Ohio State still has their sights set on Indianapolis and the Big Ten championship, while hoping two of the three top teams in the BCS falls so that the Buckeyes get a shot at it all, but along the way the coaching staff hasn't let up in the recruiting game. Despite their focus during Saturday afternoons and running practice during the week, the coaches have to travel and make calls to recruits constantly, trying to keep one of the nation's best recruiting classes consistent over the course of Urban Meyer's tenure at Ohio State.
Per many reports #OhioState has offered 2015 LB/DE Anthony Wheeler— LGHL Recruiting (@LGHLRecruiting) November 5, 2013
Multiple reports on Monday indicated that the Buckeyes offered '15 OLB Anthony Wheeler. Wheeler is a 6'2, 225-pound outside linebacker and weak-side defensive end that has been clocked at 4.55 in the 40-yard dash, which is pretty solid speed for a linebacker, and even more impressive at defensive end. According to the 247Composite, Wheeler checks in as the 6th-best outside linebacker in the country, and the 17th-best overall recruit in the state of Texas. Check out some of the highlights of Wheeler on the football field. Wheeler has offers from Baylor, Michigan, Michigan State, Ole Miss, SMU, Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech.
Damn just met "the" head coach of Ohio state Urban Meyers... He came to this little town... Crazy haha. I'm shocked.— SHOP (@StevenG511) November 4, 2013
Ohio State has obviously made a pretty big impression on another recruit in the class of '15, OT/OG Steven Gonzalez, who tweeted out on Monday that he was "shocked" that Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer had come to his town (Union City, New Jersey) in person to talk with Gonzalez. While Rutgers is probably still the favorite for right now, if coach Meyer and his staff really want him, they have a decent shot.
Per a source, JUCO OT Avery Gennesy likely favoring #Vols and/or #OhioState. Mom likely favoring #Aggies. #OleMiss— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) November 4, 2013
According to Gerry Hamilton's source, '14 JUCO OT Avery Gennesy seems to be favoring either the Tennessee Volunteers or the Ohio State Buckeyes. His mom has other plans, though, and likes the Aggies for her son. 90% of the 247 Crystal Ball agrees with Gennesy's mother, while 10% have him landing with Ole Miss. Earlier on Monday, however, word got out that his final three were Ole Miss, Ohio State, and Texas A&M. There seems to be quite a bit of confusion on what the actual case may be, but it's a situation that is definitely worth keeping an eye on in the near future.
Finally, Ohio State secondary coach Kerry Coombs has been one of many great recruiters for Ohio State, and has helped bring in his fair share of big name prospects to Columbus and get them in the scarlet and gray. Obviously, head coach Urban Meyer trusts him, sending him to the state of Georgia to continue Ohio State's recruiting:
Planting the flag all over Georgia today! #goBucks— Kerry Coombs (@OsuCoachCoombs) November 4, 2013
Class of 2014 four star power forward Payton Dastrup announced on Twitter that he will make his college announcement this Thursday night. Dastrup, a 6-9 Mesa, Arizona native recently visited Ohio State after checking out BYU and Virginia. As many of you might know, If Payton was to choose the Buckeyes, he wouldn't touch campus until 2016, as he plans to take a two year Mormon mission trip after graduating high school.
For anyone interested, I'll now be making my college decision on Thursday, November 7th at 7 PM MST at the Monutainn View Gym— Payton Dastrup (@PDastrup) November 5, 2013