When Ohio State can only sign some 20-odd prospects per recruiting class, it's hard to make room for everybody. After the recent commitment of Cleveland Benedictine linebacker Jerome Baker, one class of 2015 prospect seems to be on the outside looking in.
Five-star Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson was supposed to be one of the many recruits on campus this weekend for the Buckeyes' matchup against Illinois, but his trip has now been canceled.
With OSU already holding verbal commitments from three of the top senior linebackers in the country, the Buckeyes simply don't have enough room in the class for Jefferson, who was always thought as a long shot to end up in the Elite '15.
Don't feel bad for Jefferson, as he will land on his feet. Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Oregon and plenty of others are still knee-deep in his recruitment.
OSU trip back on for Utah commit:
After having to cancel a visit for the Virgina Tech game, and once thinking he would have to do the same for this upcoming weekend, class of 2015 offensive tackle Branden Bowen told Land-Grant Holy Land he will in fact make his trip to Columbus.
"I am excited to witness the game, and get a feel for the game day atmosphere at the Ohio State University," Bowen, a current Utah verbal commit, told us.
The Buckeyes are looking to add at least one if not two more offensive linemen in this class. With a solid visit this weekend, Bowen, a three-star prospect, could very well fill that void for Ohio State.
Be on the lookout, as we will have much more on the 6'7, 330-pound Bowen and his upcoming trip in the near future.
Bucks to host 2016 linebacker:
Like Bowen, last night class of 2016 four-star linebacker Eric Rogers told Land-Grant Holy Land he will also visit Ohio State on Saturday.
A semi-under-the-radar prospect, Rogers' Ohio State recruitment is still in the beginning stages.
"I've heard from over 20 programs, but lately I've heard from Ohio State and Boston College," said Rogers. "I've only spoken to Mark Pantoni. We've just spoken upon my film, and coming up for a visit. They just recently recruited me, so I still need to get familiar with the other coaches."
Rogers, a Warren, Michigan native who suits up for De La Salle Collegiate, has already attended games at both Michigan and Michigan State this season. Growing up in the middle of the rivalry with those programs, he is excited to have a chance to get an inside look at the Buckeyes this weekend.
"(I'm looking forward to) meeting with the coaching staff, and getting more familiar with them. Also, seeing the type of atmosphere they have to offer," Rogers said.
The 6'1, 225-pound Rogers might not hold hold a scholarship offer just yet, but that will probably change in the near future. So far this season, he has accounted for a team-leading 71 total tackles for the 6-3 Pilots, who are looking to once again make it back to the State Playoffs.
Want to see Eric Rogers in action? Check out these highlights, courtesy of Hudl:
- 2015 defensive back and current OSU commit Carlton Davis is confident that he will stick with the Buckeyes ($).
- Speaking of Davis, the Florida native posted his senior season highlights on Hudl yesterday.
- Joe Burrow and Jashon Cornell are duking it out right now for the Week 9 Land-Grant Holy Land Elite '15 MVP. If you haven't already, take a few moments to vote.