It's Friday. We're just a day away from watching the Buckeyes play for a spot in the BCS Championship Game. In the meantime, let's get you caught up in the world of Buckeye recruiting heading into the weekend.
Raekwon McMillan stayed in the news as I was able to confirm that he will have his in-home visit with Urban Meyer Sunday, December 16th, which happens to be a day before he announces his college decision. Meyer will not be the only big name coach in the McMillan house next week; Alabama head man Nick Saban will also make his way to Hinesville, Georgia to meet with the five-star linebacker.
I have maintained all along that Raekwon will be a Buckeye when it's all said and done. This news makes me feel even better about my pick. Alabama and Clemson will be the Buckeyes biggest competition here.
It seems like we've talked about Chad Mavety every week for the past month or two and that continues today as Mavety is reportedly closing in on a decision. The O-Zone's Michael Chung has stated Mavety hopes to make a decision by December 9th, which is less than a week away.
All had been pretty quiet on the Mavety front for the past week, but late last night Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts reported that Urban Meyer will be in to visit the 6-foot-7-inch, 320 pound offensive tackle. Mavety's time is junior college is almost up and he is supposed to enroll at the school he chooses in early January.
I'm still pretty confident Mavety will choose Ohio State when it's all said and done, but as I've said before, Flordia State is by no means out of the race to land the standout JUCO tackle.
Speaking of players making their college decision, another top Buckeye target is set to make his. Palm Beach Gardens (FL) Dwyer wide receiver Johnnie Dixon is set to make his decision on Sunday following his official visit to Miami Saturday.
The odds definitely seems to favor the Canes, but I have a gut feeling that Dixon spurns the in-state Hurricanes to come play for Urban Meyer in Columbus. It also wouldn't be a shock to see Dixon go to Alabama either. I picked the Buckeyes a month or so ago and right or wrong, I'm going to stick with it.
Per @DuseReport1063 Arkansas will have a in-home visit with OSU target Johnnie Dixon tonight. Miami had one with Dixon last night— LGHL Recruiting (@LGHLRecruiting) December 2, 2013
Ohio State commits Dante Booker Jr. and Parris Campbell won their second consecutive state title Thursday night topping Trotwood-Madion 24-0 for the Division III crown. Neither player was dominate, but Booker had a long reception and a fumble recovery, while Campbell had a couple of nice runs. It has been quite a week for Booker, who was also named as Ohio's Mr. Football on Wednesday.
Neither is expected to enroll early, so we'll have to wait until next fall to see them in action again. Big things are expected for both when they arrive in Columbus next year.
Ohio State pledges Dante Booker and Parris Campbell help Akron SVSM to the DIII State championship with 24-0 win over Trotwood-Madison— Dave Berk (@DMBerk) December 6, 2013
What to watch this weekend:
- Cleveland Glenville, led by Buckeye commit Marcelys Jones and top targets Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith, take on Loveland tonight at 7 p.m. for the Division II state title.
- Buckeye commit Sam Hubbard leads (13-1) Archbishop Moeller against (13-1) Mentor for the Division I state championship Saturday at three
- Information on all the state title games can be found here
As always, I leave you with my projections for how Ohio State finishes their 2014 recruiting class:
1. ATH Marshon Lattimore
2. S Erick Smith
3. ILB Raekwon McMillan
4. OT Chad Mavety
5. DE Solomon Thomas
6. WR Johnnie Dixon
7. S Mike Rogers