Cincinnati Will Be Key to Success for Ohio State's 2016 Recruiting Class

By Jordan Wagner on July 7, 2014 at 3:00p
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When five-star linebacker Justin Hilliard decided to commit to Ohio State over Notre Dame and a host of other schools, the Buckeyes took a big step forward with their recruiting efforts in Cincinnati. 

With Hilliard and 2014 signee (and four-star athlete) Sam Hubbard, Urban Meyer has two second Cincinnati pledges since taking over the helm in Columbus. Meyer has stated that recruiting the area is a priority for his staff. Our Kyle Rowland wrote about Cincinnati becoming Ohio State territory under Meyer on Friday. 

While Ohio State has landed Cincinnati's top prospect in the past two recruiting classes, Meyer and staff have also missed on a few Queen City prospects. Before Hilliard's commitment last week, the Buckeyes missed out on the two other Cincinnati-area prospects with an OSU offer.

Cincinnati Moeller four-star defensive tackle Elijah Taylor held offers from the likes of Cincinnati, Duke, Florida State, Illinois, Kentucky, Notre Dame, Miami(FL), Michigan State, Ohio State, Tennessee and West Virginia. At first most thought the Buckeyes had a good shot at landing Taylor, but he eventually committed to Notre Dame. 

Three-star offensive tackle Noah Listermann of Winton Woods also spurned Ohio State's offer. Just a few days before he was set to select Michigan State, Listermann was offered by the Buckeyes. While he was very interested, Ohio State simply offered him too late in the process. The 6-foot-7, 293-pound prospect also held offers from Cincinnati, Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Rutgers, Toledo, Virginia and Wisconsin. 

In the previous recruiting class, Ohio State went one for two in Cincinnati. While the Buckeyes managed to land Sam Hubbard, they missed out on four-star wide receiver Derek Kief

Early in the process, many Ohio State insiders penciled the 6-foot-5, 197-pounder in the Buckeyes' 2014 recruiting class. After the LaSalle product took a visit to Alabama, the crystal ball quickly shifted to favor the Crimson Tide. Shortly after an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa, Kief committed to Nick Saban and Alabama over Ohio State.

With a loaded class of 2016, Cincinnati will be a priority for the Buckeyes. According to 247Sports' composite rankings, Ohio's top two prospects hail from the Queen City. Two other Cincinnati natives made the top 16. 

Not only is Elder's Tommy Kraemer one of the best prospects in Ohio, he is the 16th overall ranked prospect in the nation. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound offensive tackle has named a top five of Boston College, Duke, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Ohio State. 

The Buckeyes and the Fighting Irish are Kraemer's perceived favorites, but Michigan could instantly move up his list if they decide to offer. While his crystal ball heavily favors Ohio State, his recruitment is far from over. 

Four-star defensive end Prince Sammons of Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy originally named Michigan his leader, but a recent Ohio State offer led him to name the Buckeyes his new leader. The 6-foot-8, 260-pound prospect checks in as the nation's 36th-ranked prospect. 

Following OSU's prospect camp in June, Sammons named a top two of Ohio State and Duke. He also holds offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Tennessee and Toledo. 

The Buckeyes have had only a few setbacks on the recruiting trail since Urban Meyer took over. Two recurring complaints could be the struggle to recruit a top tight end recruit and the recruiting of Cincinnati. Four-star tight end Jake Hausmann of Cincinnati Moeller could address both of those concerns. 

Hausmann checks in as the nation's 107th-overall ranked prospect and third-ranked tight end. The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder tight end has the ability to block and be a pass catching threat. 

He holds offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Florida State, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin. The Buckeyes are the perceived favorite. 

Loveland's Jake Saunders is the next best prospect from Cincinnati. He is considered to be a high three-star talent. Saunders doesn't have an offer from Ohio State, but he visited Columbus for a spring practice. The 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive tackle does have an offer from Illinois.

While the Buckeyes have had some struggles recruiting Cincinnati in the past, that isn't stopping them from focusing on some of the area's top 2016 prospects. It's only the summer, but Ohio State is sitting in a good position to pull Kraemer, Sammons and Hausmann out of Cincinnati. 


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knot289's picture

One of the problems in recruiting Cincinnati a few years ago was this crazy coach from Coleraine sending his best players to scUM. Can't remember the guys name but than fully he isn't there anymore

@knot289 Warning. I can be graphic.

