Updated Visitor List (subject to change)
'14 RB Jonathan Hilliman (Jersey City, NJ)
'14 WR Terry McLaurin (Indianapolis, IN)
'14 QB Stephen Collier (Leesburg, GA)
'14 QB Jacques Perra (Roseville, MN)
'14 WR Terry McLaurin (Indianapolis, IN)
'14 WR Russell Neverdon (Towson, MD)
'14 OT Nick Richardson (Westerville, OH)
'14 OT Danny Burns (Fairfield, OH)
'14 OL Brady Taylor (Columbus, OH)
'14 OG Drew Broughton (Fishers, IN)
'14 DE Terry Ramsey (Clayton, OH)
'14 DE Nick Carovillano (Cincinnati, OH)
'14 DE Landon Brazile (Dayton, OH)
'14 DE Matt Babb (Indianapolis, IN)
'14 DT Poona Ford (Hilton Head Island, SC)
'14 DB Malik Duncan (Cleveland, OH)
'14 DB Troy Vincent Jr. (Baltimore, MD)
'14 DB Omar Truitt (Washington, DC)
'14 DB Miles Taylor (Washinton, DC)
'14 ATH D'Cota Dixon (New Smyrna Beach, FL)
'14 ATH Malik Hooker (New Castle, PA)
'14 ATH Kelvin Cook (Cincinnati, OH)
'15 WR Chris Ford (Fishers, IN)
'15 TE/S Tyler Green (Hyattsville, MD)
'15 DE Rashod Berry (Lorain, OH)
'15 DB Tyree Kinnel (Huber Heights, OH)
'15 DB Ayron Monroe (Washington, DC)
'15 DB Tarrin Weston (Washington, DC)
'15 LB Kyle Schrank (Fishers, IN)
'15 ATH George Brown Jr. (Cincinnati, OH)
'15 ATH Dre Brown (DeKalb, IL)
'15 ATH Justice Pettus-Dixon (Baltimore, MD)
'15 ATH Myles Robinson (Olney, MD)
'16 TE Sam Letton (Lexington, KY)
'16 DE Nick Bosa (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Commits - Dylan Thompson, Marcelys Jones, Kyle Berger, Dante Booker, Sam Hubbard, Kyle Trout, Parris Campbell
'14 TE DeAndre Goolsby (Derby, KS)
'14 DE Solomon Thomas (Coppell, TX)
June 10th-12th (Kicker Camp)
'14 K/P Shane Hynes (Clarkston, MI)
'14 K/P Corbin Daly (Charlotte, NC)
'14 K/P Adam Mitcheson (Vandergrift, VA)
'14 K/P Ian Jump (Chattanooga, TN)
'14 RB Shaun Wilson (Charlotte, NC)
'15 QB Jayru Campbell (Detroit, MI) tentative
'15 OT David Moorman (Northville, MI)
'15 OT Jon Runyan Jr. (Philadelphia, PA)
'15 DB John Reid (Philadelphia, PA)
'15 ATH Jacques Patrick (Orlando, FL)
'17 ATH Mike Silva (Kingston, MA)
'17 ATH Connor Heyward (Duluth, GA)
'14 OL Chad Mavety (Garden City, NY)
'14 LB Richard Yeargin III (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
'14 DB Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
'14 QB Zack Darlington (Apopka, FL)
'14 RB Donte Thomas-Williams (Durham, NC)
'14 WR Trevion Thompson (Durham, NC)
'14 DE Derek Barnett (Brentwood, TN)
'15 WR CJ Sanders (Brentwood, TN)
'16 ATH Tyrece Speaight (Akron, OH)
'14 DE Jalyn Holmes (Norfolk, VA)
'14 RB Derrell Scott (Havelock, NC)
'14 RB Elijah Bell (Lexington, KY)
'14 WR Nacarius Fant (Bowling Green, KY)
'14 WR Elijah Bell (Akron, OH)
'14 WR Skylar Taphorn (Youngstown, OH)
'14 WR/TE Michael Siragusa (Cleveland, OH)
'14 JuCo OT Jermaine Eluemunor (Scranton, PA) - official
'14 OT Walter Rauterkus (Avon, OH)
'14 OT Frank Ragnow (Victoria, MN) tentative
'14 TE Mike Gesicki (Manahawkin, NJ)
'14 DE Shane Roy (Cincinnati, OH) tentative
'14 DE Collin Giesey (Douglasville, GA)
'14 DT Elisha Shaw (Tucker, GA) tentative
'14 DT Marshal Davis (Powell, OH)
'14 LB Detric Dukes (Tucker, GA)
'14 LB Darrin Kirkland (Indianapolis, IN)
'14 LB Jamal Davis (Canton, OH)
'14 CB Terrence Alexander (River Ridge, LA)
'14 CB Mattrell McGraw (River Ridge, LA) tentative
'14 S Kirk Turner (Tucker, GA)
'14 ATH JJ Pinckney (Sylvania, OH)
'15 RB Eli Brown (Bowling Green, KY)
'15 RB Andrew Dowell (Lakewood, OH)
'15 WR David Dowell (Lakewood, OH)
'15 OG Tommy Hatton (Montvale, NJ)
'15 OT Matt Jones (Hubbard, OH)
'15 DE Rashod Berry (Lorain, OH)
'15 DT Mike Williams (Alliance, OH)
'15 DB Elias Cane (Nashville, TN)
'15 ATH Eric Glover-Williams (Canton, OH)
'15 ATH Jerome Baker (Cleveland, OH) tentative
'16 WR Desmond Fitzpatrick (Farmington Hills, MI)
Commits - Kyle Trout
'14 S Cortez McDowell (Locust Grove, GA)
July 26th? (Friday Night Lights)
'14 WR Saeed Blacknall (Manalapan, NJ) tentative
'14 OL Donell Stanley (Latta, SC)
'14 DL Malik McDowell (Detroit, MI) tentative
'15 RB Mike Weber (Detroit, MI) tentative
'15 OG Nick Wilson (Alpharetta, GA) tentative
Commits - Damon Webb
October 26th (Penn State)
'14 OL Demetrius Knox (Fort Worth, TX) - official
November 23rd (Indiana)
'14 JUCO OL Chad Mavety (East Garden City, NY) - official
This weekend is the beginning of a huge month for Ohio State recruiting. Some of the nation's best recruits from around the country will be checking out the facilities and performing at camps in an attempt to pick up Ohio State offers.
