Defensive line coach Mike Vrabel headed out west to the the Lone Star State of Texas to check in on some of state's top talent Thursday. One of the recruits Vrabel dropped in on was 2014 defensive end Solomon Thomas. The Buckeyes aren't the only team after Thomas; the home state Longhorns, Alabama, Arkansas and Oklahoma are just a few of the programs chasing him. No wonder so many coaches want to add Thomas to their rosters; the 6-3 255 pound lineman accounted for an impressive 89 tackles and 8.5 sacks for his Coppell High team last season.
From the sounds of things, Coach Vrabel also made a stop in Carrolton, Texas to take in the Hebron High spring game. Hebron is the home of 2014 four star defensive back Jamal Adams and 2015 offensive lineman Zach Rogers. Adams is a 6-0 200 pound ball hawk with just about every team in the country after him. Many believe it will be hard to get him to leave Texas, with the the Longhorns and Aggies near the top of his list. Rogers is no slouch either; with a couple years left of high school ball, the 6-2 300 pound junior to be is already putting together a list of scholarship offers better than some upperclassmen. Texas, Oklahoma and UCLA are just a few of the teams to send an offer his way.
Cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs was down in Florida recruiting for the Bucks. One of the schools coach Coombs stopped by was Miramar High, which is the home of 2014 linebackers David Lee, Andre Godfrey Jr. and 2015 defensive back Tyrek Cole. Godfrey told Land-Grant Holy Land that he had to cut out of practice earlier due to a banquet while Cole added he didn't attend the practice. Both Godfrey and Cole have a decent amount of BCS programs trying to acquire their duties.
Coaches from West Virginia, Ave Maria, Ohio State and Tulane have been to school and/or practice today. First 2 at practice now.— Miramar Sports (@MiramarSports) May 9, 2013
If you are an Ohio State recruitaholic you probably know JUCO offensive tackle Chad Mavety is one of the top recruits left on the Buckeyes board. Offensive line coach Ed Warinner took to the road to check in with some of the 6-6 320 pound lineman coaches Thursday. I had the pleasure of chatting with Chad to see what exactly coach Warinner was doing up on the east coast:
"Coach Warinner was up here. He was actually at my high school in New Jersey to meet with my coach there. He later came to Nassau to hang out with my coaches here"
Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman was in Georgia to watch 2014 Lee County quarterback Stephen Collier practice Thursday. The 6-3 210 pound signal caller is already sporting offers from Marshall, Middle Tennessee State, Troy and Louisiana Tech but has a gang of BCS programs showing interest. I caught up with Collier to see just how practice went:
"Coach Herman stopped by, practice went very well. Coaches aren't able to speak to us so no conversation or anything like that happended but I think I did well"
Another Georgia recruit to hear from Ohio State was 2014 wide out Demarre Kitt. According to his Twitter account, head coach Urban Meyer called the 6-1 185 pound Kitt Thursday morning. The Buckeyes were once everyone's guess to land the talented receiver but plenty of scouts have since jump ship and now believe the Clemson Tigers might now have the inside track to gain his services:
Just talked to coach Meyer #buckeyes— Demarre Kitt (@D_ocho) May 9, 2013
Thursday evening while most were kicking their feet up and getting ready for the weekend, the Buckeyes were still working, offering a recruit.. 2014 New Jersey native and athlete Noah Brown is the latest recruit to have the chance to suit up in the Scarlet and Gray. Brown put up some pretty serious stats on the offensive side of the ball last season racking up 847 yards rushing and 630 yards receiving finishing the year with 20 total touchdowns for Pope John XXII High School. Ohio State isn't the first program to offer the 6-2 215 pound Brown; Michigan State, Nebraska and Virginia Tech are just a few of the teams the Bucks find themselves up against.
Check out what Brown could bring to the table for the Buckeyes:
- According to reports Tom Herman will check out current Clemson commit Deshaun Watson today. As many of you know, Watson has had on again off again interest in the Buckeyes but told media last week he is 100% firm to Clemson and won't take any visits to any other programs as previously planned.
- The Buckeyes are reportedly stopping by North Carolina's Havelock High today to see 2014 running back Derrell Scott. The 5-11 180 pound back has schools like Ohio State, South Carolina, Clemson, Notre Dame and Tennessee all after him. Scott is set to visit Columbus in June.