Recruiting Notebook: Ohio State Makes Prince Top Six, Bowen to Visit, Cupp Chasing Offer

By Jordan Wagner on June 23, 2014 at 2:57p

Ohio State's offensive line of the future continues to take shape thanks to the commitments of mammoth 2015 tackle Kevin Feder and four-star class of 2016 lineman Tyler Gerald in the last few days, and the staff isn't finished.

The Buckeyes hosted one of the nation's top offensive linemen over the weekend, while an under-the-radar guard camped on Saturday looking for an offer. Later this week, a 6-foot-7, 330-pound prospect from Utah will visit.

Prince Down to Final Six

Four-star offensive tackle Isaiah Prince visited Ohio State over the weekend and had an opportunity to tour the campus and even meet Buckeye legend Eddie George.

Prince, the nation's ninth-rated offensive tackle according to 247Sports' composite rankings, told Eleven Warriors that his list is down to Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Maryland, Ohio State and Tennessee.

Though Ohio State's recruiting class is beginning to fill up, the coaching staff did not pressure Prince into making any decisions on his visit. He plans to return to Columbus during the football season for an official visit.

A Maryland native, Prince's crystal ball currently favors the local Terrapins, but it's far from unanimous.

Cupp Determined to Land Offer

Heading into Saturday's one-day prospect camp at Ohio State, Leipsic (Ohio) junior offensive lineman Gavin Cupp knew the Buckeyes' staff would keep a close eye on him during drills. Before the camp, the coaches told him he would have an offer in hand if he did what he showed on film.

The 6-foot-6, 280-pound lineman didn't quite perform as well as he hoped, and Cupp left without an offer. "It didn't go how I wanted it to go," Cupp said of his camp performance. "I didn't perform like I wanted to."

This is far from the last opportunity the junior will have to impress the Ohio State coaching staff. Cupp already plans to attend Friday Night Lights on July 25.

"Coach Warinner said to just keep coming back and I could get an offer," he said. "I'll work on the things I learned at camp. I'll improve and work my butt off to have a better showing in July."

While Cupp is currently not rated by any of the scouting services, he has the potential to develop into a four-star guard. He was clocked at 4.9 in the 40-yard dash, a solid time for an offensive lineman (though hand-timed results are usually suspect). He has already received offers from Bowling Green and Toledo, while receiving a lot of interest from Notre Dame and Ohio State.

Notre Dame and Ohio State are currently the favorites for the Leipsic junior, although he notes that his favorites could quickly change after taking other visits. He visited Notre Dame on June 9 and had an opportunity to take a short visit around Ohio State before camp.

"I talked to coach Meyer for a little bit," he stated. "He said he wants me [to be a Buckeye]."

Even though 2016 recruiting is in its infancy for the Buckeyes, they have already picked up four-star guard Tyler Gerald. The Buckeyes are also hoping to add in-state linemen Liam Eichenberg and Tommy Kraemer, both five-star prospects.

The offensive lineman haul in 2016 could be one of Ohio State's best one's yet. Don't count out a determined Gavin Cupp, who said not getting an offer "is going to fuel me even more."

Bowen to Visit

Draper (Utah) upcoming senior offensive lineman Branden Bowen is scheduled to visit Ohio State on June 25. He plans to arrive on the 24th, he told 11W.

The 6-foot-7, 330-pound lineman has offers from Boise State, BYU, Colorado, Oregon State, Utah, Utah State and Washington State. Ohio State could soon join the list of schools to offer the three-star. According to Bowen, "when coach Warinner came out to my school, he told me all they're waiting on is for coach Meyer to see me before they offer."

Even though the Buckeyes added three-star linemen Kevin Feder and Grant Schmidt, Warinner has kept in contact with Bowen.

"I've been talking a lot with coach Warinner," Bowen said. "We haven't really been talking much football. We talk more about family life and all that."

If you remember from our previous update on Bowen, his high school trainer played for Urban Meyer at Utah. That connection could help Ohio State land another under-the-radar lineman.

"It's hard to say before I get out there and visit," Bowen responded when asked where Ohio State would stand in his recruitment if offered. "It'd definitely be in my top schools."

In addition to the two offensive line commitments, Ohio State is also in serious pursuit of highly rated linemen such as Matthew Burrell, Drew Richmond, Patrick Allen, James Daniels, Isaiah Prince and Venzell Boulaware. The Buckeyes are expected to take at least four linemen in this class.


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otrain2416's picture

We could have a serious Ohio OL haul in 2016. Nice work Jordan. 

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

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FitzBuck's picture

House of pancakes has a waiting list?  Way different then 3 years ago.

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

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Becky in Cleveland's picture

What's with all the three stars?

Becky in Cleveland

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deddy214's picture

Stars definitely don't tell the whole story about a lot of really good players.

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ab1993's picture

especially Oline

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TheBadOwl's picture

And especially before the big national camps and their senior seasons.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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gumtape's picture

Give her a break fellas, she has to live in Cleveland. That little run down dirty hole...

