Louisiana quarterback Brandon Harris is officially an LSU Tiger as of Thursday afternoon. An announcement came during a live ESPN streaming, leaving the Buckeyes' options limited when it comes to adding one more quarterback for this year's class. Though it isn't crucial that Urban Meyer and his staff land another prospect, it would certainly be a reassuring-like feeling going into the 2014 season. At one time, Deshaun Watson was considered Ohio State's top option at this position-and there's no question he still is, even though he appears firmly in the Clemson camp. We expect the Buckeyes to chase him all the way to the end and if history tells us anything, coach Meyer will make Ohio State a serious contender for the Georgia native.
Meanwhile, 2015 running back Chris Warren is scheduled to make a visit to Ohio State in the coming days. Warren, out of Rockwall High School in Texas, is listed at 6'2", 220 pounds and holds a handful of offers-most notably from Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, and Texas. As a junior, Warren rushed for over 1,000 yards while only playing in nine games for Rockwall High, who is represented as a Texas Class 5A High School, the top athletic division in Texas. More offers are sure to be coming for this explosive playmaker, but it's good to see Ohio State with a leg up on so many other programs.
Staying in the 2015 class, Illinois running back Titus Booker has confirmed that he will attend Friday Night Lights.
A slippery athlete in the open field, Booker is another type of offensive weapon that Urban Meyer covets. At this point and time Booker isn't a household name by any means, but with a huge showing at FNL, Booker should start to garner more and more interest from the Buckeye staff.
Ohio State's defensive line recruiting has been stellar under Meyer and that doesn't seem to change anytime soon. Four-star defensive tackle Thomas Holley recently noted that the Buckeyes were one team that he would start to focus on.
On Thursday, rumors swirled that offensive line prospect Demetrius Knox was in Columbus on a visit. As the smoke cleared, we learned that those rumors were false and Knox was actually attending Football University's Top Gun High School Camp. However, on a positive note, another 2014 offensive lineman was on campus-this being Brian Wallace from St. Louis, Missouri.
Standing at 6'6", Wallace holds a slew of offers from schools across the midwest and even into SEC country. With Ohio State having a need at his position, if Wallace can impress throughout summer and into his senior season, there's no question the Buckeyes would strongly consider his commitment.
Onto the basketball scene, Ohio State commit D'Angelo Russell continues to take the camp world by storm, dropping 30 points at the Nike Global Challenge in Washington D.C.
Fellow Buckeye commit Keita Bates-Diop is also having success-his currently coming at the Under Armour Summer Jam where his Illinois Wolves beat down the Dream Vision AAU squad 61-38. The future of Ohio State basketball continues to look brighter and brighter each day. Thad Matta, though, is still looking to add to an already strong 2014 class as he has his reel in the water hoping to catch a couple for big time prospects. While checking out Bates-Diop do his thing, Matta was also in attendance to watch Buckeye targets Myles Turner and Diamond Stone, both happen to be five-star recruits according to Scout.com.
RT @DeeHaze24 Roy Williams, Tom Izzo, Bo Ryan, Buzz Williams, Thad Matta and many more watching 2015 5-star C Diamond Stone— Charles Doss (@CDoss_LGHL) July 18, 2013
Aside from Thad Matta, Greg Paulus has also hit the recruiting scene this week. Thursday he attended Summer Classic East, an invitation-only camp where he watched Aaron Falzon. A power forward, Falzon played for team Expressions Elite for the duration of the camp.
- Ohio State football commit Marcelys Jones picked up an offer from Tennessee on Thursday.
- 2015 QB Alex Malzone to visit Ohio State next Friday.