Pryor May Be Done With Visits
January 27, 2008 11:00 pm EST
The nation's top prospect, quarterback Terrelle Pryor has no more official visits scheduled according to Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Charlie Batch. As he is heavy into his basketball schedule right now, it is unlikely that he will have time for any more visits prior to signing day February 6th. Pryor has made official visits to Ohio State and Michigan only. He has been reported to consider other schools such as Penn State, LSU and Oregon. Let the speculation began but meany folks in the central Ohio area believe he will be a Buckeye this fall.
In addition to his football skills, he is also an accomplished basketball player. Saturday night he reached 2,000 career points. Some believe he plans to play both football and basketball in college. We might as well set back on this one as we will not know for sure until a week from Wednesday.
As a bonus note, offensive coordinator Jim Bollman took a trip this weekend to visit Josh Jenkins, and things look very promising there.
Two More Prospects Look to the Buckeyes
January 13, 2008 9:15 pm EST
Glenville High School continues to produce attractive prospects, and it looks like one more player will becoming a Buckeye. Fullback candidate Jermil Martin committed to the Buckeyes 2008 recruiting class. This is coming at the same time that safety Zach Domicone of Beavercreek, Ohio decided to add his name to next year's freshman.
Martin, 5 feet 11, 220 pounds, picked Ohio State over Iowa and West Virginia, but it appears the decision was easy once OSU offered him a scholarship. The same goes for Domicone, who despite being 6-3, 215 with sub-4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, had been overlooked by most major schools. He received a scholarship offer from Nebraska in December, then suddenly received offers from Oklahoma and Ohio State on Friday.
Martin, meanwhile, joined Glenville teammate Shawntel Rowell, a defensive tackle, as a member of this year"s OSU class. During the past seven years, Glenville has produced 10 other players signed by Ohio State.
Year-End Look at 2008 Recruiting Class
December 30, 2007 10:15 pm EST
Look for Ohio State to fill the remaining spots in the 2008 class with 3 or 4 prospects from the following list...
--Terrelle Pryor, QB - I still think Pryor ends up at Ohio State and think the Michigan talk may be a smoke screen. I still won't say it's a done deal, but I think OSU definitely has the best shot.
--Josh Jenkins, OL - All signs are pointing toward a Buckeye commitment. I'm more confident about Jenkins than Pryor, but I think OSU gets both of them.
--Cory Liuget, DE - Liuget committed to Illinois but now appears to be giving a OSU a hard look. OSU appears to want to add another DE in this class.
--Keith Wells, DE - Wells committed to Florida State but like Liuget, is now considering Ohio State. I think there is a decent chance the Bucks get either Liuget or Wells, but not both of them.
--Aundre Dean, RB - With there some talk that Devoe Torrence may not end up at OSU, the Bucks may want another RB in this class, but it's probably a longer shot that Dean ends up in Columbus.
--Brandon Harris, CB - Harris is a big time corner prospect with offers from OSU, Florida, LSU and many other top programs. Unlikely that Harris ends up at OSU, but still a possibility.
--"Mystery Prospect" - Usually one or two prospects come out of nowhere and into play late in the process. We shall see. And as we mentioned before, Dublin Coffman's Steve Gardiner has been offered a chance to grayshirt and be part of OSU's 2009 class, but OSU could sneak Gardiner into the 2008 class if there is room. - Brent
Buckeyes Get Another Verbal Commitment for 2008 Class
December 18, 2007 9:00 am EST
It was reported Monday night that Shawntell Rowell (DT/OL), Cleveland Glenville, committed to Ohio State to be part of the 2008 class. Rowell tipped the scales at a hefty 350 pounds when he attended the San Antonio Junior All Star camp last winter. But even at that weight, many of the top O-line prospects at the camp (including some current Buckeye verbals) had major problems blocking Rowell. Since then, it has been reported that Rowell has dropped quite a bit of weight and has gotten his grades/test scores in order. Rowell reminds some people of former Buckeye Dan "Big Daddy" Wilkinson. Wilkinson too had weight issues in high school, but as Buckeye fans know, those issues went away and Big Daddy went on to be the first player selected in the 1994 NFL draft. Rowell may have as big of an upside as any Buckeye commit for 2008. Had it not been for weight and grade/test score concerns, Rowell would have been thought of as a top 10 prospect in the state, at a minimum.
