Welcome to another edition of the Ohio State football recruiting notebook. It has been a relatively slow week in the world of Buckeye recruiting.
One of Ohio State's remaining targets in the 2014 class could be announcing his college decision any day now. We'll give you all of the details in the buzz.
One of the top players in the '14 class announced his top seven, Thursday. Did the Bucks make the cut for this elite prospect?
Ohio State released a scholarship player, Thursday. We'll tell you where this player might be headed and its impact on recruiting after the jump.
High School football is set to start in many states across the country. We'll give you this week's top game in this week's edition of the notebook.
There isn't really anything to report in "Happy Trails" as the none of Ohio State's targets committed to another school in the past week.
Finally, we'll take a look in the the future of Buckeye recruiting.
Join us after the jump to look at the past, present, and future of Ohio State football recruiting.
Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII athlete Noah Brown is one of the only recruits remaining on Ohio State's recruiting board for the 2014 class. He publicly said the Bucks are his leader ever since he visited for Friday Night Lights, in July.
A decision could come any day from the standout athlete, as he said an announcement will come no later than Sept. 12.
While many people believe Columbus will be the final destination for Brown, I continue to believe he will end up staying in-state and play for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, who are currently on a bit of a recruiting hot streak.
He will probably be a receiver or running back at the college level and will be a great pickup for the school he decides to attend.
247Sports composite five-star Coppell (Texas) defensive end Solomon Thomas named a top seven of Ohio State, Texas, Stanford, UCLA, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and UCLA.
Texas is probably the favorite to land this elite prospect, as things currently stand. Stanford and – to an extent – Ohio State are still firmly in running for Thomas' services.
Last night, our own Kyle Rowland broke the news that sophomore defensive back Najee Murray was granted a release from his scholarship. Murray's departure opens up a scholarship for Ohio State, available immediately:
Najee Murray's departure puts Ohio State at 76 scholarship players, nine under NCAA limit and six under 82, OSU's limit due to sanctions.
— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) August 23, 2013
I still think the 2014 class will end up with somewhere in the neighborhood of 22 or 23 players, but this extra scholarship does give the staff room to take someone they may not have been able to take.
High School football games start tonight for many teams across the country. This week's top game pits No. 3 Nocross (Ga.) against No. 9 Washington (Fla.) Saturday night at Norcross.
Standouts in this game include Nocross five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter, Nocross athlete Myles Autry, and Norcross linebacker and Tennessee commit Kevin Mouhon. Carter is one of the nation's top five players and has Alabama, Florida and Georgia as his favorites. Autry is believed to be a Florida State lean, but don't tell that to Everett Withers, the man tasked with recruiting Autry for the Buckeyes.
Autry is expected to announce his top seven sometime before the game:
It's Official That I Will Have My Top 7 On Saturday Before The Game!
— Myles Autry5⃣ (@KingCinco_) August 21, 2013
We'll be updating you on performances of Ohio State's commits and top targets in future editions of the recruiting notebook.
As I mentioned in the open, there is nothing to report this week as far as Buckeye targets committing elsewhere.
We'll probably have more news in this section in the coming weeks.
Ohio State's first game is a week from Saturday, against Buffalo. At the moment, there aren't any known recruits traveling to the game, but you can count on a couple of last minute visitors.
All of the visits set for this fall are listed here, in the Eleven Warriors recruiting forum.