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Another Michigan Player Sees the Wisdom to Head South
February 8, 2009 9:30 pm EST

Most recently, Craig Krenzel made his way south of the border to join the Scarlet & Gray and make Michigan pay.  We have not had enough of those types.  Perhaps the next one will be Reid Fragel, a 6-foot-7, 260-pound tight end from Grosse Pointe South.  He was one of the 25 new Buckeyes that will be joining the squad this fall.   

Tressel Very Positive on this Year's Class
February 5, 2009 5:00 pm EST

When Ohio State coach Jim Tressel finished counting heads, he said he liked the depth and breadth of the 25-player 2009 class he and his coaches signed this year on signing day.

"I think this is an outstanding group," he said.

The recruiting services which rank such things generally agreed. The OSU class seemed the consensus No.4 in the country according to those rankings as night fell.  That's because the OSU class was led by several blue-chippers, including running back Jaamal Berry of Miami (Palmetto), Fla., linebacker Dorian Bell of Monroeville (Gateway), Pa., and offensive lineman Marcus Hall of Cleveland (Glenville). It features 14 players from Ohio and 11 from  six other states, including three each from Pennsylvania and Florida, and it's group that, for now, sports 13 potential offensive players and 12 on defense.

What it didn't sport was defensive back/running back Justin Green of Louisville (Male), Ky. He committed to OSU long ago but in the past few days changed his mind and signed with Illinois due to the promise of more of a chance to play offense.  It also didn't include blue chip receiver Marlon Brown of Memphis (Harding Academy), Tenn., who late yesterday afternoon picked Georgia over Ohio State and Tennessee.

But Tressel preferred to dwell on the ones who signed with the Buckeyes. He said he was impressed by the overall skill of many of them, such as Jamie Wood of Pickerington Central; Corey Brown of Monroeville (Gateway), Pa.; Chris Fields of Painesville (Harvey), Ohio, and receiver James Jackson of Grand Ledge, Mich., players who could end up playing on offense, defense and specials teams.

"The thing about this class is there are a lot of guys with good skills who can catch well, run well, and are good learners," Tressel said. "Most importantly, they want to be at Ohio State."

But if Green hadn't bolted and Marlon Brown had said he wanted to be Buckeye, OSU might have had to deal with too much of a good thing, Tressel said. The Buckeyes could not have handled more than 26 due to NCAA limitations.

"We kept saying to ourselves, it works out," Tressel said. "As it turns out, this class was a perfect size for us."

It includes four players -- linebackers Storm Klein and Zach Boren, fullback Adam Homan and offensive lineman Jack Mewhort -- who already are enrolled. Wood, Jackson and cornerback C.J. Barnett of Clayton (Northmont), Ohio will join them in the spring.

Buckeyes Will Head Into 2009 25 Players Stronger
February 4, 2009 6:00 pm EST

The Buckeyes started the day with the hopes of getting 27 new players.  They had 26 stallions in the stables and were still trying to land one more thoroughbred.  As the morning rolled on, most of the early commitments were happily signing their LOI's and faxing them to OSU.  But defensive back Justin Green decided after a visit to Illinois this past weekend that he would play for the Illini.  As for the last star, Marlon Brown, it was between OSU and Georgia as the deadline approached, but in the end, he decided to become a Bulldog.

Still in the end, Ohio State signed 25 high school seniors in what may be one of the best classes in the Tressel era, on paper anyway.  As we all know, the real test will come in the fall when they hit the field.

As National Signing Day came to an end Scout.com rated Ohio State #1, just ahead of Alabama.  Rivals.com, ESPN.com and CNN/SI.com each rated the Buckeye's class of 2009 as the 4th best in the country. 

Glenville Star Marcus Hall Will Be a Buckeye
February 2, 2009 6:00 pm EST

Today Cleveland Glenville offensive lineman Marcus Hall became the 26th member of the 2009 Ohio State recruiting class.  He had visited Tennessee over the weekend and also had been considering Miami and Michigan among other colleges.  Hall is considered the top line prospect in the state by recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts and is the fourth offensive lineman to join the class. One of those, Jack Mewhort, already is enrolled at Ohio State.

