By Hellman.....Rutgers, Ohio State, Vanderbilt & Virginia Tech stand out. Has talked to the OSU staff multiple times this week & says the commitment of Curtis Samuel doesn't change anything. Decision could come at any time.
Urban Meyer and his staff have been recruiting the New Jersey/New York area as hard if not harder then any other area in the US including Ohio. They have had success already in the area landing star HS recruits and will have some in the very near future and likely will in the 2015 class as well. I recently interviewed one of those potential young men in 2015 recruit Minkah Fitzpatrick. Minkah is a 6’0″ 185 lbs 4 star Cornerback from Jersey City, New Jersey. 247sports ranks him a 4 star and the 38th best prospect in the country. Scout ranks him a 4 star and the 76th best recruit in the country. ESPN ranks him a 4 star and the 38th best recruit in the country. I think Ohio State has a great chance with this kid and his talent is undeniable. Here is his interview for your reading pleasure.
Henry has a tattoo on his chest that reads "truly blessed." For sure, Henry is blessed with many talents. He has been on Aliquippa's varsity team since his freshman year and had a big 2012 season, running for 1,919 yards and scoring 31 touchdowns as the Quips won their second consecutive WPIAL Class AA title. He and Terry Swanson will make one of the most potent one-two running back combinations in the state. Henry also is an excellent defensive back.
College choices: Carter has offers from most of the SEC and ACC schools, as well as many others, but Alabama, Florida and Georgia appear to be at the top of his list, according to 247Sports and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Michael Carvell.
2012 season wrap-up: Carter was a first-team all-state player for the Class AAAAAA championship team. He led Gwinnett County with 18 sacks and caused five fumbles. He finished with 12 total tackles, including five for losses, in the state championship game against Lovejoy.
School’s first Super 11 since: Brice Butler in 2007
What’s interesting: Norcross coach Keith Maloof says Carter is a better prospect out of high school than Adrian Hubbard, a former Norcross defensive end who plays at Alabama and is a top NFL draft prospect. As Hubbard did, Carter plays basketball in high school, but will focus on football in college.
West Side's Lonnie Johnson catches a pass by
QB Ramone Atkins for a touch down in the end zone
at Highland High School on Friday August 16, 2013.
HIGHLAND — West Side coach Jason Johnson has the state’s No. 1 passer from last year in Ramone Atkins and the No. 4 receiver in the state in Lonnie Johnson at his disposal. He took full advantage in the Cougars’ scrimmage Friday night at Highland.
Atkins hooked up twice with Jon Vea’ Johnson and once each with running back William Wadley and receiver Lonnie Johnson as the Cougars outscored the Trojans eight touchdowns to three.
Junior receiver Christian Jacobs, who is listed at 6-foot-6, 200 pounds, caught the final touchdown pass of the night from 40 yards out from Armon Sanders.
SANTALUCES -- Can you imagine Dwyer’s Johnnie Dixon and Cardinal Newman’s Travis Rudolph, the top two receivers in receiver-rich Palm Beach County and two of the best prospects at their position nationally, signing with the same college this February?
“If we make that happen, it would be crazy,” Dixon said Thursday. “Shock a lot of people, too, I bet. …That would be amazing for us. We’d make some things happen. A lot of people would hate it, too. Everyone would hate us.”
It makes sense Dixon and Rudolph would want to go to college together as they have been close friends since elementary school, with Rudolph trying to prove he’s faster ever since – finally edging Dixon in the 40-yard dash, 4.52 seconds to 4.53, at a Nike camp in Oregon this past summer.
But would two high-profile guys playing the same position, forced to share the spotlight in high school in the same county, voluntarily want to keep doing so?
Ohio State's kicker of the future - Courtesy of Sean Nuernberger
The Buckeyes missed on a kicker in the 2013 class, but Urban got his guy for 2014 in Sean Nuernberger. We had a chance to catch up with Sean about his quick recruiting process, and his future plans at The Ohio State University.
Over the past decade, when it comes to kicking, the Ohio State Buckeyes have been fortunate enough to suit up some pretty good players. The best of the bunch has to be Mike Nugent. While a Buckeye, Nugent went 72-88, or good for 81.8% of his attempts. After his days as OSU's kicker, Nugent was taken in the second round of the NFL Draft by the New York Jets. Over the past thirteen seasons, the Buckeye kicking game has made 230 of 297 3-point attempts, a field goals made percentage of 77.4. So maybe that's why coaches like Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer stress special teams.
But let's switch things up and look at what the future holds for Ohio State kicking. After this season, the Buckeyes will have to rely on someone other than Drew Basil, who has converted 24-for-32 field goal tries over the last three seasons. Could that guy be Sean Nuernberger out of Buckner, Kentucky, who committed to the Buckeyes back on June 11th? It very well might be. Sean is a 247Composite thee star and is rated the sixth best kicker in his class.
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