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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 11/15

Land-Grant Holy Land recaps yesterdays events in the world of Buckeye football and basketball recruiting.

Tate should excel when he arrives on campus next year.
Tate should excel when he arrives on campus next year.
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We're coming off a bye week of Buckeye football and we haven't seen too much action the world of Buckeye recruiting, but there were a couple of noteworthy items from yesterday. We had some pretty big news on the side of Buckeye basketball recruiting as an additional big time player signed their national letters of intent to play for Thad Matta's squad next year.

On the football side of things, the most surprising news of the day came when 2014 New Orleans (LA) John Curtis defensive back Terrence Alexander named Ohio State in his top three along with Ole Miss and Stanford. He stated that all three schools are equal at this point in the recruiting process.

I currently have the 5-foot-10-inch, 180 pound cornerback projected to land with the Stanford Cardinal on the 247Sports Crystal Ball, but I could definitely see the Buckeyes jumping into the thick of this race if they're able to secure an official visit from the defensive standout.

More big news came when Pittsburgh (PA)  Mt. Lebanon offensive tackle Alex Bookser scheduled an official visit to Ohio State for the weekend of December 13th. He also set official visits to Penn State, Pittsburgh, and Tennessee.

As things currently stand, the Panthers lead for the 6-foot-6-inch, 295 pound offensive tackle, but if he has a good visit to Columbus next month, things could changed. After cooling on Thomas Holley and Lonnie Johnson decommitting, there is more room in this class. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see the Buckeyes take two more offensive linemen, but right now the only one I have one more projected in this class in the form of JUCO tackle Chad Mavety.

Speaking of Mavety, we're just a week away from his official visit to OSU where he'll watch the Bucks take on Indiana. The last time I spoke to him, he told me he was set on taking the visit. While the Florida State Seminoles have been trending for the massive offensive tackle, I think his trip to Columbus next week will seal the deal for the Buckeyes.

Thad Matta received good news yesterday when he received a signed NLOI from an additional top player that helps elevate his stellar 2014 recruiting class.

Five-star guard D'Angelo Russell put Buckeye fan's worries to rest yesterday when he signed his national letter of intent, officially becoming a member of the Ohio State basketball team. Russell, who attends Montverde Academy in Florida but is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, is considered by many to be the top player in the Buckeye's class.

Land-Grant Holy Land basketball recruiting analyst Zach Fleer also was in attendance at Pickerington Central High School yesterday to take in 2014 forward Jae'Sean Tate's signing ceremony. Though Tate signed Wednesday, he made things official at a ceremony at his high school yesterday. Check out this exclusive video of Tate's special moment:

Just after the ceremony, Zach caught up with one of the newest members of the Ohio State basketball family:

To wrap up this week, here are my latest predictions to finish Ohio State's 2014 recruiting class:

1. ATH Marshon Lattimore

2. S Erick Smith

3. ILB Raekwon McMillan

4. OT Chad Mavety

5. DE Soloman Thomas

6. WR Johnnie Dixon

7. Surprise commitment