Updated Visitor List (subject to change)
October 26th (Penn State)
'14 WR Josh Malone (Gallatin, TN) - official
'14 WR Trevion Thompson (Hillside, NC) - official
'14 WR Terry McLaurin (Indianapolis, IN) - commit
'14 WR Lonnie Johnson (Gary, IN) - commit
'14 OT Kyle Trout (Lancaster, OH) - commit
'14 JuCo OL Avery Gennesy (Scooba, MS) - official
'14 DE Jalyn Holmes (Norfolk, VA) - commit
'14 DL Dylan Thompson (Lombard, IL) - commit
'14 LB Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, GA) - official
'14 LB Kyle Berger (Cleveland, OH) - commit
'14 JuCo S A.J. Stamps (Scooba, MS) - official
'14 K Sean Nuernberger (Buckner, KY) - commit
'15 QB Lorenzo Nunez (Kennesaw, GA)
'15 QB Brandon Wimbush (Jersey City, NJ)
'15 QB/ATH Jauan Jennings (Murfreesboro, TN)
'15 QB Colin McNamara (Fairview Park, OH)
'15 QB Kelly Bryant (Piedmont, SC)
'15 RB Andre Robinson (Harrisburg, PA)
'15 RB LJ Scott (Hubbard, OH)
'15 RB Bryce Love (Wake Forest, NC)
'15 RB Chris Lavette (Cleveland, OH)
'15 WR Van Jefferson (Brentwood, TN)
'15 TE C.J. Conrad (LaGrange, OH)
'15 TE Miles Boykin (Chicago, IL)
'15 OL David Moorman (Pinckney, MI)
'15 OL Sam Madden (Barnegat, NJ)
'15 OL Larry Wells (Kenton, OH)
'15 DL Kraig Howe (Kettering, OH)
'15 DT Shy Tuttle (Lexington, NC)
'15 LB Anthony McKee Jr. (Columbus, OH)
'15 LB Nick Conner (Dublin, OH)
'15 DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Jersey City, NJ)
'15 DB Jamel Dean (Cocoa, FL)
'15 ATH Jacques Patrick (Orlando, FL)
'16 WR DeMann Wilson (Cleveland, OH)
'16 WR Cameron Chambers (Philadelphia, PA)
'16 TE Isaac Nauta (Buford, GA)
'16 LB Ethan Tucky (Delware, OH)
'17 ATH Richard LeCounte (Hinesville, GA)
November 23rd (Indiana)
'14 JuCo OL Chad Mavety (East Garden City, NY) - official
'15 OL Sterling Jenkins (Pittsburgh, PA)
'15 LB Justin Hilliard (Cincinati, OH)
Getting an official Date TBA
'14 OL Frank Ragnow (Victoria, MN)
'14 S Erick Smith (Cleveland, OH) (After season)
'14 ATH Myles Autry (Norcross, GA)
'14 ATH Marshon Lattimore (Cleveland, OH) (After season)
Newly Offered: '15 NC WR Juval Mollette
Scout $ - Gennesy Has Four On Top '14 JuCo MS OL Avery Gennesy
Ahhh...football season. The unmistakable bite of encroaching winter weather — wet, windy and dreary — combined with the splashes of color as the leaves change will forever be burned into my brain. There are sights and sounds and smells that just can't be forgotten, letting you know above all else: "This is a day for football." Ohio State had their first dose of autumnal football last Saturday as Iowa rolled into town, and although they're heading towards what could be a sudden leap into full-fledged winter for this Saturday's under-the-lights showdown with Penn State, the recruiting trail is staying warm.
To line up head-to-head against Penn State in a nationally televised game is always a big deal if you're a college football player, but with BCS polls unveiled this weekend, the need for a dominant Ohio State performance — after three straight classic Big Ten brawls — can't be understated. Each week there's a new program du jour that is thrust into the collective consumer conscience as a more deserving BCS title candidate than Ohio State, and the Buckeyes need a resounding victory that showcases a fully armed and operational battle station to quiet the naysayers a bit.
If you're a Buckeye fan in attendance this Saturday night, your own role in their success shouldn't be ignored. Be loud, be crazy and realize that there are dozens of very high-profile recruits who are impacted by your behavior. Represent Ohio State the right way, right away, and help the Buckeyes get a big win Saturday night.
