- Oklahoma offered Dallis Todd
- Texas A&M & Utah offered Bryce Dixon
- West Virginia offered Andrew Williams
- NC State offered Austin Roberts
- John Calipari visits Jalen Lindsey
- Da'Shawn Hand will visit Michigan this weekend
- Demetruis Knox will visit Ohio State sometime between April 19-21. Texas has a no-visit policy.
BN $ - Mustipher Ready For Third OSU Visit '14 MD OL/DL Sam Mustipher
- By BK...visit in April will be with his family...OSU likes him as an interior OL.
Rivals $ - Buckeyes offer four-star safety '14 VA S C.J. Reavis
- By Givler...Coach Withers offered on Monday...wants to visit during the summer...Nebraska also offered.
Scout $ - Lucky 21 '14 AZ TE/WR Mark Andrews
- Kentucky has offered.
Scout $ - Wolf Adds Offers, Updates Visit List '14 OH TE Ethan Wolf
- By Scott...BC has offered, joining Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, South Florida, Akron, Bowling Green, Ohio and Toledo...has upcoming visit to Tennessee, Michigan State and Indiana...also hearing from Arkansas, Penn State, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Michigan and others.
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While the basketball team prepares for the start of the Big Ten Tournament, their football answer keeps working to lay the ground work for many post seasons yet to come.
The 2013 Big Ten Tournament is just under six hours from its opening tip, but on the football side of things, the season never ends. While we've entered a bit of a slow-ish lull with respect to recruiting, there's still plenty developing on a daily basis. In a world of impulsive 16-18 year olds, you're bound to get *something* interesting on just about a daily basis, and those both targeted by and reciprocating interest in Ohio State seldom fail to answer that call.
Big time 2014 offensive tackle David Sharpe is getting awfully close to an Ohio State offer – at least in his estimation. Sharpe's only been graded out by two of the four major recruiting services, but told Bucknuts ($) Wednesday the Buckeyes staff and his coach have been playing phone tag and that there very well could be an offer on the horizon once they finally sync up. The 6-7 275 pound Jacksonville, FL product also has offers from defending two time national champions, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, and others. Though the Buckeyes already have Marcelys Jones and Kyle Trout in the fold, the conventional wisdom has been that the Bucks will add a third tackle to the group, and in the process, effectively neutralize any trepidations about Ohio State offensive line edge depth.
We caught up with 4-star LB Clifton Garrett to talk about Ohio State, his recruiting process, and what the future holds for him.
If you are one to follow the national recruiting scene this early in the 2014 recruiting process, 4-star linebacker Clifton Garrett is surely a household name. The 6-2, 228-pound Illinois product has skyrocketed in the 2014 rankings, rated as the 32nd and 53rd best overall player in the nation, according to 247Sports and Rivals, respectively. Garrett is no stranger to the recruiting scene, already garnering offers from Ohio State, Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, Arizona State, Clemson, Florida State, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Michigan State, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas A&M, USC, Virginia Tech, and Wisconsin.
Hailing from Plainfield, Illinois, Garrett is rated 98 overall, the 2nd best inside linebacker in the nation, and the best overall player in the state of Illinois, according to 247Sports' Composite Rankings. I was given the chance to speak at length with Garrett and was very impressed with the prep phenom. Garrett is very confident and aware of how he plans to continue to handle his recruiting process, all the while enjoying his time as a teenager and a high profile college football prospect. Already stepping foot on Buckeye campus five times, he is fully aware of what Ohio State has to offer. Check out my conversation with Garrett concerning Ohio State, his recruiting process, and much more:
Why is Smith rated so highly?
Braden Smith is one of the more intriguing recruits in the class of 2014. Out of Olathe (Kan.) South Senior High School, Smith is a consensus five-star recruit and a consensus top-ten offensive line recruit according to the major services.
Smith stands 6'6 and weighs in at 280 pounds. He is being hotly pursued by Alabama, Nebraska, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, and Texas A&M, and also holds offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame, Stanford, Michigan, and Miami, amongst others.
Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: I've had the opportunity to evaluate Smith on film and in person at a recent national combine. And he's a very interesting player. The first thing that pops up with Smith is his physical size. He is physically imposing, and clearly has lifted weights for a long time. Smith has large arms and legs, and is quite strong. But he also has a narrow bone structure, and it is absolutely fair to question whether he is much closer to being maxed out than the typical offensive line prospect.
Tennessee Recruiting: Jalen Hurd Is Running To Knoxville (rocky top talk)
The Tennessee Volunteers and coach Butch Jones continued its hot recruiting start Thursday morning with the monster pledge of five-star running back Jalen Hurd.
The recruiting momentum in Knoxville is as crazy this early as it has ever been at the University of Tennessee -- and that's saying something. Not even during the years when Phillip Fulmer was hauling in top-5 recruiting classes year after year did UT experience the resurgence in recruiting that it is right now.
On Thursday morning, that momentum surged another notch when five-star running back Jalen Hurd of Hendersonville (Tenn.) Beech High School decided to end the process early and stay home to play for the Vols. Hurd had been coveted by basically all of the nation's top teams but had suggested his top two were Ohio State and Florida. Tennessee had elevated itself into the picture with new coach Butch Jones, but there were no direct indications from the star runner that he'd planned on committing to anyone this early.
However during his first visit to UT on Feb. 16, he connected with coaches and noted to 247 national writer Gerry Hamilton that Jones was a key part of why he committed this early.
Though Rivals100 wide receiver Mark Andrews of Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain admits to growing up an Oklahoma fan he'd not been to Norman since the Sooners offered him last summer in spite of numerous attempts to do so. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound prospect arrived in Norman on Friday not only to take part in Oklahoma's junior day/start of spring practice but to also see his brother.
|Andrews says things went as well as they could have.|
The nation's No. 87 player traveled to Oklahoma with his parents and spent some time around Andrews' brother, a freshman in Oklahoma's medical school. The elder Andrews brother gave positive reviews to the product from the Grand Canyon State.
"When we talk about it, he says that OU is a very good school academically, he likes where he lives and from the academic side they treat you well and it means a lot for him to see that," Andrews said. "I'm still trying to figure out what I'm going to major in though."
So as a lifelong Oklahoma fan from a family of Sooners, how did the visit stack up to his expectations?
"This was my first time, I had very high expectations because I was an Oklahoma fan growing up and I think they exceeded my expectations. I couldn't ask for anything more. I loved my visit, the campus, the academic side it was an overall great experience," he said.