As expected with the recruiting dead period right around the corner, Tuesday was loaded with Buckeye recruiting news. Unfortunately, not all news is good news. '15 Safety Tyler Green, who had been committed to Ohio State since June, decommitted last night and will now look elsewhere. On the bright side of things, coaches made their way to many different high schools to visit some top prospects in hopes of making them future Buckeyes.
Staff hits the trail hard:
The biggest news from Tuesday was securing an official visit from '15 DL Terry Beckner Jr. Ohio State desperately wants to add a defensive tackle to the 2015 class and only a few realistic prospects may fill that spot at this time. The importance of co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash making his way to East St. Louis High School and getting that visit can't be overstated. Missouri is sitting in the best position to land the five-star prospect at the moment, but getting him on campus at least gives the Buckeyes a chance.
Head Coach Urban Meyer made a few stops this week. One of those stops was to Canada to check in on '15 DT Neville Gallimore, who just visited Ohio State for "The Game." After his trip to Canada, Meyer headed to Kentucky to see '15 RB Damien Harris with Stan Drayton and Tim Hinton.
Special Teams coach Kerry Coombs was back in his old stomping grounds on Tuesday. I caught up with Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (OH) head coach Eric Taylor, who told me that Coombs stopped by to visit '16 DE Prince Sammons. Another stop that the always-enthusiastic coach made was to La Salle in Cincinnati, according to head coach Nate Moore. Coombs was very likely paying a visit to talented '16 RB Jeremy Larkin, who played his role in a 55-20 win over '15 CB Denzel Ward and Nordonia last Friday for the state championship.
Wide receiver coach Zach Smith and offensive line coach Ed Warinner were in Virginia to hold an in-home visit with '15 OL commit Matthew Burrell. '16 LB Brendan Ferns got a visit at St. Clairsville High School from Luke Fickell. Tim Hinton was also in Tennessee visiting '15 RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn, who named the Buckeyes in his top three with Louisville and Purdue.
Signing Day Is Around The Corner. Down To 3 Schools As Of Right Now. ( ABC Order ) - Louisville - Ohio State - Purdue— KE'SHAWN VAUGHN (@KV_XIV) December 9, 2014
Defensive line coach Larry Johnson will be making his way to Thomas Stone (MD) to visit '15 CB Juwuan Briscoe sometime this week, according to 247Sports' Bill Kurelic. The 6'0, 182-pounder has already made his official visit to Columbus, as he watched Ohio State smother Illinois, 55-14.
New target in the 2015 class?
The Buckeyes currently have commitments from Carlton Davis, Jamel Dean, Joshua Norwood and Denzel Ward at the defensive back spot. But from the looks, they would like to add one more. Juwuan Briscoe has already visited and Ohio State will see him later this week. Another possibility is Michigan commit Brian Cole, but the Buckeyes will need to get him on campus before anything happens.
Yesterday, '15 CB Kareem Orr from Notre Dame High School (TN) tweeted that he had a phone conversation with Ohio State. Orr is a three-star prospect that holds offers from Arizona State, Clemson, Louisville, Mississippi State, Oklahoma and many others. We will see if anything develops with the two parties in the near future.
Just got off the phone with Ohio state!— Kareem Orr#⃣1⃣ (@ReemKnows1) December 9, 2014
Matta, Buckeyes send out new offer:
The lone Buckeye hoops news that came yesterday was when '17 Center Zach Brown received an offer from Thad Matta and the staff. The 7'1, 268-pound high school freshman already has offers from Miami (FL), South Carolina and Virginia to go along with the Buckeyes. He is also receiving interest from Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Texas, UCLA and more. Brown is already listed as a five-star recruit and the 5th-best player in his class.
Sweat ready to announce:
Lastly, in a few hours, '15 DE Josh Sweat will finally make his much-anticipated collegiate decision. The No. 5 overall player in the country will be selecting from Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State, Oregon and Virginia Tech. Sweat was last on the Columbus campus back when the Buckeyes came up short against Virginia Tech. Despite recent rumblings pointing to the Seminoles landing the talented prospect, one Ohio State commit is trying to remain optimistic.