Ohio State enters their second and final bye week of the 2014 season after traveling to Maryland and taking care of business on the road for their first Big Ten win of the season. As the Buckeyes use the bye week to heal up any nagging injuries and prepare for the game against Rutgers two weeks from now, Ohio State has been relatively busy in the world of recruiting.
Great talk with coach Coombs ohio state #gobuckeyes— G.O.E (@javariusdavis1) October 6, 2014
Leading things off, '15 athlete Javarius Davis had what appeared to be a good phone call with current Ohio State coach Kerry Coombs, the Energizer Bunny of a coach on the sideline that just keeps going and going.
The Bucks might just have a chance be in the mix to land the 5'10, 173-pound athlete from the state of Florida. Davis is a three-star recruit according to the 247Sports Composite and is ranked as the 40th best running back in the country while also being the 76th best prospect at any position from the state.
Davis also holds offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Boise State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and a few other notable schools. It will be interesting to see how this recruiting drama unfolds.
Hilliard's eyes wandering?
IOWA CITY THIS WEEKEND— Justin Hilliard (@JHilliard47) October 6, 2014
'15 Ohio State LB commit Justin Hilliard will be making his way up to Iowa to watch the Hawkeyes, but Ohio State fans don't have to worry too much about Hilliard potentially flipping. It seems like Coach Meyer and the rest of his staff are keeping tabs on the young linebacker, but so far so good, as Hilliard has made it clear that he's happy with his decision to be a Buckeye.
The 6'0, 225-pound outside linebacker is a beast of nature, and 247Sports has him rated as a five-star, which is an impressive feat. Ranked as the 25th player overall in the country and the second-best linebacker in the nation, Hilliard also checks in as the number one player from the state of Ohio, holding offers from all the top schools in the country. Hilliard committed to the Buckeyes on July 2. Hilliard's brother C.J. is on the Iowa football team, which likely explains the visit.
Warinner heads west
Ohio State offensive line coach Ed Warinner was out in Salem, UT to check out '15 DE/OLB 6'5, 240-pounds Porter Gustin. Gustin is ranked as the 6th best outside linebacker or defensive end in the country, while also ranking as the second-best prospect from the state of Utah.
Porter holds offers from USC, Notre Dame, Arizona State, Florida State, LSU, UCLA, Arkansas, Miami, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Washington, Washington State, Wisconsin, and is hearing from Michigan and Notre Dame.
Meyer visits a powerhouse
Finally, per 247Sports' Alex Gleitman, Buckeyes head man Urban Meyer dropped in on Saint Thomas Aquinas in Ford Lauderdale Monday. The same powerhouse Florida prep institution that produced Joey Bosa has even more of the top future college football players of America currently enrolled there.
Amongst those the Buckeyes have been keeping warm, per Gleitman, are targets RB Jordan Scarlett, WR Devante Peete, DE (and kid brother of Joey) Nick Bosa, and WR Trevon Grimes.
You can expect Meyer and company to continue to hit the road hard his next week, particularly with no game prep obligations during the off week.