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.
In case you missed it earlier today, Ohio State added their 16th verbal commitment for the 2016 class when Fort Wayne, Indiana's Austin Mack chose the Buckeyes.
JUDSON BACK TO WORK AND FEELING GOOD
Two months ago, Ohio State 2017 wide receiver/athlete commitment Bruce Judson tore his hamstring during a Florida state track meet. His doctors informed him that he'd likely be back to 100-percent by mid-July, but if this weekend is any indicator, Judson is way ahead of schedule.
The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Judson was back in action and performing well, heading south to Miami for one of Al Golden's camps and taking home the positional MVP at wide receiver.
"I'm kind of, sort of just feeling my way back in," Judson told Eleven Warriors. "But, I'm feeling great."
Judson made a campus visit while in Coral Gables, and he's got a busy summer schedule ahead of him.
Schools I will visit summer Ohio State Georgia Florida Florida state Clemson Alabama Auburn Kentucky#BBN Miami— #L'sCampaign4way (@4way_lilbruce) May 25, 2015
The Cocoa, Florida product understands that the chance to see the country as a high-profile recruit is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Going to enjoy ever last bit of my recruiting process cause I only get this chance once in a lifetime and in going to make the best of it!— #L'sCampaign4way (@4way_lilbruce) May 27, 2015
Still, he wants Buckeye fans to rest easy. He'll be back at Ohio State in July for Friday Night Lights.
I'm a guy of my word and I'm % OHIO STATE #SU21— #L'sCampaign4way (@4way_lilbruce) May 27, 2015
Ahh...recruiting in 2015.
WAYNE DAVIS TRIP FALLS THROUGH
One of the weekend's bigger stories for Ohio State's 2016 recruiting class became a non-story (again) because Norfolk, Virginia's Wayne Davis, who had planned to visit Columbus, didn't make the trip.
Ohio State, who remains at the top of the four-star cornerback's list, was hopeful this weekend would be a big one in his recruitment, but travel complications prevented the Lake Taylor senior-to-be from getting north. Davis has made plans to visit Ohio State a number of times in the last two months but has not been able to make it happen. The Buckeyes are certainly going to keep trying to bring the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder to campus and hope that he'll leave as a commitment. When will he make that trip? Right now that is anyone's guess.
CLARK, COOPER, WALKER AND TARGETS AT RIVALS FIVE-STAR CAMP
Cooper, who dominated last week's Nike regional camp in Columbus, was back at it in Baltimore. He took home some more hardware and added to an already impressive summer.
It was great I won MVP and got this trophie I love Baltimore pic.twitter.com/BYiQqPx1sv— Jonathon Cooper (@JonathonCooper7) June 7, 2015
Clark, who was invited to Baltimore just this week, took full advantage of the opportunity to improve his game and also do some recruiting. He also showed off his big-time arm letting a 62-yard toss loose in the long throw competition.
Walker, who has said previously that he's not really a "camp" running back, was on center-stage not just because of his lofty ranking but more because he'd not yet talked about last weekend's visit to Auburn and Alabama. He talked to AuburnSports.com about the visit and seems to be saying the right things as far as Ohio State is concerned.
"There was nothing that I needed to see," Walker said. "I knew how things worked which gave me the chance to spend more time with the coaches. There were some new coaches that weren't there on my last visit. It was great getting to meet them."
He was asked about his status with the Buckeyes and pulled no punches.
"I am 100 percent committed to Ohio State," he said. "They are aware that I am taking visits. They trust me, and I trust them."
PARIS FORD NAMES TOP TEN, DELETES TWEET, ADDS NOTRE DAME OFFER
On Friday night, Pittsburgh 2017 defensive back Paris Ford let the world know that he'd be releasing his Top 10 schools. At 8:30 p.m., he released that list and the Buckeyes, surprisingly, were not on it. Neither though, was Notre Dame, signaling that Ford was only listing the schools he had an offer from.
Moments later, the tweet disappeared and his Top 10 list was nowhere to be found. The next day, Saturday, was Ford's birthday and he received a pretty big present from the Fighting Irish.
As you can see, Notre Dame and Ford are linked – Darrin Walls, Ford's brother – played for the Irish.
The question, at least as it pertains to Ohio State, is how long can the Buckeyes wait to extend an offer to the nation's 144th-ranked 2017 prospect? There's a potential logjam happening at defensive back and some difficult decisions will have to be made and potentially made a bit quicker than normal. Ford is close with two of the Buckeyes' top remaining targets at defensive back in 2016 and 2017 (Damar Hamlin and Lamont Wade) and while the "package deal" isn't a real thing, it sure wouldn't hurt to have the gang stay together.
We'll break down the defensive back situation for 2017 on Tuesday afternoon.