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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 10/17 - Jonathon Cooper, Nick Ward to visit Saturday

Get caught up with the latest in the world of Ohio State recruiting.

Jonathon Cooper and OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson.
Jonathon Cooper and OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson.

To get Thursday rolling, 247Sports released a few changes to their class of 2015 rankings. Two Ohio State prospects moved up, while one future Buckeye found himself shifting downward a bit.

Cleveland St. Ignatius defensive end Dre'Mont Jones moved up from a four-star prospect with a 91 rating, to a 96. Jones is now a top-100 prospect. Defensive back Denzel Ward of Nordonia also made a jump up this list.

Ward, who is starring on both sides of the ball for the Knights this season, is no longer a 89 rated three-star recruit. He is now a four-star recruit with a 92 rating.

Coming off helping block his Roosevelt High (SD) squad to over 500 total yards of offense last Friday, offensive tackle Grant Schmidt fell in the rankings, and is no longer a four-star prospect. The massive lineman is now a high three-star recruit, with an 87 grade.

With a few months left until the final rankings come out, all the current Elite '15 commits have a chance to either climb up or down the 247Sports list of top prospects.

Cooper plans visit:

A pretty solid group of recruits will be on hand for the Bucks game against Rutgers on Saturday. That list got even bigger on Thursday, as Marc Givler of Rivals reported that 2016 defensive end Jonathon Cooper of Gahanna Lincoln will make the short round trip to the OSU campus.

Cooper, who was offered by the Buckeyes back in July during the Friday Night Lights camp, already checked out OSU in person earlier this season for the game against Virginia Tech, and is thought by many as a possible Ohio State commitment at some point during the recruiting process.

Last night, Cooper came up big in a 10-0 win over Grove City. The four-star prospect finished with a team-leading 7.5 total tackles, which included four for loss. With the win over the Dawgs, the Lions are now 6-2 on the year.

Cooper holds a long list of scholarship offers. OSU, Michigan State, and Notre Dame are currently the top suitors for the 6'3 defensive end, who is also talented enough to suit up at linebacker.

Another Gahanna product to check out OSU:

Cooper isn't the only Gahanna Lincoln junior heading to Ohio State this weekend. Nick Ward, one of the top overall big men in the 2016 basketball class, will also visit (per our Zach Fleer).

The four-star power forward has yet to receive an offer from the Buckeyes, but has been climbing up their big board over the last few months after a strong summer on the AAU circuit, and dominating the paint in a recent open gym attended by OSU assistant coach Jeff Boals.

Even though Ohio State has yet to offer the 6'8 235 pounder, Ward has a number of scholarship offers on the table. Michigan State, Dayton, Miami, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Missouri, Purdue, and Wisconsin are just some of the programs after the big and physical post player.

See what Ward, who could receive an offer from the Buckeyes very soon, would add to Thad Matta's roster with these highlights: