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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 8/14 - Curtis Samuel commit watch?

Ohio State is getting closer and closer to landing long time target Curtis Samuel, Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith continuing to draw rave reviews, plus 2015 DT Tim Settle moves up in the rankings.


It's a new week, but the same story surrounds New Jersey target Curtis Samuel. On Tuesday, it was announced that Samuel's high school coach would be making a return trip to Columbus sometime this week, likely today. Over the last couple of weeks, the 6'0", lightning fast Samuel has made appearances on the campuses of Ohio State as well as Rutgers, with Rutgers being his most recent visit. No commitment was given to the Scarlet Knights on his last visit which leads many to believe, including us, that a commitment to the Buckeyes is right around the corner. This return visit by coach Danny Landberg is major and tells us this recruitment is coming to an end. However, the biggest news of day was the announcement that Curtis Samuel himself would be returning to Columbus on either Thursday or Friday. This visit will be telling for the future of Curtis Samuel. The writing is on the wall for this recruiting battle between two future Big Ten foes. Samuel should be a Buckeye...very, very soon.

Though it's not earth shattering news, as we've known about their talents for quite some time, Glenville prospects Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith have kept on their summer terror on the football field.

A huge pipeline for the Buckeyes, Glenville is continuing their tradition of turning out major players every season. Lattimore and Smith are both considered Ohio State leans and both would be a great addition to the current class. Though the Glenville duo made a visit to Alabama within the last few weeks, there's no reason why the Buckeyes shouldn't feel good about their chances. Once again, Ohio State seems to be hauling in the state's top prospects, something that shouldn't change anytime soon.

Top 2015 defensive tackle target Tim Settle is up three spots in 247Sports' Composite rankings, now ranked as the number two prospect. It's a heated battle for Settle, and why shouldn't it be? He's a 6'3", 307 pound dominant force who every school in the country would love to have. A Virginia native, the hometown Cavaliers are smack dab in the middle of the mix along with Alabama and Ohio State. All three are said to be even at the moment, but that can change anytime; We know how high school kids work. Though we still have over a year before 2015 kids are able to sign, coach Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes would be ecstatic to receive an early commitment from Settle.

Also on the move was Ohio's own Eric Glover-Williams. EGW dropped two spots to number 52 overall in his class. A head scratcher, to me at least, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better football player, pound for pound, than Glover-Williams in the entire country. Speedy and electric, EGW is a 100% crystal ball lock to Ohio State and could make a public announcement at any time. As the football season gets underway, expect EGW to make a move back up into the rankings as he is one of Ohio's best in 2015. For the pride of McKinley High School, there appears to be no threats to Ohio State in Glover-Williams' recruitment.