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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 11/11 - Franklin Howard visits

Urban Meyer and the Ohio State coaching staff were all over the place Friday watching recruits play. Find out where they were and which 2015 basketball recruit visited over the weekend.

2015 shooting guard Franklin Howard visited Ohio State over the weekend.
2015 shooting guard Franklin Howard visited Ohio State over the weekend.


It might have been a bye week for the football team, but it surely wasn't an off week in the world of Ohio State recruiting. A majority of the current football commits are either watching their high school careers come to an end or are still chasing state championship dreams. Parris Campbell and Dante Booker helped Akron St. Vincent St. Mary advance one step closer to a Division III title on Friday evening.

The Irish came out fast and never looked back, running away with an easy 52-7 opening round win over the Bombers of Kenston. Future Buckeye playmaker Campbell rushed for over 100 yards and scored four touchdowns while Booker finished with five tackles and two interceptions from his linebacker spot, returning one for a score.

Quarterback commit Stephen Collier scored five total touchdowns in Lee County High Schools (GA) season finale Friday. Collier and the Trojans defeated Bainbridge 38-14. The victory made the team 9-1 on the season and also gave them the Region 1-AAAAA Football Title. Lee County will host Effingham County in the first round of the playoffs next Friday night.

Curious to how the rest of the future Buckeyes performed over the weekend? We have you covered with our weekly piece Runnin' Down The Dream.

Urban Meyer and a number of his assistant coaches were out watching some of the commits and prospects on their recruiting board in action. Meyer, after visiting most of the top programs in Northern,Ohio on Friday, he took in the Cleveland Glenville game. The Tarblooders have current OSU commit Marcelys Jones on the offensive line and is the home of potential Buckeyes Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith. Jones,Lattimore,Smith and their Glenville teammates, made easy work of Brush, winning their Division II opening round game, 35-0 in front of the Ohio State head coach.

On Friday, Jones joined fellow OSU commit, Curtis Samuel by signing his midyear financial aid agreement.

Mike Vrabel checked out the Massillon Washington 33-17 win over Nordonia. Massillon, one of the most prized programs in the state of Ohio, is the high school of 2015 targets Reggie Rogers, JD Crabtree and elite 2017 quarterback Danny Clark. Rogers had eight tackles and caught six passes for 67 yards and a touchdown from Clark, who was 7 of 12 for 91 yards for the game. Crabtree rushed for nearly 90 yards and two Tiger touchdowns, while also chipping in two tackles on defense.

Meyer and Vrabel weren't the only OSU coaches out and about. Luke Fickell was reportedly watching class of 2015 defensive back Jordan Whitehead in Pennsylvania and Everett Withers escaped the cold weather of Columbus to get a look at 2014 defensive backs Terrence Alexander and Mattrell McGraw in Louisiana.

Spreaking of McGraw, the 6-0 185 pound John Curtis High safety announced he will take his Official visit to Ohio State January 10th through the 12th. A four star prospect, McGraw isn't just considering the Buckeyes. Florida State, Oregon and UCLA are just a few of the programs he is reportedly high on.

Late last week the football team offered quite a few class of 2015 recruits. Offensive lineman Kieffer Longson, down south defensive ends Kyle Phillips and Scott Patchan are just a few of the prospects offered recently. On Friday, North Carolina athlete Nyheim Hines joined them and received his chance to suit up for the Buckeyes. Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina and NC State are few of the other programs in the mix for the 5-8 180 pound, four star junior.

Check out this video of Hines breaking down his seven touchdown performance, earlier this season:

The Ohio State basketball team officially kicked off their 2013-14 season on Saturday in a big way by trouncing Morgan State 89-50. Paul VI (VA) elite shooting guard, Franklin Howard took in the ball game. "The visit was great. I learned a lot more about the University. What stood out were definitely the campus, the facilities and Thad Matta. They (Matta and staff) expressed how much they are interested in me and how I would fit in with them, and more about the program." Howard told Land-Grant Holy Land soon after returning home from his trip to Columbus.

Howard, a 6-4 185 pound slasher, is getting over a torn ACL but still ranks among the top players in the country. Franklin is the 47th overall prospect in the 2015 class, according to and is sporting scholarship offers from the Buckeyes, the Gators of Florida, Maryland, North Carolina State and Villanova, to go along with many others.


  • Garfield Heights power forward, Dave Bell, will sign his letter of intent with the Ohio State basketball team on Wednesday.
  • The Buckeyes are showing interest in 2015 Lakota West offensive lineman George Asafo-Adjei. The 6-4 295 pound junior currently holds an offer from Kentucky.