Scout$-- Gennesy Takes In Ohio State '14 JUCO MS OL Avery Gennesy
- Avery says tOSU and Texas A&M are his top two. He was blown away by the visit and loves the opportunity to play early.
Rivals$--Ohio State 'feels right' for four-star OL '14 JUCO MS OL Avery Gennesy
Well that was fun, wasn't it? What a show by the Buckeyes offense, defense — and of course TBDBITL — last night at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State couldn't have picked a better time to have their most complete performance in years as the eyes of the nation, as well as dozens of the nation's top recruits, were fixed along the banks of the Olentangy.
With so many recruits and so little time, we'll cut the cute and jump to the goodies. We'll do this a bit different than a normal Sunday due to the large number of prospects in attendance.
THE UNEXPECTED VISITORS
When you're playing a huge game on national TV at night, you're almost always going to get some unexpected last minute attendees, and for the Buckeyes and Penn State, a couple of the nation's premiere defensive ends in the 2014 class were among the late deciders, Coppell (Texas) native Solomon Thomas and Detroit Southfield High School star Malik McDowell.
Five-star CB Minkah Fitzpatrick enjoys visit for Penn State game, says he’s very interested in Ohio State: Buckeyes recruiting (cleveland)
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Noah Brown sent a quick note to five-star cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick last week expressing he hopes the junior prospect of Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep enjoys his visit to Ohio State.
An oral commitment to Ohio State’s 2014 recruiting class from Sparta, N.J., Brown doesn’t know Fitzpatrick personally. But since both are from New Jersey – an area Ohio State has recruited more heavily since Urban Meyer took over the program – Fitzpatrick said he appreciated the note.
Brown can take solace in the fact that Fitzpatrick, one of the most sought after prospects in the 2015 class, enjoyed his visit to Columbus to watch the fourth-ranked Buckeyes beat visiting Penn State, 63-14.
SMYRNA — Campbell’s Mike Rogers ran through, over and around the Kennesaw Mountain defense early and often for 297 yards and 4 touchdowns to lead the host Spartans to a 49-35 victory.
Rogers, leading Cobb County’s and Class AAAAAA’s leading rushing coming into the game, pushed his year total to 1,556 yards and 21 touchdowns. Rogers scored on runs of 19, 24, 30 and 51 Friday night.
After the win, a smiling Rogers gave the praise for his big game to his teammates.
“I really wasn’t keeping up with how many yards I had (Friday), but I have to give credit to my offensive lineman,” Rogers said. “On those long touchdown runs, they just gave me a hole and then I took it to the house. I felt good out there, but I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Despite the outburst by Rogers, he still needed plenty of help.
Quarterback Ricky James completed all five of his passes on the night for 175 yards and two touchdowns. The last touchdown pass went to Marlon Horne for 91 yards with just over a minute left to seal the game for the Spartans, who improved to 4-5 on the season. Horne finished the night catching three passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns.
See what elite class of 2015 defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick had to say about his visit, plus see which basketball recruits were on campus and more Ohio State recruiting news from the weekend.
It seems like almost every week one of the current Ohio State commits are putting up some rather ridiculous numbers on Friday nights. Indianapolis Cathedral speed demon Terry McLaurin was that commit this week. McLaurin rushed for what some running backs wish to have for conference play ending stats. His 311 yards and four touchdowns were the main reason the Irish ran away with an easy 54-26 Sectional victory over Decater Central.
After winning homecoming king, future Buckeye signal caller Stephen Collier had himself quite the ball game as well. Collier, and Lee County High (GA) bounced back this week and dominated Harris County 44-7 behind Collier's 328 passing yards and four touchdowns. Stephen, a three star prospect, also rushed for 54 yards and another score, helping lead the Trojans one step closer to the playoffs.
To see how the rest of the Dream '14 did this weekend, check out our weekly piece, Runnin' Down The Dream.
