The Raekwon McMillan recruiting circus continues to move along and the new development seems to be heading in favor of the Clemson Tigers, however I'm still not putting Dabo Sweeney and company at the top of the list. As we've seen throughout the fall, McMillan has taken several visits to Death Valley, but that can largely be due to the fact it's a short trip from his hometown.
The scuttlebutt in the last week or so has simply not been in the Buckeyes' favor. Though McMillan has been projected by just about every expert to end up in Columbus when everything's said and done, this is has turned into one of those situations where the momentum may be working against them. Seventeen year old kids and all, but over a long enough timeline, with new variables introduced, it can get more challenging to close in a situation like this, even for an expert like Coach Urban Meyer.
The longer it takes the five-star linebacker to make his decision, the higher chance new developments, like this, will continue to pop up. Ohio State has felt good about their chances for awhile and have seemed to be in the driver's seat for most of the process. As this one continues to play out and we get closer to the middle of December, when a likely announcement is expected, the momentum could start to shift back to the Buckeyes.
Real chance #Clemson ends up with #5Star LB Raekwon McMillan per @RyanBartow and @Mansell247— JC Shurburtt (@jcshurburtt) November 26, 2013
Five-star linebacker, Justin Hilliard will be in attendance when the Buckeyes visit the Wolverines on Saturday. A huge Ohio State target foe 2015, the Buckeyes have put themselves in a great position for the Ohio native, and though it's a Michigan visit, he'll have a chance to see Urban Meyer's Buckeyes first hand, yet again, in a big time setting. It was previously thought that he would use this weekend to make the trip to the Iron Bowl for the Alabama-Auburn game. At the moment, it seems to be an Iowa, Michigan, and Ohio State battle for the 6'2 linebacker and the contender list will only expand as we enter into the winter time.
2015 5* LB Justin Hilliard has decided he will attend #Michigan/#OhioState instead of the Iron Bowl at Auburn on Sat: http://t.co/1K67lyr9oZ— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) November 26, 2013
A 2015 target that looks like the Buckeye's to lose is offensive tackle Drew Richmond. From Tennessee, Richmond visited Columbus on September 28th and would be a huge get to add to a 2015 class that has potential to be one of the nation's tops. He's not a Buckeye, at the moment, but he's already embracing the rivalry.
I get the ❌ the Buckeyes are doing now. Beat that team up north !! ⭕️🙉🙏⭕️— Drew Richmond (@TheDream_75) November 27, 2013
A good sign? I think yes.
With Lonnie Johnson's decommitment a few weeks ago, it opened the door for Ohio State to add another receiver. Among the targets is Trevion Thompson, a 6'3 prospect from North Carolina. Thompson has elite size and would a viable option for Ohio State moving forward. He's also rated a the 122nd best prospect in 247Sports composite rankings. Check out his recently released senior highlights.
Another wide out, and arguably one of the better athletes in the country, that the Buckeyes would love to get their hands on is Johnnie Dixon. Miami and Alabama have went back and forth for the top spot for months, but Ohio State has always been in the picture. His decision will come December 8th and the Buckeyes are in a firm position to grab the Dwyer High School stand out.
Thought on Johnnie Dixon: I think #OhioState is in the lead right now, based on what I'm hearing. #Canes #Bama— Matt Porter (@mattyports) November 27, 2013
Johnnie Dixon messaged me that he will decide on Dec. 8th.— Michael Chung (@MChungOZone) November 27, 2013
- Ohio State target Marshon Lattimore has been named a U.S. Army Player of the Year finalist.