Noah Brown Is A Buckeye!!!!

Written September 9th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Speed + Power

And then, there were 18 for ’14.

Today, New Jersey four star receiver Noah Brown announced that he had verballed to Ohio State, choosing the Scarlet and Gray over the home Scarlet Knights of Rutgers. Our friend Jeremy Birmingham at Eleven Warriors had the announcement first.

Brown was a visitor this past weekend for Ohio State’s victory over San Diego State, and judging by his twitter feed he had a great visit. While he was expected to make his announcement later this week, the coaching staff is certainly excited to welcome him a few days early.

Brown is expected to play the “X” receiver role at Ohio State, although he plays defensive back and running back at Pope John XXIII High in Sparta New Jersey. At 6’2″ and over 200 pounds, it’s anticipated that he will meet Coach Meyer’s desire to have a receiver with good size on the field.

As mentioned, the other finalist for Brown’s services was Rutgers, but he also held offers from Michigan State, Penn State, Notre Dame, Nebraska, South Carolina and Southern Cal.

After the jump, you can see what others have commented on in his highlight video- his ability to break tackles: Read More

Curtis Samuel is a Buckeye!

Written August 16th, 2013 by Jim

Curtis Samuel with Urban Meyer at Friday Night Lights.

New York athlete and offensive dynamo Curtis Samuel has announced he will be a Buckeye, becoming the 17th member of Ohio State’s 2014 recruiting class.

Samuel has been at the top of Urban Meyer’s recruiting board for quite some time which, needless to say, makes this a nice addition for the team.

Coach Meyer took over this recruitment personally and expects Samuel to play the ‘pivot’ position on offense in Columbus- or the “Percy Harvin position” as it is commonly known.

After a stellar performance at The Opening and a visit to Ohio State for Friday Night Lights, Samuel made a quick return visit to Rutgers before announcing his decision.

Rated as a 4 to 5-star prospect by the recruiting services, he joins the embarrassment of riches that Ohio State is currently collecting on offense.

After watching his highlights, it is easy to see why he was a priority in this recruiting class for Urban Meyer.

Those highlights below the jump.

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Malik Hooker Is A Buckeye!!

Written July 29th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

And the latest member of the Ohio State University 2014 Recruiting Class is… a four star safety from New Castle Pennsylvania!

A bit of a surprise, as Malik wasn’t a part of the Friday Night Lights contingency this past weekend, but his choosing to be a part of the OSU class will certainly bolster the team at a couple of positions.

Hooker plays both safety and receiver for New Castle, and keeps a “pipeline” of sorts between the WPIAL and Ohio State. He held offers from Michigan State, Pitt, Penn State, Arizona, West Virginia, and Michigan, according to 247 Sports.

Malik is a 6’2″ 185 pound “athlete”, but will more than likely see time at Safety for the Scarlet and Gray. Luke Fickell was his primary recruiter, and will want to keep him on the defensive side of the ball- although Coach Meyer loves players who can be a part of multiple positions. He’s also a basketball standout, but will focus on football while in Columbus.

After the jump, you can check out his highlights from both his junior season and his work during the recent National Select 7 on 7 competition, which had one Scout reporting that-

Hooker dazzled on both sides of the ball all day long, and didn’t disappoint throughout the seven games he played. He was the top wideout among the 32 teams in attendance with speed, decisive route-running and top-notch hands. He capped his day with a one-handed touchdown grab over a pair of defenders in the end zone.

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Demetrius Knox Is A Buckeye!!!!

Written July 28th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

After a week of “interesting” stories for Buckeye Nation, how about some great news- Texas lineman Demetrious Knox has become the latest member of the 2014 recruiting class!

The one time Texas verbal has been rumored to be a Buckeye lean for a while, and even cited Braxton Miller as his favorite college football player. However, Knox is quite the player himself, and seemed to love the recruiting process, teasing Ohio State fans with tweets like “Even if I end up at UCLA, I’ll always be a Buckeye…”.

That being said, his relationship with Coach Meyer, his family in the Buckeye State, and his desire to be a member of Ohio State’s football team ultimately won the day, and he became the 15th member of this class.

