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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 12/2 - Jamel Dean commits, Dave Bell dominates

Find out why 2015 four star defensive back Jamel Dean committed to the Buckeyes and the rest of the Ohio State recruiting news from over the weekend.

Dave Bell (Right) showed why he is one of the top prospects in Ohio on Friday.
Dave Bell (Right) showed why he is one of the top prospects in Ohio on Friday.


Saturday wasn't the only big win for Urban Meyer and the Ohio State coaching staff this weekend. Sunday evening, Florida defensive back Jamel Dean became the second commitment for the Buckeyes 2015 recruiting class, joining Canton McKinley stud Eric Glover-Williams.

Dean, a 6-1 180 pound four star prospect has visited Columbus a few times over the last year, most recently to watch the Buckeyes take on Penn State. A Cocoa, Florida native, Dean decided that Ohio State was the right place for him over opportunities to suit up for programs such as Florida, Miami, Mississippi State and others.

Our Miles Joseph caught up with Jamel Dean and had him touch on a few subjects:


"I feel like I can be a really good fit there. I did it today because it just felt like the right time. I called coach Hinton earlier today and told him I was committing. He was very excited that I decided to be a Buckeye."

On his relationship with the coaches:

"I usually call Coach Hinton once a week. We usually talk about how we've been doing, football and joke around."

The Game:

" I got to watch it and I was like, "this is an exciting game", but it was great that we pulled it off at the end."

Recent visit to OSU:

"I got to see the campus, the skull session, and their pre-game motivation talk from Coach Meyer. The game atmosphere was just amazing."

Message to Buckeye Nation:

"I'm part of the Buckeye family now. Go Bucks!"

Everyone knew how huge this weekend was for the Buckeyes National Championship dreams. What you might not have been aware of was a number of current Ohio State football commits are trying to make their own championship dreams come true. Terry McLaurin was a man among boys on Friday for Indianapolis Cathedral. The 6-0 tall wide out had 91 yards receiving, 79 yards rushing and scored three Irish touchdowns while also intercepting a pass on the defensive side of the ball. McLaurin and Cathedral ran away with an easy 42-18 victory over Westfield to win the their fourth consecutive 5-A State Championship Title.

Here are some highlights from the game.

Defensive end Dylan Thompson and his Montini Catholic (IL) teammates were also trying to bring another Championship title home over the weekend. Thompson and the Broncos played a hard fought ball game but didn't have enough to hold off Sacred Heart of Griffin, losing by a final score of 38-28.

McLaurin and Thompson aren't the only future Buckeyes that will play for a State title. Find out which members of the Dream '14 are still Runnin' Down The Dream.

The football commits weren't the only future Bucks in action over the weekend as a number of the basketball commits took to the hardwood. On Friday, Keita Bates-Diop scored 12 points and 10 rebounds in a 61-49 University High (IL) win over Normal West in the 43rd annual Intercity Tournament. The win gave the Pioneers,now 3-0 on the year, at least a share of the tournament title that they will try to win outright this evening against Central Catholic.

Dave Bell and Garfield Heights dominated Cleveland Horizon Science Academy, 100-42 on Friday. The 6-10, Bell stuffed the stat sheet Friday, finishing with 24 points, 22 rebounds and five blocks, while 2016 phenom Willie Jackson chipped in 14 points. The future Buckeye big man and his Garfield Heights teammates continue the young season on Friday when they take on Mentor.

Also in their first game of the season, 2015 commit AJ Harris and his Dayton Dunbar squad beat Belmont 87-31. Fellow class of 2015 commit Mickey Mitchell and his Plano West (TX) teammates have already played six games this season. On Friday, Mitchell pitched in 12 points in a 89-84 Thanksgiving Hoopfest loss to Hamilton High (TN). So far this season, the 6-8 Mitchell is averaging 15 points and nine rebounds a contest for the now 4-2 Wolves.

If you haven't already check out these highlights of Mitchell and Plano West from last week. You won't be disappointed:


  • 2015 shooting guard Malachi Richardson cut Ohio State from consideration over the weekend. The five star New Jersey native is now down to six teams, with Villanova, Rutgers, Indiana, Arizona, Syracuse and UConn all making the cut.
  • Recently offered JUCO defensive tackle Terrell Clinkscales committed to Nebraska on Sunday. Clinkscales, a 6-4 310 pound four star prospect, made the choice to join the Cornhuskers after spending the weekend in Lincoln on an official visit.
  • OSU commit Marcelys Jones and Cleveland Glenville teammates, potential Buckeyes, Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith were recognized for being named to the Army All-American game at Sundays Cleveland Browns game.