Along with the likes of '13 LB Trey Johnson, '13 LB Mike Mitchell and '13 WR James Quick, another class of 2013 recruit that plans on announcing this weekend is '13 WR Tony Stevens. Stevens (FL) knows where he wants to go to school, but is waiting until Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl to announce it. Stevens will be choosing from Florida State, Texas A&M and Ohio State.
As our friends at SB Nation looked deeper into Stevens' announcement, they noticed that his decision may have already been made:
Thing is, two of those schools may already be out of the picture. Stevens hasn't visited Ohio State and there is plenty of talk out there that the Seminoles have moved on. The 6-4, 175-pound wideout has visited College Station, having taken an official visit there in November, roughly a month after decommitting from Florida State (for the second time).
So it looks as if Ohio State is already out for the count in this one, although I would not rule the Buckeyes out until everything is official. If things don't work out with Quick, they can easily have a fallback to land on.
'13 ATH Christopher Worley recently received a score of 20 on his ACT, which is good news for Buckeye fans. The Cleveland-Glenville product looks to keep the pipeline going as he has set an official visit with Ohio State for January 11th. Furthermore, on Christmas day, '14 OL Marcelys Jones committed to the Buckeyes. Jones plays alongside Worley for Cleveland-Glenville and also plans to be in Columbus on Jan. 13 when the Ohio State staff holds a junior day just as Worley and over a half dozen other top seniors are wrapping up their official visits to Ohio State. I'm sure Jones will pull all of the stops to try and get his teammate to Columbus.
Finally, head coach Urban Meyer received the news that a pair of 2014 recruits have put the Buckeyes in their top five. '14 S Montae Nicholson added Ohio State, as well as '14 RB Elijah Hood:
North Carolina RB Elijah Hood has Ohio State in his top 5— jbook (@jbook37) January 1, 2013
PA Safety Montae Nicholson has Ohio State in his top 5— jbook (@jbook37) January 1, 2013
I like the strategy to recruit Nicholson just in case something should happen to the Vonn Bell situation and overall depth. This staff as a whole has recruited very well and it's starting to pay dividends.
If that wasn't enough for your tastes, try Elijah Hood's highlight film from 2011: