The football Bucks started the weekend off with a bang when class of 2014 play maker Curtis Samuel became the 17th member of the Ohio State Dream '14 recruiting class. Samuel, a Brooklyn, New York native, runs a sub 4.4 second 40 yard dash and was a main reason his Erasmus Hall team won the State Championship after rushing for well over 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns while also recording 33 tackles on the defensive side of the ball.
Another east coast recruit is close to giving a school his pledge in the next few weeks. 2014 New Jersey athlete Noah Brown said on Twitter that he would like to commit to a school before his Pope John XVIII squad play their first game on September 12th. Brown, visited Columbus last month and soon after named the Buckeyes his leader, but in the last couple weeks, it seems home state Rutgers has picked up some serious ground after the 6-2 215 pound senior made a couple recent trips to the Silver Knights campus.
Brown currently holds offers from the aforementioned Rutgers and OSU to go along with Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech to name a few. He put up some pretty crazy stats last season as junior, rushing for 847 yards and 14 scores while also catching 41 passes for 630 yard for another six touchdowns.
Last week, Bob Baptist of the Columbus Dispatch tweeted out that current class of 2014 Ohio State basketball commit D'Angelo Russell and 2015 forward Mickey Mitchell would be in Columbus visiting over the weekend As most of Buckeye Nation knows by now, Russell is a smooth 6-4 lefty who is capable of playing either guard position. Comfortable with the ball in his hands, Russell can either make his own play or set up an open teammate in the best position for a easy bucket. The four-star prospect has been one of the most consistent prospects all summer long on the camp and AAU circuits.
Mickey is the younger brother of current Ohio State freshmen linebacker Mike Mitchell. Standing 6-7 and well over 200 pounds, Mitchell has been sidelined with a knee injury for quite sometime now but is still ranked among the top players in the nation. According to the 247 Composite Rankings, Mitchell is the 19th player in the country, the fourth small forward and third talent the state of Texas has to offer in the 2015 class, grading him out as five star recruit.
Here are some highlights of Mickey in action:
Thad Matta and the Buckeyes recently offered class of 2015 Lakeland, Florida forward Dwayne Bacon. The soon to be IMG Academy junior shared the following with Evan Flood of the site NY2LASports.com when it comes to his Ohio State recruitment:
" The head coach (Thad Matta) offered me. It was good to have that offer. A lot stands out to me about Ohio State. They run, so that could be a good fit for me."
OSU isn't the only program after the 6-8 190 pound four star Bacon. Baylor, Florida State, Louisville, LSU and Oklahoma State are just a few teams off his growing list of scholarship offers.
- Class of 2014 Ohio State commits Jae'Sean Tate, Dave Bell, class of 2015 commit AJ Harris and a few prospects on the Bucks radar participated in Coach Vic's open gym held at the USA Sports Complex in Columbus yesterday. Newest member of the Land-Grant Holy Land family, Zach Fleer, just so happened to cover the event and will have an update later today.
- 2015 Ohio State targets Isaiah Briscoe and Malachi Richardson both had impressive weekends playing in the Tournament of Champions, held in New York City over the weekend. Both showed why they are considered amongst the best in their class.
- 2014 offensive lineman Damian Prince nearly broke twitter Sunday when a pic was posted of the four star prospect wearing a pair of Ohio State socks: