There's no question that offensive line recruiting has taken off over the last several months and on Tuesday it was more of the same. Ohio State hosted offensive tackle Brock Ruble yesterday.
#OhioState visit today! Can't wait to see what it's all about in Columbus! 🏈🏈— Brock Ruble (@pass_the_brock) July 30, 2013
Standing at 6'8" 325 pounds, Ruble is prototypical collegiate size and has an extremely high ceiling. With Demetrius Knox's commitment over the weekend, the Buckeyes sit with four current commitments on the O-line and seem to be in great shape with Damian Prince. While the hometown Maryland Terrapins appearing to be his leader, it's unclear given the numbers crunch how Ohio State would juggle honoring his commitment given other names still on their board were he to pledge now. This could come down to a wait and see game with Prince, though he's likely the top lineman overall they're still considering.
Johnnie Dixon is another name that has came up when dealing with the offensive side of the ball. Dixon is one of Florida's most electric prospects and top programs from all around the country are vying for his services. With Ohio State in good shape for Noah Brown and Curtis Samuel, these spots could be given to the prospects who commit first. Right now, it seems to be an Ohio State-Alabama race for the four star athlete. Out of all the schools recruiting Dixon, the Buckeye and Crimson Tide are the only schools that made the cut, at this point, to receive an official visit from him.
Speaking of Samuel, he is expected to be at Rutgers this Thursday. With this being an Ohio State vs. Rutgers battle, after this visit, Samuel should know where he wants to play his college ball. Though the Buckeyes are the favorite at this point, you can never count out the hometown team. If Samuel leaves Rutgers without giving his commitment to them, he's all Buckeye.
2015 running back prospect Joshuwa Holloman, out of Auburn Hills, Michigan, has recently become an Ohio State target.
Under Urban Meyer, Ohio State has had great success taking some of the top prospects out of the Wolverine state and that trend has a great chance to continue. Holloman has an arsenal of weapons to use when carrying the rock, but none greater than the elite speed he possesses as he was the 100m Michigan state high school track champion as a sophomore this past year.
Tight end CJ Conrad is hoping to make it to Columbus this coming fall. Conrad is an Ohio native and at 6'5" he has the ability to create mismatches in the passing game. Coach Meyer loves to use tight ends and Conrad has the frame to develop into a monster. As a sophomore last season he racked up 13 receiving touchdowns.
Though it is left out of the news often, Kevin McGuff and the Ohio State women's basketball program received three commitments on Tuesday from Kelsey Mitchell, Chelsea Mitchell, and Alexa Hart. All three prospects are from Ohio with Kelsey being the star of, what will end up being, a phenomenal class. At 5'9" Kelsey Mitchell is a five star point guard and is ranked as the number four overall prospect for the class of 2014.
In other news, current commit Demetrius Knox has made a statement that he will be changing positions from the offensive line. Maybe we'll see him running routes for the Buckeyes in a few years—eh, that's what he thinks.
ATTENTION... I'm officially changing my position... Not an OL anymore... I'm an ATHLETE. 😎— BIG MEECH (@Ummm_Mr_Knox) July 31, 2013
...And for all you who have a zero percent sarcasm detector, yes—the above was sarcasm.
- 2016 Ohio State basketball prospect VJ King picked up an offer from West Virginia on Tuesday.