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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 7/9 - Latest on Derrell Scott, Speedy Noil

As the summer continues and we draw closer to football season, the Ohio State coaching staff remains hard at work, trying to give their best recruiting pitch to the top athletes across the country.

Ohio State made Derrell Scott (right)'s top 5.
Ohio State made Derrell Scott (right)'s top 5.


'14 APB Derrell Scott has narrowed his list down to five, which includes Ohio State. The other four teams he has are Florida State, Oregon, South Carolina and Tennessee. The Gamecocks currently hold the spot as the top dogs, but the Seminoles are right there with South Carolina. Scott has said he will want to take more official visits later this summer.

The 5'11", 180-pound all-purpose back was clocked at a 4.55 40-yard dash and last fall, Scott had 1,742 rushing yards on 181 carries with an impressive 34 touchdowns. At Nike's football camp, The Opening, Scott showed his great quickness and ability to change direction without losing any speed. He also proved he can hold his own as a receiver out of the backfield. Scott holds offers from the schools he listed, in addition to other top programs such as Arkansas, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami, N.C. State, Nebraska and Notre Dame, among others.

'15 TE C.J. Conrad told our very own Charles Doss that he will attend Friday Night Lights July 26th. It appears to be very early in the process for Conrad, who only holds one offer from Toledo. Conrad did attend Ohio State's football camp on June 21st, and now plans to be in attendance for the Buckeyes' annual Friday Night Lights. This past fall, as a sophomore in high school, Conrad hauled in 59 passes for 924 yards and 14 touchdowns. The 6'5", 225-pound tight end is from the Buckeye state, so he's certainly one to keep an eye on in the future. Check out his highlights from last season here:

When asked about which college he liked so far, '15 CB Jamel Dean told the Twitter going world that Florida, Miami and Ohio State were his top three that stuck out. Similar to the previous class of '15 prospect we mentioned, C.J. Conrad, it's very early in the process for Dean. The 6'1", 180-pound corner has decent size for his position and hails from the state of Florida. Dean holds offers from Florida, Miami, Mississippi State, Ohio State and Temple but we're sure he's set to receive more attention in the near future.

The winner of the SPARQ national championship, '14 WR Speedy Noil, spoke with SB Nation about his big performance at The Opening and also talked about his new top four schools at the top of his list. Those schools are Florida, LSU, Texas A&M and USC, which means Ohio State has been dropped from his previous lists. Noil also told SB Nation about his visit plans this coming fall and when he plans on making a decision:

In some basketball news, Frank Burlison gave his opinion to Land-Grant Holy Land on two future Ohio State players and current commitments, '14 SF Jae'Sean Tate and '14 SG D'Angelo Russell:

Russell - He is one of the top "combo guards" in the country and has been very good on Saturday and Sunday, both as a scorer (he's shot well) and playmaker.

Tate - His physical attributes and style of play sort of defy being locked into a "SF" or "PF" or "SG" definition. He does everything so well, even (at about 6-4) going into the low post and punishing bigger defenders. Like Russell, he's left-handed and will be able to play multiple positions - well - for the Buckeyes.

Finally, '14 TE Mike Gesicki appears to not want to draw out his process all the way to National Signing Day '14 and will announce his decision more likely than not before his senior season is a wrap. LGHL has learned that Gesicki will take a few more visits (including to Ohio State) before deciding. Expect him to announce his college plans in the mid-to-late fall.