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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 11/24 - Branden Bowen commits, Tre Nixon recaps visit

It was a pretty busy weekend for Ohio State recruiting. Get caught up with the latest.

The weekend ended with a boom for Ohio State. The Buckeyes successfully locked up a verbal commitment from class of 2015 offensive tackle Branden Bowen on Sunday evening. A Former Utah commit, the 6'7 330 pound, three-star prospect gives OSU 22 pledges for this cycle.

If you follow OSU recruiting, Bowen's commitment shouldn't be much of a surprise. Before ending his recruitment, the big, strong, and physical lineman was thought to be an Ohio State lean since earning his offer and taking his official visit for the Illinois game. According to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, Bowen is the 83rd offensive tackle and 779th-overall recruit in the senior class.

Want to know more about Branden Bowen's commitment, and what it means to Ohio State? The Land-Grant Holy Land crew has your back.

Nixon talks visit:

Ohio State had a small group of talented prospects on campus over the weekend. One of the recruits who visited OSU for their game against Indiana was class of 2016 wide receiver Tre Nixon.

"I had a great visit up there. Me and my family enjoyed everything about it. I would say a big thing that stood out to me would be how much of a player's coach and motivator Coach Meyer is. Also, the amount of love they showed us while we were up there." Nixon, a three-star out of Viera High (FL) told Land-Grant Holy Land.

While in Columbus with his family, Tre had a chance to talk with members of the OSU coaching staff, who left him feeling very comfortable.

"I spoke with Coach Meyer, Coach Hinton, and met a lot of the others." Said, Nixon. "They were just saying how much they appreciated me coming up there and how much they love my skill, and want me to be a part of the program."

Holding offers from the Buckeyes, Duke, Florida, Ole Miss, Penn State, Texas, and many others, Nixon isn't ready to name leaders. The 6'0, 160-pound junior wants to make stops on as many campuses he can before he even tries to think about making a commitment to a school.

"As of now I'm just keeping my recruitment open, and trying to get on as many unofficial visits as possible," Nixon said.

Bucks offer Borland:

While Tre Nixon already held an offer, another class of 2016 standout was offered a scholarship during his Saturday visit to Ohio State. According to reports, four-star outside linebacker Tuf Borland headed back home to Bolingbrook, Illinois as the latest prospect to receive a chance to play for the Buckeyes.

Borland, a 6'1, 220-pound four-star prospect, adds the offer from OSU to a list that consists of Wisconsin, Illinois, and Northwestern.

Get a small taste of what Borland could bring to the Buckeyes with these highlights, courtesy of Hudl:

Quick Hits:

  • Class of 2015 running back Mike Weber decommitted from Michigan over the weekend. Weber, who plays for new OSU pipeline Cass Tech in Detroit, will reportedly make an official visit to Ohio State soon.
  • Joe Burrow has been a beast all season long, but was this weekend's performance (including his touchdown pass to himself) enough to win another Land-Grant Holy Land Elite '15 MVP? The poll is open. Make sure to vote.