The Ohio State quarterback sweepstakes is starting to enter the final homestretch with the top remaining prospect Brandon Harris set to make his decision on July 18th. For the last couple of months it seemed like a race between Ohio State, Auburn, and LSU for the four star prospect from Louisiana. Though it still is, on Tuesday afternoon the Auburn Tigers received a verbal from Florida native, Sean White. It’s not clear whether White’s commitment will affect Harris’ final decision on Thursday, but it’ll definitely be something that lingers in the back of his mind. LSU is the only school in his top three that currently does not have a commitment at the quarterback position. I’m not saying that will be the deciding factor, but it’s definitely something to keep note of. If Urban Meyer can work his magic, this would be a huge get for Ohio State as Harris possesses the unique tools that would allow him master the spread offense. As a junior, Harris accounted for 38 total touchdowns, 26 through the air and 12 coming on the ground.
New Jersey athlete Noah Brown has also received some attention from the Buckeye coaching staff.
Brown is about as dynamic as they come with the ball in his hands. At 5’11” Brown totaled 24 touchdowns as a junior—some coming as a rusher, receiver, and on special teams. Coach Meyer loves versatility and this is a trait Noah Brown clearly excels at. Every week it seems like there’s another electrifying playmaker coming to the door at Ohio State. This week it happens to be Brown and his visit will go a long way in telling us if he has a legitimate shot at being in this year’s class.
Looking to the defensive side of the recruiting scene, current Georgia commit safety Kendall Gant has stated that he would be open to a visit to Columbus. He has made it clear that he is all Georgia right now, but when a school can get a kid on campus anything is possible. Look for Ohio State to become a player if a visit does indeed happen.
Three class of 2014 prospects from Cleveland’s Glenville High School are at a camp being held at the University of Alabama. Among the prospects are current Buckeye commit Marcelys Jones and two Ohio State targets Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith. Jones reportedly put on a nice showing.
glenville asst. Says Marcelys Jones dominated at Alabama camp today— Brad Bournival (@bbournival) July 16, 2013
This comes as huge news as, in the past, some questioned if Marcelys would be one of the answers on the offensive line. While there’s still work for him to do, this is definitely a step in the right direction.
As for the others, Ohio State is in a legitimate position to land two of the best prospects in Ohio. Marshon Lattimore can be used as either a wide receiver or defensive back and has the ability to become an All-American at whatever position he lands at. For Smith, he is strictly defense and is another player Ohio State feels good about. Their workouts, like Jones’, caught the attention of coach Nick Saban.
Erick Smith and Marshon Lattimore had private workouts with Saban— Brad Bournival (@bbournival) July 16, 2013
On Tuesday, ESPN released their first Junior 300 for the class of 2015. Several Buckeye targets were included such as Jashon Cornell, George Campbell, Tim Settle, and Eric Glover-Williams. Glover-Williams could be the fastest player in the state, if not the nation, and should be a name that Ohio State fans start to get real familiar with.
The last few weeks, Ohio State basketball recruiting has made a splash: picking up commitments, having commitments shine in camps all around the country, and making the short list of other big time prospects. It looks to be more of the same in the early part of this week as Buckeye target Carlton Bragg, class of 2015, has been named one of the top performers at the Adidas Invitational. A Cleveland native, Bragg is a five-star power forward according to Scout.com and would be a huge addition to the class Thad Matta is currently building for 2014.
- Ohio State football commit Parris Campbell turned 16 years old on Tuesday—which would make him about a year younger than all of his peers. It's scary to think how much of a better athlete he'll become, more so than he already is.
- Class of 2016 quarterback prospect Steve Frank will be in attendance for Friday Night Lights.