The spring game has finally arrived. With the exhibition back in Columbus, many of the nation's top prospects will be in town for unofficial visits.
With the festivities just a short day away, we're going to take a look at some of the top prospects who are set to be on campus today and tomorrow.
OT Sterling Jenkins, Pittsburgh (PA) Baldwin
The standout offensive lineman will be in town for the first time since visiting for the Indiana game last fall. He arrived earlier today and will be leaving late tonight. Urban Meyer and company will need to hit a grand slam on his visit this weekend as he's believed to be leaning towards Penn State. He'll make his way to Happy Valley the very next day for the Nittany Lions' spring game and will also be visiting on May 5th, where a commitment wouldn't be much of a surprise.
FB/ATH Chandler Cox, Apopka (FL)
He will be making his first ever trip to Columbus today to see what Ohio State has to offer. Cox could be a very good fit at H-back wherever he decides to play his college football. It's great the Buckeyes are getting him on campus and could very well make a good impression today, but right now I think he ends up at Florida or another school in SEC country.
OT Michal Menet, Reading (PA) Exeter (2016)
Pennsylvania's best offensive lineman in the 2015 class will be on campus today and Menet might just be the top linemen in the state's 2016 class. Menet picked up an offer shortly after arriving in Columbus today. He already had scholarship offers from the likes of Michigan State, Penn State, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Temple, and Virginia. Ohio State will likely be a major player in his recruitment.
Spring Game (Saturday)
RB Damien Harris, Berea (KY) Madison Southern
The top running back in the nation will be back in Columbus tomorrow just a couple of months after visiting for a basketball game in February. He's probably not going to commit until national signing day, but it's huge to get him back on campus. I continue to think this one boils down to Ohio State, Michigan, Auburn, Alabama, USC, and maybe Florida.
LB Sh'mar Kilby-Lane, Hallandale (FL)
It's not out of the question we see a commitment or two this weekend and the standout linebacker from the Sunshine State is definitely on the watch list of players who could end their process this weekend. Ohio State is the favorite going into the visit even though he has never been on campus. If the visit goes well (and almost all visits do) then we could see him committed on the visit or a few days after. We'll definitely be keeping an eye on this over the weekend.
DE Dre'Mont Jones, Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius
Here's another situation of a player who could commit this weekend. This will be Jones' second ever visit to Ohio State and the first time he'll get some sort of feel for a game environment at the 'Shoe. His first visit was only a couple of weeks ago and that went very well. Of all the visitors this weekend, I think Jones is the most likely to commit. You never know though as he might want to take a few more visits before making a commitment official. I would be shocked if he wasn't in this class come signing day though.
C/OG James Daniels, Warren (OH) G Harding
Auburn pulled into the lead for Daniels following a strong visit a week or so ago. This visit could go a long way in helping the Scarlet and Gray climb back towards the top in the race to land the commitment for the Buckeye legacy. His father, LeShun Daniels, played for the Buckeyes a while back. Iowa will also be a major player in his recruitment as his brother was a freshman for the Hawkeyes last year.
LS Liam McCullough, Worthington (OH) Kilbourne
It's important to land a good long-snapper every three or four years, with McCullough being the latest guy targeted to handle long-snapping duties. It's rare a Columbus kid with an offer doesn't end up in the Scarlet and Gray and I don't see this changing with the top long-snapper. A commitment could come as early as Saturday, but I wouldn't be surprised if he waited a little longer. Michigan State and Wisconsin are Ohio State's biggest competition as things currently stand.
LB Joshua McMillon, Memphis (TN) Whitehaven
Yesterday, the standout linebacker announced that he would be at the Ohio State spring game and will be visiting Michigan the day before. He doesn't have an offer yet, but it's not out of the question that he picks one up eventually. Even if they do offer, I don't think OSU would have much of a shot at landing him. Alabama is probably the favorite to land him right now, with Ole Miss and other SEC schools firmly in the mix.
LB Darrin Kirkland, Indianapolis (IN) Lawrence Central
One of the top linebackers in the Midwest will be in Columbus this weekend and is still hoping for a Buckeye offer. I don't think he picks up an offer this weekend, but could in a few months with a good showing at camp. If he does get an Ohio State offer, they will play a huge factor in his recruitment along with Penn State, Michigan, Tennessee, and a couple of others.
DE Nick Bosa, Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas (2016)
I don't like putting the "lock" on prospects who aren't in the 2015 class, so I'll hold off here. However, I would be pretty surprised if Nick didn't join his older brother Joey in the scarlet and gray at some point in the next two year. It's still very early, and something could happen, but right now Ohio State are the clear frontrunners to land the standout defensive lineman.
OT Tommy Kraemer, Cincinnati (OH) Elder (2016)
Speaking of guys are are likely to be in the 2016 class (as things stand today), Kraemer is another who fits that billing. He picked up an offer from the Buckeyes last week, and it's going to be tough to beat the Buckeyes in this race. The standout offensive linemen already has a very good frame at 6'5, 305 pounds.
ATH Richard LeCounte, Hinesville (GA) Liberty County (2017)
While he played with Raekwon McMillan for a year and the two seem pretty close, I don't think Ohio State is the leader right now (though they will play a factor in his recruitment). There is still a long way to go between now and National Signing Day 2017, but the way things currently stand, I think he decides to play closer to home. He'll be one of the top guys in the 2017 class when it's all said and done.
OT Josh Myers, Miamisburg (OH) (2017)
He's probably a long ways from committing, but I could definitely see him becoming a Buckeye at some point. In fact, I would say they're the team to beat for the Kentucky Wildcat legacy right now. This has the makings of a big national recruiting battle as he recently added scholarship offers from the likes of Florida, Michigan, and Tennessee, in addition to the Ohio State offer he picked up a couple of weeks ago. Myers will have quite the offer list by the time his senior season rolls around.
QB Danny Clark, Massillon (OH) Washington (2017)
The leader of Ohio State's 2017 recruiting class will be on campus for yet another visit Saturday. Look for the future Buckeye quarterback to be helping recruit this weekend, especially fellow class of 2017 prospects Richard LeCounte, Josh Myers, and Todd Sibley.
RB Todd Sibley, Akron (OH) Archbishop Hoban (2017)
He's not a big name just yet, but it's still extremely early. Sibley definitely has the talent to play at a school like Ohio State, but has a little work to do before earning an offer from the Buckeyes. Fortunately, it's about three years before signing day so he has plenty of time to earn that offer.
There could definitely be some last second additions and cancelations this weekend. We'll try to keep this post up to date if new developments occur. Make sure to stay locked to Land-Grant Holy Land this weekend for all of your Buckeye recruiting news.