Since 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...
One of the more interesting developments this week is the staff's recruitment of a couple of guys that are/were a part of Michigan's class.
The first is OG David Dawson, who hails from Cass Tech in Detroit, Michigan. After decommitting from Michigan he named Ohio State in his top five, but it was widely believed he was a heavy Florida lean. In fact, he visited Gainesville, and there was a lot of speculation that he may commit to the Fighting Muschamps while on the visit. He didn't. Instead, his recruitment took another weird turn as he named his top two schools without the Gators being one of them. Here's what Miles Joseph of 11W got from him.
The staff is also after current Michigan commit Gareon Conley. The WR/DB combo is from Massillon, Ohio, and definitely has mutual interest. In fact, he's planning an official visit to Ohio State as well as Oregon. There's one problem though. Hoke has a rule that his commitments aren't supposed to visit other schools. Something Conley seems alright with because he wants to see what else is out there.
So, Meyer could be poaching two guys from Hoke. He's also starting an assault on the best players in the state of Michigan in the 2014 class, which could make for some interesting battles over the next year.
Robert Foster Situation Over?
One of the most interesting recruits in this class is WR Robert Foster. The 6-3 170 pound product from Pennsylvania is rated as one of the top wideouts in the country, and has had a hot and cold relationship with the Buckeyes.
The staff was putting on the full court press until he came to visit. Reportedly, his actions on that visit caused the staff to stop contacting Foster. Sometime later, though, Foster claimed that the Buckeyes were pursuing him again, though that wasn't ever really totally confirmed. There were even rumors and speculation that the Buckeyes were the dark horse to land Foster is they did truly want him.
All of the rumors appeared to be coming to an end after a recent trip to Alabama. Foster tweeted that he was ready to commit, and everyone was pushing this as a Pitt-Bama battle, though Foster did name the Buckeyes as his other finalist. The situation appeared over, right? Wrong.
Vonn Bell Pondering
There is no question that the top guy left on the board for the Buckeyes is S Vonn Bell. Not only is he one of the top players in the country, but he provides a big upgrade at a position of weakness for the staff currently. He also would round out a stellar defensive backfield class that includes Cameron Burrows, Jayme Thompson and Eli Woodward.
Bell has always been high on the Buckeyes, though he's also been been high on several SEC schools. As of now Bells three finalist are Ohio State, Alabama and Tennessee (in no particular order).
The bad news is that Bell missed a recent visit that was planned for Columbus, which many considered a sign that OSU might have dropped on the list. That's not the case, as his coach explained what happened.
So, does he have a leader currently? Well, according to his coach he does not.
The staff is chasing a bevy of wide receivers to add playmakers, and they have left no stone unturned. While most of the attention is on guys like Shelton Gibson, Corn Elder and James Quick, there are lots of other options. One guy that continues to go under the radar is Tony Stevens.
Stevens, an Orlando, Florida native, was originally committed to Florida State, but cut his ties a month ago to look at other options. There are a lot of schools looking at 6-3 175 pound product, but the Buckeyes are definitely in the hunt. Here's the latest:
An Update from Raekwon McMillan
Switching to 2014, LB Raekwon McMillan has given an update on his recruitment to ESPN. He affirmed his early declaration that Ohio State is his current leader, and that he sees lots of opportunity currently in Columbus. So, he's definitely watching the games. He also claims all his family are big Georgia fans and are very pleased when he visits. Here's the video...