Hall, at 6 feet 6, 300 pounds, is considered to be one of the blue-chip prospects nationally, rated No.52 overall by Rivals.com and No.5 among tackles by Scout.com.

His commitment leaves the Buckeyes waiting on word from just one other prospect, receiver Marlon Brown of Memphis (Harding Academy), Tenn. Brown has revealed little in the past few weeks in terms of preference, though it's thought that his top five -- in no particular order -- are OSU, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi.  He is not expected to reveal his choice until national letter of intent signing day Wednesday.

Another QB Turns Down OSU
January 29, 2009 8:30 am EST

Quarterback Austin Boucher of Kettering (Alter), Ohio, said this afternoon that after quick but thorough consideration he turned down the scholarship offer from Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel.

Boyd Chooses the Tigers
January 28, 2009 5:30 pm EST

Tajh Boyd announced today that he is committing to Clemson. Boyd, a dual-threat quarterback who was the co-MVP of the recent U.S. Army All-American game, made his choice known during a news conference at his school.  That means Ohio State likely won't sign a quarterback this year. They have just two scholarship QBs on the roster, returning starter Terrelle Pryor and Joe Bauserman.  According to a report from the Columbus Dispatch, the Buckeyes might try to change the mind of Austin Boucher. A state-championship winner from Kettering (Alter), Ohio, Boucher is committed to Toledo but had been a late courting target of the Buckeyes.

Boyd was the highest ranked QB who had yet to commit, although he had previously committed to two other schools.  He verbaled to West Virginia long ago and was looking forward to going there. But he and his father, Timothy Boyd, noted some changes in the direction of the offense under first-year head coach Bill Stewart and Tajh Boyd withdrew his commitment.  Next he committed to sign with Tennessee. Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer then resigned, and it was the Volunteers and new coach Lane Kiffin who withdrew their commitment to Boyd, telling him he did not fit their move to more of a pro style offense.  That left Boyd as a free agent in December and Ohio State quickly jumped into the chase. With offensive coordinator Jim Bollman and co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell first leading the way, the Buckeyes made inroads. Boyd also was said to be impressed with Nick Siciliano, who has been filling in for quarterbacks coach Joe Daniels, who is battling cancer.

Two days after returning from the Fiesta Bowl loss to Texas, OSU coach Jim Tressel made an in-home visit with Boyd, proving he was a top priority in the final month recruiting for the Buckeyes, who already had 24 commitments in the bag.  Boyd also took official visits to Oregon and Clemson. He said he was impressed by what both schools had to offer, Oregon with its wide-open spread offense and Clemson with its similar approach under recently elevated head coach Dabo Swinney, who took the place of the fired Tommy Bowden at midseason.  Apparently, the less settled situation at quarterback on the Clemson team was a major factor. Though the Tigers have four QBs already on the roster, they lost their starter from 2008.

It is Ohio State vs. Clemson for Boyd
January 27, 2009 5:00 am EST

No one knows for sure so we will all just wait until tomorrow when quarterback Tajh Boyd of Hampton (Phoebus), Va. Boyd claims he will announce his decision at 5:00 pm.  Those closest to him are leading everyone to believe it's down to Ohio State or Clemson. 

Boyd, the co-MVP of the recent U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio, is one of the few remaining targets for the Class of 2009 which already has 24 verbal commitments.  Ohio State is still contenders for offensive lineman Marcus Hall of Cleveland (Glenville), who visited the University of Miami over the weekend, as well as receiver Marlon Brown of Memphis.

Boyd and Hall Top OSU Wish List
January 19, 2009 7:30 am EST

We are just putting the finishing touches on the 2008 season and we are only a couple of weeks away from signing day.  Ohio State has 24 names lined up for its 2009 football class, but action on the recruiting front has only gotten more intense. As we hit the final stretch, we are still in the mix for at least four top prospects. Among them are quarterback Tajh Boyd of Hampton, Va., and offensive lineman Marcus Hall of Cleveland.  The Buckeyes also are actively pursuing blue-chippers in defensive lineman Corey Adams of Scottsdale, AZ., and receiver Marlon Brown of Memphis, TN.

