Ohio State Football Recruiting 2014: Updates on Commits, Visits and Offers
Make sure to follow this exclusive tracker from now until national signing day for the latest news and happenings surrounding Ohio State's 2014 recruiting class.
Here are lists of the Buckeyes' 2014 current commitments, top targets and scheduled upcoming visitors. Click here and select Ohio State from the college drop down menu to see where all the Buckeyes' recruits hail from.
All recruit rankings per 247Sports.com.
Friday, September 6
Four-star wide receiver Noah Brown, one of Ohio State's top targets, will be visiting Columbus this weekend for the Buckeyes' game against San Diego State.
According to Jeremy Birmingham of ElevenWarriors.com, Brown will be making his college decision soon:
'14 WR Noah Brown making an official visit to Ohio State this weekend - will decide soon after #Buckeye visit.— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) September 2, 2013
The 6'2", 212-pound athlete holds offers from schools such as Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, South Carolina and USC, but his two favorites are Ohio State and Rutgers.
Brown almost pulled the trigger and committed to Rutgers in August, according to Todderick Hunt of NJ.com, but rumor has it that a number of people in his support system favor Ohio State.
Now that Brown is visiting Ohio State, the Buckeyes' chances of landing the talented receiver have skyrocketed.
If the visit goes well, Ohio State could be getting its 18th commit soon.
Friday, August 9
McMillan's top six schools are Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Ohio State and Ole Miss. The 6'2", 242-pound linebacker will visit all but Ole Miss among his favorites.
The Buckeyes will host McMillan on Saturday, October 26 for the Penn State game. That contest will take place under the lights, so McMillan should take in an electric atmosphere.
Friday, July 26
Ohio State is hosting its annual Friday Night Lights recruiting camp tonight, drawing many of the nation's top recruits to the friendly confines of Ohio Stadium.
According to 247Sports.com, Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes aren't expecting anyone to commit, but the event could sway many of Ohio State's top targets in its favor.
Speaking of top targets, those expected to participate include 5-star prospects Curtis Samuel, Raekwon McMillan and Marshon Lattimore, in addition to 4-star safety Erick Smith. Eleven Warriors put together a tentative list of participants.
Meyer created this event back in 2005 in his first year with the Florida Gators. The event has hosted some notable participates, including Tim Tebow, Trent Richardson, Cam Newton, Joe Haden and Matt Elam.
Ohio State released a full schedule for the camp via its official website.
Check back tomorrow for a full recap.
Thursday, July 25
According to Mike Farrell of Rivals, Ohio State is the new leader for 4-star athlete Noah Brown:
Brown, who was trending Virginia Tech's way early, had a great time on his unofficial visit to Ohio State this week.
Holding offers from schools such as Michigan state, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Penn State, Rutgers, South Carolina and USC, Brown is one of New Jersey's top prospects. The outstanding athlete rushed for 847 yards and 14 touchdowns and also added 630 receiving yards and six touchdowns through the air last year.
Watch highlights from Brown's junior season here:
Tuesday, July 23
Urban Meyer found a diamond in the rough when Terry McLaurin camped at Ohio State in early June. Then a 3-star prospect, McLaurin stood out among a group of elite recruits and grabbed Meyer's full attention.
After committing to the Buckeyes one month ago today, McLaurin is one of the fastest-rising prospects in the country.
Read more about the recruit who is blazing his own path to Columbus here:
Wednesday, July 17
The 6'2", 211-pound prospect is considered by many as a wide receiver/tight end hybrid. Ohio State was widely considered Roberts' leader, but that changed last week when UCLA offered.
Roberts chose the Bruins over offers from schools such as Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State and USC. The 4-star prospect caught 34 passes for 413 yards and three touchdowns during his junior season.
Ohio State still has plenty of receiver targets on its board. The Buckeyes are still recruiting 4-star prospects Trevion Thompson and Mark Andrews, and they currently lead for 3-star receiver Will Dawkins.
