Ohio State Recruiting Update: Weekend Visits

Written January 14th, 2012 by Jim

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Yesterday we covered the big news that Taylor Decker was visiting Columbus this weekend-  which bodes extremely well for adding a much needed offensive tackle to the 2012 class sooner rather than later.

The other news we covered yesterday was teammates Camren Williams (LB) and Armani Reeves (CB) both visiting Ohio State on January 18th with their families.

Those three players are currently trending very much Ohio State’s way, which would make for a very solid foundation to a great finish.

There is plenty more going on this weekend including more visits, but first…

In more negative news, safety Jeremy Cash will be leaving Ohio State ($) and 2012 DB Devan Bogard will be visiting USC ($).

The situation with Bogard will likely develop more in the coming days and weeks, but being from Glenville, the Aundrey Walker recruitment from last year is hard to ignore.

Either way, for good or bad attrition will be a major part of recruiting for the next few months. The silver lining, of course, is that each player that Ohio State loses will open a spot for someone else in this or a future class.

In other more negative news (or not, depending on how you look at it), PA S Demetrious Cox was apparently asked by Ohio State’s staff to delay his scheduled visit this weekend. While that is bad news for Demetrious, it could be an indication that Meyer and company are getting a positive vibe from other targets.

Players who will be visiting this weekend include OH OL Taylor Decker (as mentioned previously), AZ WR Davonte NealIN LB David Perkins, and CO OL Joey O’Connor (2013 prospects Robert Foster, Logan Tuley-Tillman, and E.J. Levenberry will also be making appearances).

There is a very real possibility that Taylor Decker will be a Buckeye within the next few days. Not much more needs to be said on that front.

I have speculated previously that if things go well with Devante Neal this weekend he could become the #1 target to fill the ATH spot in the class. With the staff seemingly cooling on VA ATH Joel Caleb, that might be the case even before the visit.

If Neal isn’t the dynamic offensive weapon Meyer is after for whatever reason, offers have also recently gone out to TN RB Brian Kimbrow and TX ATH De’Vante Harris, although those may just be cases of players too good not to try for- no matter how slim (very) the chances are.

Kimbrow is an absolute burner and one of the fastest players in the country while Harris is a top notch playermaker as well (although he could be looked at primarily as a CB).

It would be a lot simpler if Davonte Neal turned out to be “the man” after this weekend. A commitment would really drive that point home and be even better.

That seems unlikely at the moment, but getting kids on campus is the number one step in a successful recruitment, so we will see what happens.

Speaking of seeing what happens, David Perkins has been relatively difficult to get a read on so far. The speculation that he may want to play RB continues, but he is visiting Ohio State and they are recruiting him exclusively at LB- so there must still be some interest in playing LB on his end.

It will be interesting to see how the weekend plays out for Perkins and if the picture becomes a bit clearer in the coming days.

Finally there is Joey O’Connor, who hasn’t officially been offered by the Buckeyes, although that could change at any moment over the weekend.

Everyone knows that Ohio State is in search of tackles, and the revelation that O’Connor is being looked at as an interior linemen could seriously hurt his chances of being a part of the class.

On the other hand, his video is extremely impressive and if there is room for him (which the previously mentioned attrition makes more likely each day) he would be a much welcomed addition to the offensive line.

Once again, this weekend could tell the tale. In a few days we will know a lot more about his situation.

If the weekend comes and goes with no offer, the chances of O’Connor being in the class would take a major hit- although it wouldn’t completely eliminate the possibility.

That about sums up the latest news on visits (for a few days at least… I hope).

Take it all in, take a deep breath, and make sure to check back soon when the situation is almost sure to be completely different.

13 Comments

  1. JimNo Gravatar
    January 14th, 2012 at 8:34 am

    As always, make sure to check out our recruiting boards (2012, 2013, 2014) for links to the latest news on all of Ohio State’s offered players and targets.

    If I could pick a dream finish right now (which is a futile gesture given how quickly things are moving, see: Taylor Decker) I would go with-

    OL Kyle Dodson
    OL Taylor Decker
    OL Joey O’Connor
    LB Camren Williams
    LB David Perkins
    S/LB Bam Bradley
    CB Armani Reeves
    ATH Davonte Neal

    If that many players are going to get in, some more players will have to exit stage left, but the way things are going that seems not only possible, but likely.

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    JoeNo Gravatar
    January 14th, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I am not as thrilled with Perkins as some are right now. The good thing is there are two guys that came from Notre Dame staff where Perkins was originally committed too and can to speak to why the two split ways.

    I still think there could be another surprise or two over the next week or so.

    The best news of the whole article might be the news that Foster will be in town this weekend. He is right up there with Jalin Marshall for top players on the board for the 13′ class.

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    JimNo Gravatar
    January 14th, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Agreed about Foster, I just didn’t want to get too sidetracked by talking about it too much- which is all too easy these days with Meyer in charge.

    Foster is an electric playmaker (junior highlights) drawing comparisons to a guy named Ted Ginn Jr. Jumping out to an early lead with him would be huge.

    Also, I noticed that our best guess/wish lists are almost identical Joe- great minds think alike?

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  2. DaveNo Gravatar
    January 14th, 2012 at 9:51 am

    So many kids….So exciting to see so much interest by high quality young men just waiting to bleed scarlet and gray…Here’s to finishing STRONG.
    Great job letting us OLD BUCKS know what’s going on. I look forward to seeing more..

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  3. PaulNo Gravatar
    January 14th, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I hope they make another pitch for Kyle Kalis. He has wanted to play for Ohio State since 3rd grade. I think he’s been a bit brain-washed by the Michigan staff, but he’s sure bet. Dodson and O’Connor and these guys are fine, but none of them are Kalis.

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  4. GoodsonsNo Gravatar
    January 14th, 2012 at 10:37 am

    My top 5

    OL Kyle Dodson
    OL Taylor Decker
    LB Camren Williams
    LB David Perkins
    S/LB Bam Bradley

    runner-up O’Conner

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    jimNo Gravatar
    January 14th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Bam is probably out

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  5. jimNo Gravatar
    January 14th, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Bam is probably out.

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  6. RemNo Gravatar
    January 14th, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Thanks for the recruiting updates!!!

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  7. DougPetNo Gravatar
    January 15th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Say, where is Jordan Diamond in all of this? Why has he been left off of all of these posts?

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    JimNo Gravatar
    January 15th, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Well, mostly because he wasn’t visiting Ohio State this weekend and isn’t going to be visiting Ohio State anytime in the near future- which was the general theme of this update.

    Diamond is a wild card that won’t make a decision until very late in the process. Until that decision gets a bit closer, it really isn’t worth spending time fretting over.

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  8. DougPetNo Gravatar
    January 15th, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Yeah, except that fretting is one thing, while “dream lists” and “top 5″ lists are something completely different.

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    JimNo Gravatar
    January 15th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Ah, I didn’t realize you were talking specifically about the predicted finishes.

    Diamond isn’t included because we don’t think he will be a part of Ohio State’s 2012 class.

    I would strongly prefer Dodson and Decker at tackle, and they are much more realistic options at this point anyway.

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