The Buckeyes need a top-rated lineman such as Hall, of Glenville High School. With just two scholarship quarterbacks slated to return from this year's team, freshman starter Terrelle Pryor and redshirt freshman Joe Bauserman, they also need a quarterback, especially one with the running/throwing talents of Boyd.  Boyd took an official visit to Oregon in December, one week after doing the same at Ohio State.  

We may not know for sure exactly which school Tajh Boyd will pick until he signs on the bottom line.  Originally, he committed to West Virginia, then changed his mind after watching the Mountaineers change their offensive approach. Boyd next committed to Tennessee but then was told by new coach Lane Kiffin that the Volunteers intend to move toward a pro-style offense that probably did not suit Boyd's talents.  At this point Ohio State moved into the picture with Oregon.  The Ducks have run that scheme for a while. Boyd planed to announce his choice during the Army High School All-American Game in San Antonio, but decided to make an additional visit to Clemson. 

Hall, meanwhile, said his top three, in no particular order, are Ohio State, Illinois and the University of Miami. He also said he intends to visit LSU, Illinois, Miami and Tennessee in January.

"I always wanted to take all of my official visits," said Hall, who visited Ohio State last month. "I already have a good read on Ohio State. I wanted to get out there and look at the different schools for myself, because I need to make the decision I think is best for me."

At OSU, he would be able to get into the playing mix right away.

Considering that Adams and Brown are rated as four-star prospects by Rivals.com, their chances of making an early impact wherever they go are good. Adams is deciding between OSU, USC and Arizona State.  Brown lists Tennessee, OSU, Georgia, Florida and LSU as his top five, in no particular order, with the Volunteers thought to be the lead school.  

Sam Longo Joins Class of 2009
July 14, 2008 9:00 pm EST

Bellbrook (Ohio) offensive lineman Sam Longo has become verbal commitment No. 24 for the Buckeyes.  The 6-foot-5 and 260-pound Longo  committed to Ohio State over scholarship offers from Penn State, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Florida State, Miami, Stanford, Purdue, Louisville, Wake Forest and many other colleges across the country

Newsome Jumps off the Bus and on to the Bandwagon
June 25, 2008 8:15 am EST

Isn't everyone who is anyone jumping on to the OSU recruiting bandwagon?  Remember the days when players would finish their senior season in high school and then start looking for a college to attend?  That might still be the pattern for the recruits attending Purdue.  After all as of today, they have one verbal commitment for their class of 2009.  Iowa has two, Illinois has four and Northwestern is right their in the mix with their 4 recruits.

As of this morning, Ohio State has confirmed that Jonathan Newsome of Glenville High School has become the 23rd member of the Buckeye class of 2009, and we are still a month away from fall practice for the 2008 season.  Newsome was on the Ted Ginn Sr. tour bus, traveling the country attending football camps all over the Midwest.  But he must have seen enough and came home early.  His visits included stops at schools such as Toledo, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Indiana, Purdue and Illinois.

The yearly limit for scholarships is 25 so the Buckeyes are getting to that number fast, with six verbal commitments in the pat 5 days.  We may be close to finishing the process for the 09 class, although we can extend that number if there are any players who decide to enroll early.

Nice job by our own Brent Baver.  Within a week of his June update being posted, 6 names from his list have signed.  Perhaps his crystal ball can now tell us the final score of the USC game!  

22 Players Have Now Provided Verbal Commitments to the Buckeyes
June 23, 2008 10:00 pm EST

It has certainly been a productive weekend for the football Buckeyes.  I am sure there are recruiting experts out there that are 'wetting their pants' over the haul of potential recruits that talked like they will sign with Ohio State in February.  It is still too early to tell how many might defect, but as it stands now, we have a pretty full class.  And it is beginning to look like you have to have 4 stars to get invited to this party.  Either that or you have to 'know somebody'.  It seems like everyone these past few days was either related to a former Buckeye, or is a high school teammate of another recruit.  

First, Ohio State received their verbal commitment from Justin Green, brother of former Buckeye Marcus Green.  But the news did not stop there.  Ohio State's football recruits kept increasing in numbers this afternoon when Pennsylvania's Corey Brown picked the Buckeyes, followed by Dublin Scioto defensive back Bradley McDougald.  Brown, a wide receiver and defensive back from Monroeville (Gateway), Pa., became the 21st pledge to OSU's 2009 recruiting class, and McDougald became No.22. 

Brown made his announcement at a mid-afternoon press conference. He had a long list of options, ranging from Michigan, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame to Alabama and West Virginia. In the end he said his final three were OSU, Pitt and Michigan.  He was the second player from his school to choose OSU in the last six weeks, joining blue-chip linebacker prospect Dorian Bell.

Carlos Hyde Gives the Buckeyes Their 12 Commitment with 4 or More Stars
June 22, 2008 7:30 pm EST

Just three days after Brent submitted his June Update, two of the names mentioned have expressed their desire to play for Coach Tressel. Sources have confirmed that Carlos Hyde provided his verbal commitment to be a Buckeye this afternoon, giving Ohio State 19 members in their class of 2009. Hyde is the second running back to verbal to the Buckeyes this year and he is the 12th Buckeye recruit for 2009 to be rated with at least four stars in Scout’s newly published rankings.  Hyde is rated the No. 1 fullback in the nation.

The list of schools that reportedly offered Carlos a scholarship included Purdue, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Louisville, Miami, Florida and Florida State. 

Son of Cris Carter Picks Ohio State
June 21, 2008 9:00 am EST

Thursday, Brent brought you the prediction, today the announcement was made that it was reality.  Duron Carter, son of former Ohio State receiver Cris Carter, accepted a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes on Friday, June 20, giving the team 18 verbal commitments among seniors-to-be.  The 6-foot-3, 180-pound receiver from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is the 73rd-ranked wideout nationally. He picked OSU over South Florida, Auburn, Wisconsin, West Virginia and LSU.

2009 Ohio State Football Recruiting - June Update
June 19, 2008 7:30 pm EST

Brent Baver provides his insightful update to the 2009 class of recruits.  We all have read about the players already committed.  Brent brings us the next names that may be added to the list of future Buckeyes. 

The 2009 Ohio State recruiting effort has certainly kicked into gear early this year.  Currently, Ohio State has 17 commitments and another 2 or 3 may be right around the corner within the next four days.  Carlos Hyde, the big running back from Naples, Florida will be visiting and sources say that a commitment is imminent.   Hyde is rated as the #1 fullback in the country by Scout.com.  You may be familiar with another player who was Scout.com’s #1 rated fullback in back in 2006, a kid by the name of Chris Wells.  Like Wells, look for Hyde to play tailback at the next level. 

Wide Receiver Duron Carter, son of former Buckeye great Cris Carter, is on his way to Columbus as well and will attend Ohio State’s senior camp on Friday, June 20th.  Ohio State looks pretty tough to beat here and a commitment may come Friday or later in the weekend. 

Another prospect that will be visiting Ohio State on the 20th for the senior camp is cornerback Corey Brown from Monroeville, Pennsylvania.  Brown is rated the #8 cornerback nationally by Scout.com, and hails from the same high school as current Buckeye verbal Dorian Bell.  One would think that connection certainly helps.  Will Brown commit this weekend?  It seems very possible. 

Who are some of the others that may be Buckeyes when it’s all said and done?  Well, one elite prospect that the Buckeyes appear to have a very good shot at is Cleveland Glenville’s Marcus Hall.  Hall is rated as the #4 offensive tackle nationally, and a 5-star recruit, by Scout.com.   Ohio State usually fares well when they offer a Glenville kid and will likely be very tough to beat here. 

Another 5-star recruit the Buckeyes are in on is running back Jaamal Berry, from Miami, Florida.  Ohio State appears to be the leader here, but may not have as good of chances as they do with the four aforementioned prospects mentioned. 

Continuing with the 5-star recruits interested in Ohio State, next is Chris Watt, an offensive lineman from Glen Ellyn, Illinois.  Sources say Ohio State wants to add four O-linemen in this class, and finishing it off with Hall and Watt would certainly be big.  Ohio State appears to be the leader for Watt’s services. 

