Recruiting Notebook:: New Offers, Commitment Watch, Coaching Visits and More

By Jordan Wagner on May 2, 2014 at 3:00p

The offseason is in full swing, but that doesn't mean the coaching staff is taking any time off. Many of the assistant coaches have spent their week hitting the recruiting trail hard.

With a slow start to the 2015 class, the Buckeyes have plenty of work to do. As some have pointed out, it has been over 150 days since Ohio State's last football commit. 

Let's take a look at latest developments on the Ohio State recruiting scene. 

Commitment Watch?

While the 2015 class is moving at a slow pace, Jeremy Birmingham has already started to take a look at Ohio's 2016 class. Hubbard sophomore running back George Hill could be one of many highly regarded Ohio prospects in the 2016 class. 

Hill plans to visit next weekend and a commitment is not out of the question. The 6-foot, 182-pound running back runs a 4.4 and impressed the staff enough to land an early offer. Since Ohio State is his childhood favorite, this recruitment could land the Buckeyes their first verbal commitment in months.

The Ohio native has offers from Cincinnati, Kentucky and West Virginia as well. 


As for the next commitment to the 2015 class, all attention is on four-star receiver Van Jefferson. After falling in love with Ohio State during a winter visit, Jefferson has been trying to make it back up to Columbus. That could happen in the next few weeks.

Texas Tom Bringing out The Spatula?

As first reported by Scout's Ahmard Vital, Ohio State has offered Texas three-star wide receiver J.F. Thomas. The TCU commitment from Dallas could be the latest prospect that Tom Herman pulls from the Lone Star State. 

The 6-foot-5, 195-pound receiver committed to TCU earlier this month but has since received offers from Ohio State, Nebraska and Boise State. After the latest round of offers, the crystal ball has been trending toward the Buckeyes. All eight predictions have Thomas eventually selecting Ohio State. 

Thomas could become yet another prospect that the Buckeyes flip. Getting Thomas on campus will be important; this recruitment is one to watch. 


Josh Moore Offered

Before Ohio State visited his school, Josh Moore told Eleven Warriors he hoped to land an offer from the Buckeyes. On Wednesday, he landed that offer. 

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound tight end/athlete holds offers from Auburn, Florida State, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio State, TCU and Texas Tech. He claims no leaders. 

Moore now hopes to attend one of Ohio State's summer camps. Meanwhile, the Buckeyes continue the search for a pair of tight ends. 

Tim Hinton Makes Stops in Dayton

The Ohio State coaches have been busy on the road as of late. Tight ends coach Tim Hinton made a few visits to Dayton area schools earlier this week. 

Daryl McCleskey Jr. of Dayton Thurgood Marshall High School was one prospect Hinton had his eye on. The sophomore all-state running back has drawn interest from Toledo, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Ohio State, Ohio, Bowling Green and others. 

Sophomore quarterback Jacob Harris of Dayton Chaminade Julienne High School also drew a visit from Hinton. After throwing for over 2,700 yards as a sophomore, colleges have their eye on the Dayton native. Akron has already offered and the Buckeyes plan to take a close look at a summer camp. Sophomore teammate Jeffery Pooler has also been in contact with Hinton and plans to camp at Ohio State. 

Darrin Kirkland Jr. Narrows List to 10

Junior four-star linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. tweeted out his latest top 10 on Thursday night. The Buckeyes were not surprisingly left off the list since they have not offered the highly sought-after recruit. 

Early on in the process, Ohio State was considered one of the teams to beat for Kirkland's commitment. Though the Indianapolis native has visited Columbus several times, that has now changed with the lack of an offer. Michigan, Penn State and Tennessee appear to be the favorites. 

Penn State, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin and North Carolina made Kirkland's cut. 


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avail31678's picture

So why haven't the Bucks offered Kirkland yet?  Or would you just be speculating at this point?

Good read as always, thanks for the update!


otrain2416's picture

Probably the same reason they haven't offered Nick Conner. Sounded like the staff wants 3 LBs this class and the pecking order is.

1A- Baker, Hillard, Kilby-Lane  (all we're sitting well with) 

1B- Conner, Kirkland

My guess is once Conner balls out at OSUs camp, he'll get his offer. 

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

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tdible2132's picture

Although longshots, I would add Malik Jefferson and Jeff Holland to that 1A list. Malik Jefferson says OSU is one of his definite official visits, and IMO he could be a name to keep an eye on later in the cycle if he visits. Maybe Ricky DeBerry too depending on if they see him as a LB or DE.

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otrain2416's picture

Very true on those two, my understanding on DeBerry was he was being recruited to play DE I believe, but I could be wrong on that one. 

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

SilverBullet-98's picture

I agree, I see Ricky DeBerry as a Noah Spence stlye future DE.

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jpbuckeye's picture

I thought I read somewhere that Hilliard was ND bound. I may be completely off base so please stay away from the ledge, :-)

Crimson's picture

I don't think tOSU was his favorite growing up, nor did we offer before ND.  I don't think people are very confident we will get him, but we all hope.

Jordan Wagner's picture

As others have mentioned, it's likely because Ohio State is in on some of the nation's top linebackers. Nick Conner seems to be next in line. 

Knarcisi's picture

Jordan, all 3 of those top targets are OLBs, unless I'm wrong. Conner is a true ILB. Can you explain why he is behind 3 guys that play outside?  Assuming at least one of those guys might be targeted to go inside?

kdogg72's picture

Our recruiting class is shaky at best so far. I know I will get down voted for not being optimistic when the season has not even started yet. But we have no clear cut recruit to recruit other players. I hope it finishes better than it has started.

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tennbuckeye19's picture

1.) You have to wonder if some of these schools having recruiting success will be able to hold onto their recruits when the season begins and their teams do not perform well. 

2.) The eternal optimist in me is hoping it's only a matter of time till OSU finds the leader of this class.

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otrain2416's picture

Gotta wonder how all the PSU recruits will react when Urban beats them down in Happy Valley this year. I see Penn State winning 8-9 games max this year. 

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

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DenBuck's picture

"Shaky" is being too kind...I know we will likely end up Top 10 but it's painful tight now.

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tdible2132's picture

I've read that JF Thomas doesn't have a commitable offer.  Apparently he will need to come to camp this summer, but seems like the coaches like what they've seen from film.

2002osubuck's picture

I saw the same thing but he sounded really excited about coming to camp this summer. I think he'll earn it this summer and be a buckeye.

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mc22's picture

Camp brings offers - successful season brings commitments

One area I have no worries is Urban's commitment to bringing in the best talent he can sign ....or flip.

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skid21's picture

Just wondering how it was an "eventful week."

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cinserious's picture

That first paragraph has been on autopilot for about 150+ days now.

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

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Soggy_McMuffin's picture

George hill looks nice!!