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Columbus OT Commits to Stay At Home 
January 20, 2014 8:15 PM

You don't always have to go out of state to find quality players, sometimes they are in the shadows of Ohio Stadium. According to an inside source for Buckeye50, Brady Taylor of Bishop Ready has given his verbal commitment to play for Ohio State.  Initial indication is that the plan is to red-shirt him this fall.  Taylor had an official campus visit over the weekend.

Taylor, a 6-foot-5, 276-pound offensive tackle is considered a 3-star candidate by most recruiting sites, was originally planning to attend Virginia Tech but changed his mind after receiving OSU's offer earlier this month.  The list of schools offering him a scholarship included Boston College, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

School is in Session 
January 13, 2014 6:30 PM

Ohio State is pleased to see 7 players from their Class of 2014 enrolled this week for classes in second semester. It is about a month away from National Signing Day, but a third of the Buckeye's 2014 recruiting class is already matriculated.

The early adopters to school and the Ohio State football program include quarterback Stephen Collier (Leesburg, Georgia), wide receiver Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida), offensive tackle Kyle Trout (Lancaster, Ohio), offensive guard/center Marcelys Jones (Cleveland, Ohio), linebacker Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Georgia), kicker Sean Nuernberger (Oldham, Kentucky), and Curtis Samuel (Brooklyn, New York).

So there will be a few more names on the Spring game roster.

Florida Receiver Ready To Play In Columbus 
December 17, 2013 4:00 PM

The good news continues for Ohio State as Christmas comes early ... again.  Johnnie Dixon has made a decision to play his college football at Ohio State.  Dixon chose Ohio State over schools such as Miami, Florida, Florida State, Alabama and many other elite schools. 

Tim May of The Columbus Dispatch broke the news today with his tweet:  "WR Johnnie Dixon of West Palm Beach (Dwyer), Fla., just committed to Ohio State."  

Dixon is the 19th member of the Class of 2014 and third receiver.

Ohio State Lands 5-Star ILB Prospect 
December 16, 2013 3:00 PM

The defense was a soft spot for the Buckeyes this season but they may have news which could change that for the future. This afternoon a 5-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan gave his verbal to Urban Meyer and his staff.  He is 6'2" and 242 pounds and scouts say he has a combination of size and athleticism that allows him to shed blocks, make impact tackles and provide terrific inside run support.  Matt Scalici of AL.com describes him as "the rare distinction of being a high school linebacker with the physical prowess to play immediately in college."

He is the 18th commitment for OSU's 2014 class.   Coach Urban Meyer is looking for more help in the secondary. Elite cornerback prospects Tony Brown and Marshon Lattimore still have Buckeyes in their radar. California product John Smith is one of the top safety prospects on the west coast and could also contribute on offense.

Wide Receiver Begins His College Search Again 
November 11, 2013 10:30 AM

You win some, you lose some, but OSU doesn't want any fence riders anyway.

Lonnie Johnson committed to Ohio State saying the Buckeye coaching staff was the primary reason he pledged to the Buckeyes over Missouri, Purdue, Kentucky among many others.  Today he indicated he has decided to decommit and begin to search for a new school.  He just wants to make sure the choice he makes is the best for him and for his family.

Johnson tweeted "Ive officially decommitted from Osu sorry fans but it happened'

Defensive Back From Pennsylvania Selects Ohio State 
July 30, 2013 8:00 AM

The 2014 class continues to grow for the Buckeyes as they get commitments from two players in as many days.

He started in both football and basketball in high school but he will be strapping on the pads and helmet only in college. Malik Hooker finalized a courtship with OSU that Coach Fickell started in May by providing his nod toward the scarlet and gray. The 6' 2", 185 defensive back from New Castle, PA is being recruited as an 'athlete.  Hooker gives the Buckeyes another versatile, explosive talent that Coach Meyer and staff will certainly find the best use for on the team for the next few years.

He had several offers from other BCS schools including Penn State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Arizona and Michigan.

Hooker is the 16th recruit for the class of 2014. 

Demetrius Knox Changes Commitment From Texas to Ohio State 
July 29, 2013 4:00 PM

Three months after decommiting from Texas, offensive line prospect Demetrius Knox made his commitment to return home and play for Urban Meyer.

The Buckeyes received their fourth offensive lineman for the Class of 2014 with the oral commitment of Texas four-star lineman Demetrius Knox on Sunday night. OSU only had two offensive linemen in the Class of 2013 and one of them, Tim Gardner, has already been dismissed from the team for at least this season.

Knox, the 4-star, 6'4'', 287 pound standout, is the #6 guard and #103 prospect on 247Sports' composite rankings. He was originally from Columbus, but presently plays his high school ball in Fort Worth, Texas.  This is why he originally committed to the Longhorns.  

The list of schools who offered a scholarship is long and reads like college catalog, including: Alabama, Baylor, California, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, LSU, Miami (FL), Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA and Washington.

