- Arkansas offered Jacob McCrary
- Tennessee offered Kyle Berger, Parris Campbell, Nic Weishar, Dallis Todd, Tyler Luatua, Larry Scott & Eric Glover-Williams
- Tennessee, Louisville & Maryland have offered Dante Booker
- Michigan offered Lorenzo Carter
- Alabama offered KC McDermott
- Kentucky offered Josh Malone
- UCLA offered Chris Hardeman
- Michigan State offered Jacques Patrick
- Arizona State offered Dallis Todd
- Purdue offered Kyle Trout
- Arkansas offered Elisha Shaw
- Harvard offered Brandon Simmons
- Texas offered Demarre Kitt
- Ryan Timmons will announce his college choice on Feb. 5 at 1:00 pm EST at his high school
- Vonn Bell will announce his decision at 10 a.m. on Feb. 6 (National Signing Day)
- Cameron Hunt plans to announce on National Signing Day between Oregon and Cal
- Michigan coaches slated to be at Gary (Ind.) West Side today to see Lonnie Johnson
- Oregon has stopped by Gainesville (Ga.) today to check on 2014 QB Deshaun Watson
- Urban Meyer & Zach Smith visits Da'Shawn Hand
- Ohio State visits Ethan Wolf
- Ed Warriner visits Vincent Jackson Jr.
- Kevin Wilson from Indiana visits Dominique Booth
- Brady Hoke from Michigan visits Montae Nicholson, Anthony Davis, Dravon Henry & Jaleel Fields
- Nick Saban from Alabama visits University School (Fla.)
- Michigan has decided to part ways with Denzel Ward
- Dontre Wilson will visit Texas for OV this weekend
- @MChungOZone A source says Vonn Bell is not a lock to Alabama. Vonn wants to play early, source says Ala can't promise it
- @Miles11W Vonn Bell will have no contact with colleges after Thursday. He and those close to him will work on making a decision this weekend
- James Clark says of the Corey Smith commitment: "It doesn't change my recruitment at all. The OSU coaches told me it was gonna happen."
- Ezekiel Elliott says the meeting with OSU coaches yesterday went "really good." Said they talked about his role in the offense.
- Kerry Coombs is scheduled to check in on 2014 CB Chris Hardeman tomorrow, he's an #LSU commitment.
Rivals $ - Kitt talks 'Bama, favorites '14 GA WR Demarre Kitt
- Recaps junior day at Alabama and syas they want him badly...also now interested in Oregon...admits he and DeShaun Watson, Raekwon McMillan, Miles Autry and Nick Glass have talked about OSU together.
BN $ - Top OL Thinking Midwest And OSU '14 FL OL Mason Cole
- Originally from Chicago and wants to get out of Florida...likes OSU but hasn't narrowed his list down yet.
ESPN $ - Watch List DE Sawyer A Popular Target '14 GA DE Dante Sawyer
- Received a Bama offer and will be visiting the Buckeyes on Feb. 8th (for 3 days) with Demarre Kitt, Nick Glass, Raekwon McMillan, DeShaun Watson and Bryson Allen-Williams....these 6 GA kids have discussed playing together in college.
ESPN $ - Watch List QB Barker looking hard at SEC '14 KY QB Drew Barker
- LSU and Georgia are showing interest (to join Kentucky and South Carolina) & says contact with tOSU has dropped off and is not sure he will visit again.
ESPN $ - ESPN 150 RB plans visit; decision date set '13 TX RB Dontre Wilson
- He wants to announce his decision on Sunday after Texas visit (according to his coach)
Monday was definitely another newsworthy day in the world of Buckeye recruiting. Head football coach Urban Meyer and his coaching staff were racking up frequent flyer miles all over the United States trying to close out the 2013 class with a bang. The staff were also checking in on some big time 2014 recruits to add to the Buckeyes' already impressive start to the class. If you missed it yesterday evening, there was some lingering trepidation over Trey Johnson and his surprise visit to Tennessee. But after reaffirming his commitment, Ohio State shouldn't have anything worry about... at least on that front.
Urban Meyer left the soggy, snowy Columbus roads and returned to the familiar streets of Florida. No, Urban is not on vacation; OSU's leader-in-chief is hitting the recruiting trail for future All-Americans. Coach Meyer stopped in to see how 2013 defensive end commit Joey Bosa (Fort Lauderdale/St. Thomas Aquinas) was doing while on his trip down south. It was reported that the Buckeye boss didn't just travel to see Bosa; Meyer also stopped in on a few 2014 prospects. Offensive Lineman K.C. McDermott (Wellington/Palm Beach Central), wide out Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach Gardens/William T. Dwyer) and defensive back Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale/Univ. School of Nova S.) all had Meyer visit Monday:
Much in the same way that the recruitment of slot receivers has become the "Search for the next Percy Harvin", Ohio State's treasure hunt for tight ends has turned into the "Search for the next Aaron Hernandez".
The days of Ohio State looking for a tight end like Reid Fragel are gone for now, and the quest for tight ends who can split out and make plays after the catch is in full effect.
Ohio State currently has one such tight end committed in the 2013 class in Marcus Baugh. Baugh was a tough cover in 7-on-7 tournaments last summer, and he's just the type of receiver that the Buckeyes are looking for.
For the 2014 class, they are targeting similar athletes, including some who are still playing receiver, yet project as a hybrid. Ohio State wants tight ends who can move around and be versatile, and you can see that in the players being targeted.
