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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 12/10 - Chad Mavety commits to Florida State, 4 new offers

As the Buckeyes begin to move on from the loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship game, the recruiting is being turned up a notch among the coaching staff.

'14 wide receiver David Njoku decommitted from Rutgers in October. Could Ohio State take advantage?
'14 wide receiver David Njoku decommitted from Rutgers in October. Could Ohio State take advantage?


The biggest news from Monday comes in the form of another loss, unfortunately. '14 JUCO OT Chad Mavety committed to Florida State over Ohio State on Monday evening, spurning the Buckeyes. Mavety had been in constant contact with both coaching staffs, and had placed both teams in his top two before his decision. No matter if he chose Ohio State or not, Mavety was most likely going to start from the beginning for any team.

As mentioned above, Mavety is a JUCO-prospect that has three years to play two seasons. So while this was certainly a miss by the Ohio State coaching staff, it's not the end of the world. The Buckeyes have four offensive linemen in the class of 2014, including Jamarco Jones, Marcelys Jones, Demetrius Knox, and Kyle Trout. Landing Mavety would have been the cherry on top for the offensive line group, but this is still a solid class that you can look forward to.

The staff isn't dwelling on the Mavety commitment, as they are right back to the grind, offering four recruits on Monday alone. To start the day off, the Buckeyes offered '15 ATH Adonis Thomas. The 6'4, 206-pound Thomas projects to be a defensive end or outside linebacker at the next level, and hails from the state of Georgia.

From the same school, Ohio State also offered class of '16 OT E.J. Price, who also picked up an offer from Auburn on Monday. The 6'6, 260-pound sophomore is only a sophomore in high school, so there are restrictions as to how the coaches can communicate with him, but there's no doubt he's fully aware of the offer.

Up next to receive an offer was '15 DT Darrion Daniels received an offer from Texas Tech in September to start off his recruitment, but now holds more than 10 Division I scholarship offers. Among those schools are Arizona State, Baylor, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Ole Miss.

'15 CB Iman Marshall also received an offer from Ohio State on Monday. The 6'1, 190-pound cornerback runs a solid 4.5 40-yard dash, and is already ranked as the 14th-best player in the class of 2015, as well as the second best cornerback. Marshall also heard that he got an offer from Stanford on Monday, adding to his already large list of schools vying for his talents.

'14 ATH/WR David Njoku was a former Rutgers commitment before changing his tune in October. Since that time, Njoku has been in quite a bit of contact with the Miami Hurricanes coaching staff. Ohio State might be sensing an opportunity to perk some interest, so the coaching staff has set up an in-home visit with the 6'4, 215-pound receiver from New Jersey. The visit will take place Wednesday, but we'll be keeping an eye on how that goes for the Buckeyes, and how it affects Njoku's recruitment overall.


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