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) committed Sunday.
When Conley announced his decision, we mentioned that the Buckeyes' 2013 class is continuing to be defined by its strength among the ‘skilled’ positions, but there is still a noticeable push to strengthen the defensive trenches in Columbus, especially inside. With players like Joey Bosa (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) and Michael Hill (Pendleton, S.C./Pendleton) already on board, they now add Munger, a big man who can develop into a productive and steady presence inside.
Some time in the Buckeyes weight program should greatly benefit him and it would likely be ideal if they can redshirt Munger. However, the four-star uses his hands well and displays some headiness to aid his physical ability to help him be active and productive in the trenches. Best at this stage as a run defender, but shows some flashes as an interior pass rusher.
BuckeyeNation Week in Review
- This is a major recruiting weekend for the Buckeyes, and perhaps the biggest target is Mike Mitchell, an ESPN 150 linebacker from Plano, Texas.
- But they couldn't get OL David Dawson of Detroit, a former Michigan commitment, to cross the border this weekend.
- No, the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry never really takes a day off.
- The Buckeyes were able to close and get a commitment from former Michigan pledge Gareon Conley. With Conley, the Buckeyes' DB class is looking very strong.
- The 2012 Ohio State secondary didn't look too bad, either. Bradley Roby picked up a big honor on Saturday, too.
- Austin Ward's year in review continued with the offensive line, defensive line, linebackers and specialists.
- Ohio State QB Braxton Miller ranks among the top quarterbacks in college football, according to ESPN Insider Brock Huard.
- Miller didn't get a Heisman invitation, but he did win the Silver Football Award as the best player in the Big Ten.
- So how many players will the Buckeyes take in this class? That's a moving target, Brad Bournival writes.
- ESPN 150 RB David Williams has Ohio State in his final three.
- But the Buckeyes lost out on OL Jimmy Byrne, a junior from Cleveland St. Ignatius who picked Notre Dame.
- Junior college linebacker Tommy Sanders was another player scheduled to come this weekend.
- A 2015 quarterback from Canton McKinley already has an Ohio State offer.
- A sophomore defensive tackle from North Carolina has an OSU offer as well.
- Jonathan Haden is planning a visit to Columbus soon.
- Ohio State still leads for WR Shelton Gibson, but he's taking visits.
- OSU president E. Gordon Gee's logic on the bowl ban is flawed, writes Adam Rittenberg.
- Some Big Ten officials are hinting that the league wants to get to 16 teams.
- Oregon is in the mix for former Auburn LB commit Trey Johnson, who also has an Ohio State offer.
- Bournival answered five big recruiting questions (send yours in the Horseshoe Pit forum).
- And if you're not an Insider yet and can't read all of our recruiting news, it's half price right now for the next six months at $9.99. And recruiting news isn't the only benefit, too.
- Ohio State renamed a street in honor of the undefeated season. (Plain Dealer)
- A photo gallery from the celebration. (OSU)
- Ohio State lost a villain with Bret Bielema's departure to the SEC, writes Doug Lesmerises. (Plain Dealer)
- They gained one of their greats, as the school hired Eddie George in a fund-raising, ambassador-type role. (Dispatch)
- John Cooper was named to the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame. (The problem was just getting there, right?) (Dispatch)
- Twelve reasons why Ohio State went 12-0. (Toledo Blade)
- History will be kind to the 2012 Buckeyes, writes Rob Oller. (Dispatch)
- A Lebanon, Ohio, QB committed to Ohio State as a preferred walk-on. (Land Grant Holy Land)
- And Mike Vrabel needs to remember he doesn't wear a helmet on the sidelines anymore. (Twitter)
- The Buckeyes showed a lot of balance in a home win over Long Beach State.
- Ohio State's defense needs to improve. (Dispatch)
- Within Bob Hunter's Friday column is an update on Greg Oden, who is taking this season off to heal. (Dispatch)
- Ohio State's bench production is evolving. (Eleven Warriors)
- And LaQuinton Ross is becoming a go-to player. (Lantern)
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