One of those many visitors will be '14 RB Jonathan Hilliman from St. Peters Prep (NJ). The Buckeyes were named Hilliman's leader at the beginning of April and about two months later, that still seems to be the case. The 3-star prospect has an outstanding offer sheet as Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Stanford, Florida, and Ohio State are a handful of many to invite Hilliman to be apart of their program. Keep an eye on this one, I would not be surprised if Hilliman ended his recruitment this weekend in favor of the Buckeyes. Whether this weekend or beyond, our Luke Zimmermann thinks he'll end up one when everything's said and done.
High school football recruiting news (Hampton Roads)
Oscar Smith coach Richard Morgan was recently asked, “How many offers does Andrew Brown have?
Morgan chuckled and said, “We don’t even count anymore.”
Brown, 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds, has more than 30 offers but Morgan said he recently narrowed the list down to Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Florida State, Florida, Clemson and Alabama. Brown is rated No. 4 nationally by 247Sports and No. 10 by MaxPreps.
Morgan said Brown, a defensive lineman, has several visits lined up this summer. He’s not sure when Brown will make a decision but “it definitely won’t be during the season” because the Tigers will be focusing on a state title.
Lake Taylor defensive end Jalyn Holmes already has a state title but he wants another one.
Holmes also is highly recruited like Brown. He recently narrowed his long list to Clemson, Ohio State and Florida State.
“Right now, it’s a three-way tie,” he said. “All three are a good situation. And I’m real close to all of the coaches.”
Holmes said it was always his dream to go to Florida State but he’s very high on all three schools.
“It’s going to come down to where I feel most comfortable and which players take me in the most,” said Holmes, who is rated the No. 31 prospect nationally by MaxPreps and No. 44 by 247Sports. “Athletic-wise they are all the same.”
Holmes, 6-5 and 235 pounds, said he never dreamed he’d be in this situation but said many people kept telling him he’d be a big-time recruit since he was in the 9th grade.
“I honestly didn’t see all this coming,” he said.
Holmes – along with Brown – will be in Chicago this weekend for the second annual Five-Star Challenge.
He then has visits to Clemson on June 12, Ohio State on June 19 and Florida State on July 12.
So when will he make a decision?
“I don’t have a set time,” he said. “It’s going to be something in my heart that tells me which school is for me.”
Five for Friday - 2014 Recruiting "Must Gets" (The Ozone)
In terms of football recruiting, there really are no "must gets" at a place like Ohio State. The program isn't going to fold without any one particular player, so we need to remain realistic when talking about this topic.
That being said, in recruiting, many times a "must get" is actually a prospect that a school "should get". If they don't get him, then they "lose" him. You never want to lose a player that you "should" get, which is how they then become "must gets".
It can very easily be argued that a kid like linebacker Kyle Berger was a "must get" because if the Buckeyes didn't get him, then there's a pretty good chance that Michigan would have. After all, the only thing worse than losing a must get is having to play against him every year.
Ohio State will go on regardless of a miss here or there, but that doesn't mean losing a player doesn't sting. With that in mind, here are the five players who would sting the Buckeyes the most should they head elsewhere.
Before attending camp this Sunday, 2014 Bishop Ready offensive line prospect Brady Taylor made the short trip to Ohio State on Thursday to check out the campus and meet with the staff. See what the Columbus native had to say about his visit.
Just a few days before having hundreds of recruits at camp, the Ohio State coaching staff played host to a talented Central Ohio prospect. Class of 2014 Bishop Ready offensive lineman Brady Taylor made the few minute trek to the Ohio State campus to get a feel for what exactly the Buckeyes have to offer. Even though he grew up smack dab in the middle of Buckeye City, the 6-5 270 pound Taylor got the chance to experience a few things he might remember for quite awhile:
"Ironically, being a Columbus kid, that is the first time I've been in the whole Woody Hayes facility. I also got to go into the press box at the 'Shoe. Growing up a Buckeye that was a good experience. The visit was great, especially since it is right down the road."