If Ohio State is unable to land Hall or Watt, the Buckeyes could offer another in state O-lineman like John Prior from Portsmouth or Sam Longo from Bellbrook, Ohio.  Prior has a pretty nice looking offer list and will be camping at Ohio State.  Longo attended today’s camp session at Ohio State and the Buckeyes appear to be interested. 

Who else is likely to end up in Ohio State’s 2009 class?  Vlad Emilien (safety, Plantation, FL), Jonathan Newsome (DE, Cleveland Glenville), Justin Green (CB, Louisville, KY), Bradley McDougal (S, Dublin Scioto), Brandon McGee (CB, Plantation, FL), and Pat Muldoon (DE, Cincinnati St. X) appear to be the most likely candidates to fill out a class that will likely end up with 25 or more signees.   

Also, the Antonio Henton transfer rumors have been circulating since Terrelle Pryor signed with the Buckeyes in March.  If Henton were to leave, Ohio State may look to land a QB in this class.  One QB that has apparently caught the eye of Buckeye coaches is Patrick Nicely from Willoughby, Ohio.  Nicely attended a Buckeye camp earlier this month and has a handful of offers from MAC schools.  Ohio State may want to see Nicely play this fall before deciding to offer or not. - Brent

Adam Bellamy Joins the OSU Class of 2009
June 11, 2008 8:15 pm EST

After thinking about Coach Tressel's offer for a day, Adam Bellamy yesterday became the 17th commitment to OSU's 2009 recruiting class according to recruiting sources.  In 48 hours, he'd gone from hoping to gain an offer from the Buckeyes to having one.  Apparently he made a great impression at the OSU football camp.

Bellamy, a senior-to-be defensive lineman for Aurora, had just given his all the day before at Ohio State's summer camp. Aurora coach Bob Mihalik said OSU coach Jim Tressel wanted Bellamy to call him.  When he did, Tressel offered him a scholarship.  Several schools had already offered him a scholarship including Northwestern, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Boston College, Vanderbilt and several Mid-American Conference schools. But OSU and Michigan were showing increased interest, and three days before he had planned to visit Michigan, he committed to OSU.

Another Michigan Prospect Becomes 15th Commitment for Class of 2009
May 28, 2008 9:30 pm EST

Tight end Reid Fragel, 6 feet 8, 258 pounds, of Grosse Pointe, Mich., said he has picked the Buckeyes over Michigan State according to 'Buckeyextra'. Michigan was looking at him to fill voids at the Tackle position.  Part of the reason he chose the Buckeyes is that he wants to catch the ball.  He attended the Spring Game and then spent the last month making sure he was comfortable with the decision, "then I decided to pull the trigger and commit," Fragel said. He joins Michigan product James Jackson, a wide receiver from Grand Ledge, in OSU's 2009 class.

Recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts said Fragel's decision "is significant, because he was the first tight end the Buckeyes offered, and they wanted to get at least one tight end with this class." Kurelic has Fragel rated No. 3 among tight end prospects in the Midwest.

OSU Gains a Michigan Recruit but Loses One to Penn State
May 13, 2008 6:00 am EST

Next February's signing day may prove to be very interesting and may be the only time we really know who will sign with who.  James Jackson, a top receiving prospect of Grand Ledge, Mich., committed to Ohio State's 2009 football recruiting class, according to early reports from the Columbus Dispatch.  But it was not between the Buckeyes and the Wolverines competing for his playing services.  He actually picked OSU over UCLA. He said Michigan had faded from his list after Lloyd Carr retired as coach last year and was replaced by Rich Rodriguez.

With 4.31-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Jackson (6 feet, 175 pounds) likely was coveted by Rodriguez for his spread-option offense.  But he said he likes the offense Ohio State runs, too.

"I decided to commit just because of the feeling I had inside all along since the first time I went to the Ohio State campus in March," Jackson said. "The feeling never really went away. I just feel like Ohio State is the place to be."

Jackson had 30 catches last season, three for touchdowns.

