Ohio State has dominated in all facets of its football program since the loss to Virginia Tech in the second week of the season. Picking up and flipping multiple recruits to join their 2015 recruiting class has gone hand-in-hand with their success on the field. Now, the coaching staff will continue preparing for The Game this Saturday while also getting things ready for the recruits coming in on a visit for the rivalry showdown.
Among one of those recruits is '15 defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton. Hamilton, a former Pittsburgh commit, is a 6'3, 258-pound defensive lineman who is rated as a three-star under the 247Sports Composite and ranked as the 84th-best defensive tackle in the country. Hamilton also checks in as the 61st-ranked prospect overall from the state of Ohio. Originally, Hamilton committed to Pittsburgh on June 24, but after taking two official visits to Kentucky, the defensive lineman chose to back out of his verbal pledge on Sunday and has opened up his recruitment once more.
DaVon Hamilton has decommitted from Pittsburgh. Per the player's father.Has visits upcoming. Will go to Ohio State this weekend.— Bill Greene (@BillBankGreene) November 25, 2014
The recruiting battle appears to be between Ohio State and Kentucky, with an outside shot for the Ohio Bobcats. The Pickerington Central product has the 247Sports Crystal Ball experts weighing in, giving a slight edge to the Buckeyes (50 percent of the vote) with Kentucky on their heels (40 percent) and the Bobcats trailing far behind (10 percent).
LeCounte spending gameday in Columbus:
OHIO THISSSS WEEKEND !! ⭕️— Richard LeCounte (@LilEasy_35) November 25, 2014
One of the top recruits in the class of 2017, athlete Richard LeCounte, is also planning to visit for The Game and spend the weekend in Columbus with fellow Buckeyes. The 5'10, 170-pound athlete is already ranked as the 22nd-best prospect in the country, the fourth-best athlete in the nation, and second-best recruit at any position from the state of Georgia.
LeCounte also already holds offers from some of the top schools across the college landscape, including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, N.C. State, North Carolina, and South Carolina, among others. While the 247Sports Crystal Ball experts currently have LeCounte leaning towards Georgia (53 percent of the vote) with Ohio State a close second (47 percent), there's a chance that this latest unofficial visit to Ohio State could prove huge in the long run.
Putative '16 commit will also attend Saturday's game:
I will be attending Ohio state game this weekend— Michael Onwenu#⃣5⃣2⃣ (@_MXKEY) November 25, 2014
'16 offensive guard/defensive tackle Michael Onwenu from Cass Tech (a school that has recently become a pipeline for future Ohio State players) has confirmed via Twitter that he'll be in attendance for the Ohio State-Michigan game as well. Onwenu is ranked as the fifth-best offensive guard in the country and the third-best prospect at any position from the state of Michigan, while also rated as a four-star according to the 247Sports Composite.
All seven of the experts on the 247Sports Crystal Ball have predicted Onwenu to Ohio State, but there's plenty of time for other schools to make up ground on the favored Buckeyes. The Miami Hurricanes are the team with the next best chance to land Onwenu, with Illinois, Michigan, and N.C. State having outside chances.