Recruiting Notebook: Latest on Branden Bowen, Luke Farrell, Gavin Cupp & More

By Jordan Wagner on May 30, 2014 at 3:00p
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The long commitment drought is finally over, leaving everyone wondering "who's next?" One popular prediction is four-star Elijah Taylor, who plans to announce his choice by the end of June. In a recent message, Taylor said he is unsure if he will attend the Nike Football Training Camp at Ohio State. 

Let's continue with the recruiting talk in this week's recruiting notebook. 

Utah Lineman Has Ohio State Connection

Despite his Utah connections, Urban Meyer rarely sends his assistant coaches to the Beehive State on a recruiting trip. Even so, offensive line coach Ed Warinner went there to see three-star offensive lineman Branden Bowen a few weeks ago. 

The 6-foot-7, 330-pound Utah native has offers from Boise State, BYU, Colorado, Oregon State, Utah, Utah State and Washington State. Bowen's only two crystal ball selections have him headed to Utah. 

The lineman has heard plenty from the Buckeyes coaching staff, and he can claim a unique connection to Urban Meyer. 

"My trainer played for Urban at Utah," Bowen told Eleven Warriors. "My trainer has been on the phone with Urban about me around four times now."

"They told my coach, trainer, and me they want to get me on campus to talk to Urban face-to-face and then they'll offer me." 

Bowen, who plans to visit Ohio State in the third week of June, could soon be in line for a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes. 

It's still early in the recruiting process, so Bowen currently claims no favorites or top school lists. At this point, he is just feeling out the interested schools to see where he fits the best. 

The Buckeyes have a shot with an offer since his trainer is a big supporter of Meyer. As Bowen says, his trainer preaches that Meyer is the best coach in college football. When asked if the Buckeyes would draw serious consideration with an offer, Bowen said they would be a top contender: "I definitely have very strong interest in OSU."

Ohio Sophomore Prospects Plan to Camp

Perry four-star tight end Luke Farrell, has always dreamed of playing football for Ohio State, and Leipsic offensive lineman Gavin Cupp has grown up a Buckeye fan. The pair of Ohio sophomore football prospects plan to camp at Ohio State this summer in hopes of landing scholarship offers. 

Farrell, who plans to camp on June 17-18, has already started to hear from the Buckeyes. 

"I actually got to talk to coach Meyer on the phone," Farrell said. "He said he likes my film and is excited to see me at camp."

The 6-foot-6, 219-pound tight end prospect picked up his first offer from Illinois on Tuesday. The offer will be the first of many for Farrell, who is the 229th best prospect in the 2016 class according to 247Sports.

Gavin Cupp doesn't even have a recruiting profile on the various networks, but the Ohio State staff is already well aware of the 6-foot-6, 275-pound offensive lineman. Early in the process, Cupp has received a lot of interest from the Buckeyes. 

"I've talked to coach Meyer, Mark Pantoni, I got another call from Ohio State – I think it was Ed Warinner – and Zach Smith came [to my school] last Thursday," Cupp said.

Toledo was the first school to offer Cupp a scholarship and many other schools are already showing interest. About 12 schools have sent camp invites and showed interest, he told 11W

Gavin Cupp plans to camp at Ohio State on June 21. If everything goes well, he could land an offer from the Buckeyes. "They [Ohio State coaches] said if I do what I've shown on film at their camp, I could walk out with an offer!"

You'll want to remember the names of Luke Farrell and Gavin Cupp. They will be on the radar for the next two years. 

Upcoming Visitors

Jeremy Birmingham will have a update on prospects attending the Nike Football Training Camp in Columbus this weekend, but there are other prospects still planning to make visits to Columbus later this month. 

Alabama four-star defensive end commitment Mekhi Brown has tweeted plans to visit OSU with Jawon Pass, a 2016 five-star quarterback the Buckeyes recently offered. It's unlikely the Buckeyes flip Brown and it'll be even tougher to pull Pass out of the south. 

The Buckeyes recently offered Florida State three-star safety commitment A.J. Westbrook, according to his Twitter. In a message to 11W, Westbrook said his commitment is still firm to Florida State but he would like to visit Ohio State. 

Beckham, Dotson to Camp at Ohio State

Kei Beckham and Meiko Dotson, a pair of unoffered corners, plan to camp at Ohio State to try to earn an offer. 

Beckham, a three-star corner from Dayton, holds offers from Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky, Minnesota, Purdue, Wake Forest and others. Ohio State assistant coach Tim Hinton has remained in contact with the 2015 prospect. The Dayton native plans to camp at Ohio State on June 8, where he thinks he should be able to pick up an offer from the Buckeyes. 

By the end of June, Beckham plans to narrow his college choices. Though Ohio State offer would change things, his crystal ball currently reads all Kentucky. 

Dotson, an unranked corner from Florida, has added offers from Indiana, Georgia Tech, Ohio and Wisconsin this month. He has been in contact with Tim Hinton and plans to tag along with his high school coach to OSU's kicking and longsnapping camp, which his coach helps out with. The camp runs June 9-11.

