The fat lady has finally sang her tune for the 2013 class, as '13 WR Luke Vadas gave his commitment yesterday to Penn State. Vadas had a final three of Ohio State, Pitt and Penn State and being that he was from Ohio and was offered a preferred walk-on role at Ohio State, most assumed he would end up in scarlet and gray as we spoke with Vadas just recently.
Vadas, a 6'2", 185-pound senior at University, was offered as a "run-on", which is similar to a preferred walk-on. He will report to State College, Pa., for summer classes on June 23 and will be on the preseason roster of 105 when the Nittany Lions open camp in August. Vadas is mentioned as saying Penn State's business school and the connection with receivers coach Stan Hixon were the major drawing points to Penn State. While it would have been nice to see Vadas become a Buckeye, I can't blame him for following his dreams of playing on the big stage and can only wish him the best of luck at the next level.
The Buckeyes may already have two offensive linemen in the class of 2014 in '14 OL Marcelys Jones and '14 OL Kyle Trout, but the staff has made the offensive line a key point in their recruiting plans this year. '14 OL Quenton Nelson happens to be another lineman that Ohio State is targeting and has offered. Just yesterday, it was announced that Nelson has set his visit up ($) for March 28th through the 30th. Coach Meyer has stopped by Nelson's school earlier in December, and the staff has made it no secret that they would like to land the 3-star lineman.
Nelson brings some nice versatility as a lineman, as he is big enough for both offensive lineman and fast enough to play defensive tackle. That's pretty impressive, as not many linemen have the capability to hold their own on both sides of the ball. Right now, though, the Buckeyes are focused solely on his offensive skill-set. Nelson is the country's No. 19 guard prospect and the No. 12 prospect in the state of New Jersey according to 247Sports.
If you thought the big upset win over Michigan State on Sunday was big for the basketball Buckeyes, you would be only half right. That win over the Spartans also helped out Ohio State on the recruiting front, and one player in particular. '14 RB Elijah Hood was in attendance on Sunday when the Buckeyes played host to Michigan State and was pretty impressed by the atmosphere ($) at the game. So impressed, in fact, that Hood has put Ohio State in his top three, along with Notre Dame and Michigan (both of which he visited this weekend).
In order for the 4-star Hood, his list stands at Notre Dame, Michigan and Ohio State. The 5'11", 209-pound Hood rushed for over 3,300 yards and 38 touchdowns during his junior season. He averaged over 220 yards per game and his list of scholarship offers include Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, North Carolina, Clemson, USC, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Stanford, South Carolina and Duke.