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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 2/12 - New offer, new commit

The basketball Buckeyes land a big one and Urban Meyer offers another running back.

2014 running back Marcus Outlow (Right) was offered by Ohio State Monday.
2014 running back Marcus Outlow (Right) was offered by Ohio State Monday.

After a pretty wild Sunday that saw the good guys land the commitments of talented 2014 recruits offensive tackle Kyle Trout, defensive end Lawrence Marshall, as well as and running back Parris Campbell, Monday was a relatively quiet day in the world of Ohio State recruiting news – at least at first.

Late Monday evening, Ohio State received their third commitment of the 2014 class when 6-10 big man David Bell picked OSU over DePaul and others. Bell, who did not play as a freshman and has battled injuries, really turned heads the past couple months with his post play. Before the Bell news, another talented 2014 recruit announced the Bucks had made his short list. Jalen Lindsey, a long 6-7 190 lb five-star wing out of Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville, Tennessee announced Vandy, UT, NC State, Georgia, Auburn, Providence, Florida, Louisville, and LSU. would join Ohio State as potential landing spots for the 5-star forward.

Shifting gears back to the gridiron, with the football team in serious need of a punter for next season after the drawn out Johnny Townsend drama, the coaching staff has been reaching out to some of the top walk-on prospects since they haven't signed letters of intent to garner student aid, they're still technically not spoken for until they arrive on campus and practice. Last week the Buckeyes reached out to Ohio native and current University of Tennessee walk-on commit Andrew Gantz and today the staff contacted Michigan walk-on commit JJ McGrath (Macomb,Mi/Lutheran North). The recruitment of the 6-3 225 lb kicker/punter might have been short lived after McGrath tweeted the following Monday afternoon:

If you are a Buckeye fan or follow college football, you may know all about the many speed demons that Urban Meyer has coached during his career, Monday he offered a recruit that definitely fits that role. Marcus Outlow, a 6-0 190 lb running back out of Free Academy in Norwich, Connecticut received an offer from the Buckeyes, joining Boston College and home state UConn. Marcus told me the following after receiving his offer Monday:

"Yes it's true, and my coach got a call from them. I love the school and always dreamed of playing for Urban Meyer. I'm excited." reported Monday that five-star defensive back Jabrill Peppers (Paramus,Nj/Catholic) had trimmed his possible suitors down to five. The final schools still in the running for Peppers are Ohio State, Stanford, Michigan, Notre Dame and Alabama. The ultra-talented New Jersey native could care less what anyone else thinks or says about his recruitment, he will make up his own mind.

Speaking of, the website released their updated class of 2014 top 100 rankings Monday, with one current Ohio State commit making the cut. Four-star defensive back Damon Webb (Detroit, MI/Cass Tech) made the list coming in at #32. Webb joins a gang of potential Buckeyes on the list including Peppers, safety Quin Blanding and ATH Elijah Hood to name a few.

One potential Buckeye in 2014, linebacker recruit Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, IL/South) is probably used to all the mail that floods his mailbox everyday from college coaches from around the nation. Monday one team really went out of their way to impress the four-star stud, or maybe a bit carried away, you be the judge.

After sorting through all 54 handwritten letters from Mississippi head coach Hugh Freeze, Garrett will be in Ohio for the Core 6 showcase in Cincinnati February 17th before taking an unofficial visit to Ohio State the same weekend.