The biggest recruiting (and overall Ohio State) news on Tuesday came when Ohio State picked up commitment No. 10 for the 2014 class. With Drew Basil set to graduate after the 2013 season, it was important for the Buckeyes to lock up a placekicker in this class; mission accomplished. '14 K Sean Nuernberger of Kentucky gave his pledge to Urban Meyer, special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs, and the Buckeyes yesterday afternoon – but that wasn't the only good news for the staff..
The Buckeyes had one of the top players in the country for the 2015 class on campus yesterday. '15 RB Jacques Patrick of Timber Creek (FL) was in Columbus for an unofficial visit and he told Rivals' Marc Givler that his visit was "amazing" and that he "enjoyed it". Patrick has already received an offer from Ohio State to go along with his 40 (1) other offers.
The Scarlet and Gray also found themselves in the top group of schools for three other prospects yesterday. We start with the biggest position of need in this recruiting class: offensive line. The Buckeyes made the top 10 list for '14 OT Damian Prince. As you may remember, the 5-star offensive tackle from Maryland was seen wearing an Ohio State sweatshirt at the Rivals Five-Star Challenge this past weekend. That's never a bad sign, but according to the 247Sports Crystal Ball, Prince seems to be leaning to Florida State.
Thanks too all 50+ schools that offered me scholarship it was a blessing to meet you all. It's time tho twitter.com/HeavyGleesh/st…— R.I.P Willie Prince (@HeavyGleesh) June 11, 2013
Former Michigan commit Denzel Ward also released his Top 4 yesterday, and Ohio State was included in his group of top schools. The three other programs included in the list were Purdue, Florida and Oklahoma. It is definitely good news for the Buckeyes to be included but unless something major happens, Ward is likely to end up as a gator.
Finally, 2014 safety Kendall Gant also updated where he stands in his process. With C.J. Barnett and Christian Bryant on their way out after this season, the Buckeyes are likely to add a safety in this class even after adding Jayme Thompson and Vonn Bell last year. Gant is a realistic option for Ohio State as his list shows. But it will not be easy, as the Buckeyes will have to beat out Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, Minnesota, Tennessee, UCF and USC for his services.
Finally, the recruiting dominoes continue to fell at the quarterback position yesterday afternoon. Future Elite 11 finalist '14 QB DeShone Kizer of Toldeo Central Catholic (OH) gave his pledge to Notre Dame yesterday afternoon. Kizer's commitment to the Fighting Irish now leaves Ohio State with only two uncommitted and offered prospects left to fill the position in Zack Darlington and Brandon Harris. We'll have to stay tuned and see if they expand that list, or if they're able to land one of the two highly touted signal callers.