New Smyrna Beach wide receiver James Clark took his final official visit of the recruiting period this past weekend to Ohio State. He said it was reassuring to him to see things firsthand in Columbus.
The problem with the visit, however, is that it didn't really help him whittle down his remaining list of five schools from which he will choose come National Signing Day (Feb. 6). Clark still has Clemson, Florida, Nebraska, Northwestern and Ohio State on his list.
He will visit Gainesville for an unofficial trip this coming weekend, which will be one last chance for the Gators' staff to win him over.
Clark said he will then narrow his list to three schools Sunday or Monday.
“It really is going to be a difficult decision,” Clark said. “You have to think a lot of things and we're talking about five of the best schools in the nation. To have to cut four schools from those five … it's just going to be hard."
He will unveil his choice on National Signing Day, which is next Wednesday.
In the new age of Social Media, top college prospects are finding it far more difficult to take “secret” official visits.
When two Atlanta area recruits (committed elsewhere) quietly showed up at Tennessee as visitors this past weekend, it didn’t remain quiet for long.
Word spread quickly on Twitter that Central Gwinnett LB Trey Johnson (committed to Ohio State) and Alpharetta QB Joshua Dobbs (committed to Arizona State) were in Knoxville.
Johnson’s appearance nearly caused a meltdown at Ohio State after a website that covers the Buckeyes tweeted last Friday, “Buckeyes LB commit Trey Johnson told me rumor he was taking an official visit to Tennessee this weekend isn’t true.”
Marc Givler of Ohio State’s Rivals.com website, also tweeted on Friday, “Trey Johnson will not be anywhere in the state of Tennessee this weekend. I also won’t be in Tennessee, or Delaware, or Colorado, FYI.”
One of the big stories in this recruiting season has been the strong showing from the traditional elite of the Big Ten: Michigan and Ohio State.
The Buckeyes and Wolverines currently rank fourth and sixth respectively in the Rivals team rankings. Michigan is No. 1 in Scout's rankings, while Ohio State is fourth. Michigan is seventh on 247's rankings, while Ohio State is fifth. The Wolverines are fifth in ESPN's rankings, one spot behind the Bucks. No other Big Ten team is in the top 10 of any of the four rankings. Nebraska sits 13th in Scout's rankings and otherwise finds itself hovering around No. 20 in the remaining three sets. It's all downhill from there for the rest of the conference. And this is nothing new, as the 2012 recruiting rankings from all four services placed Michigan and Ohio State in the top 10 and the rest of the Big Ten all outside of the top 20.
The 6'1 222 pound linebacker from Lawrenceville, Georgia was a big target for Ohio State, especially given that linebacker may be a position of need. Despite strong interest from Tennessee and Alabama, 4-star LB Trey Johnson has reaffirmed that he will don the Scarlet and Gray.
Many Buckeye fans were worried after hearing that Johnson had taken a secret trip to Knoxville yesterday. We reported that Johnson was going to visit a linebacker coach friend, and that the visit was more social than an indication that his commitment was wavering. It turns out we were correct.
Per Rivals, Johnson is ranked as the 7th best player in Georgia, and the 105st best in the nation. Scout has him listed as the 16th best linebacker prospect in the country.
Ohio State will continue to recruit Vonn Bell, who is also being sought by Alabama and Tennessee, but will return a talented crop of young linebackers next season either way, including Luke Roberts and Joshua Perry.
WR James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.)
James Clark was a fast riser this fall after a fantastic 2012 campaign. His senior film is as good as you will find out there in this class. Many of his suitors came on late in the process. This a Santana Moss type of receiver that has visited Ohio State, Purdue, Clemson, Nebraska and Northwestern. Clark may not be finished. He could make an unofficial visit to Gainesville this coming weekend and check out the Gators for the sixth time. If that happens Florida will be in the game. Clark looks best suited in a spread and you can?t help but wonder if he will ultimately pick the Buckeyes or Tigers. What happens or doesn?t happen this weekend could play a big effect in his decision. Look for Clark to narrow things down to three schools before he makes his decision.
In April, St. Louis (Mo.) John Burroughs running back Ezekiel Elliott committed to Ohio State while on an unofficial visit to Columbus. After a weekend official to visit to Missouri, Elliott appears set to announce his final decision on National Signing Day.
"My signing ceremony is at my school at 3 pm. Everyone come out," Elliott tweeted around 9:30 PM Tuesday, later clarifying the date of his ceremony to by Feb. 6.
Two minutes later, Elliott tweeted again, "I will not be doing any interviews until Feb 6th on signing day."
Elliott, whose father played football at Missouri and mother ran track for the Tigers, took an official visit to Columbia on Jan. 25. Since the visit, he has not done interviews and has not discussed his commitment to the Buckeyes publicly, although it should be mentioned that Elliott's tweet referenced a signing ceremony instead of an announcement.
Elliott, a four-star recruit and the nation's 84th-ranked player, is also the top player in the state of Missouri for 2013. Although he hasn't publicly commented, it appears the only two teams still in the mix are Ohio State and Missouri. Texas also reached out to Elliott last week.
On Monday, Ohio State coaches visited Elliott at his school. Sources have told PowerMizzou.com that Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel is expected to make an in-home visit with the Elliotts sometime this week, although -- like much of his current recruitment -- that has yet to be confirmed.