On Saturday Ohio State played host to prospects such as Tennessee wide out Van Jefferson, Ohio linebackers Anthony McKee, Justin Hilliard and Maryland offensive tackle Patrick Allen, who named the Buckeyes his current leader after visiting Columbus,watching practice and getting more familiar with the Buckeye coaching staff, especially Ed Warinner and Urban Meyer.
"We (Allen and Warinner) talked about offensive lineman, the NFL, and what position I would fit at if I went to Ohio State. I got to talked to Coach Meyer as well and he was pretty funny. He told me that is very competitive at Ohio State and you will get the experience of hard work and earning your spot. Nothing is given to you directly. It's a real comfortable area and the town was great. It was just amazing talking to the coaching staff. Everyone was really cool and it was just like family."
Curious in what else the 6'5 270-pound Allen had to say about his time at OSU? Our Miles Joseph has you covered here.
The aforementioned recruits weren't the only ones to grace the campus with their presence, as 2015 Trotwood Madison defensive back Kei Beckham, Hamilton Ross offensive tackle Simon Stepaniak and class of 2016 Illinois lineman Sean Foster also made it to Columbus on Saturday for practice.
"It went good and the intensity and how smooth and fast thing went." Beckham, a 6'0 160-pound three-star prospect told Land-Grant Holy Land of his time on campus. "I talked to Coach Tim Hinton and Coach Kerry Coombs and they said they love my size and they are coming to see me in the spring."
Beckham currently holds offers from programs such as Kentucky and Indiana after he snatched up over 30 total tackles and eight interceptions to help lead Trotwood Madison to the Division III title game last season, but stated an offer from OSU "would mean a lot since I grew up a Buckeye fan."
His latest trip to campus might not be his last as Beckham said he is planning on camping at Ohio State in June and might try to make it back up in a few weeks for the Buckeyes' spring game next month.
Here is a little footage of Beckam in action for the Rams last season:
A lot like Kei, Simon Stepaniak, also holds scholarship offers from Kentucky and Indiana, enjoyed himself at OSU. "It went great. I loved the coaches and how they taught and motivated the players." The 6'4 290 pounder told Land-Grant Holy Land of his trip. "I spoke with Coach Coombs and Coach Warinner. They just said they are recruiting me very hard and glad I came up. I'm thinking about attending the June 8th, football camp." Stepaniak went on to add.
As a junior, Simon was named Special Mention All-Ohio after being a force on the Ross offensive line all season long, helping the Rams to a 6-4 overall record. Along with his offers from the Wildcats and Hoosiers, Stepaniak, has scholarship offers from Penn State, Illinois, Minnesota and Wake Forest to name a few off his growing list.
Great visit to OSU!!— Si〽️on Stepaniak (@simon72FTR) March 22, 2014
Foster, one of the top 2016 lineman in the country, has watched his recruitment take off over the last couple months. California and Nebraska have offered so far, while Indiana, Illinois, Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and the Buckeyes are showing increased interest by the week.
Fresh off visits to Eastern Michigan, Michigan and Michigan State, the 6'8 265-pound Foster checked out what Ohio State had to offer on Saturday.
"It was a great visit." Foster told LGHL. "The things that stood out to me was how well Coach Meyer coached his team. I got to speak with Coach Meyer, Coach Ash and Coach Warinner. They said they loved my film and everything I do. They loved how strong and physical I am with my opponent."
With the recruiting process just heating up for Foster, he isn't looking to commit or even name a top list, but didn't shy away from sharing what an offer from Meyer and the Buckeyes would mean to him.
"An offer from Ohio State would mean everything to me cause on my mom's side of the family they are all huge Ohio State fans. When I think of OSU football I think of the legacy of great players and coaches that have been there."
For highlights of Foster, check out his Hudl page.
Last night the Buckeyes offered class of 2015 defensive back Cameron Ordway of Giles County High in Pulaski, Tennessee. "Coach Hinton and I talked. It's a great honor" The four star prospect told us of his OSU offer.
OSU joins the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Vanderbilt in offering the 6'1 170 pound Ordway, who shared what comes to mind when he thinks of Buckeye football.
"You think of great history, fantastic coaches and big time play makers on their teams".
Check out Ordway's film:
Now to basketball news. Class of 2015 standout and freshly named Mr. Basketball for the state of Ohio, Luke Kennard of Franklin High, is set to announce his college commitment this evening at 7:45. The five-star shooting guard, who averaged over 40 points a contest for the Wildcats last season, seems to be down to the Buckeyes, Duke and Kentucky, with the Blue Devils having the inside track after he had a stellar visit to Durham earlier this month.
The 247Sports Composite Rankings currently have the 6'5 Kennard as the second shooting guard and 12th overall prospect in the 2015 class.
To see what Matta and the Bucks would add in Luke Kennard, take a look at these highlights below:
- 2015 Tennessee defensive back Kareem Orr had to cancel his Saturday visit to OSU. The three-star talent tells LGHL he is hoping to making it back to campus in the near future.
- In the Division III state title game, 2015 Ohio State target Carlton Bragg went over 1,000 career points but ended up on the losing end, as Cleveland Villa Angela St. Joseph fell to Lima Central Catholic, 64-62 on Saturday. In his final game as a junior, Bragg, a five-star forward, finished with 23 points for the Vikings.
- Miles Joseph caught up with Cleveland Benedictine athlete Jerome Baker over the weekend. See what Baker had to say about his recent visit to OSU and more.