Indiana Receiver Is Latest Addition
May 12, 2013 6:45 PM
He has been waiting since December to make it official, but now the Indiana receiver prospect Lonnie Johnson is now making his intentions formal. The 6' 3", 190 lb athlete is being recruited to be utilized on the offensive side of the ball as a receiver for Tom Herman and Zach Smith, however he may get a shot at safety based on team needs.
Most rankings place Johnson as a 3-star. He checks in as the fifth best player in the state of Indiana from the 2014 class, the 35th best safety, and the 448th best player overall in the class. Johnson becomes the first receiver and eighth commit overall for the class of 2014. Other schools offering him a scholarship included Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Purdue.
The Buckeyes will now turn their attentions to 4-star prospects Demarre Kitt, Saeed Blacknall and Trevion Thompson.
OSU Looking To Add To 2014 Class
April 7, 2013 5:30 PM
The spring practices are coming to a close and recruiting will pick up for the Buckeyes and their coaching staff. They have a great start to the 2014 class and it just got another lift when 4-star athlete Sam Hubbard offered his verbal commitment to Urban Meyer, according to Doug Lesmerises of The Plain Dealer.
Hubbard, a 6'6" safety from Cincinnati, announced the news via Twitter:
Committed to play football at Ohio State!!! #BuckeyeNation #dreamcometrue
Hubbard recently decommited from Notre Dame, where he was going to play lacrosse. He committed to the Irish in January of his sophomore year due to a lack of football options. But that recently changed as he received 10 scholarship offers since February 26, according to 247Sports.com.
Fortunately Hubbard made the call for OSU shortly after arriving for his unofficial visit. This makes him the sixth member of the Buckeyes' 2014 recruiting class, joining 4-star offensive guard Marcelys Jones, 4-star cornerback Damon Webb, 4-star offensive tackle Kyle Trout, 4-star athlete Parris Campbell and 3-star defensive end Dylan Thompson.
OSU Looking To Add To 2014 Class
March 10, 2013 8:00 PM
Ohio State had one of the top three recruiting classes in 2013 and they are after the best talent in 2014 as well.
One such player is Drake Harris. He is a 4-star wide receiver from Grand Rapids, Michigan who originally committed to Michigan State. However, ESPN.com has reported Harris has decommited from the Spartans. He committed to the Green and White in June of last year with the plan to play both football and basketball at Michigan State. After making the decision in January to play just football, Harris reopened his recruitment and began looking at other schools.
If the Buckeyes are to capture such an elite candidate, they will have to face the Wolverines. may have a tough challenge against the home-state Michigan Wolverines. Harris has visited Michigan's campus three times in the last three weeks.
Three More Names Added to 2014 Class
February 11, 2013 9:00 PM
Coming off one of the top classes in the nation for 2013, Coach Meyer just added three more names to his 2014 class.
First is Lawrence Marshall, a 4-star WDE, from Southfield High School in Michigan. He is the #6 ranked player from the state of Michigan according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He's 6'3'' and 225 pounds, so he has good size with another year to grow. Michigan has also offered a scholarship so we will see if OSU can hold on to this one.
Next is a bit closer to home, Kyle Trout, 4-star OT from Lancaster High School. He's a highly ranked in-state recruit (#4 in the state as per 247Sports Composite) and he's one of the better offensive tackle recruits in the country. He's ranked as the #12 overall offensive tackle according to the 247Sports Composite. He has elite potential at 6'6'', 285 pounds. With Ohio State only bringing in two offensive lineman in the 2013 class, they have a need for additional talent in this area.
Finally, Parris Campbell, from Saints Vincent-St. Mary's High School has also provided a verbal commitment. Campbell may be an unranked recruit, but he fits the Ohio State plan to find the next Percy Harvin. He is 6'0'', 179 pounds, so he has good size, and he was reportedly recruited to play running back, slot or wide receiver for the Buckeyes.
Meyer Receives Christmas Present He Will Open In 2014
December 26, 2012 3:30 PM
Ohio State is working to put the finishing touches on their 2013 class and now they have the first member to the class of 2014.
Marcelys Jones, an offensive lineman out of Glenville High School in Cleveland verbally committed to Coach Meyer and Ohio State Christmas morning. Jones is a 6'5", 325 pound junior lineman and is one of the top 2014 prospects in the country, ranked as high as the #2 guard and the #47 prospect overall by some rating sources. He could play either offensive guard or offensive tackle, but the staff has reportedly talked to him about the possibility of playing defensive tackle according to elevenwarriors.com.
Jones comes from the very popular Glenville pipeline which has produced some of the top players in recent Buckeye history, including Heisman winner Troy Smith.
Notre Dame Secures Ohio Lineman
December 10, 2012 2:00 PM
According to reports, Cleveland St. Ignatius junior lineman Jimmy Byrne committed this weekend to Brian Kelly and Notre Dame. Byrne chose the Irish over Ohio State despite receiving the first in-state offer of the 2014 class from Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer last December.
After talking with Kelly Saturday, Byrne confirmed his commitment via Twitter.
“Just got off the phone with Coach Kelly. Committed to the University of Notre Dame! #GoIrish,” he tweeted. "Notre Dame probably recruited me a little bit harder than Ohio State did,” Byrne said on Saturday. “Each and every time I went to visit Notre Dame, I came away more impressed. Over time it added up to the point where I felt Notre Dame was the best fit for me.”
Aloha Mr. Hand - OSU Gets Into The 2014 Class
April 11, 2012 4:30 PM
Even though most of the 2012 class is not in Columbus yet, the 2014 class is already a priority for Coach Meyer.
An early name for the Buckeyes is De’Shawn Hand, a 6’4”, 245 lb defensive tackle from Woodbridge High School in Woodbridge, VA. He is considered to be a very strong pass rusher. Hand has offers from other major programs including Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Penn State, UCLA and Virginia Tech. Boston College offered him a scholarship over a year ago.