- Michigan State offered Jalen Brown
- Oklahoma offered Jamarco Jones
- Mississippi State offered Donell Stanley
- Syracuse offered Dallis Todd
- Auburn offered Tyler Luatua
- Oklahoma offered Artavis Scott
- Florida State offered Jordan Scarlett & Chad Mavety
- Ohio State offered John Smith
- Texas A&M offered George Campbell
- Ole Miss offered Travonte Valentine
- UCLA offered Josh Malone
- Notre Dame offered Jacques Patrick
- Tennessee offered Quenton Nelson
- Jaquan Lyle unofficially visits Indiana
- Malachi Richardson unofficially visits Rutgers
Scout $ - Quick Hitter: Peppers, Bushell-Beatty Visits '14 NJ DB Jabrill Peppers
- By Dohn.....Visiting Michigan on April 3rd & 4th, Ohio State on April 5th & 6th and LSU on April 12th with teammate Juwan Bushell-Beatty (OT, several offers including Michigan).
Spring Practice Hype
Newly Offered: John "JuJu" Smith
Petera Wilson interview with Nabulsi
Drake Harris Junior Highlights
Ohio State sets goals high
As spring practice kicks off this morning, check out the ground work being laid by the Ohio State coaching staff, both football and basketball wise, that could lead to future glory.
Over the weekend, ex-Buckeye hoopster and current assistant coach Chris Jent visited the east coast to check out a pair of talented 2014 prospects face off. Forward Abdul-Malik Abu and his Kimball Union teammates took on Cushing Prep & stud guard Kaleb Joseph. Both players did not disappoint, in front of the one time NBA head coach. In the end Abdul and Kimball Union didn't do enough as Cushing Prep ran away with the 62-52 victory. After the game Coach Jent had a chance to catch up with the pair, Land-Grant Holy Land had the opportunity to get an inside view to what Jent said to Abdul-Malik Abu. "Coach told me I was a different player from a month ago and that he liked my game,he's looking forward to further recruiting me this summer". Even though the Buckeyes have yet to offer the 6-8 220 lb forward, he has plenty of programs who have including Florida, Florida State, Maryland, Michigan State and Wisconsin to name a few, but all that could change. The Buckeyes struck out on 2014 wing Justin Jackson Monday. The five-star Houston,Texas native who visited North Carolina over the weekend picked the Tar-Heels over the Buckeyes, Arizona and others.
One of the top 2015 recruits in the state of Ohio is 6-7 210 lb Esa Ahmad. Only a sophmore, Ahmad is already sporting scholarship offers from the likes of Dayton, Miami,Fl and Xavier. The Shaker Heights forward was even recently named Northeast Ohio Conference Valley player of the year. Even though the Bucks have yet to offer Esa, it won't keep him from visiting the Ohio State campus this Sunday to watch the regular season finale, when the Buckeyes take on the Fighting Ilini of Illinois. Speaking of Shaker Heights, 2014 defensive end Joe Henderson was offered by Arkansas and Mississippi recently is gaining increased interest from the Buckeyes. The 6-4 215 lb Henderson would like to check out what Ohio State is all about sometime this spring.
Orlando Brown Jr., son of the late NFL standout by the same name, listed his top seven schools on Twitter on Monday night.
The 6-foot-7, 345-pounder is a rising senior from Peachtree Ridge High School and a candidate to be the state’s No. 1 prospect on the offensive line. Brown says he has 42 early football scholarship offers.
Here’s Brown’s list of seven with a few selected comments (he praised each school’s offensive line coach):
- Alabama: “They’ve won a lot of national championships, and they’ve got Coach Saban. I know they just lost their offensive line coach to Philadelphia but they just got somebody from Miami and he’s a great coach. That’s pretty good about them.”
- Arkansas: “They’ve got Coach Bielema. He was winning at Wisconsin with a powerful running game. He builds a lot of his teams around the offensive line. I know he’s bringing that to the SEC.”
- South Carolina.
- Ohio State: “Ohio State has the No. 1 offensive line coach in the country, I guess due to polls and stuff like that, with (Ed Warinner). He’s a great coach, and Coach Meyer is a great recruiter.”
- Iowa: “Coach (Kirk) Ferentz is a great coach, and I have a lot of coaching ties, as far as him coaching my dad when he played for Cleveland and the Ravens in the 90s. I know he’s a great coach, I know he puts his offensive linemen in the NFL.” Brown said he thought Ferentz, Nick Saban and Bill Belichick may have attended his parents’ wedding.
Michigan’s football recruiting under Brady Hoke has been nothing but a success. The Wolverines’ 2012 recruiting class was ranked No. 7 nationally by Rivals.com, and the 2013 group, which signed in February, came in No. 5 in the nation.
Despite strong classes – particularly on the offensive and defensive lines and at linebacker – there has been one glaring hole in U-M’s overall recruiting. The Wolverines have yet to sign an elite receiver. The top wideout Michigan has brought in, 2012 signee Amara Darboh, was No. 215 nationally. While he was a solid four-star prospect, that made him just the No. 30 wide receiver in the nation.
The Wolverines’ fortunes could be changing when it comes to wide receivers, and in the 2014 class, it may come at the expense of rival program Michigan State.
Grand Rapids Christian wide receiver Drake Harris committed to the Spartans over the summer, but after choosing to concentrate on football – rather than a two-sport college career on the gridiron and the basketball court – has re-opened his recruitment to a degree. That has included unofficial visits to Ann Arbor the past two weekends for U-M basketball games.
A Closer Look at 2014 WR Dominique Booth (the ozone)
Urban Meyer is looking for playmakers. He finally found a few of them in 2013 class, but that certainly doesn’t mean he is done looking.
Playmakers make the defense uneasy. If they press too close, the playmaker can blow by them. If they give too much space, the playmaker can catch the ball then make some moves to elude tacklers.
Ideally, Meyer would like to have a deep stable of them, which is why he will be looking to add a few more in the class of 2014.
One player who has turned some heads lately is Indianapolis WR Dominique Booth. He recently won the offensive MVP during the Core 6 Athletes showcase in Cincinnati. The 6-1, 195-pound wideout does not have an Ohio State offer yet but the coaches are keeping in contact with him and seem to be indicating an offer could be coming soon.
Booth has indicated he does not want to draw out his recruitment and plans to decide soon. He recently took some time to talk to The-Ozone.
Get the first look at one of the most coveted wide receivers in the 2014 class.
Trevion Thompson has the size at 6'3 and 181 pounds to be a big-time college wide receiver, and that has many of the nation's top programs after his services. As of March, the recruit out of Durham (NC) Hillside High School holds offers from Florida, Ohio State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, NC State, Vanderbilt, Purdue, and Duke.
Thompson is a composite 4-star recruit and rated as the No. 2 receiver in his class by 247 Sports. Scout pegs him as the fourth-best wideout of 2014 and joins Rivals in giving him four stars. Thompson figures to be near the top 50 overall nationally when all is said and done.
His tweets can be found at @the_future_1.