The Wolverines of Michigan weren't the only ones who traveled to Columbus this weekend. Many class of 2015, 2016, and 2017 recruits did, too. While there might have been a solid list of underclassmen on campus, the senior recruits stole the show.
With just a few spots left in the 2015 class, Ohio State played host to not just some of their current commits, but also to many of the top targets left on their target list. These included wide out Lawrence Cager, defensive tackle Neville Gallimore, offensive linemen Andre James (UCLA commit), and Mirko Jurkovic, who were all on official visits to Ohio State over the last few days.
Even though no one has committed to OSU just yet, from the pictures and reactions posted on social media it sounds like all the prospects on hand had a great time taking in the Buckeyes' 42-28 victory over their archrival Wolverines.
Jurkovic back on the market:
It was a pretty busy weekend for class of 2015 offensive guard Mirko Jurkovic. Not only did the 6'5, 275-pound four-star prospect bash on Thanksgiving dinner and visit OSU, he also decommitted from Nebraska.
Not long after the announcement of the firing of Bo Pelini, Jurkovic and a number of other Cornhusker commits announced they were no longer committed to Nebraska, and will take a look at other programs.
With Pelini out at Nebraska, the Buckeyes look to be the team to beat for Mirko at the moment. Before his commitment, the Indiana native, who played his senior season for IMG Academy in Florida, held a long list of scholarship offers. With him back on the market don't be shocked if those schools and many others come calling with interest.
Speaking of calling prospects, while there is no doubt OSU is interested in Jurkovic, it is unclear if the Buckeyes' coaching staff will reach out to any of the other current Nebraska commits. With their track record of flipping prospects, it wouldn't be a shocker if they did.
2016 OL names leaders, sets commitment date:
Drake Jackson, the top overall center in the class of 2016, will pick between OSU, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama on Saturday, December 13 during a party held at his house in Versallies, Kentucky.
After visiting the OSU campus for camps and other trips, Jackson, a four-star prospect, finally received his scholarship offer from the Buckeyes in November. Even though his Ohio State offer is relatively new, Jackson has always considered OSU as an "offer school" and a major player in his recruitment.
While the Buckeyes have been stockpiling talent up front, the center position is just about the only spot left on the offensive line where OSU could use some depth. With the graduation of Jacoby Boren and Billy Price coming up before we know it, a commitment from Jackson could help put the Buckeyes in a safe spot when that time does come.
No question about it, Jackson would be welcomed to the 2016 class with open arms, but at the moment the Buckeyes look to be behind his home state Kentucky Wildcats for a pledge from the 6'2, 290-pound future All-American.
With his announcement still a couple weeks away, stay tuned for much more on Jackson and his upcoming commitment from the Land-Grant Holy Land recruiting team in the near future.
- Former Michigan commit and OSU target Garrett Taylor, a class of 2015 defensive back from St. Christopher's School in Richmond, Virginia, committed to Penn State on Sunday. The four-star prospect visited Ohio State recently for the game against Indiana.
- Joe Burrow, Torrance Gibson, Jerome Baker, Denzel Ward, and Jamel Dean all shone over the weekend, but which future Buckeye did enough to walk away as the Land-Grant Holy Land Elite '15 MVP? The poll is open. Take a few moments to vote.