Vonn Bell is the top guy left.
Drew Thurman (8:18 pm) @osusilverbulletSince the start of the football season, the recruiting trail has been somewhat quiet. The Buckeyes have only added one commitment since summer ended (17 total in 2013 class), in Tyquan Lewis, and haven't seen a great amount of movement with other recruits on their big board. Stiil, there's not much reason to panic though, as this fall has been a stand still for schools around the college football world. In this new era of college football recruiting, players seem to be either dead set on committing before their senior season or desire to wait up until signing day to keep their options open. Recruits are increasingly wanting to focus on their senior season and don't seem to want to interfere with helping their team succeed. So, right now we are in the land between those two worlds. Things are starting to heat up, though, as high school football is slowly coming to end around the country. This is best evidenced by the sheer amount of recruiting news that has come out this
last week, much of which is very positive for the Buckeyes. With three months left until signing day, fans should be getting excited. Urban Meyer has a proven track record as a lethal closer, and there's no reason to believe he won't do the same this year.So, in this edition of the Recruiting Rundown, let's take a look at some of recruiting nuggets that came out this week...
Elder enjoyed Columbus on Saturday.
Drew Thurman (7:08 pm) @osusilverbulletWhile we've given you a ton of insider interviews over the last couple of months, it has been awhile since the last "Rundown". It's time to get back at it.
We find ourselves in mid-October, and the recruiting picture looks incredibly different than it did a few months ago. At the end of the summer, the only perceived need was really the wide receiver spot for the Buckeyes. After an incredible haul of linebackers and defensive lineman in the 2012 class and a handful of defensive backs in this class, the defense appeared to be in good standing. The on the field product has changed the focus though.
Thanks to a lot of mediocre play and several players not developing as quickly as expected, the staff is pursuing a bevy of defensive players to fill the gaping needs at linebacker and safety. Obviously, playmakers at wide receiver has continued to be a focus, but the renewed interest in defensive back seven is definitely the story right now for Ohio State recruiting. Considering the losses coming at the end of the season, especially if Roby and Hankins go pro, this is something that is a critical need. Let's take a look at the player's Ohio State is after, and some other recruiting headlines in this edition of the Recruiting Rundown.
Andrew Chirico (5:33 pm) @Bucknut22
(6-1, 195 pounds) is a stunning wide receiver from Indiana (Pike HS). He is a 2014 prospect with already thirteen offers, including the likes of Cal, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Mississippi, Miss. St, Missouri, Purdue, and Wisconsin. He is still waiting on an Ohio State offer, but is hearing from the staff. He has been busy with a lot visits this month, including one to Bloomington this last Saturday. He's keeping his options open, so it should be interesting where he goes on his signing day.How has your high school season been going?Dominique:
It has been good, we are currently 5 and 3 (from 10/11/12). Our last game was a very tough loss because we were better than the team we played. The weather really brought us down with our passing offense. It was raining very hard and was windy which was hard on us. Which schools have been showing the most interest?Dominique:
Alabama has been recruiting me hard. They are really interested in getting my film and evaluating it. Missouri, Iowa, Ohio State, and Miami are recruiting me the hardest. How many offers do you have?Dominique:
I am at thirteen offers right now. What coaches have you been talking to from Ohio State and what have they been saying to you?Dominique:
Coach Herman. He was my coach’s high school coach. They told me every game I play they are watching and at the end of the season they are going to let me know what they are going to do. Most likely they will offer me.
Zach Clark (3:50 pm) @Zach_TSB
In this edition of TSB’s Recruit Talk, I spoke with the 2014 4-star, 5-11, 175-pound RB Derrell Scott out of Havelock High School (Havelock, NC). According to 247sports.com, Derrell has a 94 overall rating, is ranked the 87th overall best player in the country, the 2nd all-purpose back in the country, and the 4th best overall player in his home state of North Carolina. MaxPreps.com has Derrell at 852 total rushing yards (106.5 yards/game), 16 total touchdowns (12.5 points/game), 73 total receiving yards, 4 total tackles, and 2 passes defended through 8 games in his junior season. Rivals.com lists his 40-yard dash time as 4.69 seconds, bench reps as 12, shuttle time as 4.38 seconds, vertical as 31 inches, and very impressive
3.8 GPA. Get to know this stud 2014 recruit here: How’s your junior season at Havelock going so far?
It’s going good so far. We’re 8-1 right now. I haven’t actually kept track of my stats, but I can get back to you on that.What’s your favorite part about playing running back? What position(s) do you play on defense, and what do you like about playing defense?
I like making people miss and scoring a lot. On defense, I play cornerback. It’s really fun, and I like to hit people, cover receivers, and make interceptions.What part of your game do you need to work on the most? What is your biggest strength?
I always want to work on everything. I believe that I always need to get better at everything. Coming
into the season, I didn’t have one particular thing I aimed to work on. My biggest strength is definitely making defenders miss.Let’s get into your recruitment now. What are the main schools recruiting you currently? Which coaching staffs do you have the best relationships with?
Some schools are South Carolina, USC, ECU, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Florida, Oregon, Ohio State, Alabama, LSU, and Louisville. I’d say I have the best relationship with South Carolina’s staff.What do you like about Ohio State?
I love the tradition they have. Coach Urban Meyer is a very good coach and really knows how to get players to the next level. I’ve never been to Ohio State, but I would like to visit.
Zach Clark (4:35 pm) @Zach_TSB
A couple of weeks ago, the Ohio State Buckeyes offered 2014 4-star OL Marcelys Jones out of Glenville High School (Glenville, OH). This first scholarship offer for Marcelys was a big one
as he’s grown up always following the Buckeyes. The 6-5 325-pound offensive lineman is coming off a visit to Ohio State, and was kind enough to take some time to answer a few questions for TSB. How’s your season gone so far at Glenville? Specifically, how do you feel about your play?
The season’s been good so far. As a team, we can always improve. I am also always looking to improve my play and believe there’s always room for improvement. But our season has been good overall. Congrats on your OSU offer. What coach on OSU’s staff do you speak with the most, and how often do you two communicate?
I speak with Coach Drayton the most. I speak with him about once a week. Also, I speak with Coach Pantoni about once a week as well. We mostly talk about school, my interests, and my grades. It’s nothing too major or in-depth. What do you like particularly about Ohio State?
I really like the environment and all of the coaches. I like how Coach Meyer and his staff interact with the players and how they’re always trying to help you improve.
Andrew Chirico (8:13 pm)
2014 prospect Mikale Wilbon
is a solid running back hailing from Illinois. 247Sports
has him ranked 3rd best player in the state, 11th at his position and 92nd overall in the class. He has two offers from Purdue and Iowa, but many B1G schools are showing high interest in him. There is no doubt that his offer numbers will rise in the coming months.Back in July, Drew was able to get Mikale's reaction to Friday Night Lights, where he exploded onto the Ohio State recruiting scene. I was able to catch
up with him again to get an update of how his recruitment is going and where things stand. How do you like playing for your high school? Mikale:
I like it, I enjoy it very much! What schools are showing interest? Mikale:
Mississippi State, Ohio State, Michigan State, Illinois, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, USC, UCLA, Minnesota, Northwestern, Michigan, Iowa, Purdue, Nebraska, North Carolina State and Kansas. What schools are showing the most interest? Mikale:
Ohio State, Michigan State, Illinois, Northwestern, Iowa, Purdue and Michigan.
Zach Clark (1:44 pm) @Zach_TSB
For the latest Recruit Talk, I got a chance to speak with the 2014 5-star, 6-3 235-pound LB Raekwon McMillan out of Liberty County High School (Hinesville, GA). According to 247Sports
, Raekwon has a 98 overall rating, is ranked the 15th overall best player in the country, the 2nd inside linebacker in the country, and the best overall player in his home state of Georgia. MaxPreps
has Raekwon at 79 total tackles (15.8 tackles/game), 7.0 total sacks (1.2 sacks/game), 5 total caused fumbles, 150 total rushing yards (5.77 yards/carry), 6 total touchdowns (9.2 points/game), and 5 total pancake blocks through 5 games
in his junior season.
Aside from all the on-the-field accolades, Raekwon proved to be a very impressive young man in our interview and has an extremely bright future ahead of him. Get to know this juggernaut 2014 recruit here: How’s your junior season at Liberty County going so far?
We’re 4-1 and we’re doing good. I’m just getting ready to play this Friday against Glenn Hills. I have 79 tackles and 7 sacks so far.MaxPreps reports that you are also running the ball a decent amount for your team and have scored at least one touchdown in your past 4 games. What’s your favorite part about playing offense? Are you thinking about playing running back in college?
When I’m playing offense, if there’s anyone in front of me, I just run right through them. My favorite part is just running through any defenders in my way. I think I’m just going to play linebacker in college [laughter].You’re projected to play inside linebacker or weak-side defensive end in college. What part of your game do you need to work on the most? What is your biggest strength?
I’m always looking to improve. When I’m playing linebacker, I’d like to improve my pass coverage. When I’m playing defensive end, I’d like to play the run better. I feel like I’m pretty set against the run game, but like I said, you can always improve. My strength has got to be G&TA, getting after it [laughter]. I go as hard as possible every snap, but not a second after the whistle is blown, of course.
Zach Clark (8:17 pm) @Zach_TSB
Back in May, Michael Chung caught up with Tracy Sprinkle
, the 6’5” 260 pound defensive end commit in the Buckeyes’ 2013 recruiting class. Tracy is in the midst of his senior season at Elyria (Elyria, OH) and took the time to speak with me. According to Maxpreps.com
, Sprinkle is averaging 9.2 tackles/game and 2.0 sacks/game so far this season. Sprinkle plans on enrolling early to Ohio State and also played basketball for Elyria. How’s your season gone so far? Specifically, how do you feel about your play?
Our season is going well. I feel like I’m having a good season. I’m leading our league in sacks with 11. Are any other schools still actively recruiting you?
No. I still receive mail, but that’s about it. Are you close with any current Buckeye players incoming 2013 commits? If so, which players and commits are you closest with?
I wouldn’t say I’m close, but we all communicate through twitter. I speak with Ezekiel Elliot, Cameron Burrows, Marcus Baugh, Jayme Thompson, Darron Lee, and Tyquan Lewis. Are you still speaking with any other OSU recruits to come play with you at OSU?
Zach Clark (9:48 am)
It’s never too early to look ahead to upcoming recruiting classes, especially when it comes to possible future Buckeye quarterbacks. I had a chance to speak with Justin Berry, a 2016 QB prospect from St. Francis High School (Wheaton, IL). Berry’s dad, Shaon, played running back for Pittsburgh in 1980’s. Although he’s only a freshman in high school, he brought me up to date with his recruitment thus far.
I know it’s early for you in the recruiting process, but what schools are showing constant interest so far?
I’d say Illinois, Indiana, Ole Miss, and UCLA. I speak to Illinois coaches weekly and will be visiting both Illinois and Indiana within the next couple weeks. I spoke to the UCLA coaching staff, and I will probably visit there next summer. I’ve gotten mail from many other schools and spoken to other coaching staffs, but these four schools are who I talk to the most and on a regular basis.
What schools stand out for you and do you have any favorites?
As of now, I don’t really have any favorites. Since I was 8 years old, I attended Illinois games, and my dad’s friend from college was on the Illinois coaching staff a few years ago. I am very close with the Illinois staff and attended two Illinois camps this past summer. I spoke with Coach Paul Nichols after the camps, and he told me about Illinois’s interest.
How would you describe your game at quarterback?
I’d say that I am a dual-threat quarterback. I throw the football accurately, but, if needed, I can run. My deep-ball, accuracy, and velocity are the best things about my game. I also play safety, and playing defense and reading offenses both help me at the quarterback position. My dad was a running back in college at Pittsburgh, so maybe that’s why I’m able to have the option to run the ball at quarterback.
Photo via Nick Stevens (highschoolot.com)
Tyquan Lewis just announced moments ago that he will be attending Ohio State, picking the Buckeyes over LSU and North Carolina. He becomes the 17th member of the 2013 class and joins Joey Bosa, Michael Hill, Billy Price and Tracy Sprinkle on the defensive line in this class.
The 6-4 227 pound defensive end hails from Tarboro, North Carolina, an area of the country the Buckeyes are starting to tap into more. As for Lewis himself, he had developed a relationship with Everett Withers before his hiring a Ohio State, and really seemed to hit it off with Urban Meyer on his visit.
Lewis, rated a four star prospect by 247Sports, has been an up-and-comer this summer. After really impressing at both the Charlotte NFTC and The Opening, his stock started to rise. He is known for his active pursuit of the ball and his quick first step. A quick look at his film
will provide plenty of evidence in both areas.
While he will likely end up at defensive end for the Buckeyes, playing linebacker isn't out of the question. Much like Josh Perry, who is on the roster now, his continued growth or lack thereof, will ultimately decide where he ends up in scarlet and gray.
This is definitely a big grab for the Buckeyes as the close out the 2013 class. As of right now the defensive line appears to be stacked for the second class in a row. Look out B1G! Announcement video after the jump.