Cleveland Glenville WR/ATH Cordale Scott will play his college ball at Illinois. Scott had an offer from Ohio State, but unlike most Glenville kids with OSU offers, Scott chose to go elsewhere. It's also possible that OSU, with 16 current verbal commitments for 2008, no longer had room for Scott. We'll probably never know for sure.
There has been some "behind the scenes" talk that Devoe Torrence may not be part of OSU's 2008 class. None of the major recruiting outlets have reported that this is (or is not) the case, so we will have to wait and see what becomes of
this. - Brent
Will Pryor Follow the WVU Coach?
December 17, 2007 10:30 am EST
Rich Rodriguez taking over the Michigan job may put UM in the picture, in terms of landing Terrelle Pryor, but I still feel the Buckeyes are the team to beat here. Pryor has made some comments recently talking about how Ohio State may not be the best fit for him, from an offensive scheme prospective. But Pryor may simply be trying to throw the dogs scent off here. He seems to like the attention and the recruiting "game". It's definitely not a given, but I still feel Ohio State lands Pryor and for the first time, I now feel Ohio State is the team to beat for Josh Jenkins' services. I had thought Jenkins would stick with his early decision to attend WVU, but with Rodriguez moving on, I think Jenkins ends up wearing scarlet and gray. Jenkins is not a sure thing either, but I like OSU's chances with both Jenkins and Pryor. - Brent
DE Looks To the Buckeyes
December 1, 2007 9:00 am EST
Willie Mobley, a defensive end from Eden Prairie, Minn., made a verbal commitment to Ohio State yesterday. He became the 15th member of the class of 2008. As reported by the Columbus Dispatch, Mobley had received more than 30 college offers, and made his final decision between Ohio State and Minnesota.
Mobley is 6 feet 2, 260 pounds, with times at 4.85 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He was rated the No. 2 prospect in Minnesota by Rivals.com, and the No. 9 strong side defensive end nationally. He finished his junior season with 74 tackles and 12 sacks. Eden Prairie won a state title last weekend, a game in which Mobley rushed for a touchdown.
Sabino verbals to Ohio State
November 9, 2007 8:30 am EST
Ohio State landed a major commitment as linebacker Etienne Sabino announced last night that he chose the Buckeyes over Southern California. Sabino, who is 6 feet 3 and 230 pounds, from Miami Krop High School, made his announcement on ESPNU. According the Tim May of The Columbus Dispatch he picked Ohio State for many reasons, one being that he wanted to leave the state and broaden his horizons.
"I just think Ohio State is a great place for me," said Sabino, who visited the weekend of the Michigan State game. "I like the people there, the coaches, and I really got along well with the players. I am very fired up. I am very happy with this decision."
Recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts.com said Sabino is the No. 1 inside linebacker prospect in the country, according to ESPN.com, and the 19th overall prospect. Rivals.com has him ranked 49th overall.
"This is huge for Ohio State, because everybody talks about the Southeastern Conference speed and all that, and the Buckeyes just went down there in their territory and got one of the faster, more talented linebackers in the country," Kurelic said.
Sabino's teammate, cornerback Travis Howard, picked Ohio State two weeks ago. Sabino said Howard's decision had nothing to do with his, "but knowing that Travis is going there is definitely an upside now."
Pryor Makes His First Official Visit to Ohio State
November 5, 2007 3:15 pm EST
Quarterback/Athlete Terrelle Pryor, considered by some to be the top overall prospect in the nation for 2008, took his first official visit this weekend, attending the Ohio State - Wisconsin game. Head Coaches Thad Matta and Jim Tressel took in Pryor's football game a week ago Thursday. Pryor would like to try to play both sports at the college level. Sources close to Pryor's recruitment have indicated that OSU is going to be pretty tough to beat for Pryor's services. Is it a done deal? No. West Virginia and Florida are not going to go away quietly in this battle and Pryor probably won't be announcing a decision for another two and half months. - Brent
Thomas Becomes 12th Member of 2008 Class
October 21, 2007 12:30 am EST
Lamaar Thomas of Fort Washington, Md. has just become the twelfth member of OSU's class of 2008. Thomas, 5 feet 11, 170 pounds, announced his commitment on ESPNU. With a reported sub-4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Thomas said the OSU coaches promised him he could run track, too. He is projected as a receiver and returner with Ted Ginn Jr.-like potential, much like Ray Small was advertised. According to recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic, he is one of the top skill position players in the country, with the type of speed all teams look to find.
