Most Ohio State fans laid around the house on Sunday reliving moments from the Buckeyes' blow out victory over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship game. Not the coaching staff. Urban Meyer and his assistant coaches were back to the grind, setting up and conducting in-home visits with future and potential Buckeyes.
Kicking off the festivities for the Bucks were Stan Drayton, Zach Smith, Luke Fickell, and Kerry Coombs who made their way to Lorain, Lakewood,and Cincinnati respectively, to check in on Elite '15 commits Rashod Berry, Alex Stump and Justin Hilliard last night. Berry's, Stump's, and Hilliard's visits won't be the last for members of the OSU coaching staff. With the dead period starting up in just over a week, and no game until next month, the next few days will be huge for the finishing efforts of a 2015 class that only has a couple spots left to fill.
After visiting five-star defensive end Josh Sweat last Thursday, some of the other uncommitted prospects the Ohio State coaches could visit over the next week or so include defensive back Juwuan Briscoe, wide out Lawrence Cager, and running backs Damien Harris and Mike Weber.
Keep checking out Land-Grant Holy Land, as we will have much more on the upcoming in-home visits daily in our State Secrets.
Sweat, Jackson set to announce:
After landing a commitment from Mirko Jurkovic last Thursday, the Buckeyes are hoping for a double "boom" from Mark Pantoni this week.
On Wednesday afternoon Josh Sweat will announce his college plans. The 6'5, 240-pound standout from Virginia visited OSU earlier in the season for their match-up against Virginia Tech, and walked away impressed with the coaching staff and everything about the campus.
Even though Sweat has major interest in the Buckeyes, chances are he won't be rocking the Scarlet and Gray. Florida State and his home state Hokies seem to have the inside track, while Oregon, who hosted him over the weekend on an official visit, are hoping they did enough to sway the top overall prospect in the 2015 class to the join the Ducks.
2016 center Drake Jackson of Versailles, Kentucky will announce where he will play in college on Saturday. Like Sweat, Jackson has been on high on the Buckeyes for quite awhile, but chances are he won't be heading to Columbus either. The 6'2, 290-pound future All-American is down to OSU, Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky, but Kentucky has been thought as his long time leader.
In regards to Sweat and Jackson, they might not be looked at as future Buckeyes at the moment. But with the way recruiting goes, and with a coaching staff like theirs, Ohio State could very well end up with one of them when it's all said and done.
- Cleveland Benedictine linebacker and brand new State Champion Jerome Baker, and a few of the other class of 2015 commits were back at it over the weekend. Which commit did enough to walk away as the Land-Grant Holy Land Elite '15 MVP of the Week? The poll is open. Make sure to vote.
- UCLA class of 2015 offensive lineman Andre James flirted with OSU after officially visiting for the Michigan game last month, but after what looks like a very solid in-home visit with the Bruins coaching staff on Sunday the four-star prospect will stick with his pledge to UCLA.