An exciting weekend in the world of Ohio State football recruiting was headlined by the verbal commitment of four star Illinois defensive end Dylan Thompson during an unofficial visit to the Buckeyes' Columbus campus. Thompson wasn't the only talented prospect head coach Urban Meyer and his staff played host to Saturday, however. 2014 recruits Kyle Berger, Texas commits Demetrius Knox and Daniel Gresham (the latter of whom revealed he received an OSU offer Monday), and Virginia quarterback Caleb Henderson were just a few off the list of prospects that made the trip to central Ohio. Another recruit's weekend visit might have flown under the radar a bit; 2015 Trotwood Madison defensive back Kei Beckham made the short trek down to Ohio State to check out ex-teammate Cam Burrows and the Buckeyes' weekend practice.
Only a sophomore, the talented Beckham, who already has a scholarship offer from the University of Illinois and is gaining interest from the Bucks, Iowa, UCLA, Penn State, Oregon and Wisconsin, enjoyed his time watching the Bucks prepare for next months spring game. "The visit was great ," Kei told Land-Grant Holy Land. "I got to meet Urban Meyer and I also got to see how practice goes and what they expect out of the players." The Ohio State head coach wasn't the only staff member Beckham got to interact with. " I talked with Kerry Coombs and he said it was nice to see me around again and they look forward to seeing me again." With still a couple years left in his recruitment, the name Kei Beckham might be one to keep an eye out for. You can check out the talented defensive back on the field in these highlights from last season.
Fresh off a visit to Notre Dame, 2014 North Caolina tight end Jeb Blazevich was set to visit Ohio State Tuesday but has since cancelled the trip due to the nasty winter weather that hit most of the Midwest. The 6-5 240 pound Blazevich, who took in the Ohio State versus Illinois football game last season, told me he has yet to reschedule the visit. Blazevich is held in high remarks by pretty much everyone in the recruiting scene. 247Sports.com has the four star coming in as the 255th player in the country, the 8th best tight end and the 11th best player the state of North Carolina has to offer. The Buckeyes aren't the only team trying to add him to their roster; with schools such as Notre Dame, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Mississippi all after the talented Blazevich, this could be a battle til the end. Here are some highlights of what the talented 2014 TE could bring to the table for the Buckeyes:
Michigan native and 2014 wide receiver Maurice Ways told me he has changed his Ohio State visit from March 30th to April 2nd and stated he is really looking forward to watching practice and talking with the staff. The 6-4 195 pound Ways' recruitment has started to take off with Iowa, Ball State, Bowling Green and Toledo all offering scholarships recently, and quite a few other programs showing interest as well. Last season as a junior for Detroit Country Day, the talented receiver pulled in 51 catches for 937 yards and 9 touchdowns.
2014 Michigan WR Maurice Ways has changed his OSU visit from March 30th to April 2nd. He is looking forward to meeting with the OSU staff— Charles Doss (@CDoss_LGHL) March 25, 2013
After receiving his Ohio State scholarship offer last week, 2014 Cincinnati Moeller athlete Sam Hubbard, who visited last month, has set up a return trip to Columbus. "I'm going down April 5th," Hubbard told Land-Grant Holy Land. After getting a tour around campus and taking in spring practice, there are a few things that Hubbard wants to do while in Columbus this time around. "I look forward to getting to know coach Fickell better and talking with Coach Meyer." Hubbard and his mother, who is making her first trip to Ohio State, won't just meet with the coaching staff; they also plan on meeting with the head of the business school while on campus. A Notre Dame lacrosse commit, Hubbard has watched his football recruitment blow up as of late with schools such as Michigan State, Stanford, Louisville, Boston College and the Buckeyes all offering scholarships to the 6-6 225 pound Moeller safety.
2014 LB Sam Hubbard tells me he will visit #OhioState April 5th & is looking forward to getting to know Coach Fickell better.— Charles Doss (@CDoss_LGHL) March 25, 2013
In Ohio State basketball recruiting news, the fellas over at Ballislife.com made this pretty slick highlight mix of 2014 forward and Ohio State commit Keita Bates-Diop. A five star recruit according to Rivals, Keita has been committed to the Bucks since November and picked them over scholarship offers from the likes of home state Illinois, Kansas State, Indiana, Michigan and Purdue to name a few. The Normal, Illinois native averaged just over 18 points and 6 rebounds for his U-High team this season. See what Bates-Diop will bring to the Buckeyes below: