The Hurry Up: LeCounte, Lawrence and Other Big Names Lining Up for the Weekend and More

By Jeremy Birmingham on October 13, 2015 at 7:45 pm
Rashard Lawrence at Ohio State in June.
Rashard Lawrence

The Hurry Up is your nightcap of Ohio State recruiting news, catching you up on the day’s events with an ear on the ground for what’s next.


The Buckeyes are days away from their first huge recruiting weekend of the year and the expected prospect lists are growing seemingly by the hour. One of the bigger names that will be on campus is Monroe, Louisiana, five-star defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence. Lawrence, the country's 24th-ranked prospect, made an unofficial visit to Columbus in mid-June and this weekend he'll return for his official visit as the Buckeyes take on Penn State under the lights.

Lawrence is expected to end up at LSU, but for the Buckeyes to get a second visit from him is important, especially with their continued need for help at defensive tackle.


Last night we learned the Buckeyes would get another key official visitor this weekend in Coconut Creek, Florida's Binjimen Victor. Victor talked a bit with Eleven Warriors about this visit and the timing of it. Many had anticipated that the 6-foot-4, 170-pounder would visit for Ohio State's November clash with Michigan State.

"This was always the weekend," Victor said. "I just hadn't told anyone."

Victor has had an exceptional senior season for Coconut Creek. He says his ability to talk with college coaches during the season has been limited, but that it's once again picking up. His primary recruiter at Ohio State is wide receiver coach Zach Smith.

"I talk to Coach Zach Smith," Victor added. "When the season started we didn't talk much, but we've been back at it."

Victor will arrive at Ohio State Saturday morning and leave on Monday.


Last night I got a text message from Tony Glazer, an assistant coach at Hinesville, Georgia's Liberty County High School telling me that Richard LeCounte will also visit Ohio State this weekend.

"Richard is riding up with me this weekend for the game," Glazer told 11W. "We're leaving Friday, should get there Saturday morning and then we'll leave Monday morning."

LeCounte last visited Ohio State in July when he was in Columbus twice in a two week stretch, including an impressive camp outing at Friday Night Lights.


Sycamore (Cincinnati) 2017 running back Ra'Von Bonner has made it clear in the past that a Buckeye offer is the one he truly covets. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder may or may not end up getting a scholarship from Ohio State, but his game this past Friday night had to have at least got their attention.

Bonner had 23 carries for 243 yards and eight touchdowns as Sycamore rolled Oak Hills. Somehow though, that outburst isn't enough to get him the votes for player of the week. Gotta love ballot-box stuffing, don't you?


With Michigan and Michigan State lining up and going head-to-head in one of the biggest games of the year on Saturday, you'd expect that most of The Mitten's premier players in the 2016 and 2017 classes would be on hand, and most will be. One 2017 prospect with a Michigan offer won't be, however.

That is Detroit Cass Tech safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell, who did visit Michigan last weekend, but it's still interesting to think he'd come down to Columbus instead of checking out the big game down the road. Or is it not interesting?

"I've been planning this weekend since the summer," Kelly-Powell told 11W. "My father doesn't get off work until noon on Saturday, so we had to schedule a night game to visit."

A 6-foot, 185-pound safety, Kelly-Powell has been very interested in Ohio State for months and continues to take his time to check out the schools high on his list.

Here the Cass Tech safety's midseason highlight tape.

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