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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 3/14 - Brian Cole visiting this month

Land-Grant Holy Land catches you up on the latest happenings in the world of Ohio State recruiting.

Brian Cole will visit Ohio State later this month.
Brian Cole will visit Ohio State later this month.

It has been another relatively busy week in the world of Ohio State football recruiting. We're going to get you caught up on yesterday's recruiting events and much more.

Torrance Gibson might visit soon

A couple of weeks ago, Fort Lauderdale (FL) American Heritage quarterback/athlete Torrance Gibson (who is one of Ohio State's top targets for the class) thought the earliest he would be able to make it to Columbus for a visit was the summer. But things may have changed.

Yesterday, the Heritage QB indicated that he could make his first trip to check out the Ohio State campus later this month over his spring break, but wasn't completely sure of any visit plans. He'll definitely make it on campus no later than the summer, but it would be huge to get him on campus as soon as possible.

I still like where the Buckeyes stand in this race, but there's still a long way to go before he commits. Right now, he's planning on announcing his college decision following his senior football season.

Add Cole to a busy visitor weekend

Many of the nation's top prospects are set to be in Columbus on the weekend of March 21st, including Chris Clark, Larry Scott, Jordan Whitehead, James Daniels, and many others. We can add another name to list in the form of Saginaw (MI) Heritage athlete Brian Cole, as first reported by Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts.

Michigan and Michigan State hold the edge for the versatile athlete as things currently stand. He has the ability to play wide receiver, running back, or defensive back when he reaches the college level.

We'll try to learn more about Cole's upcoming visit in the next couple of days. It's huge the Buckeyes are getting him on campus and they'll try to gain ground on Michigan and Michigan State.

Ohio State screws up

We all now that nobody is perfect, even the Ohio State football program.

They are recruiting two players in the 2015 class with the last name McFadden in the form of Kendrell McFadden and Tarvarus McFadden. Ohio State accidentally sent mail intended for Kendrell to Tarvarus, which isn't really a good look for the Buckeyes:

The news good is McFadden said he thinks no less of the Buckeyes after the mix up. He's one of the best defensive backs in the 2015 class and is teammates with top Ohio State quarterback target Torrance Gibson.

It's safe to say the Buckeyes will double check their mail before sending it, because not all recruits will laugh it off like McFadden.

Ohio State and Florida tied at the top for Lewis

A couple of weeks ago, Ohio State hosted Washington (DC) Gonzaga defensive back Marcus Lewis on an unofficial visit, which went very well.

The visit went so well that he named the Buckeyes his leader shortly after completing the visit. In the last week or so, Florida has pulled even with the Bucks. Lewis added Michigan State, Clemson, and Miami were "coming into play" as well.

Ohio State is in a good spot early, but it's going to be a battle until the end for his commitment.

Mack talking to OSU frequently

A couple of weeks ago, the Buckeyes extended a scholarship offer to 247Sports composite five-star (and Texas A&M commit) Daylon Mack, who hails from Gladewater, Texas.

While Mack is solid to the Aggies, he's still considering Auburn, Florida, and Ohio State. He's already visited Auburn, but would live to check out Ohio State and Florida when possible. Unfortunately he say he "doubts" he'll be able to visit Columbus or Gainesville in the spring or summer, meaning he'll likely take official visits to the two schools sometime in the fall.

Since receiving an offer from the Scarlet and Gray, Mack has kept in close contact with Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson and director of player personal, Mark Pantoni.

"He (Larry Johnson) just tells me how he wants me to come visit and (also) how he would use me (in the Ohio State defense)," Mack told Land-Grant Holy Land.

It's going to be hard to pull him away from the Aggies, but if Meyer and company can get him on campus, it's definitely a possibility.

New offer out

Urban Meyer and company handed out yet another offer yesterday, this time to a prospect from the class of 2016 in Orange Park (FL) Oakleaf linebacker Shaq Quarterman.

The 6'1, 240-pound linebacker has the potential to be one of the best at his position in the 2016 recruiting class when it's all said and done. Right now Miami, Auburn, and others hold the early advantage to land his commitment. It's unknown how interested he is in the Buckeyes, but we'll do our best to learn more about his interest in the Scarlet and Gray in the coming days.

Other recruiting news

- Check out SB Nation recruiting analyst Bud Elliott's scouting report on top Ohio State linebacker target, Justin Hilliard.

Ohio State, Iowa, Michigan, Notre Dame, and a couple of other schools remain firmly in the mix for the standout linebacker's commitment.

- Buckeye JuCo offensive tackle target Paris Palmer plans to visit South Carolina on March 22nd.

He wants to make it to Columbus for a visit somewhere down the road and is very interested in the Scarlet and Gray. The OSU staff would love to have a junior college offensive lineman in this class.

- 2016 defensive line target Rashan Gary is going to set up some visits soon, with one of the schools he wants to see being Ohio State. He would also like to check out many other schools that have offered him a scholarship.

- Still no letter signed letter of intent from 2014 defensive end standout Malik McDowell.

- 2015 Ohio State safety target Rashad Roundtree might visit Georgia next weekend and hopes to eventually make a trip to Columbus to see what the Buckeyes have to offer.

- Land-Grant Holy Land will have you covered on a big visit weekend that is just one week away. Stay locked here for all the visit buzz.

  • March 6th visitor(s): LB Nick Conner, ATH Eric Glover-Williams
  • March 17th visitor(s): ATH Demetris Robertson
  • March 18th visitor(s): QB Tommy Stevens
  • March 20th visitor(s): LB Josh Barajas
  • March 21st-22nd visitor(s): RB Larry Scott, TE Chris Clark, OL Simon Stepaniak, OL James Daniels, DB Jordan Whitehead, ATH Brian Cole
  • April 2nd visitor(s): OL Gabe Megginson
  • April 4th visitor(s): TE Hale Hentges
  • April 12th/Spring Game visitor(s): QB Brandon Wimbush, OL Larry Wells, LB Nick Conner, LB Sh'mar Kilby-Lane (maybe), CB Minkah Fitzpatrick

*** WR Van Jefferson also expected on campus this month ***