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.
We're less than 24 hours to kickoff, which means the 115th edition of the greatest rivalry in all of sports — yeah, I said it — will renew itself, the nation's eyes will be on Columbus and the recruiting trail will be sizzling at Ohio Stadium.
The Buckeyes have five confirmed official visits scheduled for Saturday. Here's a final look at each of those names, a little bit about their background and what they bring to the table.
Cavon Butler, Toledo (Ohio) Whitmer
On Aug. 3, Butler committed to Kentucky. But when Ohio State offered on Oct. 6, things seemed to take a turn in a hurry. The Buckeyes became a favorite to land Butler's pledge and, while he's still currently a Wildcat, he's certainly stayed in contact with Ohio State.
Butler got a visit from defensive line coach Larry Johnson during Ohio State's bye week and has a close relationship with him. The three-star defensive tackle is ranked as Ohio's 39th-best overall prospect and as the nation's 56th-best player at his position. But do not be fooled. Butler has elite talent that can be utilized at the next level.
For what it's worth, the 2019 DT has eight crystal ball predictions, all leaning towards Ohio State. If the Buckeyes are to flip him, this weekend is extremely imperative in the process.
D'Von Ellies, McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.)
Two weeks ago, Ellies was in State College for a visit to Penn State. And if the Buckeyes are to land his commitment, Penn State seems to be the program they'll have to beat out.
OH It's about that time... Beat the TUN pic.twitter.com/g1U8Oaf06i
— Dvon Ellies (@dfesquire) November 23, 2018
Ohio State offered Ellies on May 16 and for good reason. He's a four-star defensive tackle that's ranked Maryland's 15th-best player in the class of 2019 and as the nation's 16th-best player at his position. He's also Maryland's top uncommitted player.
With over 25 offers, it seems as if Ellies' decision will come down to Ohio State, Penn State, Florida and West Virginia — the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes lead that pack. Ellies is listed at 6-foot-3, 280 pounds. He'd certainly be a huge pickup for Larry Johnson's d-line crew and could make an immediate impact in Columbus should he commit.
Renardo Green, Wekiva (Apopka, Fla.)
Like Butler, Green is also committed elsewhere — he re-pledged to Florida State on Sept. 25 after decommitting earlier that day. He originally committed on April 16.
However, this will be his first time in Columbus since the Buckeyes offered on June 8 and its's not like he won't experience the Shoe at its finest. And, Ohio State is the main top-tier program trying to pull Green away from the Seminoles.
SU visit this Saturday#BuckeyeNation
— Renardo Malcom Green (@nado2times) November 21, 2018
He's a three-star cornerback that's said to play better than his rating. Ranked as the nation's 46th-best cornerback in the class of 2019, Green has over 20 offers on the table. Through 12 games this fall, he has 22 tackles, four interceptions and 23 pass breakups.
Jared Harrison-Hunte, Christ The King Regional (Middle Village, N.Y.)
Like Ellies, Harrison-Hunte's recruitment seems to be coming down to Penn State and Ohio State with several others in the mix such as Arizona State, Tennessee and Michigan State. He also has official visits scheduled at Penn State on Nov. 30 and Tennessee on Dec. 14.
Harrison-Hunte is a three-star defensive tackle, listed at 6-foot-4, 286 pounds. In New York, he's ranked as the state's fourth-best overall prospect. In the nation, he comes in at No. 35 in the class of 2019.
— Jared H. Hunte (@jaredhunte19) November 23, 2018
Recruited by Greg Schiano and Johnson, he's yet another prospect who could make an immediate impact for next year's Buckeyes. In eight games, he's made 45 tackles and has three sacks. He's a bonafide run-stopper up front and can change the game in that aspect.
Bryson Shaw, The Bullis School (Potomac, Md.)
Shaw, an Ohio State commit, was in College Park, Maryland last weekend watching the Buckeyes edge the Terrapins 52-51 in overtime. This week, he'll take his official visit to Columbus. He committed to Ohio State on April 28.
A three-star safety, Shaw was named his conference's Defensive Player of the Year this fall. He's listed at 6-foot-2, 175 pounds and is ranked as Maryland's 10th-best prospect and as the nation's 47th-best player at the position in the class of 2019.
While Saturday will feature more than 45 visits from prospects around the nation, Wednesday had a couple of its own. At Ohio State's practice, the Buckeyes welcomed in four prospects in Dublin (Ohio) Coffman duo Michael Drennen and A.J. Kirk, Indianapolis (Ind.) Ben Davis offensive lineman Dawand Jones and ... yes ... Olentangy (Ohio) Orange defensive end Zach Harrison.
Krik and Drennen will also be at Ohio Stadium Saturday. Drennen is a four-star all-purpose back in the class of 2020 while Kirk is a four-star safety in the class of 2021. Obviously, landing either would be a big in-state win for the Buckeyes.
After practice, Drennen told 247Sports, "They were really working on the fundamentals. They were working on the details." He also said that, in terms of his recruitment, Michigan and Ohio State were both "there" and that he also wants to make visits to Georgia and Miami (FL).
As reported in Wednesday's Hurry Up, Jones is a 6-foot-8, 360-pound lineman that's ranked as Indiana's 13th-best overall prospect in the class of 2019.
And then there's Harrison.
The five-star defensive end surprised many with his visit Wednesday. While his recruitment is still trending towards Michigan, the appearance on campus is his second in three weeks — he attended the Nebraska game on Nov. 3.
Read into it what you will but Zach Harrison is just doing Zach Harrison things. Sure, it's a good sign he was on campus but no one ever really knows what he's thinking. He's been famously subtle about his college plans and continues to handle business in that manner.
|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||★★★★|
|MICHAEL O'SHAUGHNESSY||2019||NEW ALBANY (NEW ALBANY, OH)||6-4||200||PUNTER||N/A|
|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||★★★★|
|A.J. KIRK||2021||DUBLIN COFFMAN (COLUMBUS, OH)||6-0||200||SAFETY||★★★★|
|DAMON PAYNE||2021||BELLEVILLE (BELLEVILLE, MI)||6-4||255||GUARD||★★★★|
|JAYDEN THOMAS||2021||PACE ACADEMY (ATLANTA, GA)||6-2||185||WIDE RECEIVER||N/A|
|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|