Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 8/7 - Johnnie Dixon, Mike Gesicki, Curtis Samuel

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Johnnie Dixon sets his visit date to Columbus. An Ohio State target receives invite to the Army All American game and a Buckeye basketball target draws comparisons to Tim Duncan.

Ohio State target Johnnie Dixon has set an official date for a visit to Columbus this fall. The electric, four star receiver made it apparent that he will attend the Ohio State-Wisconsin game on September 28th.

With a number of schools vying for Dixon's talents, he also made it clear today that he will be in Tuscaloosa when Alabama hosts LSU. This could be a Buckeye-Crimson Tide battle all the way to the end, but you can never count out a home state school either: In Dixon's case, Miami. Dixon is a scoreboard changing type player. He can catch a five yard pass and extend it to an 80 yard touchdown: a trait that coach Meyer covets. Even if Dixon were to verbal elsewhere before Signing Day, expect Urban Meyer to chase him all the way to the end.

Meanwhile, fellow Ohio State target Mike Gesicki received big news on Tuesday afternoon. Gesicki received an invite to play in the U.S. Army All-American game.

With Florida State, Miami, and Penn State all chasing the 6'5" athlete along with the Buckeyes, Gesicki should prove to be a nightmare for opposing defenses at the next level.

One time Ohio State target Poona Ford gave his commitment to Charlie Strong and the Louisville Cardinals on Tuesday night. Though things between Ford and Ohio State were trending down the last few months, this reaffirms that Thomas Holley is, most likely, the Buckeye's number one target on the defensive line for 2014.

Still on commit watch is New Jersey native, Curtis Samuel. Samuel visited Rutgers last week and came away without giving his commitment to his local school. That bodes well for Ohio State as that clears up all doubt that the Buckeyes are out in front and looking to wrap this one up.

In other news, current quarterback commit Stephen Collier has made it public that he is planning on graduating early and being on campus for spring practice, our Adam Waters reports. This confirms a report by Jeremy Birmingham of Eleven Warriors. It's unclear what the quarterback position will look like a year from now, but getting a leg up is never a bad thing. Collier will benefit greatly from this.

To basketball, the top remaining target on Ohio State's board for the class of 2014 is five star center Jahlil Okafor. While Jahlil is only entering his senior year in high school, the 6'11" monster is already drawing comparisons to future hall-of-famer, Tim Duncan. Ohio State is currently in Okafor's top eight along with Kentucky, Duke, and Arizona, to name a few. If Matta is able to eventually reel in Okafor, we could be looking at an all time Ohio State basketball recruiting class.

Onto 2015 for basketball, Ohio State has been expressing interest in Austin Conway.

Conway, a four star point guard from Colorado, already has an offer from Indiana and should continue to blow up as his high school career moves along. Keep an eye on Conway moving forward.

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