A number of the current Ohio State football commits took the field again over the weekend. Class of 2014 commits Parris Campbell and Dante Booker led their Akron St. Vincent St. Mary team to a 25-0 victory over Youngstown Cardinal Mooney on Friday evening. Campbell, a 6-0 185 pound speedster, continued his outstanding play for the Irish, rushing for nearly 180 yards and two touchdowns. Booker meanwhile was a force on the defensive end all night. The future OSU linebacker finished with 9 tackles and also had a sack and recovered a fumble.
Even though it has been reported that he will play defense at the next level, fellow 2014 commit Malik Hooker had himself quite a ball game on the offensive side of the ball Friday. Malik caught five passes for 123 and two touchdowns in a 32-13 New Castle (PA) route of Montour High.
To see how the rest of the Dream '14 recruiting class fared over the weekend, our Austin Kemp has you covered.
Just like most game days, football and basketball prospects were in Columbus on Saturday to check out the campus and take in the football game. 2014 Michigan wide receiver Kyle Frizzell, 2015 running back LJ Scott, 2017 Massillon quarterback Danny Clark, 2015 five-star Cleveland Villa-Angela St. Joe's forward Carlton Bragg and 2016 recruits Tyus Batte, Kyle Guy and forward Seth Towns are just a few of the prospects that invaded Ohio's capital city.
This is really the real deal! Ohio state baby— Kyle Frizzell (@KFrizzell11) September 21, 2013
Battle is a five-star shooting guard out of New Jersey. The 6-4 170 pound sophomore will probably remember his trip to Columbus for the rest of his life, as he received a scholarship from Thad Matta and staff while in town. Ohio State joins Indiana, UConn, Miami and Providence as some of the teams to offer Battle so far. The latest Rivals.com class of 2016 rankings currently lists Tyus as the eleventh best overall prospect in the county.
Here are some highlights of Battle in action from our friends over at IAElites.Com:
Seth Towns, a Columbus native, plays for Central, Ohio power Northland High and is starting to watch his recruitment blow up after a solid summer on the AAU circuit. Dayton and Xavier have already offered the 6-7 forward while programs like Ohio State and Michigan are still evaluating. "It went pretty good", Towns told our Zach Fleer. "I got to come in, get used to the coaches. We just chatted about how things are going; school, all that stuff." Towns doesn't have any other visits lined up for the immediate future after checking out OSU, Michigan and Virginia Tech recently. You can listen to Zach's entire interview with Seth here:
2015 Chicago shooting guard Charles Matthews announced his top 10 college list on Saturday afternoon. Ohio State, Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Marquette, Michigan State, SMU, Stanford and Wisconsin all made the cut for the five-star Matthews. According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Charles is the eleventh best player in the country, top overall shooting guard and also the best player in Illinois for the class of 2015.
Blessed to be deciding my school. Considering these 10 schools: Duke Illinois Kansas Kentucky Marquette MSU OSU SMU Stanford Wisconsin— Charles Matthews (@CMATTHEWS_1) September 21, 2013
Recently offered North Carolina class of 2015 four-star defensive end Darian Roseboro tweeted that he will visit Ohio State for Saturday's Wisconsin game. This weekend is shaping up to be one of if not the biggest recruiting weekends of the entire season. Roseboro adds his name to a list that includes most of the current Buckeye commits, a few high profile 2014 targets, and many 2015 targets. The 6-4 265 pound junior has offers from numerous BCS conference programs like North Carolina State, Auburn, Michigan, Tennessee and Clemson to name a few offers off his double digit scholarship offer list.
2015 4 star out of Lincolnton, NC RT @DarianRoseboro: Going to Ohio state next week to check it out. 🏈🏈🏈🏈🏈— Adam Waters (@AWaters_LGHL) September 21, 2013
Of course one player expected to be in attendance was 2014 TE/H-back Tyler Luatua. Evidently things took a turn for the worse between he and the Buckeyes' courtship late Sunday with Luatua tweeting the following:
And the shady business just started....👌No More OHIO STATE🚫✌️— Tyler Luatua#⃣9⃣ (@Luatua9) September 23, 2013
It's highly possible given the Buckeyes' number crunch and the expected presence of projected Buckeye lean Mike Gesicki that the staff pushed back or tried to ask Luatua to reschedule. The result was a 17 year old acting like a 17 year old unfortunately. Best of luck to Luatua as he continues his process. He is still considering Alabama, Notre Dame, and USC.
One late addition to the expected visitors is 2014 WR Travis Rudolph. As first reported by Rivals.com ($), Rudolph will be taking an official visit to Columbus this weekend. Rudolph, a 4-star on the 247Composite, had originally thought to be visiting Central Ohio for the Penn State game, but will get the chance for the staff to make a good impression during what should be one of the most electric atmospheres of the entire season.