South Carolina Gamecocks Lose Defensive Back To The Bucks
February 3, 2015
First Urban Meyer takes Coach Spurrier's job in Gainesville, now he may have grabbed one of his recruits.
It appears that South Carolina defensive back commit Damon Arnette has flipped his commitment to Ohio State and will sign with the Buckeyes tomorrow. Arnette committed to USC in July and remained committed to the Gamecocks since then but may have had second thoughts after visits to Michigan and Ohio State last month. An in-home visit from Coach Meyer last week and a follow-up visit to Columbus this past weekend may make the difference.
Arnette and his family wrestled with the decision upon Arnette's return to Fort Lauderdale, FL. on Sunday and into Monday before the St. Thomas Aquinas standout announced his commitment to Ohio State on Twitter on Monday night.
Arnette would be the 26th commitment to the Buckeye class of 2015.
Buckeyes Find Additional Depth For the Defensive Line
January 26, 2015
Originally heading to the SEC, Ohio State's latest commitment decides to stay close to home.
The Buckeyes have all but completed their 2015 recruiting class, especially when three-star defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton of Pickerington Central flipped from Kentucky. Rated as has as 48th for defensive tackles, Hamilton took an official visit to Ohio State over the weekend and was in attendance for the Buckeyes' national title celebration. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound prospect was committed to three other programs – Ohio, Pittsburgh and Kentucky – before making his latest commitment.
Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts indicated it was his senior season that led Meyer and staff to offer the scholarship to Hamilton.
“He had a spectacular senior season,” Kurelic said. “He developed into the No. 1 defensive tackle prospect in central Ohio. He is a guy with a high motor.”
Ohio State now has 25 commitments in its 2015 recruiting class (4 have already enrolled), one that's rated by 247Sports the No. 7 class overall behind Alabama, Florida State, USC, Tennessee, Clemson and Georgia.
Two More Defensive Stars Commit to the Buckeyes
July 2, 2014 12:15 PM
Ohio State gets a rare commitment from the Cincinnati area as linebacker Justin Hilliard gives the nod to the Buckeyes. Most of the players inside the I-275 outerbelt tend to gravitate to schools like Notre Dame. If this was not enough great news, Jashon Cornell of Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, Minnesota. The prospects announced their decisions live on ESPN.com, giving the Buckeyes their first 5-star commitments for the 2015 class.
Coach Meyer has let it be known he wants to see improvement in the play at linebacker and the addition of Hilliard (6' 2", 225) is a step in that direction. There will be a big hole to fill with the loss of Ryan Shazier to the NFL. The defensive coaching staff plan to use Cornell (6' 2", 261) at the defensive end position when he joins the team.
According to Tom VanHaaren of ESPN.com, these commitments help the Buckeyes move up 17 spots to #6 in the new ESPN class rankings.
Ohio State now has 12 commitments in the 2015 class.
2015 Class Candidates to be On Hand for Spring Game
April 11, 2014 8:15 PM
Coach Meyer will try to make an impression on some of the top recruits for the class of 2015, several of which plan to be on hand for this year's Spring Game. Same of the names include:
Sterling Jenkins, who is a key prospect. He narrowed his choices to Ohio State and Penn State last week. The 6'8", 305-pound prospect left several teams out of his final consideration, including Ole Miss, Michigan and Pittsburgh. His final decision could arrive shortly afterward, perhaps even as early as Sunday. Jenkins, rated as high as #6 nationally among offensive tackles.
Another player on hand is Elder High School sophomore Tommy Kraemer, a top offensive linemen in Ohio. The 6'5", 305-pound prospect picked up an Ohio State offer earlier this month, adding to his other offers from Kentucky, Cincinnati and Illinois.
Dre'Mont Jones received an Ohio State offer in February, but he also has interest from Iowa, Michigan State and Michigan. He has said he doesn't plan on announcing a commitment until at least after he visits East Lansing. But being in Columbus presents a chance for the Buckeyes to further build a relationship with this in-state candidate. Jones is rated #13 nationally among defensive ends.
Linebacker Sh'mar Kilby-Lane makes a stop in Columbus. The 6'2", 215-pound Hallandale High School junior recently visited Miami and Florida State. Florida extended an offer, however Meyer doesn't back down from challenges in the sunshine State.
Kilby-Lane named Ohio State a favorite in February, so Buckeyes fans hope he follows through on those feelings and heads back to Florida as the team's newest commit.
You don't read much about the recruiting of long snappers but OSU hopes to lock up local prospect Liam McCullough. The Worthington Kilbourne High School standout has spent significant time on campus since receiving an offer in February. He is rated the nation's #1 long snapper, also getting offers from Michigan State, Kentucky and Wisconsin.