Now that that's out of the way, let's get to talking about them recruits, specifically some of the big names that will be in attendance this weekend.
Holley Enjoys Ohio State Visit (247sports)
Ohio State is coming off a big weekend in which they not only got a win against a gritty Iowa team, but also hosted a big time official visitor in Brooklyn (NY) Lincoln defensive tackle Thomas Holley.
Did Ohio State do enough to sway Holley?
247Sport’s Steve Wiltfong spoke to Holley’s uncle following the weekend visit and the initial feedback was that the two enjoyed their trip.
Bucknuts caught up with Holley himself tonight and the five-star prospect echoed those sentiments.
“It was a good visit,” Holley said. “I got to speak to a lot of people while I was there. I hung out with the players and spent a lot of time with the coaches. I got to sit down with Coach Meyer and he is a good guy. He was telling me Ohio State would be a great opportunity for me. It was a good time.”
While Holley had been to Columbus over the summer, it was his first time in the Horseshoe. It’s safe to see he was impressed with the experience.
“It was an amazing experience being in Ohio Stadium. It was so energetic. They [Ohio State] had a tough first half, but they turned things around.”
Hilliard Is Nation's Top 2015 OLB (247sports)
247Sports recently ranked Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier junior Justin Hilliard as the nation’s top outside linebacker.
Hilliard has 30 offers thus far with more
on the way.
“I think Justin is that good,” St. Xavier head coach Steve Specht said.
Specht knows a thing or two about great linebackers.
Up to this point, Specht’s great pupil is Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, the 2012 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and first round draft pick out of Boston College. Kuechly was ranked by the 247Composite as the nation’s No. 38 outside linebacker coming out of high school when he chose the Eagles back in 2009. Specht remembers telling the coaches at Notre Dame and Ohio State they were missing on this kid.
“Luke was so incredibly cerebral,” Specht said. “He’s the smartest, highest football IQ kid I’ve ever coached.”
Abraham Lincoln football player Thomas Holley receives All-American jersey from Under Armour during ceremony at Coney Island school (ny daily news)
When Thomas Holley transferred last year from Christ the King to Lincoln HS for his junior year, the former middle school basketball prodigy was reuniting with his AAU coach, Dwayne (Tiny) Morton. But Morton recognized the 6-4, 300-pound athlete had potential to be a force on the football field. So Morton called Lincoln football coach Shawn O’Connor and told him to give Holley a look.
Holley finally saw game action in Week 4 last season but played in just eight games in a reserve role, yet his highlight film sparked massive interest among college coaches, and he currently holds more than 30 major Division I football scholarship offers.
Holley, now a senior, was presented with an Under Armour All-American jersey at Lincoln Tuesday in a gym packed with family, friends and students. He’ll be one of 80 seniors to play in the All-American game on ESPN Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. at 4 p.m. Holley is Lincoln’s fourth All-American in football.
“I would have never guessed I’d be here in a million years, coming from being one of the top basketball players in the country, now switching to football and being one of the top football players in the country,” Holley said. “To have the best of both worlds and be able to be at the top level of both, not many people can say that.”
2015 wide receiver Juval Mollette earned an offer on Tuesday. The quarterback race for the class of 2015 is starting to heat up, Lorenzo Nunez, Brandon Wimbush, and Kelly Bryant are all expected to be in attendance for the Penn State game.
Kicking things off today, the biggest news from yesterday was 2015 wide receiver Juval Mollette picking up an offer from the Buckeyes.
ESPN Jr 300 WR Juval Mollette says Ohio State offered. Michigan was out to see him recently: http://t.co/eDr2V7to8E— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) October 23, 2013
Mollette stands at a towering 6'4" and has solid speed, running a 4.6 forty time. Mollette's size gives defensive coordinators nightmares as his size gives him an automatic advantage on the outside. Ohio State will have some ground to make up, but that's not saying too much given the fact that his signing day is about a year and a half away. Urban Meyer will continue to try and take over the Carolina's, making it Buckeyes territory the best he can as there's no really Carolina power in college football. At the moment, North Carolina seems to be the favorite, but Mollette also holds offers from Clemson, North Carolina State, and Tennessee. Sit back and watch this one unfold as this recruitment will most likely be a long process.