Future of the 08 Class
August 10, 2007 5:30 pm EST
The DiLillo commitment would appear to leave OSU with 5 more 'ships to give for '08 unless, or maybe I should say "until", current players leave the program early. On the horizon, here are some prospects that may fill the remaining spots in this class: Cordale Scott (WR/ATH), yet another top notch Cleveland Glenville prospect thought to be a heavy Buckeye lean; Shayne Hale (OLB/DE), elite prospect from Monroeville, PA that would be a huge get for OSU and (as of 7/31) appears to be favoring OSU; Terrelle Pryor (QB), the consensus #1 overall prospect in the country from Jeannette, PA, who favors OSU (as of 7/31); Lamaar Thomas (ATH), a versatile athlete from Ft. Washington, MD that the OSU coaches are high on; Willie Mobley (DT), from Eden Prairie, MN who (as of 7/31) appears to be leaning toward OSU; and Josh Jenkins (OL), the elite O-lineman prospect from Parkersburg, WV. If OSU does not land Hale, look for OSU to sign another DE in this class. Currently, the only DE in the fold for '08 is Nathan Williams. The numbers on the current roster are lacking at DE with Walter Dublin and Ryan Williams leaving the program this summer. Also, one would think there is a decent probability that Vernon Gholston leaves for the NFL after this season . And who know, a big year out of Lawrence Wilson would probably interest NFL teams, with his size and frame.
Rivals List Has Good News for Buckeye Fans
August 7, 2007 2:00 pm EST
The new Rivals 100 recruiting ranking is out and the Buckeyes have 7 verbal commitments on the list: Mike Brewster #8, DeVier Posey #27, Devoe Torrence #37, Garrett Goebel #74, JB Shugarts #82, Jake Stoneburner #93, and Mike Adams #96. Also there are three other players that seem to be favoring Ohio State on the list as well: Terrelle Pryor #1, Shayne Hale #20, and Lamaar Thomas #34. Landing 10 out the top 100 prospects would make for quite the class. Interesting to note that 64 of the 100 prospects have already verbally committed to a school. That number (for August) is extremely high.
Tight End Nic DiLillo Makes Ohio State His Choice
July 31, 2007 8:00 am EST
Ohio State lands another top recruit from the state of Ohio as Madison star Tight End Nic DiLillo commits to Coach Tressel and the Buckeyes. Previous stories had circulated that he had originally committed to Clemson, then later changed his mind in favor of Pittsburgh. But now he says he wants to be a Buckeye.
DiLillo, the 6' 5", 245 lbs senior, becomes the 11th member of OSU's 2008 class.
OSU lands their First Defensive Tackle of 2008 Class
July 28, 2007 8:00 am EST
Highly rated tackle from Montini High School in Illinois, Garrett Goebel, is now part of the 2008 Buckeye recruiting class. It came down to Ohio State and Michigan, but in the end he felt more comfortable with Ohio State. He was also quoted as saying it was hard to choose between the two because he really didn't see anything negative at either place.
Considered a top prospect, Goebel is ranked as the No. 63 best player in the country by Scout.com. In addition he is ranked No. 8 in the Midwest by Scout.com, receiving over 27 scholarship. His final four schools were Illinois, Michigan, Ohio State and West Virginia.
Goebel becomes the 10th member of OSU's 2008 class.
TBGUN land Kevin Koger
July 19, 2007 4:30 pm EST
Ohio State made the list of the final two (sound familiar) but in the end, Toledo Whitmer tight end Kevin Koger chose Michigan over Ohio State. We hate to lose any of the good ones but especially to TBGUN. Click here to go to our tribute page to 'THE' Game.
McCarthy Decides on Notre Dame
July 17, 2007 10:00 am EST
Youngstown Cardinal Mooney safety Dan McCarthy has chosen Notre Dame over Ohio State. The Buckeyes had made McCarthy's final two, but there is some speculation that the depth at safety on Ohio State's roster may have played a role in his decision. McCarthy also has a brother that plays for the Fighting Irish that certainly helped the Irish in this battle as well. McCarthy is rated as the 8th best safety prospect nationally according to Scout.com.
