- Lonnie Johnson rated 90 by 247Sports
- Clemson & Florida offered Clifton Garrett
- Kentucky offered Chris Williams, Dareian Watkins, Artavis Scott, Kalvaraz Bessent, Ethan Wolf & Dante Sawyer
- Georgia offered Elijah Hood & Kentavius Street
- Texas A&M offered Dallis Todd
- Oklahoma offered Jamardre Cobb
- Tennessee offered Andrew Williams
- Missouri offered Montae Nicholson
- Maryland offered Marcelys Jones
- Penn State offered Drake Harris
- Notre Dame offered Joe Mixon
- California offered Orlando Brown
- Ole Miss offered Elijah Hood
- Arizona State offered Jarrett LaRubbio
- Damon Webb invited to 2014 U.S. Army All-America Game.
BN $ - Withers - Georgia Star Hit It Off '14 GA S Cortez McDowell
- OSU offered on NLOID and he speaks to Coach Withers once a week...wants to visit OSU for a spring practice and has offers from the likes of Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Tennessee, North Carolina, Mississippi State and North Carolina State.
Scout $ - Five With Peppers '14 NJ DB Jabrill Peppers
- Stanford, Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame and Alabama...says he was all but committed to Stanford until OSU and Michigan started pushing hard...likes Stanford's academics as well as Notre Dame's...likes Coach Meyer and Coach Coombs.
Scout $ - Who's Kitt Favoring? '14 GA WR Demarre Kitt
- Video interview...loved his visit to OSU and his time with the coaches...likes Clemson's offense and family atmosphere...wants to visit Oregon because of their offense...will narrow things to 10 by the end of spring and wants to have a decision by November.
Rivals $ - Weber enjoys Michigan return '15 MI RB Michael Weber
- Was at UM on Sunday for the basketball game...spent time getting to know the coaches...will be back on 3/3 for the MSU basketball game.
Rivals $ - Henry set for first Penn State visit '14 PA RB/DB Dravon Henry
- Visiting PSU for a junior day on Saturday...has been to Rutgers, Michigan State, Ohio State and West Virginia...Tennessee, Arizona, Missouri and Georgia have been showing strong interest as of late.
Rivals $ - Mixon talking with Badgers '14 CA RB Joe Mixon
- Likes Coach Kauha'aha'a and plans to visit during the fall.
Scout $ - Lattimore Struts His Stuff '14 OH ATH Marshon Lattimore
- Ran a 4.42 forty at the Best of the Midwest Combine, but says he'd like to get under 4.4. Latest offer is from Tennessee & says he'd also like offers from Alabama, Florida & LSU. Would like to visit Tennessee, Indiana, West Virginia, Illinois & Ohio State this Spring. Will make his decision after all his officials.
Scout $ - Johnson and Jones Talk Recruiting '14 IN ATH Lonnie Johnson
- Video by The Bank....Marcelys & Lonnie talk about their motivation for attending camps & combines. Marcelys has been recruiting Lonnie to join him at tOSU & Lonnie says he's been doing a great job. Johnson again says Ohio State leads with Nebraska & Illinois close behind. Marcelys is also recruiting Marshon Lattimore & Erick Smith.
Scout $ - Could Dallis Todd leave the West? '14 CA WR Dallis Todd
- Visiting tOSU on 4/6 and would also like to visit Clemson, Florida, Tennessee & Ole Miss. Looking at the style of offense, tradition, relationship with the coaching staff & how comfortable he feels at the school. Says the tradition at Ohio State stands out.
Numerous Ohio State recruiting targets impressed scouts at the Best of the Midwest combine and a JUCO OT plans to visit the Buckeyes in November.
Monday was another eventful day in the world of Ohio State recruiting. The Best Of the Midwest combine held in Indianapolis, Indiana had some of the nation's best high school football players on hand to compete against other talented prospects in various drills. Many of the recruits who participated in the event are being recruited by Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes; some of them left scouts leaving the Hoosier state totally impressed.
