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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 6/11 - Latest news and notes

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 Pierce Royster of Hudson (OH) was one of the many talented kickers to attend the first day of the Ohio State special teams camp.
Pierce Royster of Hudson (OH) was one of the many talented kickers to attend the first day of the Ohio State special teams camp.


Over the weekend, most of the nation's top basketball'ing underclassmen took the road to St. Louis, Missouri for the Nike Elite 100 camp. Recruits such as Ohio ballers Carlton Bragg, Luke Kennard, Esa Ahmad and New Jersey guard Malachi Richardson are just a few of the prospects that attended the camp that are currently being recruited by the Buckeyes.

Many media outlets reported that the 6-8 Cleveland Villa Angela St Joe's forward Bragg, was one of the prospects who stood out against the elite competition by being all over the court, rebounding, knocking down treys and just showcasing his raw athleticism. He wasn't the only one; Franklin wing Luke Kennard also showed he is worth mentioning as one of the top talents in the class of 2015. Like Bragg, the 6-5 180 pound Kennard found himself on many analyst's lists of top overall players for the weekend. He currently holds offers from Ohio State, Purdue, Indiana and West Virginia from a list that is sure to grow.

Ohio State class of 2014 commit Keita Bates-Diop participated in the first annual Under Armour All-Star game Saturday evening in Las Vegas. The 6-8 190 pound five star forward did not disappoint either; his AAU and All-Star game coach Mike Mullins told Land-Grant Holy Land that Keita played great, scored in double digits and had a couple of monster dunks.

Shifting gears from roundball to football, Monday was the first of the three day Ohio State kicking and long snapping camp. I was told nearly 80 recruits attended the first day of camp. One of those prospects was 2014 Hudson (OH) K/P Pierce Royster. The 5-9 185 pound Royster told me the following about his time at camp:

"I thought it was a great show of the best kickers in the nation. I talked with Coach Coombs himself and he told me how he knows all about me, where I work, and that he is pulling for me because I'm from Ohio."

According to kicking instructor Chris Sailor's player review, Pierce is a talented and great athlete with a strong leg who needs to work on height on his field goals, but that the sky is the limit and he should be a fine college kicker.

The campers weren't the only recruits on campus Monday. Class of 2014 prospects Jalen Brown and DeAndre Goolsby checked out what the Buckeyes had to offer. Brown, a four star Arizona wide receiver told me all about his visit yesterday; if you missed it, feel free to check that out here. Goolsby, a 6-5 240 pound three star tight end out of Derby, Kansas has offers from the Bucks, Arkansas, Oklahoma and quite a few others after racking up over 600 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns last season.

After 2014 JUCO offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor committed to UCLA Monday over OSU, Alabama, Arkansas and others, the Buckeye coaching staff got a little bit of good news when Florida wide out Jacob McCrary announced that Ohio State made his top 10 list. The following other teams to make the cut for the 6-0 170 Coral Reef Senior High product are:

Another Sunshine State prospect came out with a Top 10 and once again the Buckeyes made the cut. Class of 2014 defensive end Justus Reed tweeted out his list last night and here is who the 6-5 235 pound Reed is now working with:


  • 2014 Georgia linebacker Kalil Gray is attending camp at Ohio State the 21st.

  • According to reporter Garrett Tucker, 2015 Georgia big man Doral Moore Jr. has been offered by Ohio State, Indiana, Florida State and Texas recently.

  • Ohio State is showing interest in 6-6 190 pound class of 2015 Florida guard Dwayne Bacon.

  • Michigan K/P Shane Hynes won the kicking contact at the University of Cincinnati camp Monday by connecting on a 57 yarder, hitting 11 of 12 kicks overall. The class of 2014 prospect will camp at Ohio State today.