Ohio State Offers Ohio Speedster, Watches Cali Quarterbacks

By Jordan Wagner on May 16, 2014 at 3:00p

The Ohio State coaching staff has been busy hitting the recruiting trail over the past few weeks. This week's highlights are Tom Herman's trip to California in search of quarterbacks and the Buckeyes offering sophomore Demario McCall.

Ohio State Offers Ohio Speedster 

Sophomore running back Demario McCall of North Ridgeville (Ohio) has flown under the radar, but that should change after receiving an offer from Ohio State. Pittsburgh has also extended an offer, while other programs are showing interest.

As a sophomore, McCall ran for over 1,500 yards and 25 touchdowns, including 500 yards and 10 touchdowns in the first two games of the season.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound speedster reports a 4.4 40-yard dash. Also a track star, McCall has run as fast as a 10.53 in the 100-meter dash.

With the Ohio State in hand, insiders have already began to forecast him to the Buckeyes. All the same, McCall's recruitment is only beginning.

Tom Herman Checks Out Cali Quarterbacks

Yesterday, offensive coordinator Tom Herman toughed out 113-degree weather to watch some of the nation's top quarterbacks work out. He also had a chance to sit down with noted quarterback guru George Whitfield.

During his visit to California, Herman offered sophomore five-star quarterback Malik Henry after watching him work out. Henry, who is considered the top 2016 quarterback prospect, already holds 10 offers. Early crystal ball predictions have him going to USC or UCLA.

As a sophomore, the dual-threat quarterback threw for 2,262 yards and 21 touchdowns. At 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, Henry can also make moves with his feet, rushing for four touchdowns on the year.

Henry wasn't the only quarterback Herman saw. 2015 prospects Travis Waller and Sheriron Jones also had the opportunity to impress. Neither of the signal callers landed an offer, but that could change over the next few days.

Jones holds offers from Arizona, Florida, Nebraska, Tennessee and others. Arizona and Florida are the early favorites, but Ohio State could soon enter the mix. Eleven Warriors caught up with Sheriron earlier this month.

Four-star dual threat Travis Waller holds 12 offers, but despite neither offering him, Ohio State and Oregon are his top two schools. An offer from the Buckeyes could make them legitimate contenders for Waller's commitment.

Ohio State would like to have two quarterbacks in the 2015 class. Torrance Gibson appears to be the top target, but the Buckeyes must get him on campus. Luke Fickell and Zach Smith were both in to see Gibson this week.

More Recruiting News And Notes

Ohio State was one of six teams to make the final cut for four-star Utah offensive lineman Andre James. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound lineman named Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA, USC and Utah as his finalists.

James plans to take an official visit to Columbus during the regular season. Oregon is probably the team to beat for his commitment.

Four-star linebacker Joshua McMillon teased via Twitter that he soon plans to cut his list down to 8-10 schools. While he did not give a specific date for the release, he did say that Alabama, Auburn and Michigan will make the cut.

McMillon visited Ohio State in April, but the Buckeyes don't appear to be one of his top schools. They could still make his list, but Alabama appears to be in the driver's seat.

There has been plenty of buzz surrounding Michigan commitment Shaun Crawford. As first reported by 247Sports, the four-star corner and Ohio native will make visits to Notre Dame and Ohio State. This seems to go against Brady Hoke's no-visit policy, but I don't see Michigan cutting ties with Crawford.

Despite the 247Sports report, it doesn't appear a decommitment is imminent for Crawford. Ohio State will have a chance to make an impression when he visits at the end of May.

The Buckeyes were one of 10 schools to make four-star defense end Darian Roseboro's final list. On his Twitter account, Roseboro listed Alabama, Clemson, Duke, Florida, LSU, Michigan, North Carolina, N.C. State, Ohio State and Tennessee as the schools still in the running for his commitment.

Michigan is one of the front runners for Roseboro's commitment. He visited Ohio State during the past football season.


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BroJim's picture

Sounds like a good start to the 2016 class. I will be looking for more info on Fickell and Smith's visit to FLA. Thanks for the updates.

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Hovenaut's picture

I'm not familiar with the level of competition North Ridgeville plays against, but Demario McCall's production as a sophomore is pretty damn impressive.

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DefenceWinsChampionships's picture

I posted about McCall getting an offer several weeks ago, and my post was mysteriously deleted... He's a hell of an athlete from what I've seen and every bit worth an OSU offer, but North Ridgeville doesn't exactly play a murderer's row

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Hovenaut's picture

Thanks for the details DWC. 

Sorry to hear about the deleted post - that sounds odd. Drop me a note if you run into any future issues, I'd be happy to help. 

sharks's picture

They play the Lorain County teams (Southwestern Conf.) which are perenially good (Avon, A Lake) or bad (Lorain, Midview, Amherst).  I think N Ridgeville is a generally a doormat, and good athletes out that way usually try to get into the Avon or Avon Lake districts (or go to Ed's on scholarship).

