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Only two games remain for the Ohio State Buckeyes this season. How will these final performances affect the recruiting game?
The final moments of head coach Urban Meyer's first season are nearly here and Buckeye Nation hopes he has a plan to cap off what has been a tremendous year. The upcoming games against Wisconsin and Michigan will no doubt be playing a big role on the recruiting battlefield.
One prospect Ohio State will keep on eye on is De La Salle 2014 offensive tackle Jamarco Jones (6'5", 285 pounds). Jones just recently added an offer from Florida and seems genuinely interested in the Gators. He plans to make an unofficial visit to Florida for its spring game in 2013. Jones has also made note of his interest in the Buckeyes and will make an unofficial visit to Ohio State this weekend.
4 star WR and Washington commit Demorea Stringfellow tells 247 that he will be visiting Ohio State this month.— jbook (@jbook37) November 13, 2012
I would imagine "this month" means that Stringfellow will be roaming the sidelines during the Ohio State-Michigan game, though it isn't certain. Looks like coach Meyer is continuing his trend of keeping in contact with verbal commits.
Another offer coming from the staff. With some still lurking uneasiness about the receiver position, it doesn't come as a surprise that coach Meyer is keeping his options open.
Mike Farrell of Rivals confirming what we had already heard: Marquez North will be attending the Ohio State-Michigan game as well. North is a wide receiver from the class of 2013.
When it comes to the rivalry between Michigan and Ohio State, there tends to be some classic recruiting battles that can change the outcome of the series. Desmond Howard was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Howard then committed to Michigan. Craig Krenzel was born in Utica, Michigan. But despite this, committed to Ohio State.
Now, it appears another battle may be brewing. Michigan verbal commitment Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio) stated Saturday that he will visit Ohio State and Oregon.
If you weren't aware, Brady Hoke and Michigan don't allow players to visit other schools after committing to Michigan. Any player who breaks that rule has their scholarship offer revoked. Expect Conley to lose his offer when he steps onto any of those campuses.
The 6'1", 165 pound cornerback has thought about taking visits for a month, but now has officially confirmed the decision to visit other schools. Conley is expected to take visits this winter, holding offers from Ohio State, Northwestern, and Marshall. Oregon has not yet offered him, but if they do, expect a tight race between the Bucks and the Ducks. He committed to Michigan in early March, but it appears that may not stand for much longer.
- 2014 4-star offensive tackle Demetrius Knox (Fort Worth, Texas) is ready to make his decision. Knox is planning to announce his choice on Nov. 26 at a ceremony at his school.
- Elyria senior defensive end Tracy Sprinkle (Class of 2013 commit) received the Division I Defensive Player of the Year award.
- Tarboro Vikings 5-star defensive end and Ohio State commit Tyquan Lewis was presented with the "WRAL Extra Effort Award" on Wednesday. Lewis was presented the award for all of his hard work on and off the field. Incredibly, Lewis has a 3.8 GPA in the classroom and will graduate after the first semester.
Lewis has set the bar high for himself once he arrives at Ohio State. He will enroll in the university during the second semester, because he will be done with high school in December. He wants to graduate from college in a little over three years.
Finally we leave you with video of '13 offensive lineman Evan Lisle, who is already committed to Ohio State: