Ohio State Offers Ohio Speedster, Watches Cali Quarterbacks

By Jordan Wagner on May 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm

The Ohio State coaching staff has been busy hitting the recruiting trail over the past few weeks. This week's highlights are Tom Herman's trip to California in search of quarterbacks and the Buckeyes offering sophomore Demario McCall.

Ohio State Offers Ohio Speedster 

Sophomore running back Demario McCall of North Ridgeville (Ohio) has flown under the radar, but that should change after receiving an offer from Ohio State. Pittsburgh has also extended an offer, while other programs are showing interest.

As a sophomore, McCall ran for over 1,500 yards and 25 touchdowns, including 500 yards and 10 touchdowns in the first two games of the season.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound speedster reports a 4.4 40-yard dash. Also a track star, McCall has run as fast as a 10.53 in the 100-meter dash.

With the Ohio State in hand, insiders have already began to forecast him to the Buckeyes. All the same, McCall's recruitment is only beginning.

Tom Herman Checks Out Cali Quarterbacks

Yesterday, offensive coordinator Tom Herman toughed out 113-degree weather to watch some of the nation's top quarterbacks work out. He also had a chance to sit down with noted quarterback guru George Whitfield.

During his visit to California, Herman offered sophomore five-star quarterback Malik Henry after watching him work out. Henry, who is considered the top 2016 quarterback prospect, already holds 10 offers. Early crystal ball predictions have him going to USC or UCLA.

As a sophomore, the dual-threat quarterback threw for 2,262 yards and 21 touchdowns. At 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, Henry can also make moves with his feet, rushing for four touchdowns on the year.

Henry wasn't the only quarterback Herman saw. 2015 prospects Travis Waller and Sheriron Jones also had the opportunity to impress. Neither of the signal callers landed an offer, but that could change over the next few days.

Jones holds offers from Arizona, Florida, Nebraska, Tennessee and others. Arizona and Florida are the early favorites, but Ohio State could soon enter the mix. Eleven Warriors caught up with Sheriron earlier this month.

Four-star dual threat Travis Waller holds 12 offers, but despite neither offering him, Ohio State and Oregon are his top two schools. An offer from the Buckeyes could make them legitimate contenders for Waller's commitment.

Ohio State would like to have two quarterbacks in the 2015 class. Torrance Gibson appears to be the top target, but the Buckeyes must get him on campus. Luke Fickell and Zach Smith were both in to see Gibson this week.

More Recruiting News And Notes

Ohio State was one of six teams to make the final cut for four-star Utah offensive lineman Andre James. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound lineman named Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA, USC and Utah as his finalists.

James plans to take an official visit to Columbus during the regular season. Oregon is probably the team to beat for his commitment.

Four-star linebacker Joshua McMillon teased via Twitter that he soon plans to cut his list down to 8-10 schools. While he did not give a specific date for the release, he did say that Alabama, Auburn and Michigan will make the cut.

McMillon visited Ohio State in April, but the Buckeyes don't appear to be one of his top schools. They could still make his list, but Alabama appears to be in the driver's seat.

There has been plenty of buzz surrounding Michigan commitment Shaun Crawford. As first reported by 247Sports, the four-star corner and Ohio native will make visits to Notre Dame and Ohio State. This seems to go against Brady Hoke's no-visit policy, but I don't see Michigan cutting ties with Crawford.

Despite the 247Sports report, it doesn't appear a decommitment is imminent for Crawford. Ohio State will have a chance to make an impression when he visits at the end of May.

The Buckeyes were one of 10 schools to make four-star defense end Darian Roseboro's final list. On his Twitter account, Roseboro listed Alabama, Clemson, Duke, Florida, LSU, Michigan, North Carolina, N.C. State, Ohio State and Tennessee as the schools still in the running for his commitment.

Michigan is one of the front runners for Roseboro's commitment. He visited Ohio State during the past football season.

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