Video: US Army All-American Bowl Interviews with James Quick, Eli Apple, Evan Lisle & Johnny Townsend
Kyle Rowland interviews commits and prospect James Quick, on the front page if you haven't seen it yet
Mike Mitchell analysis
- @BillBankGreene Cameron Hunt will be taking officials to Cal. Michigan. Oregon. But don't count out a visit to Ohio State the very last weekend.
- @BillBankGreene Trey Johnson WILL be announcing tomorrow as planned. And I think I know where he's going. Scratch that. It's Ohio State.
- @JShankerESPN Dontre Wilson said he is solid to #Oregon even if Chip Kelly leaves. Has offers from #OhioState and #NotreDame http://es.pn/ZXHJpT #Ducks
- @GregBiggins #OhioState is the latest offer for SoCal OL Cameron Hunt
- @KyleRowland Eli Apple looks very good in one-on-one coverage. Solid in not allowing the WR to get any separation. Shutting down Tyler Boyd.
- @KyleRowland Shelton Gibson is quick and has exhibited great hands. What he lacks in size he definitely makes up for with other intangibles.
- @MChungOzone Sebastian LaRue, recent USC decommit said he is open to OSU if they call. OSU has not been in contact since Nov when his visit was cancelled
- @KyleRowland Talked to several solid sources in San Antonio regarding LB Mike Mitchell. Urban Meyer, Luke Fickell and Co. will be happy on Saturday.
- @alex11w Hearing good things regarding Vonn Bell and #OhioState but visit next week will be key
- @GerdOzone Buckeye commits Jalin Marshall, Gareon Conley, Joey Bosa earn starting spots in tomorrow's #UAGame. LB Trey Johnson will also start.
Scout$--Johnson To Announce This Friday '13 GA LB Trey Johnson
- Trey will decide between tOSU, Florida, and Tennessee. He has a great feeling about tOSU and has his parents blessing to be so far away.
Scout $ - UA Game Notes: Ohio State
- By The Bank...Bosa, Burrows and Marshall improving...Baugh has been impressive throughout...Conley struggling a bit...Johnson and Bell look good.
It's getting harder and harder to ignore the smoke that maybe, just maybe, the Buckeyes will make out like bandits this weekend and add WR James Quick, LB Mike Mitchell, and LB Trey Johnson to an already extremely talented class.
There has been message board rumors all week citing everything from Louisville staff sources, Ohio State staff sources, and "sources" in general, but the more murmurs that keep making their way to the forefront, the harder and harder it gets to ignore the general scuttlebutt about James Quick potentially heading to Ohio State.
While we won't know for sure where 4-star Louisville, Kentucky product wide receiver Quick will be playing his college football until he announces this Saturday at the 2013 US Army All-American Bowl, it's becoming more far more difficult to stick to the conventional wisdom that Quick won't be able to zone out the pressures from home to stay in the 'Ville.
But even still, we've heard since basically day one, Quick was preordained for Louisville. Ohio State's being in Quick's ear is well and good and all, but the Cardinals were supposed to be just too tough for even expert recruiters like the Buckeyes' staff to overcome. Even Urban Meyer's taking over of his recruiting personally wasn't thought to be enough. Maybe we were wrong:
Heard from one college coaching staff not connected to either Ohio State or Louisville. They "KNOW" James Quick is committing to OSU— Bill Greene (@BillBankGreene) January 2, 2013
Of course that was before Louisville came out and produced the biggest Vegas point spread (14-point underdogs) upset in BCS bowl history, defeating Florida, 33-23.
Quick wasted no time reacting to what he was seeing:
Really..... This could get interesting— James Quick (@Uno1Siete7) January 3, 2013
Now, a reasonable man could state that it's likely Quick's already made up his mind and a single one off exhibition game shouldn't play any role in swaying what amounts to a major life decision. Then again, a reasonable man probably never covered college football recruiting. Sports fans have short memories; 18 year old sports fans have incredibly short memories.
We're certainly not saying that the biggest win in a school's history is enough to make one young man forget about months of personal conversations and visits. But it might be enough to give a young man genuinely torn some extra reason for pause.
If that wasn't enough, it increasingly sounds like Mike Mitchell will follow through with what the experts have long been projecting and choose Ohio State over Texas A&M this weekend. Mitchell's said to several this week that the size of A&M's staff and the number of linebackers in it would play a role in where he ultimately ends up. He's also said he plans to recruit his brother to wherever he ultimately ends up. The 6-7 Mickey Mitchell, a 4-star small forward in the class of 2015, was already said to be considering Ohio State.
But if you think merely landing two 4-stars was enough for Meyer and his staff, think again. The rich may wind up getting, well, really rich, if they ultimately are able to pull 4-star former Auburn commit Trey Johnson as well. By all accounts it also sounds good, and the likes of Tom Luginbill have lobbed high praise on Johnson this week saying he was even better than advertised. What a weekend it could be for Mark Pantoni and co.
Staying in Orlando, Joey Bosa's also getting his fair share of humbling accolades. Some have said he compares favorably to former Buckeye captain John Simon, and Bosa's looked the part so far in Under Armour All-America Game practices. Reportedly he really put it on Dorian Johnson (a Pitt commit and former Buckeye target), and also gave Michigan verbal Patrick Kugler all they could handle in practice Wednesday.
Finally, during Wednesday's Under Armour All-America Game skills comptition, Ohio State tight end commit Marcus Baugh somehow snuck into the OL/DL competition and naturally ran away with it:
Shouting myself out on national tevision has to be he smartest thing I've ever done— Marcus Baugh (@MarcusBeeezy) January 3, 2013
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – As Shelton Gibson nears his college decision, it appears that West Virginia has made things interesting at the top of the U.S. Army All-American receiver’s list.
Gibson has already taken officials to West Virginia and Kentucky. He'll take officials to Ohio State and Tennessee before deciding.
Out of Cleveland (Ohio) Heights, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Gibson has had Ohio State as his favorite since the start of the recruiting process. However, on his official visit to Morgantown, Gibson saw a potential fit at West Virginia.
“West Virginia is right under (Ohio State), super close, if not tied,” Gibson said following practice on Tuesday. Kentucky and Tennessee also remain in the mix.
Gibson enjoyed West Virginia’s victory over Kansas.
“I learned that the fans love you,” he said. “The academics are real good and the stats, they throw the ball a lot and they have a lot of receivers that are leaving right now.”
Ranked as the nation’s No. 17 receiver according to the 247Composite, Gibson was one of Urban Meyer’s first offers in the 2013 class. He’ll take his official to Ohio State the weekend of Jan. 11.
“The thing that is standing out is that Coach Meyer came into that program and they were alright last year, and he changed the whole program,” Gibson said. “I’m not trying to say that’s not his guys and his type of people, but that’s not the people he recruited. Him recruiting his guys and people now, next year they’re going to be awesome.”
Following his official visit to Ohio State, Gibson will travel to Tennessee for an official. Then he’ll decide.
“It helped that they got Coach (Tommy) Thigpen from Auburn and Coach (Butch Jones) from Cincinnati,” Gibson said of the new Vols staff. He had previous relationships with both. Gibson is also excited about the offense Jones ran at Cincinnati. “I heard a lot from (Cincinnati receivers) Travis Kelce and Jeremy Graves and they’re like my big brothers.”
Gibson took an official visit to Kentucky the weekend of Dec. 14.
“I saw that they throw the ball a lot and I’d be in the best conference,” Gibson said. “Me catching a lot of balls in the SEC sounds good.”
Ohio State is one of the best football programs in the country.
Urban Meyer is one of the best recruiters in the county.
Together the two went undefeated on the field in 2012 and are now having similar success securing commitments from high school All-Americans throughout the United States.
Along with those 10 are five others Ohio State fans should pay close attention to because the Buckeyes are in a good position to receive a commitment from them as well.
The Under Armour Game will be on ESPN at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4th.
The U.S. Army Bowl will be on NBC at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5th.
SAN ANTONIO — It has been a jam-packed few days here in the Lone Star State and Ohio State’s 2013 class is really starting to take shape. The people running the all-star game do a top-notch job and it is no longer a secret why they are the best.
I, for one, am happy to see the Army All American Game is still the standard-bearer for high school all star games. These guys are not only concerned with giving the kids a good time but also teaching them service and introducing them to real American heroes. Seeing all the soldiers walking around the hotel and hearing their stories reminds us all that a real hero is more than someone who can run a sub 4.5 40, but rather someone who is willing to put their life on the line for a cause higher than themselves.
Football will always move the needle in this country, but talking to the soldiers who have returned from active duty has been the biggest blessing of this trip. With my diatribe out of the way, here are some final thoughts from San Antonio:
Jalin Marshall (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) has it. That’s why his high school coach Troy Everhart has no fear the ESPN 150 athlete will see his star pupil’s game translate to college football quite well.
A former recruiting coordinator, Everhart knew about Marshall long before Marshall knew about him.
So when he heard that Ohio State was going to change the triple-threat quarterback to a slot receiver, Everhart wasn’t worried.
If Vonn Bell doesn’t know how Ohio State commits feel about the Buckeyes by the end of the week, the ESPN 150 safety simply wasn’t listening.
It started with Cam Burrows bending his ear and is continuing with Jalin Marshall speaking scarlet and gray to Bell. Marshall is also all over ESPN 150 linebacker Trey Johnson as he prepares for Friday’s Under Armour All-America Game as one of five Ohio State commits to play in the sixth annual contest.
Incidentally, Marshall will be in Bell’s ear again Jan. 11 when the two take an official visit to Ohio State as well.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Oregon coach Chip Kelly is rumored to be high on the list for several NFL coaching jobs, but ESPN 150 athlete commit Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) said he remains a solid commitment to the Ducks.
The 5-foot-10, 174-pound prospect said his relationship with Oregon running backs coach Gary Campbell is key to his not considering other options.
"I've heard that if Coach Kelly leaves, then Coach Helfrich, the offensive coordinator, would be the new coach," Wilson said. "So it really doesn't bother me at all. I have a strong relationship with Coach Campbell, and I don't think he's going anywhere. I'm still a solid commit to Oregon. Coach Campbell and I have always been close, he was a big reason I chose Oregon."