Recruiting Notebook: Updates on Roderick Campbell, Upcoming Visitors

By Jordan Wagner on June 13, 2014 at 3:00p
Roderick Campbell

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While the Buckeyes got off to a slow start with their 2015 class, #Elite15 is starting to roll after three commitments this week. The 2016 recruiting class might soon need a nickname with two of their top targets visiting and a commitment possible. 

Let's get right to this week's recruiting notebook, which is heavy on discussion of the upcoming summer visitors.

2016 Corner Grew Up a Buckeye Fan

Last weekend, St. Louis (Mo.) cornerback Roderick Campbell made his way to Columbus to perform in front of the Buckeye coaching staff. His goal was to receive an offer from Ohio State, a task Campbell has worked hard to achieve. Although coaches have left positive feedback for the 5-foot-11, 180-pound corner, the staff hasn't offered the junior-to-be.


Tim Hinton, the Buckeye coach responsible for recruiting Missouri and inviting Campbell to camp, sought him out after the fact. "I talked to Coach Hinton, and he asked me how I did at the camp," Campbell told Eleven Warriors. "I also talked to a few other coaches that had good thing to say, as well, as far as my technique and ball reaction skills."

Heading into Sunday's camp, Campbell's only offer was from the Indiana Hoosiers. On Monday the Kentucky Wildcats became the second school to extend a scholarship. While these are major offers, it's no secret that an offer from Ohio State is the one he covets: "Ohio State didn't mention [an offer] but that's what I'm striving for."

"I have always been a Buckeye fan," Campbell continued. "I would love to play there someday."

Roderick Campbell will likely remain high on Ohio State's board. While Ohio is stacked with highly rated 2016 prospects, defensive backs are a relative weakness. Akron St. Vincent St. Vincent Mary defensive back Tyrece Speaight appears to be the only OSU-caliber defensive back in Ohio, so the Buckeyes will have to look to the rest of the country for their secondary recruits. 

Upcoming Camper and Visitor Notes

Four-star 2016 quarterback Dwayne Haskins is visiting Ohio State today with his family. The four-star signal caller from Maryland hasn't been shy about calling Ohio State his dream school. With 23 offers from some of the nation's top schools, Haskins could be the highly rated QB the Buckeyes are looking for in 2016. 

Also visiting today is four-star offensive lineman Andre James. The 2015 Utah lineman already holds an Ohio State offer, but it might be difficult to pull him out of the West; among others, Oregon and Washington are pursuing him hard. Nevertheless, getting a recruit on campus is always a chance to impress.

Another one of Ohio State's top targets, George Hill, is expected to be on campus on Saturday. The four-star running back has been on commitment watch for about a month now, so it's a situation to keep an eye on this weekend. Maybe Urban Meyer is trying to hold off 2016 commitments for the time being, but it's hard to ask a prospect as good as Hill to hold off.

Speaking of highly rated underclassmen, Tyler Green has been actively recruiting Steven Smothers and Shane Simmons for the Buckeyes. Green and Simmons are high school teammates while Green and Smothers are good friends. Both prospects are among the nation's elite. 

Smothers, 5-foot-9 four-star receiver from Maryland, has Ohio State in his top five with Alabama, Florida, Michigan and West Virginia. He plans to visit Ohio State for Friday Night Lights, which attempts to cultivate an atmosphere to impress recruits. The Buckeyes lead on his crystal ball, although only six total predictions have been made. 

After committing to Ohio State, Tyler Green mentioned Shane Simmons specifically as a recruit he was going to recruit to Columbus. Simmons, a 6-foot-4, 221-pound defensive end holds offers from the elites, including Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State. The Buckeyes might have some ground to make up since Florida State currently leads on the crystal ball. 

Recently offered four-star wide receiver Austin Mack, a member of the 2016 class, is scheduled to return to Ohio State for Friday Night Lights on July 25. After earning an offer from an impressive camp performance, the Indiana receiver named the Buckeyes as his favorite. 

For the current class, four-star tight end Chris Clark is set to visit on Tuesday. Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State are the top three schools vying for his commitment, which will be aired on ESPN at The Opening in July. While Michigan leads on the crystal ball, I think Ohio State has a good chance at landing Clark. Sam Hubbard is the latest Buckeye to try to recruit the tight end prospect

A visitor that is more of a long shot for is four-star defensive end Mekhi Brown. In a couple of interesting tweets, the Crimson Tide commit mentioned his plans to visit Ohio State and noted an offer could shake up his top five (yes, apparently committed prospects have top fives these days). Even with an offer, it's doubtful Brown would flip to Ohio State since he has been actively recruiting for Alabama. 

Sticking with the trend of 2015 prospects expecting to visit Ohio State in the next week, in-state receiver Deric Phouthavong is a name to watch. Phouthavong is expected to visit and camp at Ohio State next week. He holds offers from Akron, Ball St., Buffalo, Miami (OH), Robert Morris, Toledo and Western Michigan. Michigan State and Purdue could also offer once they receive his ACT scores. The Buckeyes have hosted the under-the-radar receiver twice already and have kept in close contact. 

