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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 9/16 - Matthew Burrell, Colin McNamara, Kraig Howe to visit

Add a few 2015 prospects to the list of recruits visiting Ohio State over the next few weeks. Find out who, plus more recruiting news from over the weekend.

2015 DL Kraig Howe is eyeing a October 26th Ohio State visit.
2015 DL Kraig Howe is eyeing a October 26th Ohio State visit.


The Dream '14 were back at it over the weekend. Future Buckeye quarterback Stephen Collier had himself another terrific ball game Friday night. Collier led his Lee County (GA) team to a 24-6 victory over Westover. In the contest Collier completed 21 of his 45 passing attempts for 256 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 70 rushing yards for the Trojans, who are now 3-0 on the season.

Akron-St. Vincent St. Mary speedster Parris Campbell proved once again he is touchdown waiting to happen every time the ball is in his hands. Friday, Campbell only rushed for 47 yards, but two of his seven carries went for Irish scores. Campbell also returned a punt 48 yards for a touchdown. Campbell and the Irish ran away with a 49- 12 win over Woodridge and like Collier's Lee County squad are an undefeated 3-0.

Ohio State's second most recent commit, Curtis Samuel, also had a solid weekend, scoring two touchdowns in his Erasmus Hall High School's 20-0 victory over Boys High Sunday afternoon.

To see how the rest of the Ohio State football commits fared over the weekend, LGHL's Austin Kemp has you covered.

Sunday evening, Matthew Burrell, a 2015 offensive lineman out of Virginia tweeted that he will visit Ohio State in two weeks for the Wisconsin game. A 6-5 290 pound four star prospect, Burrell is putting together a solid list of scholarship offers. Ohio State, Alabama, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame are just a few schools that have given Burrell the chance to potentially suit up for their programs.

A couple class of 2015 instate prospects told Land-Grant Holy Land they are planning to visit Columbus when the Buckeyes take on Penn State. Colin McNamara, a 6-1 180 pound quarterback out of Cleveland's Fairview High told us he was supposed to make the short trip to the 614 for the Wisconsin game but had to reschedule due to his school's Homecoming. McNamara currently holds an offer from Buffalo and has programs like OSU, Pittsburgh, Indiana, Akron, Ball State, Purdue, Michigan State and Toledo showing interest as well. When it comes to the Buckeyes, Colin attended the Friday Night Lights camp in July and has been in contact with the staff. "I talked to Coach Drayton and he liked my athleticism, speed and wants to see some film from the middle of the year. We are 3-0 for the first time in 15 years ,so things are going good".

Dayton's Archbishop Alter junior defensive tackle Kraig Howe is starting to watch his recruitment heat up. The 6-3 253 pound lineman has scholarships from BCS conference programs Illinois and Pittsburgh so far. That list is sure to grow in the coming months with Northwestern, Indiana, Illinois, Arkansas, Toledo, Kentucky and Ohio State in contact. We caught up with Howe and had him break down his OSU recruitment.

"I plan on visiting Ohio State and getting to a game this season. The date I have in mind is October 26th when they play Penn State. I have been in contact with Coach Hinton throughout the recruiting process. He has asked me to get to a game this season, which I will be doing. Also, he has asked about how my season is going and such. To me, if I got an offer from Ohio State and could play for that program under Urban Meyer, it would mean that I achieved what I set out to do when I was a little kid watching the Buckeyes. As an Ohio boy, I grew up a big Ohio State fan and I've always loved watching them play and going to games. It would be amazing to be able to play for team that I have been rooting for since I was little. When I think of Ohio State, I think of a great program with great tradition. I think of athletes being pushed to their limit by their coaches to be able to compete and win at the top level of college football."

Check out these highlights of Kraig Howe from last season:

Buckeyes head basketball coach Thad Matta watched 2015 wing Luke Kennard toss the pigskin around for his Franklin High squad on Friday. Kennard, a 6-5 185 five-star prospect, holds offers from the Buckeyes, childhood favorite Kentucky, Michigan and Duke to name a few off his list of potential schools. The 247Composite rankings have Kennard sitting as the 17th best player in the nation, third best shooting guard and the second best player the state of Ohio has to offer. Matta wasn't the only coach at Fridays football game; North Carolina boss Roy Williams and Michigan head coach John Beilein were also in attendance. Kennard had a decent game, throwing for over 200 yards and two scores, but it wasn't enough to get the victory as Miamisburg walked away with a 35-25 win over Kennard and Franklin.

Our Zach Fleer was in Cleveland over the weekend checking out some of the top talent in the area at the Midwest Elite Camp. Zach caught up with 2015 five star forward Carlton Bragg and 2016 forward Willie Jackson while in Cleveland and had them break down what's currently going on in their recruitments:

Bragg, a junior, plays for Villa Angela St. Joes, a powerhouse program out of Cleveland that produced one time Buckeyes Clark Kellogg and David Lighty. Carlton holds offers from almost every top program in the country. Jackson is a teammate of future Buckeye power forward Dave Bell at Garfield Heights and will definitely be a high major recruit when his prep career is over. Be on the look out for more from Zach on Bragg, Jackson and the rest of the top talent from the Midwest Elite camp on IAElites.Com this week.


  • 2016 Central, Ohio natives Seth Towns of Northland and Matt Moyer of Gahanna both told Zach Fleer that they have been in contact with the Ohio State coaching staff.
  • Per Jerry Emig, Ohio State's new freshman class is the most impressive academically in OSU history with an average ACT of 28.5.