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Summer Commits

305Buck's picture
June 2, 2014 at 1:30pm

I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that we will have 10-12 more kids commit before the start of the football season and here’s why.

Chris Clark- Timetable: Deciding at the opening. Ohio State’s staff was all over Clark since the beginning of the year before he was highly ranked. If you all recall correctly, they visited him 3 times during the spring evaluation period. He then named Georgia his leader but said Ohio State is right there. He then went on to commit to UNC and then decommitted shortly after, thanks to the Ohio State staff some believes. He then said Ohio State and TSUN was his top two and he mentioned in a recent article that he was losing interest in Ohio State because they didn’t have a QB commit. I don’t know if any of you remember this but, back in April, Clark tweeted that he hoped Wimbush choose Ohio State, which makes it seem like he really favors Ohio State but the fact that we had no QB commit scared him. Well now we have Burrow, and Burrow has said that he will try to be there with Clark when he visits Ohio State on the 17th. Wiltfong and Kurelic have both said that they have always felt that Clark ends up as a Buckeye and it looks like that’s where this is headed.

Van Jefferson- Timetable: June/July. Ohio State has always been Jefferson’s favorite and I have read that he’s ready to commit but dad wants him to continue to take visits to make sure he’s making the right decision. Mom and Jefferson are completely sold on Ohio State and while dad has his concerns, he doesn’t have as many as he used to have after visiting with Van during the spring. Many insiders reported that Georgia was the team that could scare Ohio State but, Alex reported that the Georgia visit didn’t do enough to put Georgia over Ohio State. Van now has return visits to Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Ohio State before deciding sometime this summer.

Sh’mar Kilby-Lane- Timetable: This summer or after his senior season. I remember reading an interview with Kilby-Lane’s coach where he mentioned that Ohio State continues to further their lead over FSU and Bama, and that Lane could decide soon after his spring practice ended (which ended on May 23rd) or, he would wait until after the season. Well now reports are out that Ohio State is aiming to only take two LBs this class (Hilliard and Baker) but they will take 3 if Lane jumps onboard before one of those two. I don’t know if he knows this, I’m sure the staff has mentioned it to him but, he may want to do that to save his spot in this class so i see him committing this summer.

Damien Harris- Timetable: Unknown. Harris previously stated that he wanted to commit on NSD but, he feels that he already has all the information he needs about the schools he’s deciding between and, he’s looking to enroll early so his commitment date has moved up. Ohio State didn’t take a RB in the 2014 class, Ohio State just had a RB drafted early and rush for 1500 yards while missing 3 games, and Harris has said that he feels comfortable with the Ohio State staff and talks to them daily. Him moving his timeline up hurts TSUN a lot because, he mentioned that he is just getting to know Nuss since he just arrived in Ann Arbor and I don’t believe he will have time to form a relationship with Nuss before he commits. If that isn’t enough, he decommitted from TSUN the day Meyer/Drayton visited him, and the day after Hoke/Nuss visited him. Some Alabama fans also report that Nuss likes to throw while underutilizing the RBs and TEs and that Saban is the only reason RBs got a lot of carries last year, which is why Nuss got the boot. It’s safe to say that scum fans are highly butt hurt and many have mentioned that Harris will be the most hated player by them if he committed to Ohio State lol. Wiltfong reported that his source told him Ohio State has a huge lead over the other schools for Harris.

Justin Hilliard: Timetable-Late June/early July. Rumor has it that Mom and Justin are sold on Ohio State while Dad wants Notre Dame but, Kurelic reported that Dad seems to be coming around to Ohio State as well. Wiltfong also reported that Hilliard has a top 2 that he will be deciding between (Notre Dame and Ohio State of course) and that Hilliard will be back up to Columbus in the next couple of weeks with Sam Hubbard to hang out with him and McMillan and the other players. McMillan and Meyer will wrap this one up on that visit, guaranteed. I have a feeling McMillan and Meyer got in Hilliard’s ear and let him know that this class is going by slowly and we need a bell cow in this class and Hilliard has mentioned that Meyer has brought it up to him a couple of times. He has also said that he will be at FNL to work out with Fickell. I don’t know about you all, but why make this trip if his school of choice isn’t going to be Ohio State? Seeing as his timetable to commit is before FNL.

Jashon Cornell: Timetable- August 28th. Kid raved about his visit to Ohio State and said it’s one of the best if not the best visit he has ever been on. In his picture with LJ and Meyer you can see that he has a big grin on his face. He even got a Penn State coach mixed up with an Ohio State coach. I think it’s safe to say that he can’t get Ohio State off his mind and even mentioned that he could see himself playing there with his bro Hilliard. He mentioned that his best relationship is with Larry Johnson and that he also has a great relationship with Meyer. Wiltfong reported that from talking to sources at the NFTC yesterday, Ohio State leads for Cornell and I don’t expect that to change. He didn’t even mention Notre Dame when naming his top schools (Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan and Penn State), and if any of you remember, he was excited on twitter the day LJ got hired by Ohio State, calling it the perfect situation IIRC. If/When Hilliard commits to Ohio State, you can guarantee that he will stay in Cornell’s ear and Wiltfong also said that he believes that Cornell will be back in Columbus for a camp this summer (more than likely FNL with Hilliard).

There’s also James Daniels, Jerome Baker?, Mathew Burrell, Darius Fullwood (if he earns his offer this summer will commit later this month, called LJ his father figure), Dre’Mont Jones, Kendrell McFadden and some others who could possibly pull the trigger before the start of the football season.

Buckle up for a huge summer guys.

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Earle's picture

I don't follow recruiting all that closely, and was trying to remember who "Summer" was.  

I am disappoint.

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305Buck's picture

Summer would be a huge pickup to say the least. His recruitment is just starting to heat up and it will be over by the fall imo.

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Knarcisi's picture

Summer just committed to Notre Dame.  We didn't want him anyway.  On to Autumn, Winter, and the next.

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blocko330's picture

HaHa Earle, very good!

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Jordan Wagner's picture

June 28 for Fullwood. He has an offer. More on him at 3PM on the front page. 

Dre'Mont Jones and Liam McCullough are both summer decisions too. 

305Buck's picture

Thanks Jordan. I read on BN that Fullwood may have to camp to earn his offer, which is why he will be attending the camp on the 19th I believe.

Jordan Wagner's picture

I know he will be back the 19th for camp, but I believe his offer his already committable. 

BierStube's picture

Maybe this is the Summer that committed!


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Squirrel Master's picture

if she married Johnny Winter, she would be Summer Winter!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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BierStube's picture

Wolowitz .. is that you?

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Seattle Linga's picture

Here is my Summer


Groveport Heisman's picture

Hah that reminds me of my later teenage years in Columbus I had a gf by the name of Sunny Day. Man was she worn out.

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Ludwig Yards's picture

Pretty optimistic, IMO. I think if we have a total of 10 going into the season we will be in pretty good shape. Any new offers to certain players could certainly accelerate things.

Woodysghost's picture

10 does seem like a lot by the end of the summer. But either way reading this made me pretty optimistic about whats around the corner recruiting wise. 

FROMTHE18's picture

IMO Hilliard is the domino that needs to fall. If he commits to OSU, you'll start to see a bit of a rush of commitments and some of the top guys on our board that may wait longer starting to rethink their timetables. I think if Hilliard commits then that'll really push Harris to make a decision simply because of an increased desire to play at OSU with Hilliard, and of course Hilliard's commitment would only help with Cornell deciding for the good guys. From what Ive read from the 'experts', I like Hilliard, Cornell, Kilby-Lane, Van Jefferson, Jones, and Fullwood to be in before September and we may see Harris decide not too long after IMO if he wants to enroll early. Then attention turns to Kirk and the others for commit-watch. 

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BuckChoi's picture

I completely agree.  Once Hilliard commits, that'll open and close the doors for other recruits to come here or look elsewhere.  Hoping for Hilliard, Jefferson, Jones, Taylor, Fullwood, Baker, and Cornell to all commit over the summer.  Gotta get these guys in so more energy can be spent on Kirk, Harris, and Gallimore.

otrain2416's picture

The one guy that looked like he had a really good camp that I want bad was DT- Neville Gallimore. I watched his highlight tape and clips at the recent Columbus camp and he looks like a stud. Ridiculous explosion and quickness for a kid who's 300lbs. To get an idea of his quickness and explosiveness, he plays standup DE for his HS team and comes off the edge like an OLB. Saw him come from the opposite side of the field and run down a few RBs. 

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305Buck's picture

Yup kid weighed in at 6'2 311 pounds and was completely unstoppable all day. I read somewhere that he runs a 4.75 40.

Would be nice to land this kid but he's a NSD commit so still a long ways to go.

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BroJim's picture

Thanks for sharing 305Buck.

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bleedscarlet's picture

~~They’re Ohio State, so they can pick and choose the guys they want,” he said. “They take a long process through evaluating. They know they can get the best players.” - Justin Hilliard

I think the staff has slow played commitments until they got them on campus and worked them out and evaluated them. Even though Burrow has a commitment, he alluded to being evaluated at camp. We already know that Meyer utilizes the non-committable offer and we see the conditional commitment, now we have a big time recruit mentioning how they've got a long evaluation process and they can pick and choose who they want. Posted on a different thread that Gibson was probably going to have to work out using the fact Saban had made Watson work out before receiving a committable offer. Doesn't seem to be out of the realm of possibility that Meyer has taken it to a new level and turned recruiting into an NFL combine type process. If there's any right in that, we should see a commit windfall during the summer camps.


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FROMTHE18's picture

agreed. This 'slow' start, although frustrating for fans (definitely including me) is part of Meyer's Method to his Madness ™ . 

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DenBuck's picture

The long snapper has us in his top 20...

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OSU069's picture

A long snapper has a top 20? You've got to be kidding me.

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SonOfBuckeye's picture

Trending Not So Well...

Ohio State's campus hosted a Nike camp over the weekend, and the recruiting updates from Columbus weren't so good on the Michigan front. Damien Harris, in particular, came away singing the praises of OSU and Urban Meyer...  I've finally given in and flipped my Crystal Ball pick for Harris to Ohio State.

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osupolo's picture

Was it just me or did anyone else read this like it was being narrated by Tim Curry from the movie Clue?