For the second straight week we go all “in loco parentis” for SBP… here’s the soundtrack to match, from back in the day. Or as I call it, “The Day”.
In San Antonio, Ohio State once again found gold in the shadow of the Alamo, as Cleveland Glenville’s Marshon Lattimore verballed to become a part of the 2014 recruiting class.
Lattimore’s decision came as a part of the US Army All-American Bowl, and following a week where he’d continued to turn heads in both practice and scrimmages. Rated as the #1 athlete in the state of Ohio by most recruiting services, Marshon’s “offer list” included Southern Cal, Oregon, Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, and Georgia Tech.
While classified as an “athlete”, many target him as a corner at the collegiate level. Scouts highlight his speed and his ability to catch anything near him- I’m certain that the Buckeyes will find a way to get him on the field.
Today’s decision was seen by most to be a “lock” for some time now, although the other members of Glenville’s contingent in San Antonio were involved in several moments of speculation that the trio might end up at Kentucky or at one of the schools in that state up north.
Lattimore, for what it’s worth, was never seriously tied to any of these allegations, having seen Ohio State as his dream school. What’s made it interesting, though, is that he and Erick Smith have always pledged to go to school together… and if Smith was wavering, then perhaps Lattimore was as well.
After the jump, you can check out highlights from his Junior and Senior seasons: Read More
As a part of today’s Army All-American festivities, Ohio State’s defense received a verbal commitment from one of the top defensive backs in the country and a stand out in the state of Ohio.
Cleveland Glenville’s Erick Smith joined a long line of Tarblooders to don the scarlet and gray after a week where he excelled against some of the nation’s best athletes as a part of Army AA practices and scrimmages
Smith, a 6’1″, 185 pound safety led his Tarblooders team to the State Championship this year, and is described as a big hitter with solid hands who can play either the strong or free safety slots. At Glenville, he played on both sides of the ball and is a nifty runner with the ball in his hands.
Ranked as a “four star” prospect by most recruiting services, Smith held offers from Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Illinois, and West Virginia.
His announcement today was not without some drama/excitement, depending on your perspective. Rumors had swirled all week regarding several of the Glenville All Stars choosing a different path; first it was Kentucky, and then there were reports that Smith wanted to postpone making a selection on Saturday so that he could take additional visits to Michigan and Michigan State.
This went against thoughts that he and Marshon Lattimore has been a “package deal” who’d wanted to announce at the Army Game for quite some time (Lattimore will announce in the fourth quarter). So, even though the Buckeyes were the recipient of his verbal commitment today, don’t be surprised if this process draws out until NLOID. It’s the “Glenville Way”, and fans should just take rumors and reports with a grain of salt until ink is on paper in the WHAC.
When Smith reports to Columbus, he brings a skill set that the Ohio State secondary has been looking for all season; he may be a great replacement for fellow Tarblood Alumni Christian Bryant. You can see why in the highlights from the State Title game after the jump: Read More
Let’s talk a little bit about pipelines. No, not those kind- “pipelines” as in high school programs that have a long history of sending kids to a specific University due to good connections between their coaching staffs and administration.
While there are a lot of these for Ohio State, the most easily identifiable is Cleveland Glenville- since early in the 2000s, Coach Ginn has only seen two players from his school who held Ohio State offers choose to go elsewhere. It’s why Friday’s news regarding Chris Worley was awesome, but not surprising.
The understanding of a “pipeline” is what makes today’s announcement regarding the second member of Ohio State’s 2014 class so spectacular. As if it weren’t incredible enough to beat TTUN, knock them out of the ranks of the undefeated, and cost them a possible slot as the #1 team in the nation in basketball, Urban Meyer’s staff has now breached the “pipeline” that Detroit Cass Tech has historically had between that school and Ann Arbor. He joins Glenville’s Marcelys Jones in the 2014 class.
Webb was a participant in this year’s “Friday Night Lights” in Columbus, and was “dominant” in the 1 v 1 drills there. He was offered by both Ohio State and Michigan on the same day.
And they did so in the person of defensive back Damon Webb, a 4 star corner back who has been described as “lock down” in ability. At 6′ and 175 pounds, Webb’s recruitment came to an end at the game today, and he attributes his fit with the OSU Sports Industry degree program, his family’s comfort level with the University and coaching staff, and the persistence of Coach Kerry Coombs as being reasons for the decision.
Coach Coombs, who is notoriously passionate about life in general and Ohio State in particular, visited Cass every month and made an impression on Webb; particularly insightful, given that Coombs will be his position coach in two years.
Damon held offers from just about every school in the B1G as well as Mississippi State, West Virginia, and LSU- he’s expected to be one of the top players in that state up north for the coming season. After the break, check out his junior year highlights- please ignore the logo in the lower right corner: Read More
The big recruiting weekend for Ohio State barely got started when the first verbal was made; Cleveland Glenville’s Chris Worley has become the latest member of the 2013 Ohio State recruiting class.
An athlete who’s projected as a safety/linebacker (perhaps the “Star” position?), Worley held offers from Michigan State, West Virginia, Arkansas, and Pittsburgh among others. He’s listed as a three star prospect on most of the major scouting services.
Chris is a bigger defensive back, measuring in at 6’2″ and 185 pounds or so- it will be interesting to see where he ends up fitting in to Ohio State’s defense.
There was speculation for a while that Chris would be a part of this year’s class, due in part to the focus on defensive playmakers and due to the history that Glenville’s prospects have had in Columbus. He was initially scheduled to announce his decision in November, but that was delayed until today. There were rumors regarding his eligibility, but those were put to rest last week when he informed the school he’d made the scores necessary to enroll, if accepted.
It may be interesting to see if this decision has any impacts on, or is a reflection of, Georgia Safety Vonn Bell, who will be visiting Ohio State with his family this weekend. The Buckeyes are rumored to lead for his commitment.
After the jump, check out Chris’ highlights from this past season. Read More
Ohio State Recruiting- The Gift That Keeps On Giving.
This morning, Glenville Offensive Lineman Marcelys Jones called Coach Meyer and became the first member of Ohio State’s 2014 recruiting class. Most scouting services have him ranked as a four star recruit.
The 6’4″ junior weighs in at 32o pounds, so I’m guessing that he didn’t fit under the tree. Jones played offensive tackle for Coach Ginn, but some are projecting him inside when he reaches Columbus. Jones is the cousin of 2013 commit Donovan Munger
Marcelys held offers from Illinois and Indiana, and had significant contact with a number of B1G schools. As the first for the 2014 class, he’s already begun to talk about how he can be a leader in connecting with other athletes; he spoke about working on one of Ohio’s top ranked recruits, fellow Glenville teammate Marshon Lattimore. In addition, one of the nation’s best linebackers, Raekwon McMillan tweeted his congratulations to Marcelys along with the words “Don’t know him yet…” Marcelys commented later that he connected with Raekwon as well.
What makes this commitment most interesting is that it strays from “the norm” for Tarblooders- most wait until later in the process to give their commitment, due in part to Coach Ginn encouraging them to take other visits and allow coaches coming by to get to know their teammates as well.
The only film we could find on this young man was over at Rivals… you can check it out here.
Welcome to the Buckeye Family, Marcelys!
Unfortunately, as the title indicates, this update is full of more apparent bad news on the Glenville recruiting front.
If that weren’t enough, the most recent Buckeye recruiting buzz is of an impending offer to Illinois lineman Chris Bryant (teammates with 2012 line prospect Jordan Diamond, who is receiving early interest from Ohio State).