Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 4/8 - Trevor Thompson cuts list, nears decision

Ohio State makes the cut along with Indiana and Purdue for Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson.

The Buckeyes made the cut for the Virginia Tech transfer, along with two other schools.

Monday brought good news for Thad Matta and the Ohio State basketball team as Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson tweeted out a final cut of teams that he would consider before making his final decision in the next couple of weeks. The 6'10, 210-pound Thompson has been recruited by the Buckeyes and other top programs since he gave word that he would be transferring out of Virginia Tech and has cut his list down to three schools. Indiana, Ohio State, and Purdue are the teams Thompson is still considering.

Matta and his staff have already taken in another transfer, former Temple player Anthony Lee, but would still welcome Thompson with open arms. Thompson was recruited by Purdue coming out of high school, but it's still an open competition between the aforementioned schools. During his freshman season at Virginia Tech, Thompson averaged 5.0 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game in 16.2 minutes while also starting 10 games for the Hokies.

'15 RB Andrew Dowell made a visit to Ohio State on Monday, taking a tour around the campus and checking out what the Buckeyes offered as a program. He even got a chance to check out what it would be like to wear the scarlet and gray. Dowell is a 4-star running back from Lakewood, Ohio and is rated as the 23rd-best running back in the country while being the 14th-best prospect from the Buckeye state.

Dowell has offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Northwestern, Ohio, Toledo, and West Virginia. He does not yet hold an offer from the Buckeyes, but there's always a chance the staff could offer later on during his recruitment. Also pictured with Andrew is his brother, '15 WR David Dowell. David is also a 4-star and rated as the 24th-best wide receiver in the country while also being ranked as the ninth-best prospect from Ohio. David doesn't hold an offer from coach Meyer and the staff either, but I would imagine they'll continue to scout the brothers.

As of now, the Crystal Ball has the Dowell brothers heading to Northwestern, as the Wildcats hold a major advantage over Penn State, the only other school that has a shot to land the brothers.

'15 TE Hale Hentges visited Ohio State recently (April 3rd, to be exact) and on Monday, he was named an Under Armour All-American. The 6'4, 230-pound tight end is one of the top tight end prospects in the country, rated as the fourth-best tight end, while also being ranked as the second-best recruit in the state of Missouri.

The Crystal Ball also favors Ohio State to land Hentges commitment, which would be a very nice addition to the class of 2015 for Urban Meyer. Hentges holds offers from some of the premier schools in the nation, including Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas State, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Penn State, Texas, and Wisconsin, among the many other notable teams.

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