The Hurry-Up: Corralling Matt Burrell Rumors and What Alex Stump Offer Means

By Jeremy Birmingham on September 21, 2014 at 7:57 pm
Relaxing weekend, huh?

Welcome to The Hurry-Up, which runs Sunday through Thursday, serving as your last stop for recruiting news and notes nightly. We'll recap the day as it happened and preview the days ahead while keeping our ear to the ground on the Ohio State recruiting scene.


Here's a look back at a few of the items we talked about this week on Eleven Warriors.


Kerry Coombs and Zach Smith made their way to Cincinnati last night to check out (among others) 2016 lineman Tommy Kraemer (see below) and 2015 wide receiver Alex Stump, who is committed to Kentucky. 

Stump and his family visited Ohio State today on their way home from Cincinnati and Urban Meyer extended the offer to Stump himself. The Buckeyes had decided around 3:00 p.m. today that they'd seen "enough" from Stump and pulled the trigger.

As of now, Stump and his family have not made a decision on what happens next, but there's no doubt that Kentucky's staff will be working hard to stave off the Buckeyes here. It's an offer Stump has been waiting for.

"I'm very excited about the offer," the Lakewood St. Ed's standout said via text. "It's an honor to be offered by Ohio State. Right now, we're just going to take our time with things and talk it over."

I've been told quite plainly that an offer to Stump, and even a commitment from him, means zero in the Buckeyes' pursuit of Lawrence Cager

Stay tuned.


On Friday, Ohio State assistants Larry Johnson, Sr. and Ed Warinner made their way to Virginia to check in on Ohio State's primary uncommitted 2015 line target, Matt Burrell. The timing of the Buckeyes' visit was especially important as he and his family prepared for a weekend in Tallahassee for an official visit to Florida State.

This morning, rumors that Burrell had committed to Florida State had made their way to Twitter. 

 One of's primary Florida State insiders, Josh Newberg, chimed in shortly thereafter.

Eleven Warriors spoke with John Harris, one of Burrell's assistant coaches and among those closest to his recruitment, and he denied that a commitment happened. Burrell, who named the Buckeyes his leader a week ago, is unlikely to made a decision before he makes at least two more official visits. 

TL: DR: Matt Burrell has not committed to Florida State, will still take visits and Ohio State is in for a fight to the end to sign him. 


Class of 2016 offensive tackle Tommy Kraemer and his Elder teammates had a huge game yesterday against the number one ranked team in the nation, St. Edward's (Lakewood, Ohio). Kraemer was excited and ecstatic to share the moment with his teammates. One of the big things about this game was the presence of college coaches at the game, including Kerry Coombs.

"I saw coach (Kerry) Coombs and another coach," Myers told Eleven Warriors. "Coach Stoops from Kentucky was there too. It was pretty sweet to see all of these coaches there."

Many Buckeye fans are scared that Kraemer is somewhat of a Notre Dame lean because he has been there numerous times. Kraemer says that is not the case at all and that he might be in attendance for the Ohio State vs. Cincinnati game.

"No that's not the case," Kraemer said about him being a Notre Dame lean. "I am going to take my time and make a decision this spring. I am most likely visiting Ohio State for the Cincinnati game this weekend."

Breathe easier Buckeye fans, with a scheduled visit to the Michigan game and now the Cincinnati game, the Buckeyes are not relenting in their pursuit of the state's top 2016 lineman.


Meyer, Myers and Miamisburg.

If you want to make a buzz, having Urban Meyer in the hallways of your school will do just that. The Buckeyes' boss was  Miamisburg High School this past Friday and it created a palpable buzz throughout the school, according to 2017 offensive lineman Josh Myers.

Urban Meyer visited the home of 2017 OL Josh Myers
Meyer, Myers, Miamisburg

"When someone like Urban Meyer is at the school, everyone obviously knows about it," Myers said. "There was a whole lot of talk about it."

If you're wondering why Ohio State would spend much time on a 2017 prospect at this point, wonder no more. Myers is the top-ranked offensive tackle in his class and is as close to a "must get" as a player with three years left of high school can be. The visit is important, even if Meyer can't speak directly to Myers because of NCAA contact rules.

Ohio State's first 2015 commitment earns some accolades
Eric Glover-Williams earns his Under-Armour All-American game jersey.

After a difficult past twelve months, Friday afternoon at Canton McKinley provided some good news for Ohio State commitment Eric Glover-Williams.The talented-yet-troubled two-way star for the Bulldogs received his official Under-Armour All-American game jersey in a ceremony at his school.

"It's a big moment for me," Glover-Williams shared with Eleven Warriors. "It's a big milestone in my life. I'm honored to be chosen."

The first commitment in Ohio State's 2015 recruiting class, Glover-Williams had his best game of 2014 on Friday night. In a game against North Canton Hoover, he finished with 117 yards on 16 carries and scored two touchdowns.


Draper, Utah 2015 offensive lineman Branden Bowen, who had been planning on making a return visit to Columbus this fall, has committed to Utah. 

"Utah has always been home to me," Bowen told Eleven Warriors. "I haven't found another school that gives me the feeling that Utah does."

Bowen had been considering an official visit to Ohio State, and although he will not make that trip, he's sure Buckeye fans were happy watching his future team play Saturday.

"I had homecoming yesterday," Bowen said. "I actually could only watch the first quarter of the game. It's clear that Utah's offense is much improved from last year. I'm sure the Buckeye fans were happy to see how that one ended."

Touché, Branden, touché.

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