Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 5/30 - Terrence Alexander, Shawn Boone, Raymon Minor offered

Shawn Boone.

Find out which down south defensive backs the Buckeyes recently offered and which recruits are still considering Ohio State after another newsworthy day in recruiting.

Tuesday evening, the Buckeyes offered 2014 Louisiana defensive back Terrence Alexander. The 5-10 175 pound Alexander, accounted for over 30 tackles and 16 pass deflections last season for his John Curtis High School squad. Terrance has an impressive list of schools after him with Arkansas, Ole Miss, Stanford, Arizona State amongst quite a few other quality programs already beating OSU to the punch in offering the three star prospect.

His John Curtis teammate and fellow class of 2014 recruit Mattrell McGraw also happened to name his top eight Wednesday afternoon. The three star McGraw announced that he is now down to eight programs spread from all around the United States: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona State, Florida State, Ohio State, Oregon, UCLA and USC all made the cut for the 6-0 185 pounder who also hails from the same school as ex-Buckeye running back Jonathan Wells. Mattrell currently also has plans to visit the OSU campus next month.

The Buckeyes also sent out an offer yesterday to 2014 Dwyer High School Florida defensive back Shawn Boone. If the Dwyer name sounds familiar, it is because the Bucks have already sent an offer to his teammate, wide receiver Johnnie Dixon. The 5-10 185 pound Boone already holds scholarship offers from the likes of Arkansas, Boston College, Ole Miss, North Carolina State, Tennessee and a gang of others. I had the chance to catch up with Boone and asked him how it felt to be offered by a program like Ohio State:

"I talked to the defensive coordinator [Everett Withers] and he said he loved the way I play. It feels good to have an offer from OSU and Urban Meyer, who has produced many great players."

The Buckeyes also offered 2014 Richmond, Virginia athlete Raymon Minor on Wednesday. The 6-3 210 pound Minor is talented enough to play on either side of the ball at the next level and adds Ohio State to offers from home state Virginia Tech, Clemson, Duke and Colorado, to name a few.

Also from Wednesday, fellow Virginia native and class of 2014 tight end/defensive end Jalyn Holmes named his top three. The 6-5 225 Holmes has narrowed his list down to the Buckeyes, Florida State and Clemson as the final programs to battle it out for his services. Last season for Lake Taylor, the junior, who plans to visit Columbus next month, had over 350 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on offense while tallying nearly 80 tackles and 11 sacks on defense. According to the 247 Crystal Ball, many of the recruiting analysts on the scene believe he is headed to the Sunshine state to join the Seminoles.

Coppell High (TX)'s head coach tweeted out that his star defensive end, prospect Solomon Thomas is down to Ohio State, Texas, TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, UCLA, Alabama, Stanford, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Oregon and Arkansas. Those 12 programs all still have a chance to land the 6-3 255 pound lineman while teams like Clemson, LSU and West Virginia were left in the dust.

Last night peach State offensive line prospect Nick Wilson told me he might be visiting Ohio State July 26th for Friday Night Lights, the first remotely close to official confirmation we have of a target date for the 2013 version of OSU's annual recruiting showcase. The 6-4 280 pound class of 2015 prospect already holds offers from Miami, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Tennessee,Wake Forest and others but grew up a fan of the Bucks, as the Milton High junior to be's father is originally from the Buckeye state and attended OSU.

In Ohio State basketball recruiting, Thad Matta and his staff received some comforting news yesterday when 2014 five star center Jahlil Okafor put to rest any doubts and announced the Buckeyes had made his final eight. Rounding out the list are Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Illinois, Kentucky, Kansas and B1G foe Michigan State. The 6-11 280 pound manchild attends Whitney Young, the same program that produced current OSU hooper Sam Thompson, and is in my opinion the top recruit left on the Ohio State recruiting board.

QUICK HITS:

  • 2014 Cincinnati Reading Community Jr/Sr High defensive end Shane Roy tells me he is in contact with Coach Coombs and plans to camp at Ohio State next month.
  • 2014 Tennessee K/P Ian Jump tells me he will attend all three days of the Ohio State kicking and long snapping camp being held June 10-12th.
  • 2014 Michigan K/P Shane Hynes tells me he will attend camp at Ohio State either the 11th or 12th.
  • 2014 in-state recruits Airius Moore, Terry Ramsey and J.J. Pinckney plan to attend camp at OSU.
  • 2015 recruits Tyree Kinnel and Darrin Kirkland also plan to attend camp.

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