The Bruins were rumored to be the remaining top suitor for the 6’3″, 290 pound lineman from Fort Worth, but his “offer list” reads like a “Who’s Who” of college football elite: Alabama, Florida State, Florida, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Texas, aTm, LSU and Miami all sought to have Knox join their team.

Knox is projected as an interior lineman, and is rated as a four star by most recruiting services. By now you know the drill- click through to check out his game film and see what he brings to the Scarlet and Gray. Read More

Ohio State Recruiting: FNL Primer

Written July 23rd, 2013 by Jim

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Ohio State’s premiere recruiting event, Friday Night Lights, is scheduled to take place at the end of the week.

That means the Buckeyes will be looking to put the final touches on the 2014 recruiting class while getting the ball rolling on some early 2015 targets.

Based on the visitors list, it seems there will be more of a focus on the ’15 class. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing as the 2014 class is clearly coming into focus and the Buckeyes are in great shape to finish strong.

Here is a rundown.

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Ohio State Recruiting: 4th of July

Written July 4th, 2013 by Jim

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After months of neglect I have finally gotten around to updating the 2014 Recruiting Board.

As it turns out, trying to track all of the “verbal offers’ that go out these days is not a part time job.

However, with 14 verbal commitments and most of the summer camps in the books, the 2014 class is starting to come into focus for the Buckeyes.

Things have certainly changed since the last update in April. Here is a quick look at where things stand.

 

 

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Jamarco Jones Is A Buckeye!!!

Written June 27th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

At The Game, 2012. Photo by Josh Winslow

While Ohio State’s recruiting for 2014 has been chugging along quite admirably, there have been some who continued to be concerned regarding the  ability to “close” with highly touted offensive line talent.  Given the targets that have chosen to go elsewhere rather than Columbus thus far in the recruiting season, and given the fact that TTUN is stockpiling linemen like their head coach surely did with Twinkies during the recent Hostess bankruptcy, there was plenty of ammo for armchair recruiting gurus to add to their paranoia.

Hopefully, though, today’s announcement has made huge steps to allay those worries.  Offensive tackle Jamarco Jones from De La Salle highschool in the Chicago area ended much speculation and became the 14th member of the 2014 recruiting class.

Even better, in the minds of some, are the “bridesmaids” of this decision. While Jones is a top recruit nationally, it was perceived by many to be a Michigan/Michigan State/Ohio State decision, with all three schools receiving visits from Jones in the past few weeks.He was believed to have been an Ohio State lean for a while, but these recent visits didn’t help sooth the minds of those who enjoy worrying about things.

His other offers, if you’re interested in that sort of thing, were from Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Stanford, UCLA and Oklahoma, among others.

Jones’ measurables: 6’5″, 285 pounds, and a 4.2 GPA. You can see why Stanford was interested in him as well. He joins Marcelys Jones and Kyle Trout in a group that could grow by at least two more before February’s NLOID.

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Terry McLaurin Is A Buckeye!!

Written June 23rd, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Off And Running

Coach Meyer, from Day One, has indicated that he wants players who will compete to earn their honor, their respect, and ultimately victories. Today, he received a verbal commitment from a student athlete who did just that.

Indianapolis Cathedral’s Terry McLaurin initially attended an Ohio State camp in early June, as was told at that time that there were some specific areas of his game that would need to be addressed prior to receiving an offer from the Buckeyes. He returned to Columbus this past weekend, and on Friday was told that he had done what it took to be considered for a part of the 2014 class.  He gave his verbal to the Scarlet and Gray shortly thereafter, and becomes the 13th member of the 2014 class.

At this point, his recruitment has flown a bit under the radar. Categorized as a “three star” by most recruiting sites, what’s not questioned is his speed- he won the “smokehouse” for receivers at Ohio State’s camp.

While at Cathedral, his junior campaign saw 820 yards and 12 touchdowns on 33 receptions to go with two punt return TDs as well. The 6′ 175# receiver held offers from Indiana and Purdue, as well as Iowa, Cincinnati, Boston College, and Missouri.

After the jump, you can see the effort that Terry brings to his high school program and the speed that made Ohio State coaches so excited about his potential: Read More