Newly Offered: Parris Campbell Jr.
Newly Offered: Solomon Thomas
Newly Offered: Erick Smith
Newly Offered: Kiy Hester
Newly Offered: Devin Lauderdale
- @GerryH247sports he's been on record as saying #Buckeyes are possible. Urban Meyer in Desoto soon
- @Derek11W Talked to Dontre Wilson's coach tonight. Wilson will sit down with family and is waiting to talk to Oregon staff before any decision is made
- @kristenkenney Taivon Jacobs not taking ov to #maryland #terps, doesn't want upset #OSU buckeyes http://t.co/TzPa3QXw
- @AllenTrieu #Iowa offers Galion (Ohio) 2014 WR-DB Dareian Watkins
- Alabama offers Dante Sawyer
- California offers DeShaun Watson
- Brady Hoke from Michigan visits Jabrill Peppers
- Dan Skipper officially visits Arkansas
- 4* ATH Dontre Wilson has scheduled an official visit to #OhioState per @RivalsJason
- Butch Jones from Tennessee evaluates Elijah Hood
- Jacob McCrary names Clemson leader
- Urban Meyer and Tom Herman visit Dontre Wilson
- @bbournival #OhioState #Buckeyes offer Solomon Thomas. No, not the one that used to play for them. A Watch List DE from 2014
- @MarcGivlerBG #OhioState has offered class of 2014 Cleveland (OH) Glenville S Erick Smith #buckeyes
- @BrianDohnScout St. Joseph's-Montvale (NJ) 2014 DB Kiy Hester picked up an offer from a #BigTen power today
- @Jason_Higdon Stanford, Tennessee and Ohio State visited Adly Enoicy this week.
- @DamonSayles 4-star #Bellaire WR Devin Lauderdale (@Donald_Trump_10) now claims #Buckeyes offer. Talks about upcoming visit ($): http://es.pn/U53wXO
BN $ - Six Schools Vying For Blazevich '14 NC TE Jeb Blazevich
- By Helwagen...down to Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State and Ole Miss in no order...says Coach Meyer has taken the most active role in his recruitment and enjoyed his visit with his parents and pastor.
Scout $ - Two new leaders for Hampton '14 TX LB Cameron Hampton
- Texas and Oklahoma...may also visit LSU and OSU this spring if he can.
Rivals $ - Four-star twins looking to visit '13 CA S Tyree Robinson & '13 CA LB Tyrell Robinson
- By Givler...Tyree says Ohio State, USC, and Washington called yesterday and will likely visit OSU and Washington with his brother...thinks OSU may make an in-home next week.
Scout$--Weishar Adds OSU '14 IL TE Nic Weishar
- Nic says he did not watch tOSU this season but is looking forward to learning more.
BN $ - Two on top for Elder '13 TN ATH Cornelius Elder
- By Simmons...says everything was good on his OSU visit...OSU and UCLA lead...trying to set-up a visit to Auburn and is also interested in Vandy, Georgia Tech and Ole Miss.
247 $ - Buckeyes Offer Ohio Running Back '14 OH RB Parris Campbell Jr
- By Kurelic... Offered on Sunday, and projects as either a running back or wide receiver, with OSU saying running back.
ESPN $ - Ohio St. is 'dream school' for offered ATH '14 NJ DB Kiy Hester
- By Shanker....Says Ohio State will be at the top of his list & calls tOSU his dream school. Would like to visit Ohio State & Miami and says Ohio State is recruiting him as a Safety.
ESPN $ - 4-star WR set for Ohio State visit '13 TX WR Devin Lauderdale
- By Sayles....Says he was offered during an in-home visit with Coach Herman last night & will be visiting this Sunday & Monday. Plans on announcing on NLOID.
If you thought Chip Kelly heading to the NFL only meant big changes for Oregon and Philadelphia, think again. The Ducks have some excellent committed talent that may just be a perfect fit for Ohio State.
It's pretty clear at this point that it could be open season on Oregon's current core of committed recruits. With Chip Kelly jumping ship to lead the Philadelphia Eagles, many talented players that may be committed (or close to committing) might be thinking hard about not becoming a Duck after all. That's potentially good news for Buckeye fans, as Coach Meyer worked quickly to touch base with some of these kids potentially reopening their processes, offered out a few new offers, plus made it well known that Ohio State is still open to having some recruits join their class.
