It was yet another busy weekend for the Ohio State recruiting staff. Head coach Urban Meyer and company hosted a few athletes this past weekend for unofficial visits. The big story came from '14 DE Dylan Thompson, who gave his commitment following his time in Columbus. Our Charles Doss made a good point when mentioning that Thompson is a part of Core 6. Many of the high profile prospects that Ohio State has targeted for their 2014 class are apart of the Core 6 group. With Thompson pulling the trigger on his commitment, the Buckeyes have to hope that he can persuade some of the others training with Core 6 to become Buckeyes.
One high profile visitor came a bit unexpectedly. Although we had heard whispers of a possible stop to Ohio State's campus while being in Columbus to visit family, it was a bit of a surprise to see '14 OL Demetrius Knox take an unofficial visit to Ohio State. Normally, this wouldn't be very shocking, but Knox is currently committed to Texas. Texas has a no-visit policy to Longhorn commits, and now that Knox has violated that, only time will tell what will become of the relationship held between Texas and Knox.
'14 QB Caleb Henderson also visited Ohio State, and while he doesn't yet have an offer, reports are coming out that Ohio State told Henderson that he was now number one on their board. Previously, all efforts had been on landing '14 QB DeShaun Watson, who is committed to Clemson. Nothing is set in stone, however, and I still expect the Buckeyes to actively recruit Watson to the fullest potential possible. For now, though, it appears Henderson may be their guy. It will be interesting to see if they send an offer his way in the near future.
#OhioState OL commit Marcelys Jones has been invited to play in the US Army All-American Game #buckeyes— Marc Givler (@MarcGivlerBG) March 23, 2013
'14 OL Marcelys Jones committed to the Buckeyes on Christmas Day, 2012. Since starting off as the first commit in 2014 the class, Jones hasn't wavered from his verbal pledge, something that some fans were a bit worried about. This past weekend, Jones was selected to the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Game, a high honor for high school football players. Jones will be alongside plenty of other potential and future Buckeyes, and we would like to congratulate him on his selection.
Ohio State offered '15 CB Brian Cole from the state of Michigan this weekend, an offer that came following his visit to Columbus. Cole is 6'2", 190-pounds and holds offers from Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State. It's early in the process for Cole, but with his talent and ability to play both ways, we could see his recruitment picking up soon enough. Check out his highlight film to see what he brings to the gridiron:
Finally, the Nike Football Training Camp took place in Charlotte over the weekend, which hosted a bevy of talented recruits. Some of those recruits were, of course, Buckeye targets. We've got some highlight footage for your viewing pleasure of some of the marquee names to watch in Buckeye recruiting:
'14 LB Raekwon McMillan:
'14 WR Johnnie Dixon: