It’s Independence Day, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with some stars… of the recruiting variety.
Four star big man Daniel Giddens has become the most recent member of the Buckeye hoops class of 2015, after giving his verbal to the staff this afternoon and continuing the Buckeye recruiting roll for the week.
That’s 14 “stars” this week alone… as Mark Pantoni would say- “Booooom!”
The 6′ 10″, 230 pound young man from Marietta Georgia held offers from the home Bulldogs, Florida, Indiana, Louisville, Arizona, and the Kansas Jayhawks. He’d been considered an Ohio State “lock” for a while now, but brings a much needed interior presence to Thad Matta’s squad.
According to scouts, he’s still raw in terms of his offensive tools- mostly a big dunker, but he thrives on the defensive side of the court. His quickness and size make him an excellent rebounder and shot blocker.
After the jump, you can see highlights from his time at the NBA Top 100 event and another mix tape of his greatest hits (thus far), and can get a bit of a look at what has the Buckeye coaching staff excited. Read More
It’s time for Buckeye Nation to smile with the commitments of 5 star LB Justin Hilliard and 4 star DE Jashon Cornell. These highly rated and recruited players are the latest addition to the class of 2015 and are looking forward to “terrorizing offenses” together. The fact they have developed a strong relationship with each other, current players and fellow recruits only will bolster this ELITE 15 class. Landing these two today should be considered a great day in Ohio State recruiting.
Hilliard, who attends St. Xavier High, had narrowed his college choices to Alabama, Notre Dame, Iowa, Ohio State and Michigan in May. But today he went with his heart and chose Ohio State. Coach Urban Meyer is putting in work in regards to keeping the fence up around the Buckeye border.
The 6’2″, 230 pound linebacker also held offers from Penn State, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Texas A&M, and will participate in Nike’s “The Opening” competition/expo later this summer.
Hilliard possesses a great get off and can really take over as a pass rusher. He can also play the pass with his speed and agility he can match up with running backs and tight ends. He’s not a top five player in Ohio on just about everyone’s list without reason. After the jump (and introduction of his future teammate), you can see why Buckeye fans are excited to have him on board.
For Cornell, a 6’4 and 260 pound defensive end from Cretin-Durham Hall (Minn.) High School also developed a great relationship with Larry Johnson, particularly given all of the Defensive Line talent Coach Johnson has developed over the years. You also have to figure Coach Johnson is just as excited to have a player of this length, quickness and athletic ability, not to mention he has the frame to allow Coach Marotti to put that much need muscle weight on him.
Cornell and Hilliard had discussed playing together quite a bit recently, comparing their friendship and on the field abilities to the Baltimore Ravens’ (sorry, Bengals/Browns fans) Terrelle Suggs and Ray Lewis. He also held offers from Notre Dame, Alabama, Michigan State, Penn State, Michigan and Oklahoma, and will be joining Justin at The Opening, albeit on different teams.
Are you ready to watch them in action? Click through for highlights on both of the newest Buckeyes!
Another day, another verbal, as Ohio State’s Camp Season continues to reap benefits.
Today, 6’6″, 285 pound Grant Schmidt became the fifth member of the “Elite ’15″ class for Ohio State, giving the Buckeyes his verbal following an excellent showing at yesterday’s skills camp.
Schmidt, from Roosevelt High in Sioux Falls, South Dakota was timed at a 4.9 40 yard dash earlier at the year… that’s moving, for a player projected to be an offensive tackle.
The Buckeyes were but one offer that the four star Schmidt held; he also received interest from Minnesota, Cincinnati, Iowa State, North Carolina, and Washington State. He is the first Buckeye to hail from The Mount Rushmore State.
According to our friend Jeremy Birmingham, Schmidt tested at a 4.7 agility and with a 29 inch vertical during camp on Sunday, enough to impress the coaching staff and have an offer extended. Today’s tour of the campus and academic support conversations with his parents were all that was necessary to seal the deal for the Buckeyes’ latest commitment.
After the jump, you can check out the highlight package leading into his senior year… pretty nice footwork, if you ask me: Read More
The Buckeyes finally break the cold streak with an in-state athlete, and have received a verbal from Athens Ohio’s Joe Burrow.
You read that right… Athens. His father is the defensive coordinator for the Bobcats, so you know that Brady Hoke is confused about this recent development.
A three/four star quarterback, Burrow is ranked as one of the top QBs in the state, and held offers from Boston College, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, Minnesota, and NC State. He was the 2013 Gatorade Player of the Year in Ohio as well.
The 6’4″, 205 lb senior at The Plains Highschool in Athens is the first QB that Ohio State has added to the 2015 class. It’s expected that they will add one additional player at this position, and it’s believed that Torrance Gibson is still high on their list to fill that slot.
After the jump, check out what Burrow brings to the table: Read More
As I am typing this, we are currently sitting at two commits in Eric Glover-Williams and Jamal Dean for the 2015 class. I have been saying there is not a need to panic and I am still saying it. We are in on so many national recruits that I refuse to look at it in any other way. Now if we are at two recruits in October or November, I’m sure my outlook would change.
I thought I would touch on a few recruits that I think end up in this class:
A few tidbits that might interest you: Read More
Great news after a great weekend for Ohio State, the 2015 Recruiting Class has just added its second verbal commitment.
Jamel Dean from Cocoa High School in Florida announced this evening that he had verballed to the Scarlet and Gray, joining Eric Glover-Williams in next year’s class.
A defensive back, Dean is rated as a four star recruit by most services. He currently is 6′ 1″ and 180 pounds, and held offers from Miami, Florida, Mississippi State, and Temple.
He camped at Ohio State over the summer, and visited the campus unofficially in October. Interestingly enough, quotes to Eleven Warriors’ Jeremy Birmingham addressed an issue close to many B1G programs’ hearts:
“I’m most likely leaving Florida. They play NFL football in Ohio, New England and Wisconsin. I know most people want to stay in Florida because of the weather, but I like doing new things so I don’t mind leaving Florida.”
You can check out his highlights on Hudl.com at this link… pretty exciting opportunity for the young man and the Buckeyes.
Welcome to the Buckeye Family, Mr. Dean!