After completing a 12-0 regular season following beating Michigan, Ohio State players and fans alike celebrated the sixth perfect season in Buckeye history. All the while, head coach Urban Meyer and his staff were preparing themselves for the intense recruiting battles still yet to come. We're certain that Coach Meyer was able to enjoy his perfect season with his team, but we know better than to say he wasn't already thinking ahead to touching base with future players and prospective ones.
It was a mammoth weekend for The Horseshoe, which hosted a bevy of student-athletes, but most of the news came from a couple of different recruits. 2014 4-star offensive tackle Demetrius Knox was down to a final four schools (Ohio State, TCU, Texas and Alabama) before finally choosing Texas.
In better news, class of 2013 commit ATH Ezekiel Elliott was selected to the 2013 Army All-American Bowl. It's a tremendous honor to receive an invitation and we wish Elliott the best of luck.
'13 WR James Quick whipped some of the recruiting message boards out there into a frenzy when he said he "had a few times where I thought it was the place for me" when speaking about his visit to Ohio State for The Game. Quick is rated as a 4-star prospect, and mentioned that he will most likely take an official visit to Louisville in December before taking his official visit to Oregon sometime in January. It's long been a three-legged race for the spectacular receiver from Kentucky, but the race is nearing its finish. The Buckeyes stand a good chance and would have no problem adding him to the 2013 class.
Another big '13 target is LB Mike Mitchell, who just recently scheduled an official visit on December 7th following an in-home visit from both Luke Fickell and Tom Herman. Mitchell has quietly gone by the football season without spending too much time talking about where he plans to go for college. The Buckeyes are sitting pretty in this one, and we suspect he will join the class eventually.
Gareon Conley, one of the best cover corners in the class of 2013 and a 4-star recruit, decommitted from Michigan earlier this week in news that sent shock waves through Buckeye and Wolverine Nation alike. Conley had been contemplating taking visits to other schools, which goes against Michigan's no-visit policy for its commitments.
After an in-home visit from Greg Mattison (UM defensive coordinator) Conley decommitted and named Ohio State and Michigan as his top two schools. Conley has also scheduled an official visit with the Buckeyes for December 6th.The Buckeyes' chances may have increased as much as ten-fold over one weekend.
Two days after the announcement that Auburn had fired head coach Gene Chizik, 2013 LB Trey Johnson had opened his recruitment back up and Ohio State is now firmly in the mix. While Auburn still holds a decent chance at keeping hold of Johnson, you cannot ever count out Urban Meyer, especially now that he has that extra time on his hands.
2013 ATH Cornelius 'Corn' Elder has set an official visit to Ohio State for the weekend of January 11th. Elder is looking pretty hard at Ohio State and UCLA as of now. Elder is an extreme athlete that is a two-sport standout and one of the best all-around players in the state of Tennessee.