A man got to have a code...

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Hovenaut's picture

'ppreciate the follow-up Sharks. 

Either way, this kid sounds like he's got the goods.

koryjay's picture

I know this kid well and he is very fast, very athletic (lock down defender on the basketball court), and a very nice young man. He's got big time talent.

northwoods buckeye's picture

Don't want to sound like a Raiders executive, but I'll take my chances with 10.53 100M speed, regardless of who they're playing..

Pay it forward

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

I think we could see some resolution in the QB recruiting early next week.

SwagstonMiller's picture

Music to my ears (hoping you're referring to gibson)!

Is the plan to still only take one QB?

WhySoSerious's picture

Ohio State would like to have two quarterbacks in the 2015 class. 


Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Gibson won't decide anytime soon. It's a matter of Waller, Jones, Burrow, and Tommy Stevens.

skid21's picture

I would love to get Waller. I've heard he loves Oregon and if offered would commit on the spot. Hopefully if offered by OSU and he commits it would stick.

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Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Birm apparently knows something we don't. 

Ahh Saturday's picture

This is my guess at the current QB pecking order (emphasis on guess):

Tier 1:  Gibson.  Regardless of what any other QB might commit to OSU, the Buckeyes chase him until signing day.

Tier 2:  The California Duo.  Buckeyes feeling out the talent and interest and will offer one, or both, soon.  A commitment from either closes the door on Joe Burrow and/or Tommy Stevens.

Tier 3:  Joe Burrow and Tommy Stevens.  If the California Kids didn't impress or show much interest, one of these guys stands to earn an offer come camp season.


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OSUBias's picture

Can we add a counter of days since last commitment/gray box? This article didn't generate the sky is falling feeling I was craving from recruiting related news.

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buckeyestu's picture

I wonder what is the longest time is between commitments? Maybe this is the longest streak ever in the history of TOSU? I am not one of the "sky is falling people", i have a feeling when this class is signed it will be a top 5 without a doubt.

mh277907's picture

Just saw on 247 that Justin Hilliard will be back on campus this weekend. That is always good news.


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bukyze's picture

I think he is one of the few 'must gets' from Ohio.  It would be great to pry him out of Cincinnati.

brandonbauer87's picture

Offering an Ohio kid early is refreshing. I think Urban is starting to realize the fences aren't strong enough to wait until the last minute. 

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DenBuck's picture

Who do we like better, Stevens or Waller? Or one of the others noted? 

Buckeye For Life

otrain2416's picture

I'd really like to see them bring in Burrows. I feel like there's a lot of talent in Ohio even at QB. Just off the top of my head

  • Cole Stoudt- Clemson 
  • Connor Cook- Sparty
  • Mitch Trubisky- UNC
  • Malik Zaire- ND had an awesome spring game went 18/25 300yds 2 TDs 
  • Maty Mauk- Missouri 


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

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teddyballgame's picture

Would not surprise me if Burrow got an offer.  I think he's better than most people realize. 

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Again great work Jordan!

Go Bucks!!

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KBonay's picture

Looks like Waller got his invite to the Opening:

@BrandonHuffman: Four invitations to the #Elite11 Finals #TheOpening: Brady White, Travis Waller, Brian Lewerke and Sam Darnold...

I'm actually posting this from my flight from Oakland. Couple of Elite 11 kids on here. Only one I recognized was Brady White (decked out in ASU gear).  I need to double check and see if one is Waller & whisper 'Go Bucks'....

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highsteppin's picture

I saw McCall play and he is very fast.  He is no where near 190 lbs.  I would guess somewhere near 155-160 lbs is more realistic.  They continually ran him in between the tackles for the 1st quarter, and he got nothing.  I would guess he carried the ball 7 times for 7 yards in that quarter.  In the second they ran him outside and he averaged probably 15-20 yds per carry.  He did have discipline problems last year from what I hear.  He did miss a game for discipline problems.  I don't think this kid is worth the trouble.


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koryjay's picture

He does need to add weight, but he's 175-180 right now. Good kid too, don't worry about that

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BuckeyeJ's picture

Beginning to think we want 2qb because if Gibson goes elsewhere we would still have a great qb in this class. To me I want Jones, but I feel it will really b hard for us to pull from Cali. I have always wanted Stevens but would take Burrows. 

KBonay's picture

Waller still waiting....

bobdaveant's picture

Your feature photo on this article was taken by me - I sent it to the Westlife newspaper for there use only, can you add my name to the photo credits instead of the newspapers?  I never gave permission to use this on your site, but as long as you give me the credit, I am ok with it.  Here is the original: http://daveantphoto.smugmug.com/Sports/Football/Rangers-vs-Demons-083013....   Thanks!  Bob Daveant.