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buckeyebfd's picture

Well he did have 25yo running back Mister Simpson

MacG91's picture

Are you being sarcastic or are you being serious?..


Estes3833's picture

Kerry Coombs was the coach when Mister Simpson signed with scUM

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knot289's picture

Yea guys I couldn't have been kidding more. Sorry it was not picked up on.

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MacG91's picture

Oh okay, I see that your new but people usually put sarcasm in italics for future reference since its difficult to see whose kidding and who is just annoying/stupid. 


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Barnsey69's picture

Yeah seemed to be some strange connection with the piss-pants, but more often than not the large number of Catholic HS in the area send kids to ND. Not sure that it matters, but UFM is a devout Catholic. Probably helps with the parents anyway.....

Regardless of the reason(s), OSU is starting to get the Cincy kids.

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MN Buckeye's picture

Kraemer has four private schools in his top 5 in addition to OSU.

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averagejoel419's picture

Didn't adolphious Washington commit a couple days after Urban was hired making it three Cincy commits.

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Brutus Forever's picture

Actually, Adolphus committed one week before Urban Meyer took the job. He noted that he would like Meyer to be his coach though, and said he would've remained committed even if Meyer wasn't hired.

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BuckGnome's picture

Washington actually committed before Meyer was officially announced as HC.   Diesel said at his presser he chose OSU because he wanted to play for UFM, which was funny, because despite the rumors wasn't the HC yet.

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hetuck's picture

Keeping Coombs and a full boat of scholarships for 2016 will be key. 

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swainpm's picture

Coombs is an important link, but I believe Warriner will be key to landing Kraemer. Unfortunately, Warriner is also the most likely to land a head gig also.

buckeyedude's picture

Where would Coombs go?



SaltyD0gg's picture

Cincy is just owning OH football right now. Where are the Glenville guys we could count on year in and year out?

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tussey's picture

Um... we signed three in this past class

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AlwayzABuckeye614's picture

Wow glad to see Prince Sammons did away with SCum as his top school for the mean time!

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chirobuck's picture

yeah no kidding!!! I really want Sammons bad, I think hes gonna be able to play multiple places on the D line and that kind of versatility is fact if I could only pick one it would be him


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NuttyBuckeye's picture

Heck yeah!  At 6'8", this guy can bat down many passes, and not need to leave his feet!

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Buckeye5000's picture

I don't know if he plays on offense in HS but at 6'8' he could end up at OT.

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BuckeyeNationforLife's picture

This dude may be one of the top 3 in Ohio for 2017. Jacob Gall (OG) out of Moeller.. Hopefully Hausmann and Hubbs help us out here. We whiffed on his older brother Alex a couple years ago.

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hit_the_couch's picture

I read somewhere that Cincy produces the 4th most NFL and 2nd most MLB prospects of all the cities in the U.S. It would be great if we could cash in on those recruits more. I don't care about college baseball, but it would be great for tOSU to get them too, at least the ones that want to go to college instead of entering the minors.

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DC-town's picture

I refuse to acknowldge MLB as anything other than 'middle linebacker' out of bitterness that we still have seven weeks until kickoff...Solid stat though

Coombs is huge for cincy, but Warriner is huge for any o-line recruit, it seems like Cincy has one five star and a few four star o-linemen year in year out

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DC-town's picture

Sounds like Warriner is more likely to stay a few years and retire more so than take a head gig-  I know he wanted Army last year, but I don't think he's leaving for a Mac gig (including Illinois)

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KBonay's picture

I kinda miss the Cincy crew....

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Seattle Linga's picture


OK I'll bite - who is she?

KBonay's picture

That is Pat Barry, Lauren Chesley, Jerry Springer and Norma Rashid -  News 5 coworkers from the 1980s.  They were Cincinnati news.  Unless you switched to channel 12 to see Nick Clooney's pretty face (Yeah, George Clooney's Pop).

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Seattle Linga's picture

Thanks K for the follow up - she's very cute.

Jeremypreemo81's picture

while there is great football in the state of Ohio the best ball is played in the Northeast and in the GCL.  I think UFM is building a strong fence around the state of Ohio but he must have a retaining wall followed by barbed wire fencing and a moat around those two hot beds.

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