Knox is the 15th commitment for the class of 2014.

Latest Recruit is a Kicker 
June 11, 2013 9:00 PM

The Buckeyes have a kicker for their 2014 recruiting class now, Coach Tressel may be smiling somewhere about now.

Sean Nuernberger, a kicker/punter from Buckner, KY, born in Germany, announced he has committed to Ohio State. Nuernberger committed following his performance at Ohio State's three-day kicking camp becoming the 10th member of the Buckeyes' recruiting class.

The quick commitment shows how eager he is to play for Ohio State, which is good for the Buckeyes who have a hole to fill in that position.  OSU was thrown for a loop when recruit Johnny Townsend, a 2-star punter reneged on his commitment on national signing day last February. Townsend, who was expected to replace former punter Ben Buchanan, committed to Florida the next day.

Indiana Receiver Is Latest Addition 
May 12, 2013 6:45 PM

He has been waiting since December to make it official, but now the Indiana receiver prospect Lonnie Johnson is now making his intentions formal. The 6' 3", 190 lb athlete is being recruited to be utilized on the offensive side of the ball as a receiver for Tom Herman and Zach Smith, however he may get a shot at safety based on team needs. 
 
Most rankings place Johnson as a 3-star. He checks in as the fifth best player in the state of Indiana from the 2014 class, the 35th best safety, and the 448th best player overall in the class. Johnson becomes the first receiver and eighth commit overall for the class of 2014.  Other schools offering him a scholarship included Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Purdue.

The Buckeyes will now turn their attentions to 4-star prospects Demarre KittSaeed Blacknall and Trevion Thompson.

OSU Looking To Add To 2014 Class
April 7, 2013 5:30 PM

The spring practices are coming to a close and recruiting will pick up for the Buckeyes and their coaching staff.  They have a great start to the 2014 class and it just got another lift when 4-star athlete Sam Hubbard offered his verbal commitment to Urban Meyer, according to Doug Lesmerises of The Plain Dealer.

Hubbard, a 6'6" safety from Cincinnati, announced the news via Twitter:

Hubbs @SamHubbard24 
Committed to play football at Ohio State!!!  #BuckeyeNation #dreamcometrue

Hubbard recently decommited from Notre Dame, where he was going to play lacrosse. He committed to the Irish in January of his sophomore year due to a lack of football options.  But that recently changed as he received 10 scholarship offers since February 26, according to 247Sports.com.

Fortunately Hubbard made the call for OSU shortly after arriving for his unofficial visit. This makes him the sixth member of the Buckeyes' 2014 recruiting class, joining 4-star offensive guard Marcelys Jones, 4-star cornerback Damon Webb, 4-star offensive tackle Kyle Trout, 4-star athlete Parris Campbell and 3-star defensive end Dylan Thompson.

OSU Looking To Add To 2014 Class
March 10, 2013 8:00 PM

Ohio State had one of the top three recruiting classes in 2013 and they are after the best talent in 2014 as well.

One such player is Drake Harris. He is a 4-star wide receiver from Grand Rapids, Michigan who originally committed to Michigan State. However, ESPN.com has reported Harris has decommited from the Spartans. He committed to the Green and White in June of last year with the plan to play both football and basketball at Michigan State. After making the decision in January to play just football, Harris reopened his recruitment and began looking at other schools.

If the Buckeyes are to capture such an elite candidate, they will have to face the Wolverines. may have a tough challenge against the home-state Michigan Wolverines. Harris has visited Michigan's campus three times in the last three weeks. 

Three More Names Added to 2014 Class
February 11, 2013 9:00 PM

Coming off one of the top classes in the nation for 2013, Coach Meyer just added three more names to his 2014 class.

First is Lawrence Marshall, a 4-star WDE, from Southfield High School in Michigan.  He is the #6 ranked player from the state of Michigan according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He's 6'3'' and 225 pounds, so he has good size with another year to grow.  Michigan has also offered a scholarship so we will see if OSU can hold on to this one.

Next is a bit closer to home, Kyle Trout, 4-star OT from Lancaster High School. He's a highly ranked in-state recruit (#4 in the state as per 247Sports Composite) and he's one of the better offensive tackle recruits in the country. He's ranked as the #12 overall offensive tackle according to the 247Sports Composite. He has elite potential at 6'6'', 285 pounds. With Ohio State only bringing in two offensive lineman in the 2013 class, they have a need for additional talent in this area.

Finally, Parris Campbell, from Saints Vincent-St. Mary's High School has also provided a verbal commitment.   Campbell may be an unranked recruit, but he fits the Ohio State plan to find the next Percy Harvin. He is 6'0'', 179 pounds, so he has good size, and he was reportedly recruited to play running back, slot or wide receiver for the Buckeyes.