The Buckeyes are also in good shape to land Mike Gesicki, a 4-star tight end out of Manahawkin, N.J. If Meyer was looking to plug Roberts in as a tight end, landing Gesicki would make up for this loss.
Friday, July 12
247Sports.com updated its recruiting rankings, and a number of Ohio State commits made a big leap up the board.
Who jumped the highest? Who fell the furthest? Which Buckeyes commit earned his fifth star after a stellar performance at The Opening?
Get all the answers, and much more, here:
Wednesday, July 10
Things have been relatively quiet on the recruiting front following Ohio State's takeover of The Opening, Nike's elite recruiting camp.
There were rumblings late last week that Jermaine Eluemunor, a 4-star JUCO prospect and current UCLA commit, would pull the trigger and flip to the Buckeyes, according to Land-Grant Holy Land. Eluemunor delayed his announcement, however, and plans to visit Alabama and Arkansas before making his final decision.
Although the Buckeyes are still the favorite to land the talented offensive tackle, it appears that things are starting to trend Arkansas' way.
Ohio State is receiving interest from a surprising prospect in Travis Rudolph. The 4-star wide receiver out of West Palm Beach, Fla. holds offers from programs such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Miami and Oregon, but the Buckeyes have emerged as a serious threat:
I'm told Ohio State is a real contender for 2014 WR Travis Rudolph. #Buckeyes doing some work down here.— Jeff Greer (@jeffgreer) July 9, 2013
Meyer's experience recruiting in Florida could pay off in the race for this talented athlete.
Tuesday, July 2
With 14 commitments already in the fold, Ohio State's 2014 recruiting class is filling up quickly.
Depending on transfers and early deflections to the NFL, Meyer and the Buckeyes only have between four and eight scholarships remaining for the '14 recruiting cycle.
With that in mind, here are the top remaining targets on Ohio State's board:
Friday, June 28
Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes have had an amazing eight-day stretch on the recruiting front, securing four verbal commitments from some of the top prospects in the country.
It started last Thursday when 4-star defensive end Jalyn Holmes committed to Ohio State. Meyer then picked up a pair of 3-star prospects in Stephen Collier (quarterback) and Terry McLaurin (wide receiver) over the weekend, giving the Buckeyes 13 commits.
Commit No. 14 came in on Thursday afternoon when 4-star offensive tackle Jamarco Jones pledged to the Buckeyes during a press conference held at his high school. Jones chose the Buckeyes over Michigan and Michigan State, his other finalists.
With the string of commitments, Ohio State has leapfrogged Michigan for the top recruiting class in the Big Ten, ranking No. 4 nationally behind Alabama, Texas A&M and Texas.
Saturday, June 22
Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes are on quite the recruiting roll.
Collier, a 6'4", 210-pound dual-threat quarterback out of Leesburg, Ga., chose the Buckeyes over offers from Boston College, Cincinnati and Wake Forest.
Read more about Collier's commitment, what he brings to the Buckeyes and whether this affects the recruitment of 4-star quarterback Brandon Harris here:
Friday, June 21
Jalyn Holmes, a 4-star defensive end out of Norfolk, Va., committed to play his college football for Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes Thursday night.
Holmes is rated the No. 4 defensive end by 247Sports.com and chose the Buckeyes over offers from 20 other programs around the country. Holmes' commitment give Ohio State's recruiting class 11 members.
Read more about Holmes' commitment and watch highlights from his junior season here:
Sunday, June 16
Kief, ranked the fifth-best prospect in Ohio by 247Sports.com, had over 25 offers from some of the top programs in the country. Many were predicting Kief to wind up with the home-state team, but a recent visit to Alabama swayed things for Nick Saban and the Tide.
Where do Meyer and the Buckeyes go from here? Which wide receivers are left on Ohio State's board? Find out more here:
Thursday, February 13
Barnett holds offers from schools such as Florida State, LSU, Nebraska and Tennessee, but the Buckeyes became an instant contender for his services the moment they offered. Barnett has strong ties to Ohio State as his grandfather played for the Buckeyes, according to Jordan Wagner of ElevenWarriors.com.
