The Hurry Up is your nightly dose of updates from the Ohio State football recruiting trail, keeping tabs on the latest from commits and targets from around the country.
EYE OF THE HURRICANES
After Sampson James' decommitment from Ohio State this past Sunday, the Buckeyes have wasted no time trying to find his replacement in their '19 Dynasty recruiting class. Thursday, they took another step in their hopes of doing so by offering Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Fla.) running back Marcus Crowley, a current Miami (FL) commit.
Blessed to receive an official O from the Ohio state university pic.twitter.com/woECzrS7Zx
— Marcus Crowley (@marcus_2334) October 11, 2018
Crowley is a 6-foot-1, 200-pound three-star prospect that committed to the Hurricanes on Dec. 6, 2017. He's considered the 35th-best running back in the nation and the 77th-best overall recruit in the state of Florida. Competing against top competition this fall, Crowley has rushed for 1,164 yards and four touchdowns, averaging over 10 yards per carry.
FIVE-STAR RECEIVER MAKING VISIT
Me and @footwork_king1 headed to Ohio State this weekend
— Mr.#1 (@DemondDemas1) October 11, 2018
Wednesday evening, 2020 North Forest (Houston, Texas) receiver Demond Demas announced his plans to watch Ohio State take on Minnesota. Demas is a current Texas A&M commit but, according to 247Sports Crystal Ball projections, is expected to flip his decision – as of now, Texas is the favorite to land him.
Demas is ranked as the nation's third-best receiver and 20th-best overall prospect. He'll be joined on his visit by Rischad Whitfield, considered one of the country's best trainers.
Also visiting Columbus will be 2019 Ohio State commit Cormontae Hamilton. The three-star tight end from Whitehaven (Memphis, Tenn.) announced his plans to visit Wednesday night.
— Cormontae Hamilton (@Cbvndzzz) October 11, 2018
HARRISON TAKING TRIP UP NORTH
Although it had nothing to do with the football program and he didn't speak or meet with coaches, Olentangy Orange (Lewis Center, Ohio) defensive end Zach Harrison was on Ohio State's campus Wednesday afternoon.
According to multiple sources, five-star defensive end Zach Harrison (Olentangy Orange) is visiting Ohio States campus today.
— Derrick Webb (@dw1509) October 10, 2018
Harrison, of course, is Ohio State's top target and the state's top-ranked prospect – as well as the nation's third-best weak-side defensive end and fourth-best overall recruit.
Saturday, he'll be making the trip across enemy lines and attending Michigan's primetime matchup with Wisconsin. On the surface, it's probably an innocent visit. But Harrison has been famously silent about his recruitment process, so you can never really know.
Crystal ball projections say there's a 100 percent chance that Harrison lands at Ohio State. However, Penn State and Michigan are certainly in the running for his commitment. As of now, I'd say 100 percent is way too high of a number. But again, you never really know with Harrison.
2022 QUARTERBACK GAINING SOME EARLY INTEREST
If you're gaining interest from programs like Ohio State as a freshman in high school, you must be doing something right. Enter 2022 Franklin Heights (Ohio) quarterback Jeffery Beverly, who made a visit to Ohio Stadium back on Sept. 22.
Beverly has yet to be offered by any school but has gained early interest from many including Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, Ole Miss, Rutgers, Kentucky, Toledo and Western Michigan.
While in eighth grade, he was able to check out spring practices at Toledo, Ohio and Western Michigan.
"They are all great schools, the only thing they didn’t have that Ohio State did have was the overload of thousands and thousands of fans," Beverly told Eleven Warriors. "I like how the school is a big team and filled with a bunch of kids who want to graduate and earn a degree. I'm looking to just build a better relationship and eventually see more and learn more about OSU."
— Jeffery Beverly (@JefferyBeverly4) September 22, 2018
Beverly also said he keeps in contact with multiple coaches and staffers including Ryan Day, Devon Smith and Ed Terwilliger.
"Coach Smith and I actually talked a good amount while I was on my visit and we are pretty tight so far," he said. "Coach T and I are close. We talked on my visit as well, and over the phone before I went. We were having a good time laughing and all of that good stuff."
Certainly young, but with a seemingly bright future ahead, Beverly knows what could lie in front of him. Don't be surprised if you start to hear his name more often in recruiting circles.
"I like to focus mainly on being the best I can be," Beverly said. "I can hurt opponents with the deep ball, along with my legs ... I can move pretty well for my size. I like to be able to hold the defense accountable so if they fall asleep and don’t QB spy me, I’ll take off and try to take it to the house."