An Important July on the Recruiting Front

By Jordan Wagner on June 30, 2014 at 2:56p
63 Comments

Though Ohio State's 2015 recruiting class got off to a slow start, they picked up seven commitments in the last month. The Buckeyes now sit at 10 commitments after June's torrid pace, and July is setting up to be even bigger.

Five of Ohio State's top targets are set to make their decisions in July, and four of them are leaning towards the Buckeyes. Let's take a closer look at the five.

Justin Hilliard and Jashon Cornell

Five-star linebacker Justin Hilliard and four-star defensive end Jashon Cornell will both announce their decision on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Hilliard and Cornell have made it clear they plan to attend the same school.

Hilliard, Ohio's top prospect, has narrowed his choices down to Alabama, Iowa, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State. Cornell has named a final five of Iowa, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State.

The three schools both prospects have in common are Iowa, Notre Dame and Ohio State.

For Hilliard, it has been a battle between Notre Dame and Ohio State for his commitment. While his brother is committed to Iowa, the Hawkeyes don't appear to be a threat to the Buckeyes.

The St. Xavier linebacker has been a frequent visitor at Ohio State, connecting with some current players including freshman Raekwon McMillan. The Buckeyes lead on the crystal ball by a large margin over the Fighting Irish for Hilliard, the nation's second-ranked outside linebacker.

Much like Hilliard, Jashon Cornell appears to be down to Notre Dame and Ohio State. Since he visited Columbus for a football camp earlier this month, Cornell has been trending to Ohio State on the crystal ball. OSU turned down a commitment from three-star defensive end Darius Fullwood, a sign that the staff is confident about their chances of landing Cornell, the nation's 37th-ranked prospect.

The 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive lineman from Minnesota had planned to decide in late August, but instead decided to move his date up to Wednesday. Both prospects will attend "The Opening," which starts on July 7.

My prediction: Cornell and Hilliard will commit to the Buckeyes.

Jerome Baker

Four-star linebacker Jerome Baker announced yesterday that he will make his college decision on July 11. The Cleveland native had planned to wait until after the football season.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound linebacker will select from Florida, Florida State, Miami (FL), Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Tennessee. His crystal ball currently reads 100% Ohio State.

Baker, the nation's 42nd-ranked prospect, has long been considered an Ohio State lean. He could join Hilliard and Nick Conner as linebackers in Ohio State's recruiting class.

Prediction: Buckeye.

Larry Scott

Hubbard (Ohio) four-star running back Larry Scott was once considered a Michigan State lean, but now Ohio State appears to be the team to beat. While Scott doesn't have a specific decision date set, he has said he plans to decide sometime during July.

Scott, who plays with 2016 Buckeye commitment George Hill, is the nation's 4th-ranked running back according to 247Sports' composite rankings. The six-foot, 205-pound running back rushed for 1,681 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior.

Prediction: Buckeye.

Van Jefferson

Just a couple months ago, Van Jefferson was on commitment watch for the Buckeyes. With a July decision looming, Tennessee has emerged as a strong contender for his commitment. Georgia and Ohio State are also in the mix.

The four-star receiver hopes to visit Ohio State before making a decision later this month. Though Jefferson has not set a decision deadline, his birthday on July 26 would be a viable date. He will also be at "The Opening," which will give some of Ohio State's recruits a chance to work some magic.

Prediction: Tennessee, but don't count out Ohio State if he does visit again.

Landing Hilliard, Cornell, Baker, Scott and Jefferson would be a boon for the 2015 class. Using 247Sports' class calculator, commitments from all five would catapult Ohio State to fourth in the team rankings.

63 Comments

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avail31678's picture

Just what I love to hear.  Great stuff Jordan - thanks for the predictions as well.  Especially when those predictions are so pro-Buckeye.

Man, it's gonna be a good couple of weeks ahead.

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sivaDavis's picture

BOOOOOOOOON!

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

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Boom777's picture

Boon? 

Wherever you are, there you be!

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Earle's picture

Boon: noun 1. something to be thankful for; blessing; benefit.

So yes, if all (or even most) of these guys commit:  BOOOOOOOOON!

Italics are for emphasis.

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bodast67's picture

Ha Ha, I see what you two did there...

 

 

 

     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

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bigbadbuck's picture

I thought for sure he'd be a Kentucky lean.............

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

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allinosu's picture

I like your thinking. Thinking if that does happen, not many spots left which might entice a few others.

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KansasBuckeye's picture

Count me in as extremely excited.  This week (month) is gonna be very unproductive in the office, I'm afraid.  Sadly, June was kind of a wash due to recruiting/the World Cup.  I guess I'll catch up on everything in August.

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avail31678's picture

Nah.  In August won't we have daily camp updates to scour over?  Then right into the season...you're not going to be productive until January I'm afriad.  OH WAIT, January is the last few weeks before National Signing Day.  Sorry dude, you ain't getting nothin' done until spring 2015.

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Buckabroad's picture

Too bad for the boss the Spring Game is in spring ...

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

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Northbrook's picture

Spring practice and game. There is no off season.

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Barnsey69's picture

Good things come to those who wait. Having a world-class program and the ultimate closer as HC doesn't hurt either...bring em all home boys!

Go Bucks!

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes!

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Seattle Linga's picture

It is absolutely amazing to notice that ttun is not mentioned here because in years gone by that would not be the case. As always GO BUCKS

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MackHall400Series's picture

Tuesday: USA beats Belgium
Wednesday: Buckeyes land two more great kids
Thursday: Red White and Boom
Friday: Freedom!

Great week to be a True American

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jamesrbrown322's picture

I've been thinking the same thing as soon as the Hilliard-Cornell announcements were scheduled. This could be a really great week to be a Buckeye and an American that loves soccer!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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Woodshed's picture

You left out Daniel Giddens announcing on July 4th for buckeye hoops (hopefully)!!

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buckeyedude's picture

I was hoping for a 1-1 tie with Belgium.

Go 'Murica!

 

 

BierStube's picture

 

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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Lincoln's picture

It's been a while since we have had a site crash - 10AM on Wednesday may be the next.

 

 

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Hovenaut's picture

Lemme go 'head and start warmin' up.

 

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BierStube's picture

 

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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FitzBuck's picture

 

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

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OSU_Football_is_Life's picture

 

A win over TTUN is one of the most important annual milestones I can think of!

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FitzBuck's picture

 

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

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Can't wait...

 

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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allinosu's picture

Hilliard just told bleachers he knows where he going and is going to tell the coaches by tomorrow.

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mh277907's picture

You just say bingo.

buckeyebobcat

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s.pasadena fl's picture

Getting those four is not a home run, it's a GRAND SLAM!

Ed Hopper

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bodast67's picture

 

 

 

 

     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

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chirobuck's picture

these upvote gifs crack me up

 
^ best post ever ^

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Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Wednesday could be ridiculous or it could cause a major meltdown for BuckeyeNation. 

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jamesrbrown322's picture

 

"Either way, it ought to be a lot of fun!"

 

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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Jordan Wagner's picture

Just an FYI: There is a recruiting dead period running from today through July 13. No on campus visitors or in-home visits. Coaches are permitted to make phone contact. 

robb1379's picture

And yet the only one to call my phone has been my mom

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osupolo's picture

Does that mean we as buckeye fans need to pick up the slack and tweet the recruits ourselves? 

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Fly Patterns's picture

Jordan do you think there is a connection between cornell and Hilliard committing Wednesday and the fact that the dead period is hitting at the same tine? I guess if I was in their shoes it might be helpful to commit and then not be immediately bothered by coaches trying to get a home visit to try to change my mind....

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Jordan Wagner's picture

Home visits aren't allowed until after the football season. I think they are purposely deciding the same day, but I don't think the exact timing is important. If anything, it allows them to recruit at The Opening and Friday Night Lights. 

ODEEZ330's picture

4/5 seems like a safe bet

O'Deez330
stark county football

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BUCKSOMIES's picture

Thanks Jordan, great stuff as always.  These upvote gifs are cats pajamas.

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MN Buckeye's picture

I simply cannot imagine the pressure some of these kids have been through and are still feeling. Friends, family, acquaintances, anonymous Twitter followers, all giving them advice. Not everyone will be pleased with their decision, and besides all of the happiness and warm welcomes they will have plenty of negative thrown their way. Whatever happens with each one, I trust this community to react with dignity.

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CC's picture

Pump the brakes.  No matter what the outcome is the same and they made the situation for themselves.  If they didn't want it they could have managed their recruiting like Joey Bosa, no drama, no waiting and no dithering.

Real pressure is what doctors have in the ER, or Marines have when in battle.  This is just a decision between multiple good things/schools.

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MauricXe's picture

what's the chance that notre dame steals hilliard and cornell? i don't want to get super excited until I hear them commit because they want to go to the same school, they both have notre dame on their radar, and notre dame is a little closer to iowa. the third one is a stretch i know but i just don't want to get my hopes up lol

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Jordan Wagner's picture

I would be surprised if they committed elsewhere. 

MauricXe's picture

i hope so!

I want to see everyone that doubted meyer eat crow in the next few days.

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BigZ's picture

I wish this site would stop crashing on me! What else am I supposed to do at work!!!

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

KBonay's picture

@Jordan

What, if any, ramifications are there with Harris if Scott does commit?  I've heard both sides, that he embraces the competition and also that he wants to be the only RB in the class.  Can you enlighten us?

Jordan Wagner's picture

Harris has said that wouldn't be an issue. 

MAVBuck's picture

I hope 11W is ready for the internet explosion on Wednesday!

s.pasadena fl's picture

The one Big thing that jumps out at me is the total lack of interest by these Highly Rated recruits of Michigan Football.  It seems to be more of a trend then an aberration?  Any thoughts?

Ed Hopper

Crimson's picture

It's 10:07 and Michigan still sucks.

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Zaphod Beeblebrox's picture

Not sure what's wrong with their pigskin program right now. But I'm liking it!

OH-IO...GO BUCKEYES!!!

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toad1204's picture

Just saw Jason and some IT guys walk through the Premium Lounge with some server hardware.  Guessing they're calling in the reinforcements for tomorrow.  Wish they would have fixed the kegerator too.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

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sivaDavis's picture

Hey Toad I lost my Premium Lounge key, wanna let me in? I've been knocking for like 20 minutes.

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

TheNorthernBuckeye's picture

Beyond excited for this month! One question though, I feel as if there is still lots of elite talent out there that is high on Ohio State is there any room for concern with not having enough room? Any update on Harris or Kirk also? 

"You're an angry football team, and I'm proud to be your coach." - UFM

scottyp_330's picture

I live right outside Hubbard and LJ Scott is still said to be a Mich St lean.