Football Recruiting Notebook: April 4th, 2014

By John Brandon on April 4, 2014 at 4:00p
Sterling Jenkins to decide between Ohio State and Penn State

Happy Friday everyone! It's been a typical busy week on the recruiting front for Ohio State. Many prospects visited Columbus this week, including top tight end target Hale Hentges. Meanwhile, a couple of Ohio kids picked up Buckeye offers this week: Tommy Kraemer and Elijah Taylor.

Today, we'll be looking at some of the latest news on the Buckeye recruiting landscape, as well as looking ahead to another important weekend full of visiting recruits.

Sterling Jenkins cuts list to two

The nation's No. 5 offensive tackle, Sterling Jenkins, announced a final two of Ohio State and Penn State today. Jenkins will visit both schools this weekend, then make a final decision at some point this summer.


Jenkins is one of several elite offensive linemen the Buckeyes are chasing, but with Steven Gonzalez committing to Penn State last week it would sure be nice for the Buckeyes to cherry pick the top player in Pennsylvania. Right now he's looking like a Penn State lean, but Ohio State has at least one more chance to impress him this Friday before he heads to State College for the Nittany Lions' spring game on Saturday.

Despite visiting both of his top schools this weekend, Jenkins isn't in a rush to make the final decision. The longer he waits to decide, the more Ohio State's chances would seem to increase. Penn State's the favorite now, but if he delays his decision it could give Ohio State an opportunity to gain some ground. This weekend's visits will be huge, so stay tuned for more as this develops.

Buckeyes offer 2015 WR Auden Tate

Ohio State continued their recruiting effort in Florida today by offering 4-star receiver Auden Tate from Tampa. Tate is already 6-foot-4 as a junior in high school, and may not be done growing. His offer list currently includes the likes of South Carolina, Clemson, Michigan State, Penn State, Nebraska and others.

South Carolina and Clemson could be tough to beat for Tate, who is originally from South Carolina and has family there. He actually also grew up a Michigan fan, so the Wolverines would be one of his top schools if they were to offer as well.

The Ohio State offer excited Tate, though it remains to be seen if he will make a trip up to Columbus. He's got all of the tools to be a big time receiver, and the Buckeyes would love to have him.


Torrance Gibson latest

Earlier this week Torrance Gibson announced that he would be committing after his football season and after taking his five official visits. This was different to his original plan of committing relatively early, at some point this summer.

On Wednesday, Gibson announced that one of his official visits would be to Ohio State and last night he announced that one of his other visits would be made to Tennessee. With the recent news that Ohio State was slipping in his recruitment due to him not having visited Columbus yet, this is very telling for the Buckeyes. Ohio State remains very much in the front of his mind, while it looks like Tennessee could be the biggest competition.

Auburn, LSU and Miami seem to be the most likely other destinations for his remaining three official visits, and it will be a tight race to the finish line. I continue to believe that Ohio State will be the ultimate landing spot for Gibson, and the recent turns in his recruitment suggests that the Buckeyes at least have a very good shot. Ohio State remains the only one of Gibson's top schools that he hasn't visited, so a good visit to Columbus this summer or fall could put the Buckeyes in the driver's seat.

Buckeyes set to host slew of Michigan Prospects

It's another important recruiting weekend for Ohio State, especially because the Buckeyes will be looking to impress some top prospects from Michigan. Dame Webb will be visiting Ohio State, coming with teammates and current Buckeye recruits Mike Weber, Joshua Alabi and Donovon Peoples-Jones. Weber and Alabi have visited Ohio State multiple times, along with having Damon in their ears for over a year now. Still, Michigan State is the pretty clear favorite to land them both. Peoples-Jones does not have a Buckeye offer, but has drawn interest from Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Tennessee already. He's only a high school freshman and figures to be a top prospect, so it's been good for Ohio State to work on him early.

Also visiting from Michigan is another freshman - Emani Mason of East English Village Prep (Detroit, MI). Mason is already huge at 6-foot-4 and 270 lbs, it's no surprise he's gotten the attention of Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State already, though he currently holds no offers.

Joey Burrow and Austin Clark are also scheduled to visit Ohio State this weekend. Clark was recently offered by Ohio State, you can read more about him here.

Burrow does not hold an Ohio State offer, but the Buckeyes are becoming increasingly interested in him. He is the top ranked quarterback in Ohio for 2015 and was just offered by Virginia Tech. If the Buckeyes take two quarterbacks like they want to, Burrow could be offered at some point, especially because he is a much different style of quarterback than most Ohio State is recruiting.


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hodge's picture

What do you mean you think Torrance Gibson signs with us?  He's such a diva!  The Buckeyes are so much better off without him!

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John Brandon's picture

In all seriousness, I would attribute a reasonable amount of his interest (real or perceived) in Tennessee as being due to all of the attention they give him on social media.

bedheadjc's picture

Someone had the gall to DV Hodge? Must be new. ;)


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buckguyfan1's picture

Hodge you just made me laugh, thanks!.  My Dad(huge Buckeye Fan) is in the hospital  and I just had a heart to heart talk with him. He just reminded me to appreciate the little things in life. Message to my 11 W family - don't rush through life, it goes way to fast. Make a good memory every day. 

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Alpo's picture

Thoughts and prayers to you and your family from the 11w community.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Amen to that Alpo

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Sebastian's picture

A Great relationship with Zach Smith????

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ODEEZ330's picture

If we land gibson and burrow at qb I'd be so happy. Really like burrow. #1dt qb nationally and #1 qb in Ohio would be an unreal haul

stark county football

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weimerad's picture

Actually surprised that Jenkins has OSU in his final 2, as I thought TTUN would be their till the end. I still think PSU will land him unfortunately

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"We are eternal. All this pain is an illusion." - Tool

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CasualBystander's picture

You must not have a job where unfortunate grammar choices have big consequences. Which, in itself, is unfortunate.

"Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured." - Mark Twain

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stevebelliseeya's picture

I'm actually a teacher. I just feel that correcting a persons grammar on a football website is petty, especially if it's something so small. It's not like it was unreadable. 

"We are eternal. All this pain is an illusion." - Tool

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nm_buck's picture

Being a teacher, one would think you'd have a different opinion.  A primary reason a person gets an education, is to be able to adequately communicate in public.  I am not a teacher, though I am an employer.  You'd be surprised how many people... young adults and older... who can't even fill out an application, or write a simple note detailing their schedule availability.

I agree pointing out grammatical mistakes in that manner is petty.  

It's just surprising to me that someone who makes a living as a teacher would be compelled to defend a fourth-grade mistake. 

Then again, maybe there not getting a good education because there not listening to they're teachers.

"The future is bright at Ohio State."  - Urban Meyer 1/1/15

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cinserious's picture

'Their' teachers :)

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

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Patriot4098's picture

I'm guessing that was intentional?

"Evil shenanigans!"     - Mac

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Go1Bucks's picture

Boy, this shit went south quickly. 

Go Bucks!

VintonCountyBuck's picture


Man.. Coach Coombs doin' some serious work.

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

DenBuck's picture

Thanks for the update. Could you rank how you think staff feels about Wimbush, Nunez and who are the next few after those two?

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John Brandon's picture

Wimbush would be their next target, and despite the momentum at Penn State, I think the Buckeyes could land him if they missed on Gibson, unless the timing didn't work out (Wimbush commits early and Gibson waits). Nunez would also be there, although I've heard he hasn't been in much contact with OSU recently. They should get one of those two if they don't get Gibson, plus maybe more urgency to get a second QB since they aren't getting their #1 guy

jaxbuckeye's picture

Man I don't remember who makes those incredible tOUS pictures, but they have to send him something better than this!





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Ball-Z-Buck's picture

Jenkins and Wimbush are PSU leans which means 3 recruits we have or had our sights on have gone to PSU- not liking it!

SilverState's picture



 Hopefully a large student showing today will make an impression.


cinserious's picture

Best case scenario on Gibson would be to get him in for a visit in the summer (whish it could be the Spring game), then have him for another visit for a night game in the fall!

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

John Brandon's picture

think this is what the Buckeyes are hoping for

AlwayzABuckeye614's picture

^^^He has the wrong colors on, hopefully they gave him some gear to cover up that mess.



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Seattle Linga's picture

You beat me to it ALWAYS - thought the exact same thing - he should be wearing this.................


Jeremy Birmingham's picture

People's can play. Very interesting prospect.

Buck Commander's picture

Another weapon..........I like it!

Every time I set my DVR to record Biggest Loser......It always records Wolverine Football Games!

cinserious's picture

I hear he's real good peoples.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.