The Hurry Up: St. Ignatius' Tommy Eichenberg Reopens Recruitment, Julian Fleming Is Forced To Cancel Trip And Nick Broeker Sets Official Visit Date

By Derrick Webb on November 20, 2018 at 6:50 pm
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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.

TOMMY EICHENBERG REOPENS RECRUITMENT

Possibly one of the most important remaining pieces to Ohio State's '19 Dynasty recruiting class could be Cleveland St. Ignatius linebacker Tommy Eichenberg.

After committing to Boston College, the four-star in-state linebacker announced Monday that he has reopened his recruitment. That decision, of course, comes after Ohio State made him an offer Sept. 26. Here's the kicker: Michigan followed the Buckeyes' lead, offering Eichenberg ion Oct. 3. So you know what's coming next: yet another battle on the recruiting trail between the Buckeyes and Wolverines.

When he received his offer from Ohio State, Eichenberg was a three-star prospect. He's since moved to a four-star recruit and is considered Ohio's 13th-best overall prospect in the class of 2019. He's also ranked as the nation's 19th-best inside linebacker.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Eichenberg will be one of many recruits to attend Saturday's Ohio State-Michigan game at Ohio Stadium. He made a visit to Michigan earlier this month.

JULIAN FLEMING UNABLE TO ATTEND 'THE GAME'

Originally, five-star receiver Julian Fleming (Catawissa, Pa.) was planning to be in attendance for Saturday's game. But due to a rescheduled playoff game, Fleming will be staying at Southern Columbia High School, trying to help his team beat York Catholic in a Class 2A Eastern semifinal.

Fleming, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound wideout that's helped his team go 13-0 so far this fall, is ranked as Pennsylvania's top overall prospect and as the nation's top receiver. He made a visit to Ohio State, along with a number of his teammates, on Nov. 3 against Nebraska.

That day, he spent a good amount of time with receivers coach Brian Hartline. Currently, Fleming has an abundance of offers. Those schools include Clemson, Georgia, Penn State, USC and over 25 others.

NICK BROEKER SETS OFFICIAL VISIT DATE

For quite some time now, Ohio State has been on the heels of Sacred Heart Griffin (Springfield, Ill.) offensive tackle Nick Broeker. The Buckeyes offered Broeker on Oct. 1 and have since been in constant contact with the 6-foot-6, 283-pound three-star prospect.

Broeker, who committed to Ole Miss on June 14, has two more official visits scheduled before making his final decision. One is to Ole Miss on Dec. 8 and the other is two days later in Columbus. Broeker was originally hoping to be at Ohio State on Saturday, but his high school basketball schedule didn't allow him to do so.

Currently, the Buckeyes have just one tackle in their 2019 recruiting class — Mentor's Ryan Jacoby. Adding Broeker would go a long way in giving what's currently the nation's 13th-ranked class a much-needed bump.

FIVE-STAR CORNER JOINS VISITOR LIST

Ohio State is no stranger to Jacksonville, Florida's Trinity Christian Academy High School. The Buckeyes currently boast of two former TCA athletes on their roster in Tyreke Johnson and Shaun Wade. And, let's not forget about Marcus Crowley, TCA's senior running back to flipped his commitment from Miami (FL) to Ohio State on Nov. 4.

On Saturday, Urban Meyer and company will have the chance to impress another young man from TCA in five-star cornerback Fred Davis II. The 6-foot-1, 177-pound corner is considered to be Florida's top overall prospect in the 2020 class and is ranked as the nation's third-best cornerback in the cycle.

He has a plethora of offers from top-level programs including Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Miami (FL), Oklahoma and Auburn. The Buckeyes offered Davis on Sept. 2.

Dane Middlebrook (Brownsburg, Ind.) also threw hit hat in the ring Tuesday afternoon. Middlebrook, a 6-foot-1, 310-pound defensive tackle was offered by Ohio State on July 24. He also has interest from Ball State, Indiana, Michigan State, Missouri and Purdue.

Davis and Middlebrook will, of course, be joined by tons of other recruits Saturday as the visitor list continues to grow by the day. Recruits who will be on official visits include 2019 commit Bryson Shaw (Potomac, Md.), Florida State commit Renardo Green (Apopka, Fla.), Kentucky commit Cavon Butler (Toledo, Ohio) and uncommitted prospects D'Von Ellies (Owings Mills, Md.) and Jared Harrison-Hunte (Middle Village, N.Y.).

Here's a full list of confirmed visits. We'll continue to update as needed.

