Important Visitors Highlight Recruiting Weekend

By John Brandon on April 18, 2014 at 4:00p

Broken record alert: it's another big recruiting weekend for Ohio State.

Meyer and company's method for recruiting has made virtually every weekend an important one for recruiting. Rather than having designated junior days, the staff attempts to host a few prospects every weekend. While there aren't many prospects visiting this weekend, the quality certainly outweighs the quantity as the Buckeyes have a handful of elite prospects in town.

Meanwhile, there is some big news about the Buckeyes' top QB target and one of OSU's defensive back targets has committed elsewhere.

DeBerry, Burrell enjoying ohio State

A pair of Ohio State's top targets from Virginia, Ricky DeBerry and Matthew Burrell, arrived on campus yesterday. All indications are the visit is going great for both of them.

They have gotten plenty of one-on-one time with Coach Meyer and have spent some quality time with Braxton Miller and Ryan Shazier.

An important factor in Ohio State's favor is them coming together, as they drove to Columbus together. Burrell and DeBerry seem to be know each other fairly well, as they drove to Columbus together. They're from the same part of the country, living about an hour apart, and they're enjoying the campus together – which could be an important factor in the Buckeyes' favor.

The duo stayed in Columbus overnight and are continuing their visit today along with their families. DeBerry has Ohio State in his recently announced top 20, and the Buckeyes are also one of Burrell's top choices. Stay tuned for more on DeBerry and Burrell as they wrap up their weekend visit. 

Cincinnati Moeller High School's Elijah Taylor was on campus as well yesterday, though he has been pretty quiet recently. Hopefully more info will come about his visit.

More Big Fish coming

As Jeremy Birmingham reported earlier this week, Brandon Wimbush is not expected to be visiting this weekend. Nevertheless, a few other top prospects are still expected. Although Chris Clark is no longer talking about his recruitment, he is expected to join DeBerry and Burrell this weekend, along with Van Jefferson, Alabama transfer Chad Lindsay, 2016 DE Khalid Kareem and 2016 OL Ben Bredeson.

The Buckeyes offered 2015 TE Miles Boykin just a few days before Clark's visit, so it will be interesting to see what impact it has on this weekend. In addition, a Van Jefferson commitment could be a possibility this weekend; keep your eyes peeled.

Gibson Update

Torrance Gibson announced a top three yesterday; as originally reported by Ryan Bartow of 247Sports, his top three consists of Ohio State, Tennessee and Auburn in no particular orderGibson is planning on naming a leader on May 5th as well.

As Gibson has yet to visit Columbus, don't panic if he doesn't name them his leader. Should Gibson name Ohio State his leader in the coming weeks that would be huge as well, but as things stand the Buckeyes are likely co-favorites or better.

Happy Trails

Four-star defensive back Marcus Lewis committed to Florida yesterday. Lewis held a Buckeye offer and at one point named Ohio State his leader.

The impact of this commitment shouldn't be severe. Lewis was a big time player, but the Buckeyes are in on several elite defensive backs and already have a pair committed in the 2015 class.

Best of luck to Marcus. He's a great kid and has a bright future awaiting him at Florida.


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Nick's picture

Wonder if Lewis will still go to Florida after Muschamp is fired after the season.


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Missouri L
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BrooklynBuckeye's picture

So weird to see a Florida schedule missing their bitter rival: Georgia Southern.

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Colerain 2004 G.O.A.T.'s picture

While you pretty much nailed this I some how see the Gators sneaking out a win against Georgia. Florida does return 10 defensive starters from one of the best D's when they were all healthy. You are correct they will probably be underdogs but its a rivalry and it gets pretty fierce. I think they hired Dukes OC so they cant possibly be any worse on the offensive side of the ball. I seen a way too early top 25 from Espin and they had enough nerve to put Florida at 25. Muschump will be gone and I wonder if Richt might get replaced too.

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"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

-Woody Hayes

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BuckeyeJ's picture

How many times Taylor been on campus? 

osubuck57's picture

Think this was Elijah Taylors' 3rd or 4th trip since being offered. Maybe a staff member can be a little more definite. Hope we can get him, Dre'mont Jones, and Wilkins from Connecticut.


ab1993's picture

tim settle...? lol 

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nikolajz1's picture

I don't see how Torrence doesn't come to OSU to learn under Urban. Malzahn is a threat but from what it seems the QB is even more of a glorified RB down in Auburn than it is here.  Bring him down in September for the Virginia Tech night game and he'll be a lock. 

James Mee's picture

I thought recently he said he was interested in committing early, after saying that he wanted to wait. It could have been the other way around. Either way he and DeBarry were tweeting at each other and seemed to like each other. Hope to land them both!

buckeyeradar's picture

Thanks for the update John.   What do you think our chances are of getting Chad Lindsay?

I may not be the sharpest crayon in the box but I'm one of the most colorful.

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Amen. He might be the most important recruit in town.

John Brandon's picture

seems like if Ohio State wants him they should be able to land him, only question mark for him would be playing time - can he beat out Boren?

Colerain 2004 G.O.A.T.'s picture

You make it seem like a lock...Not sure we would have him visit if we didn't want him. Also there are quite a few other teams on his list that have holes at oline. Would be absolutely awesome to pick him up he was the #1 rated guard 5 years ago and has playing time as a starter in the oh mighty sec west. Just wondering why  you are so confident about  if we want him we should have him?

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John Brandon's picture

Nothing concrete, but it seems like an Ohio State-Cal battle. Ohio State's system is more offensive-line friendly I would say (most guys like run-blocking more), they have a better O-line coach, better chance to compete for a championship and better job of putting guys in the pros.

Warinner has been here for two seasons now. Last year he had one graduating senior who he converted from TE and got drafted. This year they have 4 graduating seniors and at least two of them and quite possibly three will be drafted. Small sample I know but that's a pretty good track record for putting your linemen in the draft and developing them quickly. Considering the competition and these factors, I feel he's Ohio State's to lose.

sivaDavis's picture

Would he really have to try and beat out Boren or Price? Or could he slide outside to the other guard spot that is sorta up in the air? Didn't he come to Bama as a guard? That's what I would assume. I dont think he would transfer out for his final year to ride the bench. I think that's the only advantage Cal would have on Ohio State.

"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

Valid point as well. Elflein has one of the spots locked up but the left guard position seems up for grabs. I still think  Boren is the starting center but we'll see. But you're right the only thing Cal has on OSU potentially is guaranteed playing time. This is also a two-fold argument, because I don't think Ohio State takes him unless they plan to play him anyway

mtrotb's picture

In time later this year Billy Price will be the starting center ahead of Boren.


Crimson's picture

There was a dropoff when Boren came in for Linsley, so I'm not very confident that Boren will be starting.  Price might be a good option.

jaxbuckeye's picture

Burrell just posted a call out on Twitter to all tOSU students to come hang out with him tonight. Come on Buckeye nation!!!!!

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jaxbuckeye's picture

Sorry but I am really really new to the whole twitter thing. BUT, Burrell just sent a tweet to Torrance Gibson to hit him up ASAP. Hmmmmmm?????

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ab1993's picture

you're overanalyzing it bro lol

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jaxbuckeye's picture

Probably but it's raining here so bored out of my mind. Never looked at twitter before so clicked on those links and read that. Not sure why he'd want TG to hit him up ASAP while he's on a visit but whatever. You're probably right. God we need a gray box. I feel like a heroine addict!

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ab1993's picture

MB: Hey Torrance, how about we all commit right now.

TG: Who me, you, Damien Harris, Rick DeBerry, Chris Clark, Justin Hilliard, and Tim Settle to start with?

MB: Ya why not, OSU is awesome.