2014 Ohio State commit offensive tackle Marcelys Jones (Cleveland/Glenville) showed up a slimmer 6-3 320 lbs but twice as mean, impressing everyone with his footwork and overall manhandling of other future D1 studs during 1-on-1 drills. A pair of Jones' Tarblooder teammates didn't let him steal all of the spotlight; Marshon Lattimore showed off his speed, reporting times of 4.48 seconds and 4.49 seconds in the 40 yard dash along with a 10-foot broad jump. Marshon didn't just prove he was quick; the 6-0 170 lb Cleveland native also impressed on the defensive side of the ball, earning MVP with his impressive covering skills and overall ability against other top Midwest talent. 2014 safety Erick Smith put up some impressing numbers himself, reporting a 40 yard dash time of 4.62 and a solid shuttle time of 4.07. Smith also showed off his covering skills by breaking up numerous passes thrown his way. Many scouts think Lattimore and Smith could join Jones as part of the Buckeyes 2014 recruiting class before its all said and done.
The class of 2014 has taken center stage when it comes to recruiting future Buckeyes, but there are some special prospects in the class of 2015 that deserve some recognition as well. We talk with '15 WR George Campbell about his season and what he thinks about Ohio State.
In the past couple of years, recruiting future classes is more and more becoming a common thing among college coaching staffs. It doesn't seem to long ago USC was offering - and receiving a verbal - from a kid in the 8th grade at the age of 13. While schools haven't taken on measures that drastic, coach Meyer knows what he's doing when he begins offering a look into the future classes. One of his offers in the class of 2015 was WR George Campbell. The Florida-native receiver caught the eye of the staff and has since received an offer and continued to keep contact with the staff throughout the past weeks.
Ohio State hasn't been the only one impressed with Campbell, as the 6'3", 180-pound recruit already holds 12 offers from top schools including Arkansas, Clemson Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt, among others. In the 2012 season, as a sophomore in high school, Campbell had 30 receptions for 766 yards and had 5 touchdowns. Playing on both sides of the ball, Campbell also contributed 57 tackles, proving his versatility on the gridiron.
While it's still very early in the process, we spoke with Campbell about the recent attention he's received and where Ohio State stands with the rest of the teams vying for his services.
OT Jamarco Jones High on Ohio State’s Wish List (the ozone)
After coming up a bit short in the 2013 class, Ohio State is in desperate need of offensive linemen for 2014. Even Urban Meyer said so during his National Signing Day press conference.
The Buckeyes already have verbal commitments from Lancaster Ohio’s Kyle Trout and Cleveland Glenville’s Marcelys Jones, but they lose the bulk of their starting offensive line after the 2013 season.
“We're going to have four starters walk out the doors next year this time,” Meyer said back in early February.
“And we're not prepared for that. So that's area number one. And 1A, 1B, 1C is offensive linemen for next year.”
Another prospect being recruited hard by Meyer and the Ohio State staff for 2014 is Jamarco Jones out of Chicago. Jones recently won the overall MVP for the Core 6 Athletes Showcase in Cincinnati, Ohio. Standing 6-5 and weighing in at 285 pounds, Jones can play either guard or tackle but projects as a tackle at the next level.
He is rated as one of the top players at his position around the country and already has offers from schools like Florida, Michigan, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Ohio State. He took some time to let Ozone in on his recruiting process.
This is the curious case of Thad Matta. How much longer can Ohio State really flounder under his oppressive regime?
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Sunday in the "FANPOSTS" section of popular Internet weblog Land-Grant Holy Land there was a post calling for Thad Matta to be fired. This got me thinking. And it should get you thinking too.
If you're an Ohio State fan, what are you waiting for?
Columbus, the time has come.
Ohio State could definitely use an upgrade at head coach over what Thad Matta has to offer.
Previous to Thad Matta settling in Columbus, the highest win total a Buckeye team had in a season was 27 wins in 1990-91 and 1998-99 (allegedly). Since then, teams that Matta has coached have eclipsed the 27 win total in just three different seasons, but I think it's safe to attribute that to teams playing a lot more games against bad competition.