Two top prospects may be deciding shortly between Ohio State and Michigan. One is Toledo Whitmer tight end Kevin Koger who is thought to be leaning toward Ohio State, although this could change. Scout.com rates Koger as the 7th best TE prospect nationally. The other is Lombard, Illinois defensive tackle Garrett Goebel. Goebel visits Ann Arbor this weekend and his decision could go either way. He rates as the #3 DT prospect nationally on Scout.com's board. These are certainly important recruiting battles for OSU, as a Buckeye loss translates into a Michigan gain.
Ohio State remains the leader for Jeanette, Pennsylvania quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who is the consensus #1 prospect in the nation. But don't look for any decision soon, as Pryor wants to wait until the New Year to decide. It is important to note that this is not a slam dunk for Ohio State; West Virginia and Penn State will not go away quietly and January is six months away. - Brent
Top QB Prospect is still Considering Ohio State
July 8, 2007 4:00 pm EST
Terrelle Pryor is a 6-foot-6, 215-pound star quarterback (and basketball forward) about to enter his senior year at Jeannette (Pa.) High School, about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh. Rivals.com and USA Today have named him the nation's No. 1 football recruit. Scout.com considers him No. 2, behind linebacker Arthur Brown of Wichita, Kansas.
"He's a freak athlete," said Dublin Coffman offensive lineman and Ohio State 2008 commitment Mike Adams, who recently watched Pryor during the Buckeyes' summer camp. "We saw him on the basketball court in the Woody Hayes Center and he was doing some outrageous dunks with ease."
Duane Long, recruiting editor of Ohio High magazine and Bucknuts.com, said Pryor "is better than (former Texas star) Vince Young at the same point in their careers."
These days, being a coveted high school player attracts an avalanche of attention. Being the coveted high school player -- a quarterback who might instantly be a household name -- takes the recruiting fever to a whole different level. Part of the problem is that Pryor has been relatively slow to narrow his list. Out of 50-75 scholarship offers, his choice is down to 11 schools, including Ohio State. Buckeyes fans hope he finds a home here.
Last season, Pryor had 1,676 yards rushing on 197 attempts (8.7 average) and 1,732 yards passing on 92 completions in 163 attempts. In basketball, he averaged 20.8 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks. It's not every day Ohio State is seriously in the hunt for a player of this caliber.
"I'd say you'd have to go back to Ted Ginn (Jr. in 2004); he's that good," Long said. "As far as quarterbacks, he's higher rated than Justin Zwick was. He may be the highest rated player (considering Ohio State) since Art Schlichter. He's one of those unique guys that you'd remember for a lifetime."
But first things first; his decision. Also on his list besides Ohio State are Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia. And until he makes up his mind, he and his family will continue to let the calls go straight to voice mail.
On Brent Baver's top 100 national recruits, this in #1. (see below)
Sweat chooses OSU over the Irish
May 31, 2007 7:45 pm EST
Ohio State gained a commitment from highly regarded linebacker recruit Andrew Sweat of Washington, Pa. Sweat, who attends Trinity High School in Washington, picked OSU over Notre Dame, his other finalist. He also had considered Penn State, Pittsburgh, Michigan, Florida and Louisiana State, among a host of other schools before narrowing his list in the past two weeks. Sweat (6 feet 3, 225 pounds) had 159 tackles last season. He becomes the ninth member of the 2008 OSU class. Coach Tressel said there should be around 15 by signing day in February.
Sweat is the 9th member of OSU's 2008 class.
OSU Gets Another Commitment with Nathan Williams
April 25, 2007 6:00 am EST
Late last night, OSU got their 8th commitment when Nathan Williams of Miami Trace accepted the offer from Coach Tressel. Williams is the first linebacker in the 2008 class. The Ohio Football Recruiting News has him rated 12th overall in the state. - Gregg
JB Shugarts of Texas Commits to OSU
April 24, 2007 6:15 pm EST
According to reports from Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio State landed its second offensive-line prospect in two days when J.B Shugarts of Klein, TX, considered the second-best line prospect in the Lone Star State by a couple of recruiting services, made his intentions known.
The commitment of Shugarts, 6 feet 7, 299 pounds, came one day after that of Michael Brewster, 6-6, 305 pounds, of Orlando (Edgewater), Fla., on Monday. And they joined earlier class member Mike Adams, 6-8, 305 pounds, of Dublin Coffman, who announced for OSU in March. All three are considered blue-chip prospects.
