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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 10/1 - Kierre Hawkins on commitment watch?

2016 WR Kierre Hawkins picked up an Ohio State offer on Tuesday. Hawkins grew up a Buckeye fan; what's the latest on his recruitment?

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Starting things off today, 2016 tight end Kierre Hawkins picked up an offer from Ohio State on Tuesday. Hawkins, from Ohio, has started to make a name for himself on the recruiting trail as he also holds offers from Illinois and Kentucky. At 6'4, Hawkins has plenty of room to fill out his frame as he only checks in at 210 pounds currently.

At the moment, Hawkins is ranked as the No. 16 player in the state and that has potential to improve throughout course of his junior season and continuing to all the camps in the spring and summer. There's serious interest in Ohio State as he actually camped in Columbus last July. Out of 16 Crystal Ball predictions, 100% of them have Hawkins eventually committing to the Buckeyes. It's safe to say that if Ohio State wants him, they'll get him. There's no timetable that Hawkins has for a commitment, but it could be soon.

Another flip for Urban?

2015 Utah commit Branden Bowen has made it apparent that he will take a visit to Columbus when the Buckeyes host Illinois on Nov. 1. Bowen checks in at a monstrous 6'7, 330 pounds. Rated as the No. 8 player in Utah, Bowen has always had Ohio State on his radar. He visited Ohio State over the summer so it's big that he's coming yet again. We've seen Urban Meyer time and time again flip some of the top prospects every recruiting cycle and this may not be any different. With offensive linemen needed, Bowen should get the red carpet treatment and a great visit could shake things up.

Hoops update:

Going to the hardwood, Ohio State was in to see 2016 small forward Willie Jackson at Garfield Heights High School. Jackson holds offers from a number of Big Ten schools -- a list the includes Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Penn State, The Buckeyes have not yet thrown an offer out the the in-state star though. The 10th rated player in Ohio for his class, Jackson hasn't came out with a favorite at this point in time, but he has been to Wisconsin two times for camps over summer. There's no doubt he can play with the best of them. A strong junior season will be telling about his potential future of becoming a Buckeye.