Terry McLaurin made his opponent look absolutely silly while Damon Webb had clutch plays when the goin' got tough. Check out how they and the rest of the Dream 14 fared in their week of games.
After suffering his first loss of his senior season last week, Stephen Collier got his Trojans rolling in the right direction again by throttling Harris County, 44-7. The win wasn't the only thing Collier picked up last night, he was also named homecoming king.
Completing 18 passes on 26 attempts for 328 yards, four of the completions resulted in touchdowns and he also added 54 yards on the ground including a touchdown as well. It sure looks like Collier has flushed his week nine performance, a trait that's a must when playing big-time football at the next level. Lee County has two more regular season games left before their quest for a championship begins with the start of the playoffs.
St. Vincent St. Mary found themselves in a battle for the first time all year against a Massillon squad led by Ohio State target Danny Clark. Playing with a lead all game long, Parris Campbell led the Irish in rushing with 12 carries for 60 yards, but took a beating and played banged up. Dante Booker, on the other hand, led the team in tackles with six, with two of them coming behind the line of scrimmage. Oh, and he also had an impressive 79 yard fumble return for a touchdown. Scout.com's Bill Greene was at the game and captured Booker's long return.
Ohio State target Brandon Wimbush was in Columbus over the weekend. See how his visit went and what he thinks of the Buckeyes at this point in his recruitment.
Ohio State played host to several prospects over the weekend and one of the biggest 2015 targets in attendance was New Jersey quarterback Brandon Wimbush. A four-star, Wimbush holds a slew of offers from Miami (FL), Rutgers, Penn State, Virginia and of course the Buckeyes, to name a few.
For offensive prospects, there couldn't have been a better game to attend as Ohio State pummeled the Nittany Lions to a score of 63-14. "Everything was great. It was huge and I will never forget that feeling of 107,000 being able to watch the team play. I loved it all and the fan support was awesome."
The Buckeyes had a nice list of prospects in Columbus for the Penn State game, including many five and four star recruits. The Land-Grant Holy Land team has you covered with visit recaps from a number of the prospects who were on hand.
Many thought the Wisconsin game would have been the biggest home recruiting weekend for the Buckeyes this season; last night's game appears to have snagged the title, however. Well over 50 prospects from all over the United States attended the impressive 63-14 victory over Penn State under the lights of The Shoe.
Amongst those in attendance were four five-stars, countless four-stars, and even some hidden gem in-state talents who made the trek to see what the Ohio State experience was all about. And given the way many of the targets were talking after checking out the thoroughly one sided game, we wouldn't be surprised to see a couple of those names show up in future Ohio State recruiting classes when everything's said and done.
Keep checking back as the Land-Grant Holy Land recruiting team will work to bring you quality visit recaps from a number of the talented recruits who were on campus over the weekend. We start with a few of the best the class of 2015 has to offer and their thoughts on Saturday night's action.
Football recruiting | Providence's Boykin enjoys Ohio State visit (chicago tribune)
Providence receiver Miles Boykin thinks the tradeoff is worthwhile.
The 6-foot-5 junior, whose four-touchdown performance in a 28-22 victory against Brother Rice on Friday night elevated the Celtics into the playoffs as a No. 8 seed (out of eight teams) in its Class 6A quadrant, knows Providence likely would have a better seed and an easier first-round opponent than defending champion Crete-Monee if it played in almost any conference other than the Catholic Blue.
But going toe-to-toe with the likes of Loyola, Mount Carmel and St. Rita should benefit the Celtics against a Crete-Monee defense that features BCS recruits Nyles Morgan, Chris Slayton and Omari Stringer.
"I love playing in the Catholic Blue," Boykin said. "I couldn't ask for any better competition. I don't think teams that play in other conferences know what it's like to be in the Catholic Blue."
As it pertains to college football, conference affiliation means less to Boykin.
While the mighty Southeastern Conference has been swooping in to snare Illinois' best with increasing regularity, Boykin has not been seduced by the SEC's remarkable success in recent years.