Shugarts picked OSU over Louisiana State, Texas A&M, Florida and Oklahoma, among others. He is the seventh member of the 2008 OSU class, with the coaches still in pursuit of at least two more high-profile line prospects: Josh Jenkins of Parkersburg, W.Va.; and Kyle Long of Charlottesville, Va. Long, also an accomplished pitcher, might opt to try pro baseball, depending on how things work out in the upcoming amateur draft.
Shugarts was #13 in the country on our B50 watch list for the class of 2008 (see below). - Gregg
Florida Lineman Michael Brewster Commits to OSU
April 23, 2007 1:15 pm EST
Ohio State picked up another recruit today as offensive lineman Michael Brewster went public with his commitment, according to Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch.
The 6-foot-6, 305-pound tackle from Orlando (Edgewater), Fla., chose OSU over Florida as well as Alabama, Southern Cal, Louisiana State and Michigan.
"I'm going to Ohio State because I feel at home there," Brewster said by phone in between classes this morning. "Being there is like a feeling of family for me."
He becomes the sixth member of the OSU recruiting class of 2008 and the second high-profile lineman, joining Dublin Coffman's Mike Adams. A third big-time lineman could join them in the next day or two. J.B. Shugarts of Klein, Texas, reportedly has made his decision, though he has yet to announce it. Both Brewster and Shugarts attended the OSU spring game this past weekend. With that performance the incoming freshman may believe there is playing time available right away.
Brewster was #19 in the country on our B50 watch list for the class of 2008 (see below). - Gregg
Another Torrence Commits to the Buckeyes
March 21, 2007 7:00 am EST
In his article this morning in the Columbus Dispatch, Tim May announced that Devoe Torrence will join his brother at OSU and be part of the 2008 recruiting class. Devoe, a running back from Canton South becomes the 4th OSU recruit for next season. During his junior season he gained 981 yards on 100 carries and scored 20 touchdowns. He is the 2rd best prospect in the state according to Bill Kurelic of The Ohio Football Recruiting News. Devoe is considering transferring to Massillon his senior season but has not made a final decision.
Posey Commits to Ohio State
March 14, 2007 8:00 am EST
As reported by the Columbus Dispatch, DeVier Posey yesterday signed a national letter of intent with Ohio State. A receiver who just started playing football last year for Cincinnati LaSalle, had hoped to announce his intentions today, but the secret did not hold as the Buckeyes gained the services of what Ohio Football Recruiting News editor Bill Kurelic said is the No. 1 receiver prospect in the state.
Posey’s decision gives the Buckeyes the state’s top players in three categories this year, Kurelic said. On Saturday, they gained a commitment from Dublin Coffman’s Mike Adams, one of the elite offensive line prospects in the country. Two weeks ago, Westerville Central kicker/punter Ben Buchanan, the No. 1 specialist in the state, committed.
Class of 2008 : National Top 100, an Early Look
February 12, 2007 1:45 am EST
Buckeye 50 founder Brent Baver has been doing his homework, and is now ready to share his National Top 100 for the class of 2008. You can also keep an eye out for his Top 50 from Ohio, as well as our 'best of the rest' segments, but for now we can enjoy Brent's research as we take our first look at next year's crop of prep stars.
I have been reading all of Brent's work here on our web site concerning recruiting going all the way back to 2001. He does a great job and if you read our original pages from the previous years, you can see that there is a great deal of validity to what was published on Buckeye 50, even though there is no perfect formula on this stuff. But in spite of that, Mr. Baver wanted to include the disclaimer "I am not a recruiting expert. Aside from watching a few video clips here and there, I don't see the prospects play. However, I have spent quite a few hours (so far) in 2007 reading everything I could find on the 2008 class. The ranking is a very inexact science, but is based on other top 100 lists available, scouting reports, offers, etc."
I am sure you will enjoy his work as much as I and who knows, we may be publishing the names of the next generation of stars and you saw it here first! - Gregg
Buckeye 50 Class of 2008 National Top 100
By Brent Baver
Coming Soon : Class of 2008
January 30, 2007 2:00 PM EST
Can we be thinking about 2008 class already? You bet we are! Here at Buckeye 50, we are already thinking about what is available for the class of 2008. Our recruiting expert, Brent, will be providing us his Top 50 Ohio prospects. and the top 100 National candidates. Be sure to visit often for updates. As always, we appreciate your continued support of our site. - Gregg