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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 9/18 - T.J. Simmons picks up an offer

T.J. Simmons picked up an Ohio State offer on Tuesday and Danny Clark set up another visit to Columbus for this weekend. The Buckeye basketball staff was on the move checking out prospects throughout the country.


Recruiting started off with a bang on Tuesday morning as, right out of the gate, Ohio State offered 2015 running back T.J. Simmons.

At 5'10" 190 pounds, Simmons has excellent speed to go along with cutting ability and is almost impossible to bring down at first contact. Heck, the kid can run through just about any defender on the field as well. Simmons comes from Lakeland Christian School in Florida and has an impressive offer list thus far that consists of Florida, Miami (FL), South Florida, and UCF – many more offers are sure to come as the fall rolls along. While he doesn't have a favorite at this point, Ohio State is as well positioned as anyone to land the four-star talent. Simmons has already paid a visit to the Miami Hurricanes, but that's all as of now. Ohio State has plenty of time to get T.J. on campus and when the visit does eventually happen, the "wow" factor will be at an all-time high. Simmons' sophomore season last year was ended when he suffered an ACL injury. Now that he's healthy, Simmons is showing why he's one of the best prospects in the state of Florida.

2017 quarterback Danny Clark will once again be in Columbus this weekend when the Buckeyes play host to the Rattlers of Florida A&M.

Though just a freshman, Danny Clark has impressed with his cannon for an arm and high IQ, starting for Washington High School in Massillon, Ohio. He doesn't hold an Ohio State offer yet, but when he earns one, his recruitment will be over as you remember what he told our Adam Waters in July.

Ohio State stopped in to see Noah Dickerson, a 2015 power forward from Georgia with a slew of offers. Georgetown seems to be the early favorite for Dickerson and it'll take a strong effort from Thad Matta and the staff to take the top spot from the Hoyas. Home state schools Georgia and Georgia tech are also in the thick of the race. Dickerson did unofficially visit Columbus in late August so the interest is there. Don't ever doubt Matta on the recruiting trail and if he can lure Dickerson into yet another visit this fall, watch out.

Also on the basketball side of things, Greg Paulus checked in on 2014 forward Malik Hines. A Kentucky native, Hines is listed at 6'9" 215 pounds and is one of the state's top prospects. Paulus came away impressed and, as reported by our Charles Doss, Hines will be on campus this weekend. This is what Malik Hines looks like on film.