The Ohio State recruiting weekend started off with a bang on Friday evening as class of 2017 Massillon Washington quarterback Danny Clark committed to the Buckeyes while down in Columbus meeting with the staff and watching the football team prepare for their upcoming Orange Bowl game against Clemson. As a freshman for the Tigers, Clark, accounted for 17 touchdowns while throwing for over 1,600 yards.
Clark never backed away from letting it be known that Ohio State was his favorite school, visiting campus on multiple occasions this season and expressing his love for the Buckeyes to multiple media outlets, including Land-Grant Holy Land.
Even though he is only a freshman, Clark is one of the top ninth graders in the country. The Buckeyes weren't the only program that held him in high regards; Arkansas, Michigan State and a host of others were starting to show increased interest in the 6-4 205 pounder before he decided to shut down his recruitment.
A majority of The Dream '14 recruiting class and a few of the key recruits left on Urban Meyer and staff's board were in Columbus over the weekend on official visits. Commits Damon Webb, Stephen Collier, Kyle Trout, Jamarco Jones, Kyle Berger, Terry McLaurin, Dylan Thompson, Sean Nuernberger and Marcelys Jones were just a few of the future Bucks that were on campus over the last few days.
Great official visit with the crew at Ohio State this weekend! ⭕️— Sean Nuernberger (@Sean4Heisman1) December 15, 2013
Jones was joined by Cleveland Glenville teammates Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith, who were both also officially visiting Ohio State. The trio are fresh off recent visits to Alabama and Georgia Tech but have always been thought of as near OSU locks by many.
Lattimore, a 6-0 175 pound, cornerback is talented enough to play on either side of the ball at the next level. A pure four star, Lattimore, who was recently named Ohio Division II Defensive Player of the Year, holds offers from not just the Buckeyes, Crimson Tide and Yellow Jackets, but also Oregon, USC and many other top programs.
Smith, like Lattimore and Jones, was a key part of a Ted Ginn Sr. coached,Glenville Tarblooder squad that made it all the way to the Division II State Championship game and was recently named third team All-Ohio by the Associated Press. The 6-1190 pound, Smith, is currently the 10th safety and 170th overall prospect in the class of 2014, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Alex Bookser, a Pittsburgh native, was also in Columbus. Looking to add another body upfront, the 6-6 near 300 pound four star offensive lineman could find himself with Lattimore and Jones as one of the top remaining targets for the Buckeyes. Hometown Pittsburgh, Penn State and Tennessee are just a few of the other programs Ohio State finds them self up against for his talents.
After playing host to all the prospects on campus, Urban Meyer and reportedly assistants Mike Vrabel, Luke Fickell and Everett Withers headed down to Georgia for an in-home visit with Peach State linebacker Raekwon McMillan last night. McMillan, a five star phenom, will make his college announcement at 12:00 this afternoon, live on NBCSN.
The Buckeyes have seemed to have the inside track of bringing Raekwon up north for most of his recruitment, but with Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Georgia all trying to keep the 6-2 240 pound McMillan down south, last night's in-home visit with Meyer and his defensive assistants could be what seals the deal for the Buckeyes.
As a senior at Liberty County High School in Hinesville, Georgia, McMillan accounted for nearly 160 tackles and nine sacks. To see what the Buckeyes would get with McMillan, check out these highlights:
The Buckeyes are also in the running for 2014 Florida wide receiver Johnnie Dixon,who will make his college announcement between OSU, Alabama and Miami sometime this week. Dixon, a 5-10 190 pound four star prospect, caught 5 passes for 55 yards and a touchdown to help lead Palm Beach Garden's Dwyer High to a 7A Florida State Championship win over Niceville on Friday.
Dixon told Bud Elliott of SB Nation Recruiting, "I know where I'm going, but no one else does". In maybe a sign of where he is leaning or some kind of way to throw of fan bases, before Fridays game, Dixon wore a Ohio State hat on the field. Either way, we won't have to wait much longer to find out which school he will attend:
Ohio State basketball signees Jae'Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop were back in action over the weekend. Tate and Pickerington Central played Reynoldsburg on Friday. The Tigers held on to beat the 'Burg, 69-66. Tate was a standout on the evening. His 15 points, 16 rebounds and six assists were a key factor in the win.
On Saturday, Tate and the Tigers traveled down to Kentucky to participate in the Boyd County Roundball Classic. Central played a tough game but didn't have enough in the tank to hang in late with a JaQuan Lyle led Huntington Prep (WV), who ran away in the fourth quarter to win 93-72. Tate led all Pickerington Central scorers with 26 points and also had five rebounds and three steals on the night. The Tigers are now 3-1 on the year.
Jae'Sean caught this alley-opp from his younger brother, Jalen, for a pretty slick reverse dunk in the loss:
Bates-Diop chipped in 14 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocks in a 66-47 University High (Normal,IL) victory over Mahomet-Seymour on Friday. U-High and Keita are still undefeated on the season and eyeing a state championship run.
2015 Ohio State commit AJ Harris finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds in a 74-69, Dayton Dunbar loss to Hargrave Military Academy at the Capitol City Rumble, held in Kentucky over the weekend. Harris and Dunbar are now 4-1 on the season and will try to bounce back with a victory against North College Hill on Tuesday.
On Friday, Thad Matta and Jeff Boals traveled up north to Cleveland to watch 2015 forward Carlton Bragg in action. Bragg and Villa Angela St. Joe's made easy work of Holy Name in front of the Buckeye coaches, winning the game by a final score of 79-50. Bragg, a five star forward with offers from the likes of the Buckeyes, Louisville, Illinois, Texas and many others finished the game with an impressive 24 points, 17 rebounds, six assists and three blocks.
The next day, Matta, Boals and the basketball team were back in action taking on North Dakota State. They had a pretty big visitor sitting behind the bench taking in the victory. Daniel Giddens, a 6-10 215 pound class of 2015 center from Georgia made his way north to visit the Ohio State campus and see Aaron Craft, Sam Thompson and the Bucks in action.
Thanks to Coach Matta and the whole staff for showing my dad and I a great time this weekend! We'll be back soon Columbus 😏— Daniel Giddens (@D_GOOD2015) December 16, 2013
The 247 Composite Rankings currently have Giddens a five star recruit and the 24th best player in the entire 2015 class. The Buckeyes are joined by Indiana, Louisville, Kansas and plenty of others in offering Giddens a scholarship.
These highlights should let you know why so many college programs are after Daniel: