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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 4/17 - Latest on Nicholas Ruffin, David Sharpe

The Buckeyes are still trucking along on the recruiting trail, and now that the silent period is over, the coaching staff has been busy talking with recruits across the country.

'14 TE/WR Austin Roberts (red shirt) had a great time on his spring game visit. Will he be the next Buckeye?
'14 TE/WR Austin Roberts (red shirt) had a great time on his spring game visit. Will he be the next Buckeye?

If you've been paying attention the past three days, you probably have noticed quite a bit of back and forth between Land-Grant Holy Land and recruits from the classes of '14, '15 and '16. Because of the 2013 version of the Ohio State spring game, many reactions are coming in constantly, which is only good news for those of you reading. It gets better, as we have even more from this weekend following the recent silent period ending.


Yesterday, '14 JUCO OL Chad Mavety and Jermaine Eluemunor, along with '14 OL Frank Ragnow, caught up with Land-Grant Holy Land to talk about their recent recruiting experiences with Ohio State. Of note, in case you can't or refuse to click the links, Mavety mentions he will be visiting Ohio State in early June because that's most likely when head coach Urban Meyer will be in Columbus. Mavety also mentions that Meyer won't be in Columbus very much for the month of May, which might mean more recruiting trips. Meanwhile, Eluemunor is visiting the Buckeyes in May, but will spend most of his time with (offensive line) coach Warinner and how Warinner is planning on visiting Jermaine in school this Friday.

As for some new updates on recruits, '14 S/CB Nicholas "Nick" Ruffin spoke with Land-Grant Holy Land to talk about Ohio State and his latest plans on the recruiting front:

"I talked on the phone with Coach Withers last night and he told me that I'm one of the top guys on their board. They want me in Columbus because the Buckeyes are headed to a National Championship and they want me to be a part of it. As far as a visit goes, I might visit this summer or I will use one of my official visits to get up there."

It sounds like the Buckeyes made an impression on the 4-star Ruffin. Rated as the No. 14 corner in the country and No. 11 player in the state of Georgia, Ruffin stands at 6'0", 180-pounds and already has offers from top-level programs including Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU and many more.

'14 OL David Sharpe also talked about Ohio State briefly with Land-Grant Holy Land:

"I talk to Coach Hinton pretty often, we talk about getting me up there (to Columbus) to see the campus. I plan on taking a visit, but have no real particular date in mind at this point"

Sharpe is a 6'6", 288-pound offensive tackle from the state of Florida, where he's ranked as the 17th-best prospect. As a tackle, Sharpe comes in at No. 17 in the country. Right now, the Gators remain the clear-cut favorite for Sharpe, but things can always change, especially with coach Meyer on the trail.

On Sunday, we spoke with '14 TE/WR Austin Roberts, which we covered in Monday's version of our State Secrets. Tuesday, Roberts let the media know that he plans on having a decision towards the end of May. Ranked by the 247Composite as the nation's No. 23 receiver and No. 201 prospect overall, the 6'3", 210-pound Roberts hasn't really named any leaders to this point. Based off of what he has mentioned in the past, Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Miami and Ohio State might be the ones to watch out for. Roberts' father played for the Miami Hurricanes at tight end, so they will be a player until the end, most likely. Despite all this, with the recent pick up in activity and interest shown from the Buckeyes, it would not surprise me at all if Roberts were to end up in the scarlet and gray.

'14 QB Deshaun Watson is really the only quarterback Ohio State has set their eyes on for the class of 2014. That won't change, but the Buckeyes could add another quarterback offer in the future after seeing something they liked in '14 QB Brandon Harris. The 6'1", 183-pound dual-threat quarterback is ranked as the 9th best dual-threat QB in the class of 2014 and the No. 15 player out of the state of Louisiana. As of now, the Buckeyes haven't offered, but Harris is certainly someone to keep an eye on for the future.