TG: Ya let's do it. I'll get a few more 5 stars to come along too.

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jaxbuckeye's picture

Haha!  Now THAT was funny!  If you're gonna dream...sigh...

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James Mee's picture

Left out Christian Kirk. He'd be a huge get too. But that is a heck of a list! 

bucknut8's picture

Sorry tweet was already posted about TG having some big recruiting news today


Li Xiao Buckeye's picture

Apparently TG has some big news!!!!!

"I"m committing to OSU!"
      -What Buckeye Nation think he means.
"I'm committing to Auburn!" 
    -What Auburn fans think he means.
"I'm thinking of announcing my top 20 for the fifth time so that i can announce when i'll announce my school announcement for where i'll play"
    -What he really means.


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Li Xiao Buckeye's picture

Here's the follow up for your convenience.

No real news here.  Other than some good old fashioned trolling. 

I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine. - Bruce Lee

buckeyedexter's picture

I really like to see Shazier and Braxton helping with recruiting, even though they will be gone before these guys ever play.  It really shows they love Ohio State and care about it's success in the future; true buckeyes!

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John Brandon's picture

absolutely, great point

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Every time we have a big recruiting weekend I automatically look to Twitter to find a commitment... Am I becoming spoiled? I think we should skip the recruiting write-up in the hope that it reverses our luck. 

with that said... I think we land Van Jefferson this weekend. Also, I'm a teacher and was off of work today so it felt like Saturday. 

Colerain 2004 G.O.A.T.'s picture

We have to hope that our staff is just being super selective at the moment. I honestly think once  we get one or two big names committed it  is going to snowball fast. Kids  commit for a shit ton of different reasons and right now our staff cant use the class is filling up and only a couple spots left approach. I have faith we will have a top ten class but I think we could have a number 1 with a bullet type class if we could get TG then Damien Harris and Christian Kirk and so on and so on. Once a piss hole starts in the dam the whole freaking thing is going to come crashing down and flood the town previously known as the B1G.

I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to yall.~~Lil Wayne

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cinserious's picture

I'm sick and tired of these 'huge recruiting weekends' producing no bounty. Its past mid April and we are still sitting on three commits. I know this will turn into another top-5 class but damn, right now it feels more like we go deep into the summer before we get to 5 commitments.

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

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OSU_1992_UFM's picture

The wing eating walrus of the North is pretty good at getting early commits, but then loses them. Don't be worried, Urban plays this game in his sleep. Seems like they want to take their time to make sure these are the correct guys, think about it, 2016 will be the first year that its just UFMs guys...I think they are just cherry picking, also if they land Gibson or Kirk expect a few to follow, as those 2 guys are very good at recruiting other high school athletes

Spring football is like non-alcoholic beer.  It looks like what you want, but only intensifies your desire for the real thing--Earle

Mortc15's picture

I know nothing is a lock in recruiting, but the fact Gibson has never even been to Columbus and has them in his Top 3 after making several visits elsewhere, makes it a good possibility to land him, IMO. 


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cdkmike's picture

i dont like gibson naming a favorite before coming to columbus makes me nervous 

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John Brandon's picture

If he names the Buckeyes the leader, they're in the driver's seat. If he doesn't, the Bucks are still right there and he hasn't even visited yet.

buckeyeradar's picture

If we can get them here and show them what it means to play here (Braxton and Ryan), then they will come.  Good coaching, great players past and present and a chance to be a part of something special what more could you want?  

I may not be the sharpest crayon in the box but I'm one of the most colorful.

Colerain 2004 G.O.A.T.'s picture

What rewards to we have to celebrate after 2 HUGE recruiting weekends in a row? We lose a headhunting safety that had a lot of southern connections and get to watch other schools celebrate the rewards of huge spring game commitments.YAY

I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to yall.~~Lil Wayne

Osurrt's picture

Burrell is huge....looks DI ready