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otrain2416's picture

6'7" 330 that's a man right there haha

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saltybuck61's picture

I went to school with him for a couple of years and he is massive. He will definitely benefit from a college lifting program, and he needs to. He isn't as aggressive or strong as one would expect from a 6'7" 330 lb guy. He has quite a bit of potential for sure, especially if he gets in the weight room with Marotti and Urban gets him angry. He is a pretty hard working guy too, so he could be a heck of a lineman in the future. 

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buck-I.8's picture

How much of that of that comes from playing a generally weak field of competition? I'd imagine guys that are that large have it pretty easy when it comes to pushing people around at the Utah HS level. In tougher competition fields, like in Ohio, I'd say it takes more than just being large.

For example, I went to HS with Tommy Brown, and he was huge in comparison to most high school football players, but when it came to playing teams like Massillon Washington and St. Eds, he got pushed around a lot. I'd imagine that's something that doesn't happen in Utah so much. 

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saltybuck61's picture

You are absolutely right. The competition in Utah is no where near the level of competition that he would see in Ohio. He actually went to a different high school in order to play higher competition and to play in a more orthodox offense (his old high school ran the option). When he played his former high school, they pushed him around a good amount, even though most of the defensive linemen are under 6' tall. He has the frame and athleticism to do it for sure, but stronger guys and better competition have exposed him a bit. 

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skid21's picture

A lot of talk about 3* and already committed long shots. An unpopular comment I"m sure but recruiting just isn't that fun these days.

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Mortc15's picture

Until 1 of those commitments flips to the good guys. Remember, "a commitment only means you're in the top 3 until signing day." 

Buck-I4Life

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allinosu's picture

When we win the BIG championship a due some serious damage in the 4team, things will change . Right off the bat showing we can play defense it will begin.

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rdubs's picture

Someone didn't check this weekend's visitor list...

1967Buck's picture

Thanks Jordan for the write up. Peace and Go Bucks!!!

Buckeye419er's picture

Sent this little gem to Mike earlier...pretty sure he liked it.  

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route4buckeye's picture

No offense, but the jersey is really fucked up. Sorry. Upvote though.

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skid21's picture

Wow, really? Unless you have formal training in Photoshop that is pretty damn good. You got something better?

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route4buckeye's picture

No, I just said it was fucked up. I didn't say, "that's shitty, broz", or "I could do way better than that". The rest of it is great. And apparently
Weber likes it, so it's irrelevant.

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Buckeye419er's picture

I actually didn't touch the jersey.. just colored it lol. It was already kind of "twisted". But you have a right to your opinion. 

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MotownBuck's picture

Welcome to 11W Silky

 

Trotwood-Madison. Once a Ram, Always a Ram.

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MotownBuck's picture

and nice work 419

Trotwood-Madison. Once a Ram, Always a Ram.

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jamesrbrown322's picture
For Example - 

 

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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Byaaaahhh's picture

You're not wrong. The jersey number is clearly distorted. The image isn't my style/taste, but it's something that the recipient liked, so good job, 419. 

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TheMish54's picture

I really like that combination of wide stripe helmet and normal uniform, looks sharp

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BuckeyeTrappedInSouth's picture

Since Perry High School is where I graduated, Luke Farrell would be the player I root for the most assuming he becomes a Buckeye!  Can't say I know of any Perry Grad ever having played football for The Ohio State University.
 

In Urban We Trust

osu07asu10's picture

Kirk Barton

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

BuckeyeTrappedInSouth's picture

You are thinking Massilon Perry.  Farrell is from Perry (44081), much smaller school.

In Urban We Trust

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Johnny-Shane_Utah-Falco's picture

Clicked on Branden Bowen's profile, and I've gotta say --- he is a really dark-skinned African-American :)

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Huh?

 

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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Johnny-Shane_Utah-Falco's picture

Haaa that joke was a little too inside maybe

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1967Buck's picture

Well Johnny, you did it again!! The crows are above you. What do you do now? I say find a hole and hide!! Peace.

route4buckeye's picture

lol at the downvoters. you can't have a differing opinion here. impossibru.

livinthedream's picture

Absolutely.  I found that out recently when I made 'em feel uncomfortable about the NCAA and its role.  So I'll lose a couple more now - oh well :~)

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TraSmith4's picture

Ignore the haters 419 I like the edit and I doubt any of the critics could do any better. I dig Mike Weber and all but he reminds me too much of Mike Hart :/ I want Damien Harris above all else and maybe a Larry Scott Jr or Jaques Patrick in this years RB class.

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route4buckeye's picture

Folks are REALLY misunderstanding me. I like the edit. Lol

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great info Jordan.  Look forward to it when the weekend rolls around.

Go Bucks!!

Jordan Wagner's picture

Branden Bowen (discussed above) just notified me that he will visit Ohio State on June 26. He spoke with Ed Warinner today. 

Jimmy Smits's picture

Thanks! Having trouble making it work on ipad

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Crimson's picture

Post some details about the iPad/OS/Browser in the site bugtracker thread in the forums/site stuff.

Jimmy Smits's picture

Done. Again, thanks!

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