High and tight boo boo

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Crimson's picture

I don't think people appreciate your humor, Joey.

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Shangheyed's picture

Sly and the Family Stone... EVERYBODY'S A STAR!

Denny's picture

AJ Hawk was a three (3)-star recruit.


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Knarcisi's picture

As was Roby, Laurintis, Jenkins, Hankins, and a host of others. 

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Shangheyed's picture

Indeed 3 stars means you are one of the 400 best players in the country.  Coach them up... the higher ranked players of worth ALWAYS wait till close to signing day to commit.  We will get ours, expect a top 10 class when its all said and done.

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

An article from the dean of Ohio recruiting (John McCallister) that is worth reading:

Read in the Dispatch this morning, that Ohio State received a commitment from a big offensive tackle from Don Bosco High School in New Jersey. Actually he had committed to University of Miami back in December, but "flipped" after attending Ohio State's camp  I watched Kevin Feder at Ohio State's one day camp last Thursday. The more I watched and learned about him, the more impressed I became.
       I watched with some caution, however, because had only rated him a three star. He was only ranked 18th best prospect in New Jersey and the 82nd best offensive tackle nationally. Because I put so much credence in the recruiting sites like, Rivals, and 247sports, and the "star" system, I was afraid that I was wasting my time. (Hopefully, reading my "stuff," you realize the sarcasm here.)
      An leg injury last year and the fact that he only played defense at Don Bosco High School, made the judgment of OL coach Ed Wariner's unique. At Ohio State's camp, was the only real offensive blocking that he has done. Listed 6'9-310, so probably 6'8-300, the cat can run. Fastest OL guy at the camp. This was proven by a sprint at the end of camp.
      Watched him a lot. In the one on one's, which for the most part is a waste of time, he did okay. He was beaten off the edge a few times. But he bends well. Feet are okay. Does not play basketball. If you keep remembering that this camp was the first time that he lined up on offense or that he is listed 6'9-310 and trying to block smaller quicker DE, you realize Ohio State has a possible big time player.


Since this is not an Ohio State recruiting site, I really am not applauding the work of Ohio State. They did some work, however, and Ed Wariner saw what I saw.. The point that I am trying to make is that the "star" system is meant to be entertaining. Please do not take them seriously. Smile, but please do not take them seriously. Some college want the "splash, which is scary.




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ChicagoBuckMD's picture

Additionally one could take a look at USC, a team loaded with 4/5 star players, and see how well the star rating system works

"Why be around average?" - UFM

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buckeyedude's picture

SMH. I'm getting to the point where I wish they would get rid of the star rating system. The kid's either good enough, or he's not. Just leave it at that.




Ahh Saturday's picture

Thanks for the update, Jordan.  Although neither Schmidt nor Feder are the types of big names recruits we've come to expect under Urban Meyer, I like both picks, big athletic guys that Warriner will be able to mold.  Of the big names that we've been following on this board, it seems that Richmond is less and less likely, as well as Patrick Allen, while we're still sitting well with Burrell.  How many OL do you think we end up signing, and who are the most likely to end up Buckeyes?  

305Buck's picture

Finish this class off with Burrell and Prince or Richmond, then add Eichenberg, Kraemer, and Jauan Williams to go along with Gerald in next year's class, and the offensive line is looking great for the future. Cant forget Josh Myers in the 2017 class either.

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Branden Bowen needs to swap uniforms:


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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I feel bad for #33.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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gobucks96's picture

What a difference in a couple of years for this staff.. 

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EDUGOON's picture

John McCallister is the freaking man. That dude is any and everywhere throughout the state.

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ponder10's picture

If Gavin Cupp had a threesome it would be 2 girls and 1 Cupp.

“In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” ~ Baba Dioum

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GlueFingers Lavelli's picture


Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

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MikeTheBuckeye's picture

If Ohio State is moving towards a pocket passer, this group will be essential to success over the next few years

buckeyedude's picture

With all of these 6'7",6'9" lineman, Urban might want to recruit a 7' QB that can see over them.



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MichaelJ721984's picture

Lol well Danny Clark is already 6'3 heading into his sophomore year of HS. 

Michigan sucks.

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Who needs to see over them?

Once they've plowed everyone under 6'5" 250lb Cardale Jones will just thunder down the field.

Oldschoolbuck's picture

Urban knows that championships are won in the trenches (painful reminders of '06 Nat'l Championship Game flood the cerebral cortex at this point)... The man is doin' some work!

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BroJim's picture

Can never have enough on the O line! Keep em' coming. 

I season my simple food with hunger

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Jabba1977's picture

It would be awesome,if we could land all three of them!!


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mtrotb's picture

We are only going to have x number of scholarship lineman.  Some people don't seem to keep track of that and expect us to make 5 every year which isn't going to happen.  Urban says he wants 16.  By taking Lindsay we have 17.  Lindsay, Hale, and Baldwin will be seniors bringing us down to 14.  Unless some of the dead wood clears out and transfer, then we aren't going to taking 5 people this year.


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