- Alabama offered Marcelys Jones, Marshon Lattimore & Erick Smith
- Vanderbilt offered Chris Williams & Mikale Wilbon
- Notre Dame offered Jalyn Holmes
- Auburn offered Shaq Davidson, Reilly Gibbons & Artavis Scott
- Marshall, Massachusetts & Nebraska offered Quincy Wilson
- Kentucky, Clemson, USC & Nebraska offered Anthony Moten
- Ohio State offered Jermaine Eluemunor & Traveon Samuel
- Texas Tech offered Denzel Ward
- Maryland offered Marshon Lattimore
- Florida State offered Roderick Johnson
- California offered Saeed Blacknall
- Texas & USC offered Lorenzo Carter
- North Carolina offered Elisha Shaw
- Arkansas offered Derrell Scott
- Ole Miss offered D.J. Smith
- NC State offered Dante Sawyer
- Nebraska offered Nick Chubb
- Western Michigan & Minnesota offered Mikel Horton
- Oklahoma offered Jermaine Eluemunor & Jaden Gault
- Jabrill Peppers unofficially visits Penn State
- Mikel Horton will visit Alabama this weekend
- Montae Nicholson will visit Penn State this weekend
- @jcshurburtt Five-star safety Quin Blanding will announce in one week per @JamieOakes247
ESPN $ - Buckeyes offer JUCO offensive tackle '14 JUCO OL Jermaine Eluemunor
- Moved to the USA from London in 2009, where he starred in soccer & rugby. Will officially visit Columbus for the Indiana game & says the offer means a lot to him. Also has offers from East Carolina, Florida State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech & UCLA.
Scout $ - Blanding ready to decide '14 VA S Quin Blanding
- Down to Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Virginia & West Virginia. Will announce his decision on 2/27 at 2:30pm at his school. .
Scout $ - Several stand out to Ford '14 FL WR Isaiah Ford
- Most recent offers from Penn State & Florida. Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Ohio State, South Carolina & Virginia Tech stand out. Likes Coach Meyer & Coach Hinton.
Scout $ - Champs Offer Buckeye Commit '14 OH OL Marcelys Jones
- Surprised by the offer, but says he's still 100% Buckeye. Supposed to talk to Coach Saban later today.
Scout $ - Video Interview: Dylan Thompson '14 IL OL/DL Dylan Thompson
- Talks about the recruiting process so far. Says Coach Meyer is arguably the best coach in the country & admits he was very emotional after receiving the offer. Visiting Purdue on 2/24, Michigan State on 3/2, Ohio State on 3/22 & 3/23 and Notre Dame on 4/6 & 4/7. Also plans on visiting Arkansas, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Nebraska & Wisconsin.
Scout $ - Garrett Likes Rebels and Buckeyes '14 IL LB Clifton Garrett
- Recaps his Ohio State visit & says it went very well. Doesn't have any other visits planned, but wants to visit Ole Miss, LSU & Mississippi State. Says Ohio State & Ole Miss are battling for his top spot.
Scout $ - CORE-6 VIDEO: Clifton Garrett '14 IL LB Clifton Garrett
- Highlights of Clifton at the Core 6 Showcase.
ESPN $ - 2014 RB Jalen Hurd talks latest visit '14 TN ATH Jalen Hurd
- Recaps his visit to Tennessee & says he grew up a Tennessee fan. Says it's very important to him that he gets to play RB in college. Plans on visiting Ohio State & Florida in the Spring/Summer.
Newly offered: Jermaine Eluemunor
Newly offered: Traveon Samuel
Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets 2/20 - Marshon Lattimore shines, Jabrill Peppers has OSU in top five (lghl)
Ohio is an important target for coach Meyer in 2014, as some of the best prospects come out of the Buckeye state. Names like Marshon Lattimore, Dante Booker and more have fans excited about the possibilities with the class of 2014.
In case you missed it, on Monday, the annual "Best of the Midwest" combine hosted many of the top prospects in the class of 2014 and beyond, including '14 ATH Marshon Lattimore and '14 Buckeye commit OL Marcelys Jones. Lattimore was the true shining star at the combine, however. The 5'11", 180-pound Lattimore shut down just about every wide receiver he faced working on the defensive side of the ball. He also showed out in the speed category, as mentioned, clocking a 40-yard dash time of 4.48. Lattimore lives up to the status of "athlete" because of his ability to run with some of the fastest receivers and make plays on the ball. While Ohio State is high up on his list, Lattimore has offers from Ohio State, Michigan, USC and many others. He also has unofficially visited Ohio State several times.
For Jones, as we discussed yesterday, the 6'5", 320-pounder has lost weight and it obviously made an impact. From everything we've heard, Jones dominated the competition, especially in the one-on-one drills. Physically, Jones has the gifts that you need to have to succeed in college football, and the coaching staff knows this. His wide frame really gives a tough test for any defensive lineman to work around, and we can see Jones excelling on the offensive line at Ohio State.
