Core 6 Athletes, George Hill, Noah Listermann and Jared Payton to Visit

By Jordan Wagner on May 5, 2014 at 3:00p
Noah Listermann

With a football organization that produces some of the Midwest's top talent, a 2016 running back, and a big tackle prospect all expected to visit Columbus, the Buckeyes have an important recruiting week ahead of them. Let's get right into the latest on prospects scheduled to visit Ohio State over the next week. 

Upcoming Visitors 

As mentioned last week, Core 6 Athletes will head to Columbus on Saturday to tour campus and see the coaching staff. 2015 tight end Miles Boykin, who holds an OSU offer, is expected to be the biggest name in attendance.

Boykin had a dominant day at Rivals' Chicago camp, leading him to win the camp's wide receiver MVP. The Buckeyes have a chance to gain ground on Notre Dame and Michigan State for the 6-foot-4, 212-pound prospect. 

Another visitor to watch is 2016 running back George Hill. After picking up an offer from lifelong favorite Ohio State, Hill is scheduled to make a visit with his family. The Ohio native is on commitment watch; could some good recruiting news finally be coming for the Buckeyes?

Noah Listermann to visit?

Cincinnati native Noah Listermann has been a hot name on the recruiting circuit over the past two months. The three-star tackle prospect has picked up offers from Michigan State, Louisville, Georgia Tech and UConn in that time. They join Illinois, Indiana, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Rutgers and Toledo as schools pushing hard for one of Ohio's top offensive lineman.

Listermann, who is fairly new to football, is seen by the staff as a "project," a lineman with great athleticism and a good frame. Ed Warinner has done wonders for the offensive line since arriving in Columbus, so he could be the latest lineman Warinner coaches up. 

Michigan State's recent offer and buzz of a possible commitment may have accelerated Ohio State's timeline for the 6-foot-8, 280-pounder. Kerry Coombs has been in routine contact and previously wanted to see him camp: in recent days, the Buckeyes requested he come back to Columbus tomorrow.

"If I can make it up there, I will," Listermann said of the potential Tuesday visit. 

While Listermann thinks an offer is possible, he can't be certain. The Buckeyes have eyes on some of the nation's best offensive lineman, but he could have too much potential to let escape from Ohio.

Would Ohio State immediately jump ahead of Michigan State on Listermann's list with an offer? "No," he told Eleven Warriors. "But they'd be up there."

This recruitment is one to keep a close eye over the next few days and months. In the meantime, check out John Brandon's article on Listermann from March. 


2017 Athlete Jared Payton to Visit

It is a little too early to obsess over the 2017 class. Even so, a visit to Ohio State is coming this weekend for freshman prospect Jared Payton. 

Payton, a 5-foot-11, 182-pound prospect, plays safety in Gahanna Lincoln's 4-2-5 defense. He could be better suited for outside linebacker since he has room to grow. Not much film is out there on Payton, but colleges have already taken notice.


NCAA rules limit contact between underclassmen and coaches, so his contact with college coaches is sparse. "No offers," he told Eleven Warriors. "Miami (Ohio) and Florida are showing the most interest."

One of Ohio's top sophomores, Jonathon Cooper, attends the same school as Payton. Both prospects drew a visit from Luke Fickell last week, though Cooper is not expected to make a visit this weekend.

Payton plans to camp at Florida and hopes to camp at Ohio State as well. Despite crystal ball predictions for Florida, Payton says not so fast. 

"Yeah, I liked them since I was eight for some reason," Payton said of Florida. "But my whole family are Buckeye fans."

While the crystal ball is useful sometimes, this one is too early to hold any weight. Jared Payton repeatedly mentioned he loves Ohio State and could see himself playing for the Scarlet and Gray.


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BroJim's picture

Things seem to be taking shape. Let's hope someone commits this week

I season my simple food with hunger

German Buckeye's picture

Can't worry too much about this class - it will come together.  If still in the top 10 nationally, ok with me.  I'm more concerned about what the staff does with the kids AFTER they are recruited on on campus/suited up.  That's when 3 stars turn into 4-5 stars.

+1 HS
Soggy_McMuffin's picture

Miles Boykin would be the cake, and George Hill would be the icing!! Let's do it, come on! 

Wow I'm pumping myself up now.

exactly German Buckeye that's what makes a class your 5 stars,4 stars, and when you can turn those three's into players your set ala Elflein, Worley, and Lee. That's what make classes extraordinary!!


otrain2416's picture

Thanks Jordan great stuff! Are there any other big Core 6 names this year aside from Boykin?

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

Jordan Wagner's picture

Boykin seems to be the only Core 6 prospect in this class at Ohio State is pursuing. They have dozens of D1 athletes. I'm working on getting a list of visitors from Core 6. 

otrain2416's picture

Awesome thanks bud. 

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

mtrotb's picture

Why is there a crystal ball for a 2017, especially going to an out-of-state school?


Jordan Wagner's picture

I don't understand. You'd have to ask the ones making the predictions. If offered, Ohio State would be the favorite. 

bucknut94's picture

If they offer me, I'll commit on the spot. The only problem is they time me in the 40 with the calendar instead of a stopwatch.

+4 HS
Soggy_McMuffin's picture

Can somebody please link me George Hill Highlights...Thank you...


Alpo's picture

I've been clocked in the low 4.4's, when shotgunning a beer that is...

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Listermann will not visit Ohio State on Tuesday, Urban Meyer will not be on campus and if the big cheese isn't going to be there, then there's nothing to discuss re: Listermann's potential offer. Whether or not Ohio State will get back there this week remains to be seen.

btalbert25's picture

I know recruiting mania has changed things, but with kids changing their mind all the time 2 weeks before signing day, I just can't get excited about recruits that are 2 years away from signing.