The weekend started off on the right foot as Ohio State grabbed '14 QB Stephen Collier off the board. Collier came as a bit of a surprise after the Buckeyes have been playing it close to the vest when it comes to recruiting quarterbacks in the class of 2014.'14 QB DeShaun Watson was an early candidate, but was and remains currently committed to Clemson. With Collier inbound, pending a shock Watson flip, it's basically Collier and/or Brandon Harris at this juncture. The 6'4", 208-pound Collier is a 3-star dual threat, and held offers from the likes of Boston College, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Georgia State and Louisiana Tech, among others. A private workout with head coach Urban Meyer and offensive coordinator Tom Herman had Collier thinking scarlet and gray, while the staff was obviously impressed enough to extend an offer after the workout.
On Sunday, '14 WR Terry McLaurin committed to Ohio State following a one day camp at Ohio State where he performed extremely well and showed that he has a lot of upside as a college receiver. McLaurin was also clocked as the fastest time in his session at the camp, which can only have helped earn the offer that he was looking for. From our commitment piece on Sunday:
As evidenced by his winning the super smokehouse event at Ohio State's one day camp his first of two times, McLaurin is a speed receiver. While he's unlikely to shake off physical press coverage at the line of scrimmage, he's more than capable of beating his man down the field, making a play on the ball, and racing into the endzone for six. Expect him as more of a flanker type or possibly even out of the slot.
247Sports' Steve Wiltfong pointed out a few of the reasons Buckeyes fans should be excited about the newest addition, and accordingly we thought it fitting to add to them some of the best McLaurin highlights from his junior year.
McLaurin brings real "4.3 (electronically-timed)" speed to the table:
Urban Meyer told McLaurin to "catch 200 balls a day" and instead he caught "well over 1,000":
In Indiana's state championship game this past year, McLaurin scored on a 79-yard touchdown reception, a 66-yard punt return and a 41-yard run:
90 days ago McLaurin had no offers. Now he's headed to "one of the elite programs in the country" (e.g. this kid earned it):
Congrats again to McLaurin, whom Ohio State fans would be fools to fixate on the three star evaluations and dismiss. This is a legit get and perhaps when some of the major evaluators across the country check him out again next month at Nike's The Opening 2013 (where he'll be one of *nine* Buckeyes in attendance), they'll reconsider.
2014 4-star tackle Jamarco Jones is on deck next. The big Chicago, IL tackle is set to announce this coming Thursday, with Ohio State amongst his finalists. Will he be the next to join a group OSU recruiting coordinator Mark Pantoni's pegged as follows?
The Dream 14— Mark Pantoni (@markpantoni) June 24, 2013
2015 RB Damien Harris has narrowed his choices down to Ohio State and Michigan, which may just mean another chapter might gets added to the best rivalry in sports. Harris, a 5'9", 197-pound running back from Kentucky has been clocked at a 4.40 in the 40-yard dash, which is impressive in and of itself. Most of the predictions right now are all Michigan, but there's still hope for Ohio State. In 2012, Harris rushed for 1,778 yards on 144 carries with an eye-popping 35 touchdowns. Here are some highlights of Harris to see what he brings to the gridiron:
Finally, '14 APB Derrell Scott has narrowed his list of schools down as well, to three. Those three are Florida State, Ohio State and South Carolina. While Scott was in Columbus for Ohio State's camp on Friday, he also plans on making an official visit later this summer, which puts the Buckeyes in a good spot. The 5'11", 180-pound all-purpose back runs a 4.55 40-yard dash, which is something not to overlook. In 2012, Scott rushed for 1,742 yards on 181 carries and had 34 rushing touchdowns. Those numbers are eerily similar to the aforementioned Harris. It will be interesting to see where those two end up when it's all said and done. We'll be sure to keep you up to date on all the latest happenings with both of these recruitments.