The Ohio State Elite '15 recruiting class were eyeing potentially growing to 17 verbal commitments, as four-star class of 2015 defensive back Jordan Whitehead of Central Valley High School in Monaca, PA was set to pick between Penn State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, and OSU at a press conference held at his school. But things didn't come to pass Friday afternoon.
Whitehead, a 6'0, 180-pound standout, had always been high on the Buckeyes since receiving his offer from Urban Meyer and company during the summer of 2013, but over the last few weeks, his recruitment has seemed to take a huge step in favor of the Nittany Lions, who hosted him last weekend for an official visit.
But in a surprise, James Franklin and Urban Meyer alike were bested by Paul Chryst, as Whitehead announced his commitment to the Panthers on Friday.
According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Whitehead is the 20th ranked cornerback and 156th overall prospect in the 2015 class.
If you haven't already, take a few moments to check out these highlights of the newest Panther, brought to you by Hudl:
Gibson leads team to big win:
Just a few days removed from his visit to Ohio State, five-star prospect Torrance Gibson absolutely lit up the Miami Jackson defense last night.
In a 45-16 blowout win, the American Heritage quarterback completed 17 of his 27 passing attempts for 305 yards, and three touchdowns. The 6'4 play maker also rushed the ball 12 times for 75 yards and two more scores before being taken out of the game early in the fourth quarter.
With the win, Gibson, and American Heritage, who is coached by former NFL defensive back Mike Rumph, are currently sitting at 3-2.
Matta visits Blackwell:
Just moments after the Ohio State basketball media day ended, Thad Matta hit the road for Nashville, TN. Don't worry, Matta isn't giving up coaching to jump start a career as a country recording artist. The Buckeye boss went down south to check out 2016 forward Braxton Blackwell in an open gym at Christ Presbyterian Academy.
Since the open period started, the Bucks have now made the trek to C.P.A. on a few different occasions to watch the 6'8, 225 pound Blackwell workout.
Last weekend, alongside his AAU teammate, point guard Kobi Simmons, Blackwell visited Ohio State, and had the chance to check out the facilities, meet with the staff, current Buckeyes, and even watch the football team run away with a victory over Cincinnati.
OSU isn't the only program after the talented forward. Vanderbilt, Tennessee, and Big Ten foe Indiana are just a few of the teams trying to keep Braxton away from Columbus.
- Unless some kind of miracle happens, it looks like future OSU quarterback Joe Burrow will walk away with his fifth consecutive Land-Grant Holy Land Elite '15 MVP of the Week award. If you haven't already, take a few moments to vote. The poll closes at 12 p.m.