Highly-ranked safety prospect Jayme Thompson (Toledo, OH) was expected to make a decision about where he would play football for the next four or five years sometime in January, but the emergence of the Ohio State Buckeyes in his recruitment has forced him to alter his prior arrangements.
"Ohio State really came into the picture now," Thompson said.
"Coach (Luke) Fickell came by the school this week. I'm coming down on the 29th (of January) for the Ohio State/Michigan basketball game to meet the coaching staff."
Thompson had his college choices narrowed down to West Virginia, Michigan and Notre Dame, but a late push from the Buckeyes and new head coach Urban Meyer has made him reconsider where he will continue his football career.
"The coaching change and the proximity to home," Thompson said.
"Coach Meyer is a proven coach and I know he's from around this area so I'm pretty sure he'll be recruiting the Northwest Ohio area and I'd like to be a part of that."
Although Thompson, who is the No. 15 prospect in the state of Ohio according to BuckeyeGrove.com, is delaying his decision for the time being, he still wants to make a commitment prior to the start of his senior season.
"I still want to make a decision fairly early," Thompson said, "because my team has a shot to win the state championship next season and I want to be focused on that."
Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State have yet to offer Thompson; however, he believes they will be coming shorty, as he already holds scholarship offers from West Virginia, Nebraska, Cincinnati, Bowling Green and Buffalo.
"(Michigan) is still a top school along with Notre Dame," Thompson said.
"I talk to (Michigan assistant) coach (Jerry) Montgomery a lot."
Although the Wolverines and West Virginia are likely the two favorites at this point, the Buckeyes have now thrust themselves into the picture, and Meyer's already strong recruiting presence will likely keep Ohio State in the mix for Thompson until he makes his final decision.
Another class of 2013 prospect with a rising interest in the Buckeyes is Crete Monee High School wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill.).
The 6'3" and 183-pound wideout hauled in 75 receptions for 1,400 yards and 18 touchdowns in his junior season, which caught the attention of some of the nation's elite programs.
"I have offers from Indiana, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Nebraska," Treadwell said. "Tennessee, Alabama, Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Vanderbilt (are also showing interest)."
Like so many other prospects across the country, the Buckeyes' hiring of Meyer is one of the main reasons Treadwell has begun to evaluate Ohio State a little bit more than he had previously.
"I think it was a great pickup for Ohio State," Treadwell explained. "I really like the spread offense and Urban Meyer ran that at Florida with Tim Tebow and all of those guys."
Treadwell plans to attend Ohio State's junior day as well as pay a visit to both Michigan and Michigan State this winter. There are no favorites for Treadwell at the moment, but has a top four of Michigan, Nebraska, Tennessee and Ohio State.
Do not expect a decision anytime soon for Treadwell, though, who is taking his time and carefully evaluating his top schools.
Zach Dirlam is the Lead Editor of College Basketball and Big Ten Columnist for the Fox Sports, MSN and YardBarker affiliate website Sports at Work. He is also undergoing a trial period as a Michigan Football Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Check out his blog, Dirlam’s Dirty Dugout Sports Blog, which features this story along with other articles and video reports on the major sports. Follow him on Twitter @ZachDirlam_SPAW!