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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 10/28 - Minkah Fitzpatrick talks visit

See what elite class of 2015 defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick had to say about his visit, plus see which basketball recruits were on campus and more Ohio State recruiting news from the weekend.

2015 DB Minkah Fitzpatrick had a good talk with OSU assistant coach Kerry Coombs yesterday.
2015 DB Minkah Fitzpatrick had a good talk with OSU assistant coach Kerry Coombs yesterday.
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It seems like almost every week one of the current Ohio State commits are putting up some rather ridiculous numbers on Friday nights. Indianapolis Cathedral speed demon Terry McLaurin was that commit this week. McLaurin rushed for what some running backs wish to have for conference play ending stats. His 311 yards and four touchdowns were the main reason the Irish ran away with an easy 54-26 Sectional victory over Decater Central.

After winning homecoming king, future Buckeye signal caller Stephen Collier had himself quite the ball game as well. Collier, and Lee County High (GA) bounced back this week and dominated Harris County 44-7 behind Collier's 328 passing yards and four touchdowns. Stephen, a three star prospect, also rushed for 54 yards and another score, helping lead the Trojans one step closer to the playoffs.

To see how the rest of the Dream '14 did this weekend, check out our weekly piece, Runnin' Down The Dream.

Saturday turned out to be the biggest recruiting game day for the Buckeyes all season long. Some of the highly touted recruits to invade Columbus were elite 2014 recruits Raekwon McMillan out of Georgia, Texas prospects Tony Brown, Solomon Thomas and 2015 recruits, running back Bryce Love, and New Jersey St. Peters Prep teammates Brandon Wimbush and Minkah Fitzpatrick to name a few of the 50 or so prospects to visit over the weekend.

Fitzpatrick had a great time Saturday but it was what took place on Sunday that really impressed the four star defensive back. "Of course the fans and the stadium were great, but I think what really stood out to me was today (Sunday) with the coaches." The 6-0 180 pound Fitzpatrick told Land-Grant Holy Land. "They are organized, energized and they want to be the best. You can tell they have a goal."

Ohio State isn't the only program after Fitzpatrick. Florida State, LSU, Notre Dame, Penn State and Rutgers are just a number of the teams to offer a scholarship to him. Fitzpatrick's potential position coach, Kerry Coombs, made sure he spent some quality time with him before he headed back to the East Coast. "I sat down and talked with Coach Coombs. I like that he is a straight forward and no nonsense type of coach," he said. "He wants me to start calling him once a week, I'm going to make it a priority."

You should make watching these highlights of Minkah Fitzpatrick dominating the competition a priority:

To see what Bryce Love, Jamel Dean, Nick Conner, Anthony McKee and some of the other prospects had to say about their OSU trips, check out our Penn State weekend visit recap piece.

After visiting over the weekend, 2014 JUCO offensive lineman Avery Gennesy announced the Buckeyes are in his top two, according to many reports. Gennesy, a 6-5 307 pound tackle also lists Texas A&M on his current short list. A few of the other programs to offer Avery are Tennessee, Ole Miss, Baylor and Kentucky. If rankings are your kind of thing, Gennesy is the 10th best Junior College prospect and fifth best offensive tackle, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

The football team wasn't the only Buckeyes to have visitors on Saturday. 2014 commit Jae'Sean Tate of Pickerington Central took his official visit over the weekend. Thad Matta and staff also played host to 2016 prospects Cassius Winston and Derek Funderburk Jr. also. Winston, a small but tough 6-0 165 pounds already holds offers from B1G foe Michigan State, Colorado and Iowa State, could the Buckeyes be the next squad to offer the four star point guard?

This was the second time in the last few months Funderbuke visited OSU. A sophomore at Lakewood St. Edwards, Derek has really started to put it all together on the court, impressing many of the scouts who have watched him perform. The 6-9 big man hasn't just impressed the scouts, but college coaches as well. Illinois and Xavier have offered so far, but with the way Derek has performed as of late, plenty of others are sure to come his way.


  • Be on the lookout for a recap on the All-Ohio City Series from our Zach Fleer. Class of 2015 Ohio State commit AJ Harris and plenty of Buckeye targets such as Funderburk and Esa Ahmad participated in the event. You won't want to miss this.