"This is big for Ohio State for several reasons," recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic said. "One, Jackson is one of the top receiver prospects in the country. Two, he's the No. 1 receiver in Michigan, which leads you to No. 3, it's another victory by Jim Tressel over Rich Rodriguez."

Jackson is the 14th member of the 2009 class, which took a hit during the weekend when defensive back Darrell Givens of Indian Head, Md., changed his mind and committed to Penn State. He had pledged to Ohio State the day of the spring game in April.

Another Recruit from Ohio Commits to the Scarlet & Gray
April 30, 2008 10:45 pm EST

Another Boren will play for the Buckeyes.  Zach Boren became the 14th commitment to the Ohio State football recruiting class of 2009 this morning.  Boren from Pickerington Central, follows in the footsteps of older brother Justin, who last week confirmed that he is transferring from Michigan to Ohio State. Zach Boren (6' 1", 240 pounds) is considered an outside-linebacker prospect and is rated third among linebackers in Ohio, according to recruiting expert Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts. Boren's stock has been on the rise, and coaches from Michigan were interested in him despite his brother's recent departure.

Offensive Lineman Becomes 13th Member of the Class of 2009
April 28, 2008 9:30 pm EST

It appears that Terrelle Pryor will be well protected for the next four years. 

Offensive lineman Corey Linsley from Youngstown became the 13th commitment to Ohio State's 2009 class, according to OSU recruiting expert Bill Kurelic.  The 6' 4", 275-pound Linsley reportedly picked the Buckeyes over Stanford, though he also had offers from several other schools.  With his commitment, Ohio State is poised to make a clean sweep of the top three offensive line prospects in Ohio.

Linsley, meanwhile, is ranked No.154 by Rivals.com; Scout.com rates him as the fourth-best offensive guard prospect nationally.  Brent has him ranked as the 15th best prospect from Ohio.

Who is the Gentleman Now?  OSU Grabs a Recruit Away form Illinois
April 24, 2008 8:00 pm EST

Last week there was a lot of discussion in Big Ten circles about whether or not there was an unwritten rule in recruiting between teams within the conference.  Rich Rodriguez had signed a player that had originally committed to Purdue.  Well in the last couple of days, Coach Tressel has signed a starting lineman from Michigan and received a verbal commitment form a player originally planning to go to Illinois.

According to reports from the Columbus Dispatch, Garfield Heights defensive end Melvin Fellows just orally committed to the Buckeyes.  Fellows had committed to Illinois in December, but that was before his highlight tape had been widely circulated. Since his commitment, he had collected offers from OSU, Michigan, Notre Dame and Southern California.

"It was just the right time," Fellows said of announcing his switch. "That's where I wanted to be, and it would be pointless to make other visits."

Fellows, 6' 5", 245 pounds, is ranked as the #29 prospect in the nation by Rivals.com. He is the fourth player to commit to Ohio State in the past six days, and the 12th member of the Buckeyes' class of 2009.

Fellows was #3 on Brent's list of top players from Ohio.

Ohio State Taps Into Pennsylvania Once Again with 11th 2009 Commitment
April 22, 2008 5:30 am EST

First they received a commitment from Dorian Bell, then Ohio State reached into Pennsylvania again as Jordan Hall voiced his interest yesterday as well.  Hall is a running back from Jeannette and was a teammate of Terrelle Pryor.  Both made their decision after attending the Scarlet and Gray game in Ohio Stadium.

"When I walked down into Ohio Stadium, the feeling I got, it was just phenomenal," Bell said. "When I was there, I felt like I never left home, it was so great there."

Bell is the #22 overall prospect in the nation for Rivals.com and had more than 30 scholarship offers, including from Penn State, Michigan, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Alabama, West Virginia and Virginia Tech.  This could be another blow for Coach Paterno's fate in Happy Valley.  Ohio State is making the most of this situation.

Buckeyes Add Two More Players to their Class of 2009
April 21, 2008 5:00 pm EST

Linebacker Dorian Bell of Monroeville (Gateway), Pa., announced at his school this afternoon that he has committed to the Ohio State recruiting class of 2009.  Bell, 6 feet 2, 220 pounds, is the 10th member of the class that could number 22 or more on signing day in February. He also promises to be a prominent member of the group.

