Newly Offered: Jalyn Holmes (hudl)
Newly Offered: Dylan Thompson (hudl)
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- Tennessee offered Lawrence Marshall
- Maryland offered Mikale Wilbon & Jamarco Jones
- Stanford offered Montae Nicholson
- Auburn offered Myles Autry
- Ohio State offered Jalyn Holmes & Dylan Thompson
- Michigan offered Jacques Patrick
- Louisville offered Josh Malone
- Bowling Green offered Tinashe Bere
- Derrell Scott names South Carolina leader
- Marceyls Jones will visit Illinois this weekend
- @jbook37 4 Star WR Drake Harris is visiting Ohio State this weekend courtesy of Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts.
Ohio State's 2013 recruiting class may go down as one of those landmark classes that ultimately leads the school to back to the pinnacle of the sport. In fact, the very legacy of the entire Urban Meyer-era at Ohio State may one day reflect back towards the class of 2013, forcing us to revisit the genesis of something really huge. But for all the positive attributes about this truly loaded group, at least in Meyer's mind's eye, it's only as good as the one potentially waiting to supplant it.
However, before we totally move on to the future of the future of Ohio State football, let's take at least a brief moment to look at a few of the many net positives pertaining to what's truly a landmark class for Meyer, his elite level staff of recruiters, and devout Ohio State recruitniks everywhere.
As we mentioned last night, the 2013 class ranks no worse than third amongst the major recruiting services (and that's from oft criticized ESPN). Rivals has it graded as the second best class in the country and 24/7 subscribes to a similar ideology. Perhaps most wild of all, Scout rates it as the nation's best. The late additions of James Clark and Vonn Bell evidently really helped push things over the top. 247's Composite Rankings (which take a formulaic approach to summing and averaging the mathematical grade assigned to each player), ranks the Buckeyes as having the nation's second best crop of newcomers.
The Curious Case Of Johnny Townsend (The Buckeye Battle Cry)
Wednesday was a memorable day for Ohio State fans, as the program again finished National Letter of Intent Day with a class ranked in the top three in the nation, with some calling it the very best for the 2013 recruiting cycle.
Fitch’s Price heading OSU; Mooney’s McWilson to UK (trib today)
The comparisons are inevitable.
It's something the 6-foot-4, 305-pound Austintown Fitch High School senior defensive lineman Billy Price relishes as he heads down to Ohio State University in the fall to play football for the Buckeyes.
The side-by-side comparison to former Cardinal Mooney High School standout John Simon, who terrorized opposing quarterbacks with his hard-charging bull rushes, is something Price expected. Simon is 6-2, 256 and plays more of a hybrid linebacker/defensive end position, but the two share a similar outlook on the game.
"When I've talked to him, I've talked to him down at campus a few times," said Price, who signed his National Letter of Intent Wednesday at Fitch High School. "He said, 'Grind. It's college. You got to grind.' He's definitely set the ways in how they should be. I'm definitely model my game after him."
The Big Ten Conference’s gain is five of the Mahoning Valley’s top football talents.
Wednesday, Austintown Fitch’s Billy Price (Ohio State), Howland’s De’Veon Smith (Michigan), Cardinal Mooney’s Courtney Love (Nebraska) and Warren Harding’s LeShun Daniels (Iowa) and Jalyn Powell (Michigan State) accepted scholarships during college football’s National Signing Day.
Price, the Northeast District’s Division I defensive player of the year, expressed relief once his signature was on his letter-of-intent form.
National Signing Day: Gainesville QB Watson near the top nationally for Class of 2014 (gainsville Times)
Gainesville High junior quarterback Deshaun Watson is well aware of the battles that go on for the top national prospects every season up until National Signing Day, which this year took place on Wednesday. Watson, the 2012 Associated Press Georgia Player of the Year, makes no promises that his will not go down to the wire either, even though he is currently verbally committed to Clemson University.
“I’d say I’m 95 percent sure I’ll sign with Clemson,” said Watson, who plans to graduated after his senior season is complete in December.
Who are the other schools that are clinging to that five percent for the state’s all-time passing leader? Right now, Watson says Georgia and Ohio State.
