- Arizona & South Carolina offered Dante Sawyer
- Wisconsin offered Garrett Dickerson & Saeed Blacknall
- Vanderbilt offered Dylan Thompson
- California & Virginia offered Jamarco Jones
- Florida State offered Malik McDowell
- Louisville offered Dareian Watkins, Artavis Scott & Mason Cole
- NC State offered Ethan Wolf
- Clemson & Auburn offered Joe Mixon
- Tennessee offered Mason Cole
- Alabama & South Carolina offered Jesse Aniebonam
- Auburn offered Jacob McCrary & Johnnie Dixon
- Georgia offered Alex Bars
- UCF offered Darius West
- Elisha Shaw unofficially visits Auburn
- @Derek11W ATH Marshon Lattimore with a solid day. 10 ft broad jump and 4.48 40 time
- @Miles11W ATH Marshon Lattimore clocks a 4.49 forty on his second attempt
- @Derek11W S Erick Smith clocks a 4.62 forty
- @MChungOZone Andrew Gantz officially will attend Tenn. Was considering a preferred walk-on from OSU. Told Ozone a few days ago he was 90% UT, now is 100%
- @Miles11W 2014 OL commit Marcelys Jones told me he is still "100% a a Buckeye" he just wants to check out a few schools.
- @KyleNeddenriep Gary West WR Lonnie Johnson said Ohio State at top of his list. Nebraska and Illinois have also offered
Scout $ - 2014 LB Getting Plenty of Attention '14 CA LB Jamardre Cobb
- Most recent offers are Ohio State & South Carolina. Says he really likes Ohio State & is just getting to know South Carolina.
Scout $ - The Garrett Family Talks Recruiting '14 IL LB Clifton Garrett
- Mrs. Garrett talks about going on visits with Clifton & gives advice to other parents on how to handle things. Clifton will be playing in the US Army All American Bowl & plans on announcing after his season.
24/7 $ - Ags after top rated JUCO lineman '14 JUCO OL Jermaine Eluemunor
- Has offers from Florida State, UCLA and West Virginia and thinks OSU and TAMU will be next...also talking to USC and Alabama...grew up in England playing rugby but has switched to football and wrestling since coming to the US...has officials scheduled to TAMU on 10/26 and OSU on 11/23.
Scout $ - FSNextTv: Darius West '14 OH DB Darius West
- Up to around 10 offers, while also hearing from Notre Dame, Nebraska, Ohio State, Michigan & Michigan State. Says he'll be visiting Notre Dame, Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana or Penn State next weekend for a Junior Day. Wants to make his decision before his season.
Scout $ - FSNextTv: Lonnie Johnson '14 IN ATH Lonnie Johnson
- Ohio State leading, with Illinois & Nebraska close behind. No timetable for a decision & is looking for a great coaching staff, fast pace offense & great relationship with current/future players.
Malik McDowell interview with Jared Shanker
Clifton Garrett interview with Jared Shanker
Another weekend has passed, and the race for 2014 recruits continues its trek as the Buckeyes hosted a group of up and coming seniors in Columbus.
Throughout the weekend, Ohio State and the Buckeye coaching staff hosted some of the best athletes in the class of 2014, including '14 LB Clifton Garrett. According to reports, it appears '14 OL Jamarco Jones, who visited last weekend, had a great visit and Ohio State remains up near the top of his favorites. As for this past weekend, Garrett was the athlete stealing the headline.
Ranked as the nation's No. 2 outside linebacker, he made sure to make it clear that Ohio State has really pulled out all of the stops for him early in the recruiting process but that he is still going to take his time in making a college decision. While on the visit, Garrett also talked with some of the coaching staff and spent time with some of the players there as well. Garrett holds offers from Arizona State, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Wisconsin.
For Jones, I think it would be safe to say coach Meyer has done a good job on that front and has the Buckeyes leading early. It's tough to say whether or not Jones will have Ohio State at the top when it's all said and done, but for now, the coaching staff can feel fairly confident. Jones holds offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.
Luke Vadas, a wide receiver in the class of 2013, has yet to make his decision for where he wants to enroll. Born and raised in Ohio, Vadas caught the eyes of the Ohio State coaching staff and have talked with him about a preferred walk-on role.
National Signing Day 2013 has come and gone, but athletes in the '13 class that have not yet decided where to go still remain. '13 WR Luke Vadas is one of those recruits, after turning down his only scholarship offer from Marshall. That may seem like a silly thing to do, but Vadas might have other ideas when it comes to him finding a team in college football.
Under coach Meyer and his staff, Buckeye fans have become accustomed to using new terms like noncommitable offers, but a fairly new one is the "preferred walk-on". Vadas fits the mold of a division one college football player, standing 6'2", 185-pounds and runs a 4.46 40-yard dash. That kind of speed is uncommon, even among some of the best college football players, and it goes to show why coach Meyer has taken an interest in Vadas.
In his senior season, Vadas had 79 receptions for 1,045 yards and nine touchdowns. Luke also contributed to the rushing attack, carrying the ball six times for 112 yards. Vadas truly might be one of those diamond in the rough prospects, as he's no slouch on the football field. Along with the offer from Marshall, Vadas is also considering Ohio State, Maryland, Penn State and Pitt.
We had the chance to talk with Luke about his season and what he had to say about growing up a Buckeye fan:
Monday Morning Kickoff: The Heart Of It All (the ozone)
* The initial 2014 Rivals recruiting rankings came out last week, and almost immediately there was consternation among Buckeye fans because already two of Ohio's highest-ranked prospects had committed to other schools.
Michael Ferns (ranked second) is a linebacker committed to Michigan, and offensive lineman Jimmy Byrne (ranked fifth) is committed to Notre Dame. The unrest fed people's ongoing fear that Urban Meyer isn't going to focus on Ohio as much as he should.
Meyer offered both of these players well before they committed to other schools, so that ongoing fear continues to be unfounded. Sometimes a kid just doesn't want to be a Buckeye. That's how it has always been and how it will always be.
In fact, since Rivals and Scout's "birth" in 2002, Ohio State has signed either service's top five Ohio prospects just once, and that was Scout's 2002 class of Mike D'Andrea, Maurice Clarett, Quinn Pitcock, Mike Kudla and Roy Hall.