The Ohio State coaches, as usual, were back on the road searching for some future Bucks with which to make runs at Big Ten and College Football Playoff championships. We start with Kerry Coombs, who headed down to Florida on Tuesday as he made a stop tato St. Thomas Aquinas High School to visit two prospects in particular.
One of those prospects was '16 DE Nick Bosa, who picked up an Ohio State offer about 6 months ago. Even though it is a long ways away until Bosa can sign on the dotted line, it is important that the Buckeyes build a strong relationship with Nick and having his brother Joey on board will surely help. The other St. Thomas Aquinas Raider that Coombs was checking in on was '14 WR Corey Holmes, who does not hold a Buckeye offer as of today. The 4-star wide receiver does have a pretty impressive offer sheet though, including schools like Florida, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame and Oklahoma, amongst some 25 others.
LGHL's Charles Doss caught up with Holmes, who spoke on Coombs' visit:
"Coach Coombs wasn't allowed to say anything to me, so I really just introduced myself and he said he was going to be at practice tomorrow. I'm not doing any school summer camps, but I would definitely like to visit Ohio State if they come through with an offer."
The venerable Coombs wasn't the only Buckeye coach planting the flag in the state of Florida on Tuesday; 3-star '14 WR Kenric Young told me that Tim Hinton dropped by Gainesville High School today to visit him. The Gainesville High wide out holds 20 offers as of the today, but he is not the only one that Hinton did his homework on. Young is the teammate of a prospect who recently put the Buckeyes in his top 5, '14 RB Tony James. Obviously the Buckeyes are in a good spot for the talented RB, but they would have to beat out Florida, Kentucky, Nebraska and Oregon, who made his Top 5 as well.
Perhaps the most important visit that Ohio State coaches made yesterday was to '14 WR Demarre Kitt:
Good seeing coach withers and smith! #buckeyes 😬— Demarre Kitt (@D_ocho) May 14, 2013
Kitt has already set his decision date, which will be on June 9th, and it looks like the teams in the mix are Auburn, Clemson, Ohio State and Tennessee. Looking at the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions for Kitt, most seem to think that Clemson has the advantage as of now, but the Buckeyes are not going down without a fight.
A new name came about on Tuesday as we found out that Ohio State recently visited '15 WR Isaiah Calaway from Whiteland, Indiana. Calaway currently does not hold a scholarship offer, but is receiving interest from 3 Big Ten schools; Indiana, Purdue and Ohio State.
As for the basketball Buckeyes, we start with some news that does not favor Thad Matta and Ohio State. '14 PG Chris Chiozza, who the Buckeyes offered in late April, gave his pledge to the Florida Gators:
Feels good to be a gator #florida #universityofflorida #chomp— Chiozza enuff said (@noKID_jusCLUTCH) May 15, 2013
Speaking of Chiozza, his teammate '14 PF Leron Black, gave the Buckeyes some good news to finish the day. Black listed OSU among his Top 6:
Also: 2014 F Leron Black listed Baylor, Illinois, Florida, UCLA, Ohio State, and UConn.— John Martin (@JohnMartinCA) May 15, 2013