By most reports, this weekend went just about as well as it possibly could have for Ohio State and their 2012 recruiting effort.
Many big time recruits made official visits to Columbus, including:
They were joined by practically the entire (already committed) 2012 Ohio State class, including:
OH RB Warren Ball, OH WR Frank Epitropoulos, OH WR Roger Lewis, OH TE Blake Thomas, OH OL Jacoby Boren, OH OL/DL Patrick Elflein, OH LB Josh Perry, OH LB Luke Roberts, OH DB Devan Bogard, OH DB Najee Murray, and OH DB Tyvis Powell.
As you can see, there was plenty of pro Buckeye sentiment represented to help persuade the not-quite-Buckeyes.
Here are the latest updates on the players and the class.
Although this isn’t really a position of need for the Buckeyes, AL QB Jameis Winston is the type of player that you don’t say no to. Winston will visit Ohio State ($), but this recruitment will likely drag on ($) until at least signing day.
There are no other QBs on the board at this time.
As mentioned, OH RB Brionte Dunn visited Ohio State this weekend. He is also scheduled to visit that school up north next weekend and has in home visits with both head coaches still to come.
This is obviously a two horse race, but when a supposedly committed player is still looking around that is not a good sign. If he doesn’t end up making the trip next weekend that would obviously be cause for some optimism, but with the trip on, temper your expectations accordingly.
Anything could happen, but this one is certainly not sending out good vibrations at the moment.
I hope the song made you feel a little better (click the ‘good vibrations’ link) because Dunn is in the sad land of ‘soft’ verbals.
Stan Drayton visited Neal last week ($) and he would like to set up an official visit to Columbus.
That sinking feeling in your gut over Dunn is exactly what Badger fans are feeling right now with OH OL Kyle Dodson thanks to the Buckeyes.
As I said, things couldn’t have gone much better this weekend, so there is room for a healthy amount of optimism for both players.
The fact that there hasn’t been much action in terms of other offers (which certainly hasn’t been the case with other positions) could be an indication that the coaching staff are also feeling relatively confident here.
Spartan fans get their chance to share the ‘pit in your stomach’ soft verbal feeling with OH DE Se’Von Pittman. There is room for a healthy amount of optimism here as well.
Based on offers, it seems clear that Meyer would like to sign more than one additional DE in this class and the final spot will likely come down to PA DE Noah Spence, NJ DE Darius Hamilton, or FL DE Dante Fowler.
Spence will be visiting Ohio State on the 17th and will likely be choosing between the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions.
Ohio State is a contender to receive Hamilton’s last official visit, which will come down to Rutgers, Southern California, and Ohio State. He visited Florida this weekend, will visit California next weekend, with Tennessee and probably Oklahoma scheduled in January. His final decision certainly won’t be made anytime soon and he likely won’t be in Columbus anytime soon (if at all) either.
After an initial surge in interest surrounding Fowler after Meyer was hired, there hasn’t been much buzz recently surrounding his recruitment… at least not on the Ohio State front.
Meyer clearly wants to take at least one DT in this class.
In what now seems like an unlikely scenario, if Schutt doesn’t come to Columbus NY DT Ekpen Iduoze also visited this weekend and could be Meyer’s back up plan.
Given the recent offers, Meyer definitely wants at least one more LB in this class.
MA LB Camren Williams will be visiting with his father (teammate of Vrabel with the Patriots) in the next few days and not coincidentally he recently received an offer from the Buckeyes. He is certainly a player to keep an eye on moving forward, especially when you consider the connection to Vrabel. Interestingly enough, he is currently considered another Penn State ‘soft verbal’.
Marcus plans to decide in mid-January and he would like to visit Ohio State and Florida before that. His decision will likely be between Ohio State, Florida, and North Carolina. Meyer is rumored to be interested in two major defensive coaches and primary recruiters at both schools (D.J. Durkin at Florida and Everett Withers at North Carolina) which may ultimately factor in to this recruitment (especially Withers).
Ohio State is in Perkins’ final five schools and he will be visiting Columbus on January 14th.
As most people know by now, MD ATH Cyrus Jones and MD ATH Stefon Diggs are the top targets to fill the ‘Harvin’ role for Meyer (I am already sick of calling it that, remind me to think of something else soon).
Jones will visit Ohio State on the 16th and he will likely choose between Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Auburn, or Alabama.
Diggs plans to visit Ohio State but does not have anything finalized yet.
Caleb has already visited Columbus but will likely wait until signing day before making his college decision.
Agholor does not have any reported plans to visit Columbus at this time.
Meyer’s back up plan could be OH ATH Tyler Foster of Canton McKinley.
OL: Kyle Dodson
OL: Jordan Diamond
DL: Se’Von Pittman
DL: Tommy Schutt
DL: Noah Spence
LB: Jamal Marcus/David Perkins/Camren Williams
ATH: Stefon Diggs/Cyrus Jones/Joel Caleb/Tyler Foster
With the way Meyer has been moving and shaking, it’s a good idea to leave a space or two open for a few (more) surprises in the coming weeks as well.
If Dunn decides to skip his trip north next weekend you can throw him on there as well.