The third annual Friday Night Lights might be the biggest event yet. Five-star linebacker Justin Hilliard and four-star defensive lineman Jashon Cornell are two of the top prospects expected in attendance. By the time of the event on July 25, Hilliard could already be a Buckeye. Cornell is trending towards the Buckeyes with an official announcement coming August 28. 

Eleven Warriors will continue to have updates on upcoming visitors, along with coverage from Ohio State's prospect camps next week. You'll want to stay tuned to the recruiting forum and front page for the busy summer recruiting period. 


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BroJim's picture

I cant imagine what will happen on this site if Hilliard does not pick the Buckeyes

I season my simple food with hunger

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unknownmusketeer's picture

We will blame it on you! You will get a personal appointment with Coach Mick.

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BroJim's picture

Lol. I could use it, grad school has made me soft.

I season my simple food with hunger

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OfficerRabbit's picture

Is there a story behind that photo? I've never seen it, and it looks like a hell of a brawl is going down in it. Baseball bats, clubs... Quite the scene.



bedheadjc's picture

From the 1979 movie The Wanderers about 50's-60's New York gangs. The movie is in color, this is just a production still. And a hilarious pic. It's one of the most used pics in the "Have you ever been so mad" meme.

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BuckeyeGrownFloridaLiving's picture

Can we please get Sweet 16 started! With all that in state talent next year I expect the class to certainly be.. sweet!

Condor's picture

" receiver Deric Phouthavong is a name to watch."

That's a name that even I couldn't miss...

"Do not fear me gypsy, all I want is your tears."

 -- Borat Sagdiyev


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Hovenaut's picture

That's a name I couldn't spel...


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d1145fresh's picture

I feel like the 2016 class is going to fill up rather quickly.... I wonder what people will have to complain about during next offseason?

early sidenote question: is 11W planning anything for FNL this year? 

German Buckeye's picture

I find it amusing when I read comments like, "Campbell's, only offer was from the Indiana Hoosiers".  My son would have given his left nut to be offered a 4 yr full ride scholarship to play at IU, or any BIG school, or ANY FBS or FCS level college.  As it is he'll play at a Div III school and pay his way thru.  I guess I'm more sensitive to the costs of going to college since I have one currently embroiled in it.

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cplunk's picture

Although he was surely disappointed not to get a scholarship offer, in later life he'll appreciate having his left nut.

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allinosu's picture

Has anybody else noticed how many opinions among writers as well as fans from other sites such as ND and Alabama that feel whoever gets Hilliard also gets Cornell?

Klytus21's picture

Come on Urbs!  Its Magic Time!


Jordan Wagner's picture

I think this is based on Cornell and Hilliard saying they would like to play together. If Ohio State lands Hilliard, you'd have to like their chances with Cornell. Sometimes player change their mind about playing together. We'll see. 

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great info Jordan!  I finally feel like we are now getting into our groove. 

Go Bucks!!

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Mercurius's picture

I think Harris is going to be something special. That would be great to have Hilliard, Harris and Baker in this class. I really hope we can get Christian Wilkins back again soon too. The dude is almost 300lbs and runs a sub five second 40. He is also listed as a TE.

Oakland Buckeye's picture

Perhaps Haskins 2nd visit this year has the Bucks backing off of the perceived high maintenance of Gibson? I know he is a class behind, but with Burrow in this class & Barrett gonna "splode next season - perhaps Gibson isnt worth it....

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45buckshot's picture

I'm really expecting recruiting to pick up after Ash shows he has fixed the secondary. If we pulp VT I think a bunch of the guys that might have written us off will give us another look. 

And I think the Urbanator knows that, so fear not! And look for a strong finish to the '15 class.

“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”
—G.K. Chesterton

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hit_the_couch's picture

Can Haskins run? If not, what on earth is tOSU gonna do with a PP QB. 


And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

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Crimson's picture

Pass?  Maybe handoff.

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bigbadbuck's picture

I haven't been on here for a while guys....who were the other recruits the Bucks have gotten for 2015 so far?

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

JohnnyKozmo's picture

With Burrow ('15) and Clark ('17) already in the fold, if Haskins ('16) commits, is there really a need for a 2nd QB in this year's class?  I know nothing is guaranteed, and if Gibson happens to change his tune or if Waller is offered and commits the staff probably wouldn't turn them away but that seems like an awful lot of schollies being taken up at QB, especially with Jones, Barrett, and Collier all having multiple years of eligibility left.

Pain don't hurt-Dalton

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

@Birm/Jordan/John... Should Haskins be on commit watch tomorrow before he leaves to go back to Maryland? Would be nice to have a stud QB and RB for 2016 already on board.