'13 ATH Tyree Robinson received a call from OSU assistant Tom Herman yesterday and the Buckeyes offered scholarships to both '13 LB Robinson and his twin brother, Tyrell Robinson. Tyree is a 6'4", 190-pound athlete and Tyrell is a 6'3", 200-pound linebacker. The brothers have both been committed to Oregon since September 23rd but there's no counting out the Buckeyes in this one:
Dang coaches are blowing me up Ohio state just offerd me and my twin— Tyree Robinson (@HumbleDuck_2) January 16, 2013
Better yet, here's Tyree's brother Tyrell playing linebacker/wide receiver:
Being that Robinson is a two-sport athlete, I can't imagine what he could be capable of if he solely focused on the football part of his high school career.
A big time target for Ohio State is '13 RB Dontre Wilson who Buckeye fans hope can sort of fill in the gap the aftermath of '13 WR James Quick's decision left in this class. Last week, Wilson let it be known that if Chip Kelly were to leave Oregon for the NFL that he would be opening his recruitment back up immediately. Now with Kelly gone, just about every school in the country is looking to pick up the pieces and take their chance at Wilson.
There are rumors swirling about Ohio State and Wilson as well, but as of now Wilson is sticking by his commitment to the Ducks. To add to the mystery, '13 WR Shelton Gibson committed to West Virginia yesterday despite some thinking earlier in this cycle he was a virtual lock for the Buckeyes. Of course, Ohio State had not so subtly hinted that they wouldn't take him if his grades weren't up to par, so perhaps the details got to be too much for the staff to sweat and they elected to let him walk to a place he wouldn't have as many difficulties qualifying.
Something to keep in mind for Dontre is that Wilson is very close with Oregon running backs coach Gary Campbell. If Oregon OC Mark Helfrich is promoted as expected and Campbell stays, Wilson might not be going anywhere after all. Wilson is the No. 113 ranked overall recruit in the nation. He is the No. 7 running back and No. 13 player in the state of Texas, according to 247Sports.
Per Steve Wiltfong Ohio State to be in touch with Oregon commit Darren Carrington who is now looking around.— jbook (@jbook37) January 16, 2013
Yet another Oregon commit is taking a look at Ohio State, and the interest appears to go both ways. '13 ATH Darren Carrington told the media yesterday that the Buckeyes have keeping an eye on him throughout the entirety of his recruiting process. It looks to me like Coach Meyer is playing wait-and-see with the talented group of Oregon commits that might jump ship. Either way, it's good to know the Buckeyes are in strong contention for at least one of these stud athletes.
Finally, in non-Oregon related recruiting news, Ohio State offered '14 WR/TE Nic Weishar yesterday. The 6'5", 200-pound Weishar had 89 receptions for 1,100 yards and five touchdowns this season,.That's not too bad for someone that's entering their junior year this summer. Weishar holds offers from Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin amongst others.
It was a great season on the field for Buckeye football and the momentum has continued in recruiting.
"Ohio State's got a rock star and I mean literally, to these recruits, a rock star," Ohio State recruiting expert Bill Kurelic of bucknuts.com said. "It's been amazing what he has done in such a short time recruiting-wise. Last year he comes in and takes a class that wasn't even in the top 25 nationally and ends up with a top five class. This year it's just been amazing."
The Buckeye class will become official on national signing day February 6th. There are 22 prospects in the class (see it here on bucknuts.com) and five are already enrolled. It was already highly touted, but the class got a boost with the commitments recently of four-star linebackers Mike Mitchell and Trey Johnson and linebacker/safety Christopher Worley.
"(Ohio State) is up to number two in the country in our rankings at 24/7 sports, behind only Alabama," Kurelic said. "They've moved ahead of Florida, USC and Notre Dame, so certainly getting those commitments has given Ohio State a boost and they're hoping to finish strong."
Kurelic says there are about a half-dozen prospects the Buckeyes are still in on. The biggest fish is safety Vonn Bell out of Georgia, who is expected to choose between Alabama, Ohio State and Tennessee on signing day.
"He could come into Ohio State, I believe and play day one," Kurelic said. "Maybe not start day one but he's going to play day one, somewhere."
Kurelic said Ohio State would also like at least one more wide receiver and another offensive lineman...but how much space is there?
Because of the NCAA sanctions handed down on the program last year, Ohio State can only have 82 scholarship players, rather than 85, on its roster when fall camp opens and the Buckeyes are pushing the limit.
