One of the remaining targets on Ohio State's recruiting board is '14 JUCO OL Chad Mavety. Mavety has long been in contact with the Buckeyes' coaching staff, and throughout the past season, has had Ohio State near the top of his list among many BCS-level schools. Florida State is said to be the other favorite for landing Mavety, despite holding offers from Alabama, Miami, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and LSU among many others. The 6'6", 320-pound Mavety is ranked as the fourth best JUCO offensive lineman in the country, and the number one ranked prospect overall coming out of the state of New York.
Mavety is planned to have an official visit to Ohio State on the weekend of November 22nd, 20 days after his last visit to Florida State. It will be interesting to see how that unfolds, but until then, it's clearly a tug of war match between the Buckeyes and the Seminoles:
Ohio State - FSU recruiting battle RT @chadmavety55: "Excited for this florida state Miami game this Saturday! I will be attending"— SB Nation Recruiting (@SBNRecruiting) October 28, 2013
Even '14 Ohio State commit ATH Noah Brown is trying to get Mavety to commit to the Buckeyes and join the chase for the national championship:
@chadmavety55 @UrbanWarfare22 yessir!! Come join me bro! Lets get these rings together #Jersey #Sparta #PJ— Dez (@nb_dosuno) October 29, 2013
247's Crystal Ball has the Buckeyes currently favored for Mavety's services at 85% and Florida State with 15% of the vote.
Moving on to some future recruits, Land-Grant Holy Land's very own Charles Doss had the chance to speak with '15 QB Kelly Bryant about his time at Ohio State this past weekend against Penn State during his visit. Bryant had some interesting things to say about the Buckeyes:
"It was a great visit! I enjoyed every bit of it. The fans were unbelievable throughout the game, from kickoff until the end of the game. The atmosphere and the environment around the stadium really stood out to me. Coach Withers wants to come down and watch me play sometime before the season is over. If I were to receive an offer it would really mean a lot. Having the opportunity to play for a great coaching staff, receive a education, and play in front of a amazing fan base would be great."
Charles also got the opportunity to speak with '15 LS Liam McCullough about his visit during the weekend as well. Here's what he had to say about Ohio State:
"The atmosphere in the 'Shoe was just as intense this weekend as it was for the Wisconsin game. I spoke with coach Coombs multiple times and he said it was great to have me and would love to have me commit to Ohio State right now. The biggest thing that stood out to me this week was actually getting to go in the locker room after the game and hang out with all of the specialists."
It certainly sounds like the Buckeyes are pushing hard on that front with McCullough. I have to say, I find that interesting, considering that Ohio State signed long snapper Bryce Haynes (which was a pretty big deal) back in the class of 2011. Haynes is a redshirt freshman and actually played against Penn State this past weekend.