Meyer Receives Christmas Present He Will Open In 2014
December 26, 2012 3:30 PM

Ohio State is working to put the finishing touches on their 2013 class and now they have the first member to the class of 2014.

Marcelys Jones, an offensive lineman out of Glenville High School in Cleveland verbally committed to Coach Meyer and Ohio State Christmas morning.  Jones is a 6'5", 325 pound junior lineman and is one of the top 2014 prospects in the country, ranked as high as the #2 guard and the #47 prospect overall by some rating sources. He could play either offensive guard or offensive tackle, but the staff has reportedly talked to him about the possibility of playing defensive tackle according to elevenwarriors.com.

Jones comes from the very popular Glenville pipeline which has produced some of the top players in recent Buckeye history, including Heisman winner Troy Smith.

Notre Dame Secures Ohio Lineman
December 10, 2012 2:00 PM

According to reports, Cleveland St. Ignatius junior lineman Jimmy Byrne committed this weekend to Brian Kelly and Notre Dame.  Byrne chose the Irish over Ohio State despite receiving the first in-state offer of the 2014 class from Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer last December.

After talking with Kelly Saturday, Byrne confirmed his commitment via Twitter.

“Just got off the phone with Coach Kelly. Committed to the University of Notre Dame! #GoIrish,” he tweeted.  "Notre Dame probably recruited me a little bit harder than Ohio State did,” Byrne said on Saturday. “Each and every time I went to visit Notre Dame, I came away more impressed. Over time it added up to the point where I felt Notre Dame was the best fit for me.”

Aloha Mr. Hand - OSU Gets Into The 2014 Class
April 11, 2012 4:30 PM

Even though most of the 2012 class is not in Columbus yet, the 2014 class is already a priority for Coach Meyer.

An early name for the Buckeyes is De’Shawn Hand, a 6’4”, 245 lb defensive tackle from Woodbridge High School in Woodbridge, VA.  He is considered to be a very strong pass rusher. Hand has offers from other major programs including Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Penn State, UCLA and Virginia Tech.  Boston College offered him a scholarship over a year ago.















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2014 Class Verbal Commitments
Player   Position   Height   Weight   (School)Hometown   (Committed)

**** Kyle Berger LB  6-2  215  (St. Ignatius) Cleveland, OH (4/8/13)
**** Dante Booker LB  6-3  210  (St. Vincent-St. Mary) Akron, OH (5/23/13)
**** Noah Brown ATH  6-2  211  (Pope John XXIII) Sparta, NJ (9/6/13)
**** Parris Campbell RB  6-1  180  (St. Vincent-St. Mary) Akron, OH (2/10/13)
** Stephen Collier QB  6-3  206  (Lee County) Leesburg, GA (6/21/13)
**** Johnnie Dixon WR  6-0  175  (Dwyer) West Palm Beach, FL (12/17/13)
**** Jayln Holmes DE  6-5  235  (Lake Taylor) Norfolk, VA (6/20/13)
*** Malik Hooker DB  6-2  185  (New Castle) New Castle, PA (7/30/13)
**** Sam Hubbard LB  6-6  221  (Moeller) Cincinnati, OH (4/5/13)
**** Jamarco Jones OL  6-5  295  (De La Salle) Chicago, IL (6/27/13)
**** Marcelys Jones OL  6-5  235  (Glenville) Cleveland, OH (12/26/12)
**** Demetrious Knox OL  6-4  287  (All Saints Episcopal) Fort Worth, TX (7/29/13)
**** Marshon Lattimore ATH  6-0  185  (Glenville Academic Campus) Cleveland, OH (1/4/14)
*** Terry McLaurin WR  6-0  175  (Cathedral) Indianapolis, IN (6/23/13)
***** Raekwon McMillan LB  6-3  235  (Liberty County) Hinesville, GA (12/16/13)
** Sean Nuernberger  K  6-2  230  (Oldham County) Buckner, KY (6/14/13)
**** Curtis Samuel  WR  5-11  180  (Erasmus Hall Campus) Brooklyn, NY (8/16/13)
*** Darius Slade  DE  6-5  237  (Montclair) Montclair, NJ (2/5/14)
**** Erick Smith  DB  6-0  181  (Glenville Academic Campus) Cleveland, OH (1/4/14)
*** Brady Taylor  OL  6-5  280  (Bishop Ready) Columbus, OH (1/20/14)
*** Dylan Thompson DE  6-5  265  (Montini Catholic) Lombard, IL (3/23/13)
**** Kyle Trout OT  6-6  280  (Lancaster) Lancaster, OH (2/10/13)
**** Damon Webb CB  6-0  175  (Cass Technical) Detroit, MI (1/13/13)

Decommitted
*** Lonnie Johnson WR  6-3  180  (West Side) Gary, IN (5/12/13) (Western Michigan)
**** Lawrence Marshall LB  6-2  225  (Southfield) Southfield, MI (2/10/13) (Michigan)