"As things stand right now, they could only take one more prospect in the class, however there's always some attrition to a program so I think realistically Ohio State could, without question fit two more players in this class and they could go to three if things are right," Kurelic said. "For instance, if Vonn Bell were to decide on national signing day that he wants to be a Buckeye, there's just no way in the world that Ohio State would turn him away."
It's a talented Ohio State class across the board, but Kurelic said if you're looking for a strength, it's the defensive backs and defensive linemen that Meyer and staff have stockpiled.
"In Eli Apple from New Jersey, Cam Burrows and Gareon Conley from Ohio, they've got three of the country's premier cornerbacks coming into Ohio State and that was an area of need," Kurelic said. "And then on the defensive line, you've got Joey Bosa coming in from Florida, Mike Hill out of South Carolina is a top defensive tackle, Billy Price is a great prospect out of Austintown-Fitch and Tracy Sprinkle is a defensive end from Elyria. They've once again done just a super job on the defensive line."
Meyer also has a head start for 2014, with two commitments already. This past weekend, defensive back Damon Webb out of Cass Tech in Detroit, committed to Ohio State. He's considered one of the top prospects in Michigan. Marcelys Jones, an offensive lineman from Cleveland Glenville committed last month.
DeSoto RB Dontre Wilson still committed to Oregon, father says, but will visit other schools; Chip Kelly visited Wilson on Tuesday, didn’t mention Philadelphia job
On Tuesday, Chip Kelly was still Oregon’s head coach, and he travelled to DeSoto to see four-star recruit Dontre Wilson. During the visit, he told Wilson and his father, Don, about how Oregon had already worked DeSoto’s star running back into next year’s offense.
On Wednesday, everything changed.
After initially declining overtures to the NFL, Kelly was hired by Philadelphia Eagles, leaving the Ducks’ recruits, including Wilson, in a lurch.
“He’s not a happy camper right now,” DeSoto coach Claude Mathis said. “I think Dontre’s hurt a little bit, because since [Kelly] was here yesterday. Dontre thinks he should have said something.”
Wilson said during the football season that he was attracted to Oregon because of the Ducks’ wide-open attack, with Kelly as the architect of its heralded “blur” offense.
“It’s a perfect fit,” Wilson said.
Last week, when Wilson was preparing for the Under Armour All-American Game, he told Dallas Morning News columnist Matt Wixon that he was concerned that he might not ever play for Kelly.
Several teams – the Cleveland Browns and Eagles in particular – had been knocking at Kelly’s door since Oregon’s Fiesta Bowl win.
“I worried about it a lot,” Wilson told Wixon. “It would be back to square one.”
Mark Helfrich, Oregon’s offensive coordinator for the past four seasons, is Kelly’s presumed successor, and would likely keep the same offensive mindset. But, at the current juncture, it looks as if Wilson’s recruiting process has been reset.
Don Wilson said Wednesday afternoon that his son was still committed to Oregon, though he had not yet spoken with Oregon assistants Gary Campbell and Scott Frost, Dontre’s primary recruiters.
Nevertheless, Don Wilson added that his son would now take several official visits, with potential suitors Ohio State, Clemson, Oklahoma State and Notre Dame in the mix.
“We’re not in a hurry,” Don Wilson said. “We made a promise to Chip that Dontre wouldn’t take any more visits once he committed. But that was to Chip. Now that he’s gone, that promise is kind of null and void.”
One of UGA’s former commitments may be the state’s hottest prospect right now.
Kyrin Priester, a speedy wide receiver from Brookwood High School, has earned late scholarship offers from Clemson, Ohio State and Auburn within the last couple of weeks. Priester is officially committed to N.C. State but checking out his options after the coaching change.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder will take an official visit to Clemson this weekend and then go to Ohio State or Auburn the following week.
“All the interest from the colleges has been a little bit overwhelming,” Brookwood coach Mark Crews told the AJC. “Kyrin is a little bit confused, as any 18-year old would be in trying figure out all the options and the ramifications of those options. We’re just trying to help him make decisions that are best for him and his family.”
Priester had a whirlwind romance with UGA. He moved from Orlando to the Atlanta area last winter, and was quickly discovered by college scouts. Within a month, Priester had both been offered and accepted an offer from UGA. However, Priester later de-committed from the Bulldogs because he felt he had rushed his decision.
“I think he was overwhelmed with all of that at the very beginning,” Crews said. “He came here, was sort of unknown, and not recruited. Then he got all the offers and different people were talking to him and so forth.