He is considered a five-star prospect by Rivals.com, which has him No.22 overall nationally. With reputed 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, "He has the whole package," said Bill Kurelic, longtime recruiting analyst who is now with Bucknuts.  Bell is considered the top prospect in western Pennsylvania, which means in two recruiting seasons now the Buckeyes have swept that category. They signed Terrelle Pryor in March to the 2008 class. The quarterback also was ranked No.1 nationally by several recruiting services.  Coach Paterno can not be happy about this, we KNOW the PSU alumni are not pleased.  In addition to Penn State, Bell considered offers from Michigan, Alabama, West Virginia and Virginia Tech. But he indicated to many he was leaning heavily OSU’s way after attending the Buckeye’s spring game on Saturday in Ohio Stadium.

Also in attendance at the Spring Game Saturday was Darrell Givens.  The defensive back from Indian Head, Md also made the decision to join the OSU class of 2009  The 5' 10", 174 pounder picked Ohio State over Oklahoma, Penn State and Oregon.  He is considered the 159th best prospect in the nation by Rivals.com

Class of 2009 Top 50 Ohio Prospects
March 9, 2008 8:00 pm EST

The Buckeyes are still hoping to get one more addition to the class of 2008 and Brent is already working hard to get you the big names of the class of 2009. Below is a link to his early rankings of the top 50 prospects in Ohio.  If you take a look at the bottom of the list, you will see there is only 46 prospects at this time, but this is to give him some flexibility as we add the final names to the list.  Be sure to stop back later to catch the latest updates.  Click here for the most current list.  Below is a sneak peek at the top 3 names. 

1. John Simon DT, Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, 6-3, 275 – strong as an ox; some think Simon is the best DT prospect in Ohio in years; 3.7 GPA; #3 DT prospect nationally per Scout.com; #38 overall prospect nationally per Rivals.com; chose Ohio State over offers from Illinois, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Stanford. 

2. Marcus Hall OL, Cleveland Glenville, 6-5, 294 – prototypical tackle prospect; huge wing-span; #2 OT prospect nationally per Scout.com; #24 prospect overall nationally per Rivals.com; Ohio State, Alabama, Illinois, Michigan, Iowa offers; Ohio State is probably the team to beat here, but it is not a given that Hall will automatically be a Buckeye. 

3. Melvin Fellows DE/DT, Garfield Heights, 6-4, 245 – NFL body with a great motor; frame to fill out to DT size; #10 DE prospect nationally per Scout.com; Michigan, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Virginia, Marshall, Notre Dame, Illinois and Ohio State offers; verbally committed to Illinois; Ohio State is still recruiting Fellows and may have a legit shot to pull him away from Illinois. 

Buckeyes Again Add to their Defensive Backfield
February 27, 2008 1:00 pm EST

On February 24th, Ohio State received their 8th verbal commitment for 2009, Pickerington Central's Jamie Wood.  Wood goes 6-2, 190 and projects as a safety at Ohio State, although he could also get a look at WR.  Wood has a good size frame and could actually fill out to linebacker size, although he prefers safety.  When it's all said and done, Wood will likely be considered a top 10 prospect in the state of Ohio.  At one point, Wood was overshadowed, from a publicity standpoint, by his teammate Patrick White, a highly touted DB/WR and son of former Buckeye Terry White.  But Wood picked up offers from Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Stanford, Miami (OH), Northwestern, Cincinnati, and Ohio State, and is overshadowed no more.  (Brent has Wood ranked 9th among the top players from Ohio this year)  - Brent   

Defensive Back Commits for 2009 Class
February 19, 2008 7:30 pm EST

Chris Fields today became the 7th commitment to the Ohio State class of 2009.  Fields, the 6 feet 1, 181 pound wide receiver from Painesville (Harvey), verbally agreed to play for the Buckeyes as soon as he received his scholarship offer. He has been timed at 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the National High School All-Star Combine workouts at the Cleveland Browns facility in Berea.  Fields, the first receiver in the next OSU class, accounted for more than 1,800 all-purpose yards last season.