CONFIRMED VISITS TO 'THE GAME'
PLAYER CLASS SCHOOL HT. WT. POSITION STAR RATING
CAVON BUTLER (UK COMMIT) 2019 TOLEDO WHITMER (TOLEDO, OH) 6-3 285 DEFENSIVE TACKLE ★★★
D'VON ELLIES 2019 MCDONOGH SCHOOL (OWINGS MILLS, MD) 6-3 280 DEFENSIVE TACKLE ★★★★
JARED HARRISON-HUNTE 2019 CHRIST THE KING REGIONAL (MIDDLE VILLAGE, NY) 6-4 286 DEFENSIVE TACKLE ★★★
BRYSON SHAW (OSU COMMIT) 2019 THE BULLIS SCHOOL (POTOMAC, MD) 6-2 175 SAFETY ★★★
RENARDO GREEN (FSU COMMIT) 2019 WEKIVA (APOPKA, FL) 5-11 164 CORNERBACK ★★★
STEELE CHAMBERS (OSU COMMIT) 2019 BLESSED TRINITY CATHOLIC (ROSWELL, GA) 6-2 215 RUNNING BACK ★★★★
DOUG NESTER (OSU COMMIT) 2019 SPRING VALLEY (HUNTINGTON, WV) 6-7 314 GUARD ★★★★
NOAH POTTER (OSU COMMIT) 2019 MENTOR (MENTOR, OH) 6-6 250 DEFENSIVE END ★★★★
CADE STOVER (OSU COMMIT) 2019 LEXINGTON (MANSFIELD, OH) 6-5 235 LINEBACKER ★★★★
CRAIG YOUNG (OSU COMMIT) 2019 WAYNE (FORT WAYNE, IN) 6-4 200 ATHLETE ★★★
JACK MILLER (OSU COMMIT) 2020 CHAPARRAL (SCOTTSDALE, AZ) 6-4 210 QUARTERBACK ★★★★
PARIS JOHNSON (OSU COMMIT) 2020 ST. XAVIER (CINCINNATI, OH) 6-7 285 OFFENSIVE TACKLE ★★★★★
JAKE WRAY (OSU COMMIT) 2020 MARIETTA (MARIETTA, GA) 6-5 290 OFFENSIVE TACKLE ★★★★
LEJOND CAVAZOS (OSU COMMIT) 2020 IMG ACADEMY (BRADENTON, FL) 6-0 186 SAFETY ★★★★
TOMMY EICHENBERG 2019 ST. IGNATIUS (CLEVELAND, OH) 6-3 225 LINEBACKER ★★★★
JESTIN JACOBS (IOWA COMMIT) 2019 NORTHMONT (CLAYTON, OH) 6-3 210 LINEBACKER ★★★★
MJ DEVONSHIRE 2019 ALIQUIPPA (ALIQUIPPA, PA) 5-11 170 CORNERBACK ★★★
FRED DAVIS II 2020 TRINITY CHRISTIAN (JACKSONVILLE, FL) 6-1 177 CORNERBACK ★★★★★
DANE MIDDLEBROOK 2020 BROWNSBURG (BROWNSBURG, IN) 6-1 310 DEFENSIVE TACKLE N/A
DEAMONTE TRAYANUM 2020 ARCHBISHOP HOBAN (AKRON, OH) 5-11 215 RUNNING BACK ★★★★
MICHAEL DRENNEN 2020 DUBLIN COFFMAN (DUBLIN, OH) 5-11 190 ALL-PURPOSE BACK ★★★★
JUTAHN MCCLAIN 2020 FAIRFIELD (FAIRFIELD, OH) 5-10 180 ALL-PURPOSE BACK ★★★
RAKIM JARRETT 2020 ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE (WASHINGTON DC) 6-0 182 WIDE RECEIVER ★★★★
DEVELL WASHINGTON 2020 BAY CITY CENTRAL (BAY CITY, MI) 6-4 200 WIDE RECEIVER ★★★
MALIQ CARR 2020 OAK PARK (OAK PARK, MI) 6-6 215 WIDE RECEIVER ★★★
IAN STEWART 2020 OSCAR A CARLSON (ROCKWOOD, MI) 6-3 200 WIDE RECEIVER ★★★
GEIREAN HATCHETT 2020 FERNDALE (FERNDALE, WA) 6-5 275 GUARD ★★★★
JAKOB JAMES 2020 ELDER (CINCINNATI, OH) 6-5 260 OFFENSIVE TACKLE ★★★
DALLAS FINCHER 2020 EAST KENTWOOD (GRAND RAPIDS, MI) 6-4 260 GUARD ★★★
TRE WILLIAMS 2020 ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE (WASHINGTON DC) 6-2 308 DEFENSIVE TACKLE ★★★★
JACOLBE COWAN 2020 PROVIDENCE DAY SCHOOL (CHARLOTTE, NC) 6-5 265 DEFENSIVE END ★★★★
DARRION HENRY 2020 PRINCETON (CINCINNATI, OH) 6-6 260 DEFENSIVE END ★★★★
JAHEIM THOMAS 2020 PRINCETON (CINCINNATI, OH) 6-5 218 LINEBACKER  ★★★★
MEKHAIL SHERMAN 2020 ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE (WASHINGTON DC) 6-3 234 LINEBACKER ★★★★★
BRIAN BRANCH 2020 SANDY CREEK (TYRONE, GA) 6-0 175 SAFETY N/A
ELIJAH EBERHARDT 2020 PRINCETON (CINCINNATI, OH) 6-1 175 CORNERBACK ★★★
SAMMY ANDERSON 2020 TROTWOOD-MADISON (DAYTON, OH) 6-2 170 CORNERBACK ★★★
DONOVAN EDWARDS 2021 WEST BLOOMFIELD (WEST BLOOMFIELD, OH) 5-11 190 RUNNING BACK ★★★★
LORENZO STYLES 2021 PICKERINGTON CENTRAL (PICKERINGTON, OH) 6-1 170 WIDE RECEIVER N/A
WYATT MILLUM 2021 SPRING VALLEY (HUNTINGTON, WV) 6-7 245 OFFENSIVE TACKLE N/A
JACK SAWYER 2021 PICKERINGTON NORTH (PICKERINGTON, OH) 6-5 219 DEFENSIVE END ★★★★
CHASE HARRISON 2022 CENTERVILLE (DAYTON, OH) 6-2 185 QUARTERBACK N/A

 

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