Ohio State also stands a good chance with Ruble. 247Sports.com lists Ohio State and Maryland as the two schools he's warmest to, despite 16 other offers from some big-time programs.
The Buckeyes, of course, have a huge need for offensive linemen in this recruiting cycle, and landing Ruble would be a solid addition to Ohio State's 2014 class.
Tuesday, February 11
Sean Nuernberger, a kicker/punter hybrid out of Buckner, Ky. who was born in Germany, committed to Ohio State Tuesday afternoon. Nuernberger made the announcement on Twitter:
It's done! Officially committed to play football for THE Ohio State University! #BUCKEYENATION— Sean Nuernberger (@SeanSeanThinks) June 11, 2013
Nuernberger had interest in schools such as Kentucky, Louisville, Notre Dame and Purdue, but the prospect of playing for Meyer and the Buckeyes was too good to pass up.
Read more about Nuernberger's commitment and how he became the 10th member of the Buckeyes' 2014 recruiting class here:
Tuesday, June 11
Meyer and the Buckeyes have had a rough recruiting stretch when it comes to offensive linemen.
Four-star prospects Jermaine Eluemunor, Jaden Gault, Alex Bars, Quenton Nelson and Sam Mustipher have all spurned the Buckeyes for other schools, and with Ohio State's need for linemen this year, Meyer needs something to turn the tide.
That could happen this weekend when 4-star JUCO tackle Chad Mavety visits Columbus.
Mavety is rated as the No. 3 JUCO prospect in the country, and if he were to commit to Ohio State, he would likely compete for the starting left tackle position the day he set foot on campus.
His visit this weekend could increase Ohio State's lead over schools such as Alabama, Florida and Oklahoma, but as it stands now, the Buckeyes are the unanimous choice for Mavety, according to the 247 crystal ball predictions.
Mavety has no intentions of committing this weekend, but he did tell Michael Chung of TheOzone.net that he could come to a decision soon:
Mavety thinks he could decide by August or September.— Michael Chung (@MChungOZone) June 11, 2013
Expect Meyer and the coaching staff to roll out the red carpet for Mavety this weekend.
Tuesday, June 11
Raekwon McMillan, a 5-star linebacker out of Hinesville, Ga., is one of Ohio State's top targets for the 2014 recruiting cycle.
Bleacher Report's Full Ride analyzed McMillan's film, compared him to a current NFL linebacker and made a prediction for his college decision in this video breakdown.
Monday, June 10
Jermaine Eluemunor, a 4-star JUCO prospect and offensive tackle, verbally committed to UCLA over offers from Alabama, Ohio State, USC and others Monday morning:
Eluemunor cut his list down just two weeks, with Ohio State making the cut, but the JUCO prospect was ready to pull the trigger and committed to UCLA.
Eluemunor picking UCLA might actually help the Buckeyes land Knox. Recruiting experts were split thinking Knox would either choose UCLA or Ohio State, but after Eluemunor's commitment, things are trending Meyer's way.
Monday, June 10
There are a ton of updates from a pair of high school football camps that took place last weekend.
First, there were a number of Ohio State commits and targets who participated in the Rivals100 5-Star Challenge last Saturday. Buckeyes commit Damon Webb had a fantastic outing, and targets such as 5-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan, 5-star tackle Damian Prince and 4-star tackle Demetrius Knox performed brilliantly.
The latter three, all of whom are being recruited hard by the Buckeyes, sported some variation of scarlet and gray:
So far 5 Star Tackle Damian Prince, 5 Star Raekwon McMillan, and 4 Star Demetrius Knox @ Rivals camp in Ohio State gear. Just saying!— jbook (@jbook37) June 9, 2013
Ohio State held a one-day position camp Sunday, and Buckeyes Targets Poona Ford (4-star defensive tackle) and Jonathan Hilliman (3-star running back) were in attendance. Ford in particular shined during the event, working directly with Ohio State defensive line coach Mike Vrabel, according to ElevenWarrios.com.
