As Ohio State draws closer to their annual spring game, the recruiting process continues for head coach Urban Meyer and the rest of his staff. Hosting over 20 recruits this past weekend for their practice on "Student Appreciation" day, the Buckeyes received great reviews from those in attendance. Even Brutus got in on the action, although maybe it would have been better for him if he hadn't. What seemed to be a constant theme among answers received from many of the recruits, was how amazing the atmosphere was around their practices and in Columbus. Coach Meyer obviously did his best to pull out all the stops for this visit in particular. Hosting wasn't the only thing on the agenda for the coaching staff, though, as the Buckeyes offered four prospects over the weekend.
'14 TE Ravian Pierce received an offer from Ohio State on Saturday, as the 6'4", 215-pound tight end continues to receive more attention on his performances in the fall. Last year, Pierce caught 12 passes for 208 yards and five touchdowns, but we suspect we will be seeing more of Pierce playing this summer when he will most likely participate in some football camps. Pierce is ranked as the 11th best tight end in the country for the class of 2014.
'14 LB Chase Winovich was another recruit to receive an offer from the Buckeyes. The 6'4", 215-pound linebacker from the state of Pennsylvania was on hand to see the action from Saturday's practice and came away fairly impressed. Winovich has been clocked at a 4.65 for the 40-yard dash, which is solid. Winovich is also the 17th-best prospect from Pennsylvania and most recently scheduled an unofficial visit to Penn State for this coming weekend.
After '14 CB Damon Webb gave his commitment to Ohio State, we mentioned that Webb's school, Cass Tech, was a pipeline for Michigan in the same way that Cleveland-Glenville is to the Buckeyes. So when Webb committed, it was a major grab, and now coach Meyer is looking to put his hand in Michigan's cookie jar once more. Two offers this weekend to '15 RB Michael Weber and '15 Joshua Alabi, Webb's teammates, is proof of just that. The three attended the Buckeyes' student appreciation day today along with another teammate, freshman defensive lineman Mike Onwenu.
Weber now has offers from Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, Illinois and Syracuse while Alabi has offers from Ohio State and Michigan State. The 5'10" and 200-pound Weber rushed for 1,700 yards and 21 touchdowns during his sophomore season as Cass Tech won a state championship. For Alabi, the 6'4", 260-pound defensive end has three offers, including Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State.
Ohio State made another top five list, this time coming in the form of '14 RB Jonathan Hilliman who lists his top five in order: Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama, Rutgers & Stanford.
Imagine @jabrillpeppers @kwon_datruth @kingcinco_ and me at #OhioState— Demarre Kitt (@D_ocho) April 7, 2013
'14 WR Demarre Kitt had Ohio State fans on the edge of their seat Sunday night, when he we went on a bit of a Twitter rampage. As you can read above, Kitt toys with Buckeye Nation by throwing the thought of '14 ATH/S Jabrill Peppers, '14 LB Raekwon McMillan, '14 ATH Myles Autry and Kitt himself committing to Ohio State in the near future all together. If that ended up being the case, it would no doubt put the Buckeyes over the top in the recruiting world, being that all four prospects are 4-stars or above.
One of the few recruits not able to attend this past Saturday was '15 CB/RB Eric Glover-Williams, who actually had a double-header in baseball, which is one of his top sports. The 5'11", 165-pound Glover-Williams played quarterback and some cornerback/safety during last season. He rushed for close to 1,600 yards and 23 touchdowns and had over 1,100 yards passing. Glover-Williams also has scholarship offers from Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan State, Pitt, Tennessee, and more. From what I can tell, I would project Glover-Williams as a receiver at the next level and would most likely be playing in some sort of a slot-type role.
Finally, we have highlight videos galore for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy the films of three of the four new offers.