Ohio State is coming off a double overtime win over Penn State to keep their College Football Playoff dreams alive, but are still looking to the future as evidenced by the constant working of the Buckeyes' recruiting staff. That staff got some interesting news on Monday, when '15 ATH/CB Garrett Taylor decommitted from Michigan and reopened his recruitment. Taylor stands at 6'1, 195 pounds, and is rated as a four-star in the 247Sports Composite. The Virginia-native is ranked as the 12th-best cornerback in the country and has plans to make an official visit to Columbus on the weekend of Nov. 22, when Ohio State hosts Michigan.
Taylor also has a visit set to Penn State the weekend of Nov. 29 and will most likely visit Virginia Tech and possibly Tennessee. The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are probably viewed as the favorites to land Taylor as of right now, and there's a general consensus that Taylor could be a future Buckeye, provided the coaching staff isn't saving a spot for another recruit.
I have de committed from the University of Michigan. Thank you to the Michigan coaching staff for the opportunity they gave me.— Garrett Taylor (@gtaychillin) October 27, 2014
Jacques Patrick picks the 'Noles:
Jacques Patrick commits to FSU https://t.co/qYk4HHtlfN— Josh Newberg (@joshnewberg247) October 27, 2014
'15 running back Jacques Patrick made his commitment on Monday, selecting Florida State over Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, and Texas A&M. The 6'1, 230-pound running back has been clocked at a 4.51 in the 40-yard dash and is rated as a four-star under the 247Sports Composite. Patrick is also ranked as the third-best running back in the country and ninth-best prospect at any position from the state of Florida.
It's no surprise that the Seminoles ended up getting the win here. Along with the Gators, they had the home state advantage, in addition to being the first team that offered Patrick when he first opened up his recruitment. While it would have been great to have him, Ohio State only had an outside shot, along with the rest of the crowd. Florida State has recruited extremely well in the past few seasons, and now land Patrick, who has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his four high school seasons. He has amassed 7,323 yards in his career.
Norwood keeps Buckeye option open:
'15 cornerback Joshua Norwood has been committed to Cincinnati since June 21, but recent talks about his desire to take an official visit to Ohio State might finally pay off for the Buckeyes. Norwood says he is no longer committed to Cincinnati, though the Bearcats are still in play for his services. The 5'10, 175-pound defensive back has been clocked at a 4.50 in the 40-yard dash and is rated as a three-star in the 247Sports Composite. Ranked as the nation's 141st overall cornerback, Norwood is still a rawer sort of talent that has plenty of potential at the next level with his size and speed.
As it stands right now in his recruitment, Norwood says he will be visiting Ohio State this weekend as Illinois comes to Columbus to take on the Buckeyes. Wisconsin and Cincinnati are the only other teams that Norwood is considering at the moment, but he is still receiving plenty of interest from Florida, Purdue, and Minnesota. If the staff will take him, I could easily see Norwood becoming a Buckeye at some point during his recruitment.