Recruiting Notebook: Dwayne Haskins Emerges for '16, Hilliard Works Torrance Gibson

By Jordan Wagner on July 14, 2014 at 2:57 pm

The NCAA-imposed recruiting dead period has passed, so prospects can now return to taking unofficial visits to their top schools.

One of Ohio State's top targets, four-star wide receiver Van Jefferson, is expected to make an unofficial visit to Ohio State on Wednesday. This visit is crucial as Tennessee has made a strong push for his commitment.

2016 four-star linebacker Brendan Ferns is also expected to make a visit to Ohio State on Wednesday. The Ohio native is expected to be one of the Buckeyes' top priorities at linebacker. He has already received an offer.

This weekend, five-star junior wide receiver Nate Craig is expected to visit. It's an important visit for Ohio State since the Tampa native named the Buckeyes his early favorite.

Now, let's get to the rest of the recruiting notebook.

The Latest on Gibson

Yesterday, five-star athlete Torrance Gibson tweeted out his plans to make a commitment on Oct. 20. Tennessee, Auburn, LSU, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Miami (FL) and UCF were the final seven schools that Gibson listed in late May.

While the Buckeyes were once considered the favorite to sign Gibson, it appears that contact has faded. Last month, Eleven Warriors Jeremy Birmingham wrote more about Gibson's situation with Ohio State.

Gibson has not taken an unofficial visit to Ohio State. There has been some talk that the five-star athlete could visit Columbus this summer, but no date has been set up.

Although the coaching staff has invested less time recruiting Gibson lately, a few of Ohio State's commitments have been openly recruiting the Florida native. Buckeye commit Tyler Green spent time with Gibson at The Opening, and Justin Hilliard took to Twitter.

In the first of a three-tweet series, Hilliard sent out a picture of Gibson in an Ohio State uniform. He pointed out past QBs like Tim Tebow, Cam Newton and Braxton Miller, hammering home the talking point of Meyer developing capable quarterbacks.

Ohio State appears to be content with taking only one quarterback in this class, and they already have a commitment from three-star quarterback Joe Burrow. While he is considered to be one of the top dual threat quarterbacks, Gibson's rare size and athleticism could better suite him to play wide receiver.

At The Opening, Gibson took some reps at receiver and impressed; on a sprained ankle, the 6-foot-4, 200-pounder ran a 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds. Even so, Gibson has his heart set on playing under center at the college level.

Of Gibson's final seven schools, only Oklahoma does not currently have a quarterback committed in their 2015 recruiting class. The crystal ball reads 42% Auburn, 35% Tennessee, 10% Ohio State, 8% foggy and 5% Miami (FL).

If Gibson makes a visit to Columbus, the situation will get more interesting. Until then the chances of him ending up in scarlet and gray are slim to none.

Dwayne Haskins, Future Class Leader?

Four-star junior signal caller Dwayne Haskins hasn't been shy about his interest in the Buckeyes. He noted that they were his dream school after they offered him a scholarship, and he is currently OSU's top target at quarterback in 2016.

Haskins, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound pro-style quarterback from Maryland, is the third-rated QB in his class according to 247Sports composite rankings. He visited Columbus on June 14 and left impressed.

Ohio State commitment Tyler Green, also a Marylander, has been actively recruiting players like Haskins since committing. The two have had some conversations on Twitter about who can bring the most commitments with them.

The Buckeyes currently lead on the crystal ball with 100% of the predictions. If Haskins remains this active, he could be one of those class leaders in 2016.

While Haskins has mentioned no decision date or time frame, many schools push to land a quarterback early in the recruiting cycle to help build their recruiting classes.

Haskins' offer list includes at least 23 programs, including Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami (FL), Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.

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