A ‘big relief’ for Marshall as he signs with OSU (middletown journal)
LIBERTY TWP., BUTLER COUNTY —
In putting together one of the nation’s top 2013 recruiting classes, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer made noise by searching nationwide for his haul. Of OSU’s 24 recruits, 13 were from out-of-state, including three from Texas, two from Florida and two from Georgia. The Buckeyes also signed the No. 1 prospects in New Jersey and Missouri.
But the biggest fish? He was hooked in a local pond.
“He’s an electric player. What does that mean? To me it means that he can shock you on any play,” Lakota West head coach Larry Cox said of Middletown senior quarterback Jalin Marshall. “He’s a superior athlete. Those gems are rare.”
The Buckeyes bagged their diamond.
Vonn Bell listens to parents and picks Ohio State (with video) (times free press)
Vonn Bell knew his choice was going to ruffle some feathers, but in making the biggest decision of his life the Ridgeland High School five-star football recruit did the most basic of things.
He listened to his parents.
Bell ignored the pleas of friends and area fans -- and his own heart -- on national signing day when he chose to continue his football career at Ohio State. The top-50 national recruit chose Urban Meyer's Buckeyes over the program he's always rooted for, Tennessee, and the two-time defending national champion, Alabama.
"It was difficult," said Bell, noting that the Volunteers were his second choice. "I had to really block out everything. My parents kept telling me that this is your decision, you're the one that has to go play, so don't let other people make it for you."
Rob Oller commentary: With Meyer, recruiting is job one for assistants (columbus dispatch)
Tom Herman knew how to recruit before working for Urban Meyer, but it didn’t take the Ohio State offensive coordinator long to learn what makes his boss one of the best recruiters in college football.
Herman picked up on it in two words: shut up.
Meyer was more diplomatic than that, but essentially his message to Herman was to talk less and listen more.
“The biggest thing I learned in the last year from coach Meyer is: stop talking,” Herman said in discussing the finer points of recruiting that helped Ohio State land one of the top classes in the country on national signing day yesterday. “He said, ‘Tom, this is what I think of you, and here’s how I think you could make your biggest improvement.’ ”
Meyer explained that coaches need not fill the dead air in their conversations with recruits by talking through the awkward silence.
SHAKER HEIGHTS– The Ohio State Buckeyes 2013 signing class includes a member of the Shaker Heights football team: defensive lineman Donovan Munger. He was all smiles Thursday about signing with the Buckeyes.
UCLA, Florida State and Ohio State were all the athlete. In the end, the Buckeyes landed the Red Raider recruit.
“It was a dream of mine to play for Ohio State. The Ohio State team up north rivalry so it was a great thing for me and my family,” said Munger.
Munger was a four-star recruit according to Scout.com. He knows his biggest priority heading to Columbus this summer is to be in shape and be ready to run.
Hand ahead of the game (espn)
Typically, in order for a program to wow a top prospect, coaches need to show off championship rings and big stadiums and, more recently, fill up recruits with cookie cakes.
That's not the case with junior Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge). He wants to see more than just the football program, because he's interested in more. Engineering, business and graduation rates are all aspects that he has focused on in his recruitment.
National Signing Day 2014: We look ahead to Da’Shawn Hand, Jalen Tabor and other top recruits (washington post)
With the ink dry on the letters-of-intent for the Class of 2013, here’s a look at many of the top players who will be signing at this time next year.
The two-time All-Met was recently named national junior of the year by Rivals.com and already has winnowed dozens of offers to a top five of Alabama, Florida, Michigan, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.
Offers from all over are rolling in for the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl invitee, who sounds like he will choose wisely. A recent tweet from @IAmFiveTwo: “The recruiting process has taught me that there’s a lot of good care salesmen out here you just gotta be a better bargainer.”
Signing Day 2013: As a junior, Ponte Vedra's Dillon Bates is already recruiting royalty (st augustine)
Although we’ve never been a caste society, Dillon Bates is as close as it gets to nobility in the world of football.
His father, Bill, was a four-year starter at Tennessee and played 15 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. One brother, Graham, plays for Arkansas State. The other, Hunter, for Northwestern.
A four-star prospect in his own right, according to Rivals.com, the Ponte Vedra linebacker has an entire year before he’s forced to make a decision, despite already being in Year 2 of the process. His first scholarship offer came from Florida Atlantic during his sophomore year. A few FAU coaches made their way up to Sharks practice to look, and on the spot offered Bates a spot on their roster then and there.