The Buckeyes will be hosting a number of camps this summer, bringing some of the elite talent in the 2014 class to Columbus. More updates to follow.
Friday, June 7
Camp season, an important recruiting tool for any school, officially begins at Ohio State this weekend.
That means a number of Buckeyes targets will be making their way to Columbus, in addition to various prospects looking to perform well enough to earn a coveted offer from the Ohio State coaching staff.
Jonathan Hilliman, a 3-star running back out of Jersey City, N.J., is one of the Buckeyes' top targets, and he arrived at Ohio State Friday afternoon:
We in Columbus now!!! — J B O O G I E™ (@Thrilliman23) June 7, 2013
Hilliman boasts an impressive offer sheet with schools such as Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin vying for the talented running back's services.
Watch highlights from Hilliman's junior season here:
Tuesday, June 4
Allen had offers from programs such as Alabama, Boise State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Tennessee, but he felt comfortable enough with Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies to pull the trigger and end his recruitment.
Oddly enough, this could end up being great news for Meyer and the Buckeyes. Find out how here:
Tuesday, June 4
See where the top 2014 recruits hail from—including a number of Ohio State's primary targets— with Bleacher Report's interactive recruiting map.
Monday, June 3
The regional Elite 11 camp and the Nike Football Training Camp held on the Ohio State campus last weekend brought some of the nation's highest-rated recruits to Columbus, giving Meyer and the Buckeyes a perfect opportunity to touch base with some of their top recruiting targets.
Before putting on a show at the Elite 11 Camp, 4-star quarterback Brandon Harris was taking in the sights on his unofficial visit. Harris had a good time in Columbus—meeting Archie Griffin, Braxton Miller and Meyer can have that effect—and the talented signal-caller came away impressed with Ohio State, according to ElevenWarriors.com.
Da'Shawn Hand—a 5-star defensive end and the nation's top-ranked recruit—was also on campus for an unofficial visit. Despite two visits to Columbus, the Buckeyes are still far behind Virginia Tech and Michigan in Hand's recruitment, via SBNation.com, and as of now, it seems very unlikely that Meyer will land this talented defensive end.
Finally, the Buckeyes sent out an offer to 4-star offensive guard Damien Mama.
Mama is a massive 6'5", 340-pound prospect out of Bellflower, Calif. who holds over 25 offers. It appears as though USC has a substantial lead for Mama's services, via 247Sports.com, so Meyer has his work cut out for this offensive lineman.
Friday, May 31
There's a bit of good news and some bad news to report on the Ohio State recruiting front today.
The good news: 3-star wide receiver Will Dawkins told Jamie Newberg of Scout.com that Ohio State is his current leader (subscription required). Dawkins landed an Ohio State offer just last week, and the speedy, physical receiver is also considering offers from schools like Louisville, Michigan State, NC State and South Carolina.
According to Zach Clark of LandGrantHolyLand.com, Dawkins intends to visit Columbus this summer, "Right now Ohio State is my No. 1. I will probably go see them this summer."
Being the favorite for this talented receiver takes some of the sting off the bad news, as one of Ohio State's top targets is off the board.
Of course, Meyer and the Buckeyes' coaching staff won't stop recruiting Kitt, but it would be a surprise to see him waver on his commitment to Clemson.
Wednesday, May 29
Ohio State made the cut:
Here are my top 5 (no order):Notre DameOhio StateOklahoma StateTexas A&MUCLA twitter.com/KyleAllen_10/s…— Kyle Allen (@KyleAllen_10) May 28, 2013
The Buckeyes became a major player in Allen's recruitment the moment they offered him, and Meyer thinks the 4-star prospect could be Ohio State's version of Alex Smith, according to LandGrantHolyLand.com.
Allen is set to visit Notre Dame next month, per his 247Sports.com profile. The Buckeyes will have to wait to get this 4-star quarterback on campus for a visit, so making his short list will have to do for now.
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