Of the top Ohio candidates, Brent has ranked Fields as his 7th best recruit.

Defensive Back Commits for 2009 Class
February 11, 2008 6:00 am EST

Defensive back CJ Barnett announced at the OSU/Indiana basketball game to the coaches that he is committing to the Class of 2009 for OSU.  Barnett a 6' 1", 180 lbs from Clayton Northmont was one several senior prospects attending the meet-and-great with the OSU football staff yesterday.  Other schools showing interest in him were Michigan and Florida State.  Brent has Barnett 6th on his list of top Ohio candidates.

Year-End Look at 2009 Recruiting Class
December 30, 2007 10:15 pm EST

The Buckeyes are off to a very fast start for the 2009 campaign, with an unprecedented 5 verbal commitments some 13+ months before signing day.  The Buckeyes recently got a commitment from John Simon, who is arguably the top prospect in the state of Ohio for 2009.  Some say Simon is the best defensive tackle prospect in Ohio in recent memory.  

The Buckeyes also received verbal commitments recently from Adam Homan, younger brother of current Buckeye LB Ross Homan, and Jack Mewhort, a top 10 to 15 prospect in Ohio for 2009.  Homan is likely going to get a look at fullback at Ohio State but may fill out to D-lineman size.  Mewhort could play center at Ohio State but does have the size to play tackle.  

One prospect to keep your eye on is Garfield Heights DE Melvin Fellows.  Fellows is a top 5 prospect in the state and made an early commitment to Illinois.  But Ohio State has since come in with an offer and may be able to sway Fellows.

The Buckeyes have also extended offers to Marcus Hall (6'5", 290, OT, Cleveland Glenville), a top 3 prospect in Ohio and CJ Barnett (6'0", 180, CB, Clayton Northmont), a top 20 prospect in Ohio. - Brent

And Brother Makes Five
December 30, 2007 7:15 am EST

Adam Homan, younger brother of current Buckeyes linebacker Ross Homan decides on Ohio State instead of the Illini.  He becomes the fifth commitment for the 2009 recruiting class.  Brent Baver has Homan ranked 20th on his list of the top candidates from Ohio this year.  

Mewhort adds his Name to 2009 Class
December 29, 2007 8:30 am EST

Jack Mewhort, from Toledo became the fourth prospect to commit to Ohio State's recruiting class of 2009.  The 6-foot-6, 285-pound offensive lineman, a junior at Toledo St. John, said "I got offered last Friday and I really had to hold myself back from committing right then."  Recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic projects Mewhort to be the No. 1 line prospect in the state next season.  Brent has him ranked as his 10th best recruit from Ohio.

OSU Lands Second Recruit for the Class of 2009
October 15, 2007 9:45 am EST

Just as Brent predicted last month, Storm Klein, a junior linebacker at Licking Valley, has decided to accept Ohio State's scholarship offer. He became the second member of Ohio State's 2009 recruiting class, joining linebacker Jordan Whiting.  Klein played a lot at running back as a sophomore but has moved to at linebacker for his junior year. He might have the option once he gets here between the two positions, at 6' 3", 220 lbs, he is leaning toward middle linebacker.

With 4.54-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Klein was gaining interest from schools like Penn State and USC, but he said Ohio State was the only one to offer a scholarship. That offer came the first day it could be made in September.

"I love Ohio State," Klein said. "This is only going to make me work harder."

Starting Already : Class of 2009
September 5, 2007 8:00 pm EST

On the same day that the Buckeyes opened the 2007 season with a win over Youngstown State, they got their first verbal commitment for their class of 2009.  The player is Jordan Whiting, 6-1, 226, LB from Louisville (Trinity), 4.59 40-yd dash.  Whiting is appearing on at least one early 2009 top 100 national watch list.  Whiting also holds a 3.87 GPA. 

RB/LB Storm Klein may be the next '09 prospect that commits to the Buckeyes.  Klein 6-3, 220, from Licking Valley, Ohio, has been offered and is a heavy Buckeye lean at this point.  Klein will likely be a top 5 prospect in the state of Ohio in 2009. - Brent
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