Spring Game a Recruiting Success Despite No Commitments

By John Brandon on April 13, 2014 at 12:00p

The Buckeyes hosted a multitude of top targets for yesterday's spring game. While many were hopeful that Ohio State would walk away with at least one commitment, that isn't the case, at least not yet. Dre'Mont Jones admitted he was close to committing and Sh'Mar Kilby-Lane had a great time as well. Kilby-Lane also spent some time with another certain linebacker from Florida.

While coming away from Saturday with no commitments is a bit disappointing, I wouldn't count out the possibility of Jones and/or Kilby-Lane committing at some point this week. We're beginning to near "commitment season," the time of year when many kids commit, so it shouldn't be too much longer before the commitments start coming in waves. That's the funny thing about recruiting - you get several commitments in a short amount of time and then things are quiet for a while. Things are quietest before the storm, as they say, and get ready because it won't be much longer before the rain hits.

With that out of the way, there's a bunch of pretty significant news from this weekend to get to.

Chris Clark shakes things up

It appears the Buckeye coaching staff got the break they were looking for, as Chris Clark has re-opened his recruitment. Notre Dame has emerged as the favorite among many of the recruiting "experts," though Ohio State is right there with them. Michigan also appears to be in the mix now as well.

Clark was not in Columbus this weekend, so just to clarify any confusion the de-commitment was not due to visiting Ohio State. Clark is planning to visit Ohio State and Michigan next weekend and plans to announce a decision this summer. He will probably visit Notre Dame again before committing, and possibly Auburn as well.

The Buckeyes are in good shape now, but everything will hinge on next weekend's visit, which is his first one to Ohio State. 

Damien Harris enjoys columbus

Damien Harris made it back to Columbus for the spring game this weekend and really enjoyed himself. Between one-on-one time with Urban Meyer and getting to meet Braxton Miller, Harris had a blast.

On Meyer, Harris said "not many coaches can say they've done what Coach Meyer has done." Harris said he also enjoyed "learning from one of the best."

Will Harris continue learning from "one of the best" for the next four years? It's too early to tell, but Ohio State has certainly emerged as one of his favorites. Harris is pretty quiet, but reading between the lines I would say I feel pretty good about him being a Buckeye - and Michigan fans are a little nervous as well.

Up next for Harris are visits to Auburn and Kentucky over the next couple of weekends.

Happy Trails

The Buckeyes weren't the only program hosting big time visitors this weekend - Penn State and Miami hosted some Buckeye targets and finished the weekend with some commitments.

Ohio State targets Adam McLean, Scott Patchan and Dexter Williams all committed yesterday, with McLean picking Penn State and Patchan and Williams choosing Miami. McLean was probably the biggest loss for Ohio State, who would really like to get an elite defensive tackle in this class. Additionally, McLean was the only one of the three that at one point felt like Ohio State would land.

So what's next? Well, Ohio State has plenty of great options at defensive line and running back so these commitments don't sting too bad. Tim Settle, Christian Wilkins and Elijah Taylor become more important targets now at defensive tackle. Taylor looks like a heavy Notre Dame lean, but Ohio State remains in solid shape for Settle and Wilkins. Taylor is scheduled to visit Ohio State tomorrow, while Settle has a visit scheduled for late May.

Big Targets visiting Next weekend

Yes, I probably sound like a broken record when I say "next weekend is shaping up to be a big recruiting weekend." In all seriousness though, it is. We already mentioned Chris Clark is going to be in town. Accompanying him will be Van Jefferson, Ricky DeBerry and Brandon Wimbush (tentative).

For DeBerry and Clark, the visit will be their first to Columbus. Both are high on Ohio State, so the visit will give the Buckeyes a chance to really sell them on the program.

Stay tuned throughout the week for more coverage from this past weekend, along with looking ahead to next weekends visitors.

Oh yeah, we're still on commitment watch, so that should give you something to keep you occupied during commercial breaks from the Masters. Enjoy the rest of your weekend guys.


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youngbuck95's picture

Is Clark no longer considering UNC after re-opening his recruitment?

John Brandon's picture

He's considering them, but Ohio State and Notre Dame figure to be the likelier destinations. It will be telling to see whether or not he makes a return trip to Chapel Hill.

NeilAve's picture

Does anyone know why he de committed? I was under the impression he was a solid unc commit? 

