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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 12/19 - David Njoku sets official visit, Hubbard gets 5th star

Despite losing out on another OL prospect, the Buckeyes will get an official visit from a 3-star WR in January. Plus, Sam Hubbard gets his 5th star on Scout.

Former Rutgers commit David Njoku
Former Rutgers commit David Njoku


The Buckeyes were looking to continue with the momentum they had after landing both '14 WR Johnnie Dixon and '14 LB Raekwon McMillan earlier in the week. The Buckeyes got good news on another receiving target who set an official visit yesterday to check out Columbus early in 2014.

Former Scarlet Knight commit and '14 WR David Njoku announced his date in which he will officially visit the Buckeyes. The 3-star WR from New Jersey, who decommitted from Rutgers back in October, will be visiting Ohio State on January 17th. As of today, the Miami Hurricanes are seemingly in the best position to land the 6'4", 215-pound pass catcher. But the Buckeyes getting an official visit from Njoku is definitely good news.

After coming up short for '14 JUCO OT Chad Mavety, the Buckeyes shifted focus to '14 OT Alex Bookser of Mt. Lebanon High School in Pennsylvania. The 6'6", 295-pound mauler visited Columbus last weekend for an official visit. Yesterday, the Buckeyes learned that they will have to move in another direction as Bookser committed to the Pitt Panthers.

With Bookser coming off of the board, I would not be surprised to see Ohio State pursue new prospects on the offensive line, as they definitely seem to want another at the position. If they Buckeyes do not start targeting new names, it would likely be time to go all-out for guys like '14 OT Frank Ragnow, '14 OT Roderick Johnson and others.

'14 ATH Sam Hubbard, a Buckeye commit since April, picked up his 5th star yesterday in the new Scout rankings for the 2014 class. Hubbard comes in as the 33rd best player in the country according to the rankings, as well as the 1st ranked player in the state of Ohio. Impressive, to say the least, since just a few months before committing to the Buckeyes, Hubbard was committed to the Fighting Irish to play Lacrosse. Hubbard played a vital role in helping Moeller High School (Cincinnati, Ohio) win a state championship over Mentor earlier this month.

The new Scout 300 rankings that were released also included Damon Webb (39), Raekwon McMillan (53), Jamarco Jones (61), Kyle Berger (68), Curtis Samuel (76), Dante Booker (81), Parris Campbell (82), Jalyn Holmes (109), Demetrius Knox (113), Noah Brown (125), Johnnie Dixon (151), Terry McLaurin (240), Malik Hooker (254) and Kyle Trout (281). That makes 15 of the 19 commits in the 2014 class ranked in the top 300 on Scout.