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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 12/23 - Latest on Matthew Falcon, JaQuan Lyle to visit

Get the latest updates and news on Ohio State recruiting from Monday.

Joshua Norwood saw his ranking go up in the latest 247Sports update.
Joshua Norwood saw his ranking go up in the latest 247Sports update.

With the holiday festivities taking place this week and the coaching staff and their players taking a short break until they head to New Orleans to prepare for Alabama, Ohio State's recruiting game has understandably been a bit slower than normal. Still, that doesn't mean recruits aren't tweeting and sharing their latest favorite schools, so we've got you covered with the latest on the Buckeyes.

'16 running back Matthew Falcon has named Ohio State his favorite among a growing list of scholarship offers from various programs around the Big Ten and the country. Including an offer from the Buckeyes, Falcon holds offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, N.C. State, Northern Illinois, Tennessee, Toledo, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, and is receiving plenty of interest from Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.

Falcon is rated as a four-star recruit by the 247Sports Composite and is ranked as the the nation's No. 16 running back in the class of 2016. Falcon also ranks as the sixth best player from the state of Michigan. The 6'1, 215-pound running back rushed for closed to 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns in 10 games. His team would lose in the state semi-finals, but Falcon missed the final three games with a sprained ankle.

The Ohio State commit was outstanding as a senior showcasing game-changing ability with the ball in the air. His senior year has propelled him into the Top247 and the No. 17 player in the state.

Current Ohio State commitment and '15 cornerback Joshua Norwood saw his stock rise in the 247Sports recruiting rankings as he earned high praise from the staff at 247Sports, even going so far as to say that he might be the next Darqueze Dennard (the former Michigan State standout corner).

Norwood stands 5'10, 175-pounds and has been committed to the Buckeyes since Nov. 4 of this year. Hailing from Georgia, Norwood has gone mostly under the radar when it comes to recruitment and while he still received quite a bit of interest from other schools, Ohio State clearly believes they have found a gem in the the class of 2015.

Switching to some basketball news, '15 shooting guard Jaquan Lyle has been a name that Buckeye fans will want to keep an eye on in the coming weeks as the former Oregon commit heads to Columbus sometime next month (and potentially as early as Jan. 2). After being left off the Ducks' roster due to issues with credits, Lyle can go wherever he wants, for the most part. Lyle is also being pursued by Missouri, Indiana, LSU and Xavier, and is still considering Oregon.

Lyle is from the Indiana area, so it's no surprise that the Hoosiers are going to recruit him hard, but Thad Matta could have a shot if he's serious about landing him. Lyle will be eligible to play next season for whichever team he chooses to play for, but a team featuring Lyle with some other rising stars has to get fans at least a little excited.

Lyle checks in at 6'5, 214-pounds and is rated as a four-star under the 247Sports Composite. Ranked the 33rd best overall player in the country, the 12th best shooting guard, and number one prospect overall out of the state of West Virginia, Lyle is a recruit that is certainly being sought after.