“I don’t think there are any hard feelings between Kyrin and Georgia. I think Georgia, if he was to go back that same route, if they had a chance to get a great player, they may take him. But I think that may be water over the bridge by now.”
Ironically, UGA coach Mark Richt, along with assistant Bryan McClendon (who recruits Gwinnett County), will be at Brookwood on Thursday.
“It’s my understanding they are coming to visit with Shaun McGee,” said Crews, referring to the Brookwood linebacker committed to UGA. “They may want to see Kyrin, too, I don’t know. I will certainly ask them when they get here.”
Priester made a lot of believers after a monster senior season at Brookwood.
“He’s really, really good,” Crews said. “The thing about it is, when he first came to us, he was kind of green, as far as snapping our routes and with some of the things we like to do. But he got better and better, and ended up being an All-State player. And he’s a special kid. He’s got a great attitude and is a hard worker. We were blessed to have him move in from Florida. I wish he had moved in earlier.”
Priester might be the state’s best overall prospect at wide receiver. What sets him apart is his initial burst of speed and quickness. It makes everybody else on the field look like they are running in slow motion.
“He’s got great acceleration,” Crews said. “There are guys that are fast, and then there are guys that can cover the first 4-5 yards faster than everybody else … and have that explosiveness or whatever you want to call. He has got that burst that kind of sets him apart from everybody else.”
Georgia Tech is taking a shot at Trey Johnson, the Under Armour All-America linebacker who is committed to Ohio State.
It has to do with Ted Roof, the new defensive coordinator at Georgia. When Roof was at Auburn two years ago, he was the first to offer a football scholarship to Johnson.
Roof and Johnson also have the connection in that each starred at linebacker for Central Gwinnett High School.
“Trey said that Coach Roof is supposed to be coming by on (Thursday),” Central Gwinnett coach Todd Wofford told the AJC. “I think Trey is still going to Ohio State, but he’s being respectful to Coach Roof and he’s going to listen to what he has to say.”
It would be a long shot for Georgia Tech to land Johnson, but anything can and does happen in recruiting.
One school that is out of the picture is Auburn. Johnson de-committed from Auburn last month after the Tigers changed defensive coordinators for the third time in three seasons while Johnson had been pledged there.
“Auburn came by last Friday, and they gave their pitch with the new defensive coordinator, Ellis Johnson,” Wofford said. “Trey pretty much told them that he has been down this road before with Auburn. He handled it in a very, very mature way. I was proud of him. I’ve never seen an 18-year-old kid handle himself so well in a room full of adults in that type of situation.
“He said, ‘You know, I put my trust into Coach Roof two years ago. He left, and I built my trust back up with Coach Chizik and Coach VanGorder. Then they left.’ That really shook up Trey. He said ‘It’s not disrespect toward you all, but I’ve been in this room with a different staff before and have them tell me that they’re going to be with me my whole career. It’s the same school, so I’m just not going back down that road.’”
To Auburn’s credit, the Tigers haven’t quit: Gus Malzahn tried to call Johnson over the weekend.
South Carolina and Tennessee have made inquiries about Johnson but “his dad has pretty much shut everybody else down,” Wofford said.
Georgia Tech will likely be the only other school to get in front of Johnson before signing day.
“But again, Coach Roof was the first guy to offer him,” Wofford said. “They are always going to be friends beyond football.”
Two of the biggest story lines to emerge early in the 2014 class have been the recruiting efforts in Georgia and Michigan.
Evidence of these exploits can already be seen in the surprise commitment of MI DB Damon Webb and the ‘mega Georgia recruiting weekend’ (TM) currently scheduled to start on February 8th.
First, let’s look at Michigan.
As mentioned, the commitment of Damon Webb was a big surprise for pretty much everyone.
He hails from Cass Tech in Detroit, which has been “Michigan’s Glenville” in terms of a recruiting pipeline.
For some hilarity, check out a maize (sun?) and blue corner of the internet for reactions to Webb’s commitment.
While this recruitment will almost certainly extend all the way to signing day, I am fairly confident that the philosopher king won’t be able to persuade a player that has bought in to what Ohio State has to offer.
Webb’s early decision is clearly a big deal and a fantastic surprise to start the 2014 class, but Ohio State’s efforts up north could go much deeper than pulling off one major upset.
Not content with just upsetting the faithful in Ann Arbor, Urban Meyer set his sights on East Lansing as well by recently extending an offer to currently committed Spartan MI WR Drake Harris.