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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 6/7 - Jonathan Hilliman, new camp visitors

Camp season officially begins for the Buckeyes. Find out who else will be fighting for an offer and more.

St. Peters Prep (NJ) RB Jonathan Hilliman
St. Peters Prep (NJ) RB Jonathan Hilliman


This weekend is the beginning of a huge month for Ohio State recruiting. Some of the nation's best recruits from around the country will be checking out the facilities and performing at camps in an attempt to pick up Ohio State offers.

One of those many visitors will be '14 RB Jonathan Hilliman from St. Peters Prep (NJ). The Buckeyes were named Hilliman's leader at the beginning of April and about two months later, that still seems to be the case. The 3-star prospect has an outstanding offer sheet as Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Stanford, Florida, and Ohio State are a handful of many to invite Hilliman to be apart of their program. Keep an eye on this one, I would not be surprised if Hilliman ended his recruitment this weekend in favor of the Buckeyes. Whether this weekend or beyond, our Luke Zimmermann thinks he'll end up one when everything's said and done.

Ohio State had a visitor on Thursday as '14 OT Brady Taylor from Bishop Ready (OH) was on campus to see what the Buckeyes were all about. As of today, Ohio State has not offered Taylor, but he will be at the camp on Sunday to try and pick up an offer from them.

Sunday will mark the start of the Ohio State football camps, and the list of visitors continues to grow. Bucknuts' Alex Gleitman had the scoop on a new participant, who happens to come from the same high school program as 2013 Ohio State signee James Clark. '14 Safety D'Cota Dixon of New Smyrna Beach (FL) will be in Columbus to show his skill to the coaching staff as he attempts to pick up his 15th offer. The 3-star prospect from the Sunshine State currently has scholarship offers from Arkansas, Louisville, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and about 10 others. With a good performance on the 9th, It would not be surprising if the Buckeyes joined that group.

After making a visit to Columbus on the 24th of May with his 7-on-7 team, '14 RB Shaun Wilson will be back again on Thursday to perform in camp. The 3-star RB from North Carolina currently holds offers from Appalachian State, Charlotte, Louisville and Marshall.

'16 Safety Tyrece Speaight will be at the underclassmen skill camp at Ohio State on the 18th-19th. Speaight comes from St. Vincent St. Mary's (OH) which should be no stranger to Buckeye fans. Recently the Buckeyes have added some big names from the program; Parris Campbell and Dante Booker are committed for the 2014 recruiting class and Doran Grant is on the current roster. Speaight will likely be one of the top kids in the state for 2016. He started at safety as a freshman for a team that went on to win the D1 state championship. Indiana, Purdue and Michigan are also showing interest along with the Buckeyes.


  • Ohio State offeree Zack Darlington is visiting Nebraska.
  • Ohio State target Noah Furbush visited Michigan for the second time.
  • Ohio State offeree Jacques Patrick picks up his 41st offer from Virginia Tech.
  • Ohio State offeree Harold Landry (Boston College commit) picks up an offer from North Carolina.
  • Ohio State commit Damon Webb will be participating in the the Rivals Five-Star Challenge at Soldier Field this weekend.