Crimson's picture

He wasn't planning to commit when he visited UNC.  However, he had an out-of-this-world time, so he committed.  His family encouraged him to visit elsewhere -- some are ND alumi -- and he added on a potential visit to OSU.  He had a great time at ND as well, and now his eyes are open that one great visit doesn't mean that he shouldn't keep looking around.  It's just a kid who was impatient and wanted to call a place home, rather than looking at all of his options, which he is now doing.

toad1204's picture

How was Country Thunder?

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

FitzBuck's picture

Birm out kicked his coverage (based on twitter pics)

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Yes, he did. ;)

KevinJ's picture

I know you're talking FB recruits but, Trevor Thompson - Boooooom!!!

Thad doing the work!

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PittBuckeye's picture

It's weird how few basketball recruits we get vs football ones, and yet the 3 star long snapper commit gets 10x more attention. That is big though.

FROMTHE18's picture

really was looking forward to a commit…ah well, glad they had a good time.

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Not worried about recruiting. Everyone knows space is limited for 2015. I personally think it's reassuring that we know Meyer is only going to get the best for his next class. Would love to have Harris though. Sticking it to TTUN and getting a top-notch player is worth waiting until February to see :)

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

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Ahh Saturday's picture

Hey John,

Luke Zimmerman from LGHL has crystal-balled Josh Sweat and Rick DeBerry to OSU today.  Are you or the 11W staff hearing anything on that front?


John Brandon's picture

DeBerry is still very early in the process. As for the crystal ball, he is just trying to get ahead of the curve - what I mean is that the crystal ball is a nice feature but a lot of guys make predictions right before a kid visits because they're trying to be "first" in anticipation that the visit could be a home run. I could be wrong but that would be my best guess. That's not to say Ohio State doesn't have a good chance because they do, there just isn't anything to indicate the Buckeyes are his favorite. Just a different philosophy with the crystal balls, I don't pick anyone unless I actually think they're going there or the kid names them his leader.

As for Sweat, everything I've seen/heard is that V.Tech is leading

sivaDavis's picture

Then I think Sweat needs to come up for the OSU VTech game. Win/win for him as he can watch both teams. And could be very good for OSU if they were to show up and run them out of the building.

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

John Brandon's picture

That's a good point, I bet the staff tries to make it happen

osubuck57's picture

Saw the same thing Ahh Saturday!! Was hoping we would come away with Dre'mont Jones and Kilby-Lane committing, but it could still happen.

Hope Wimbush keeps his visit for this next weekend. Know he is trending PSUs way, but would still love to get him in Scarlet & Grey. Van Jefferson would be big as well!!


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John Brandon's picture

It'll be good to have Wimbush visiting with a pair of big time receiving targets. Ohio State want to make it clear that he's not a backup plan to Gibson, they'd love to have him and this is a chance to reclaim the lead over PSU.

BroJim's picture

Just gotta trust the staff.

I season my simple food with hunger

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I'm really hoping Wimbush enjoys his time on campus and puts us back on top. 

11W staff... Are the coaches allowed to have multiple recruits in their office at one time? Would be nice for Urban to pull Wimbush, Clark, and Jefferson in his office and talk about them being the future of OSU Football. 

John Brandon's picture

Yeah, no rules against that

seafus26's picture

I hate michigan! That is all,

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

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BukFan's picture

PSU is #1 on Rivals with sanctions?   Has that EVER been done in history of recruiting? 


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johnblairgobucks's picture

Southern cal did a number, with a lot of 5*'s while on probation, then Kiffin Kiffined the program.  

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allinosu's picture

I would imagine their depth issues means early playing time and these kids will see a bowl game. I wonder if there is some talk with them about more sanctions being lifted which puts them in the drivers seat. They would have an easier road to the field than here.

Buck Commander's picture

 Winbush and Gibson both in the game would be nightmares for opponents.....Imagine that!!!!!!!

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

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Bucknuts - Kilby-Lane: Buckeyes Move To Big Lead

“I said to him, Ohio State was already No. 1,” Jones said. “Now how do you feel? He said they are still No. 1, but now they have separated themselves big-time from everyone else.”

Jones said Florida State is No. 2 on Kilby-Lane’s list with Alabama No. 3.

Jones also said his star player will likely pick his college in the next month and a half or so.

“It won’t drag on into the (football) season,” Jones said. “Our spring ball stars May 1 and goes about 3 ½ weeks till late May or early June. I think he’ll decide right after our spring ball.”


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