Some other highlights from the combine were '14 WR Lonnie Johnson clocking a 4.52 40-yard dash which is solid for his 6'3", 190-pound frame. Johnson has an offer from Ohio State, as well as Nebraska and Illinois. Johnson is another possible player that could see the defensive side of the field rather than the offensive. The real question about Johnson is whether or not his offer is committable. We'll have to stay tuned.
Hood has big weekend ahead (go upstate)
RB Elijah Hood of Charlotte will hit the road this Thursday for three unofficial visits to the Midwest. Hood will stop in at Notre Dame, Michigan and Ohio State for a closer look. He goes into this trip with the Irish his leader over North Carolina and Clemson. "Great education, great football, great following and they are on TV every week," Hood said of the Irish. Hood could not make Clemson's recent junior day and said he won't make the one in early March either. He went to Georgia Tech's junior day and is going to North Carolina March 9th for the Duke basketball game. Georgia and Purdue are his most recent offers. Hood would like to make his decision before his season but does not have a definite date.
Clemson, USC among Autry's offers (go upstate)
ATH Myles Autry (5-11 175) of Norcross, GA has over 30 offers to include Clemson, USC, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Florida. Auburn, UCLA, Ohio State, Miami, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Maryland and Arkansas. Though he has not visited USC or Clemson, he plans to visit both. "I'll probably go to South Carolina this spring and Clemson in the fall," said Autry. "I don't know too much about Clemson but, when I think of them, I think bright orange. I've heard they have a good campus. I've been watching South Carolina so I know they have a pretty good football team. I talked to one of their coaches and he was real cool." He has visited Georgia, Georgia Tech, FSU and Tennessee and plans to return to FSU this weekend. As a junior he compiled over 1800 all-puporse yards and 22 touchdowns. Autry does not have any favorites.
Nic Weishar (the ozone)
The tight end position is changing. Though Urban Meyer is given credit for revolutionizing the position with his work with Aaron Hernandez at Florida; current Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman was doing innovative things with the TE ever since his days at Rice and Sam Houston State University. James Casey, a former TE at Rice and currently a fullback with the Houston Texans, was a product of Herman’s innovation with the TEs.
Ohio State has only offered four tight ends so far for 2014 and one of the offers is Chicago, IL prospect Nic Weishar. At 6-5, 215 lbs., Weishar already has the frame for the next level. He has offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, Arkansas, Missouri, Boston College, Wisconsin, and the Buckeyes to name a few. He took time to update Ozone readers on his recruitment.
Urban Meyer on Ruthless Nature of CFB Recruiting (the ozone)
COLUMBUS, Ohio — In the ever-changing landscape of major college athletics, no one is immune to the star-crossed nature of recruiting.
Not even Urban Meyer.
In a world where a handshake can often be accompanied by a stab in the back, and a ‘handler’ often has more pull with a player than his own high school coach, there are no promises. Just signatures.
Anything less means almost nothing, especially with so much is riding on the big business of college football. Meyer has been one of the few to rise from the ashes. While at Florida, the 48-year old Ohio boy was tormented by the vicious nature of college football recruiting.
He quickly burned out after six years in Gainesville, where he was part of a Southeastern Conference that is often short on honor and more than often high on deception when it comes to landing the top high school talent in the country.
There are no gentlemen agreements. No friends, either. Every postgame handshake comes with a grumble just loud enough to get the point across. It’s all on the table, but a lot of it takes place just underneath the surface.
Ohio State signed one of the top inside linebackers, Trey Johnson, in this year’s recruiting class that finished ranked inside the top-three classes in the nation and may get a commitment from one of the top outside linebackers in the 2014 class as soon as the Ohio State spring game.
Urban Meyer knows the importance of recruiting the state of Ohio and one of the state’s top linebackers, Dante Booker (Akron, Oh. St. Vincent-St. Mary) is reportedly leaning heavily in favor of committing to the in-state power.
According to Alex Gleitman of Elevenwarriors.com, “Many think it’s a matter of when, not if, Booker commits to Urban Meyer and I wouldn’t be surprised if that happened sometime this spring,”
The 6-3, 215-pound Booker holds offers form some of the best teams in the Big Ten including rival Michigan, Penn State and Nebraska among others, but the linebacker who comes from the same high school as LeBron James appears poised to be the fifth commitment in the 2014 recruiting class.
Boston College Recruiting: RB Marcus Outlow Commits To Boston College (bc interruption)
The recruiting season has begun in full earnest, and Boston College has picked up their first recruit of the 2014 class. According to a report from Rivals, Connecticut RB Marcus Outlow has verbally committed to the Eagles. After his visit during junior day, BC was impressed and pushed hard to get their man.
Outlow is 6-foot-0, 190 pounds and runs a 4.45 40. According to his film he also has a 36 inch vertical. His tape (you can watch below) is pretty impressive. He doesn't shy away from contact, but also possesses the break away speed to blow by defenders.
Stunner: Herron Leaving Camden County (leather helmet blog)
Jeff Herron has been head coach at Camden County for the last 15 years in the state's largest classification. He will return to his coaching roots in Oconee County by taking the head coaching job at class A Prince Avenue Christian.
May effect Kalvaraz Bessent and Chris Williams who have offers from OSU