April Fools Day is upon us, but there aren't any jokes when it comes to Ohio State recruiting. Monday was a fairly eventful day for the coaching staff, starting off with '15 OLB Justin Hilliard taking to Twitter to announce his top 10 schools. The Buckeyes made the list, along with Notre Dame, Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Oklahoma, Florida State, USC, and Florida.
The 6'2, 230-pound outside linebacker hails from Cincinnati, Ohio. The 5-star is also ranked as the third-best outside linebacker in the country and the best overall prospect from the Buckeye state for the class of 2015. Hilliard recently visited Columbus on March 21st, while planning to visit Alabama on April 5th and Notre Dame on April 12th.
TOP 10 (No Order) ND Alabama Iowa Kentucky Michigan Oklahoma Florida State Southern California Ohio State Florida— Justin Hilliard (@JHilliard47) March 31, 2014
Ohio State landed on another recruit's list, '15 OLB/WSDE Ricky DeBerry, along with 19 other schools including Alabama, Auburn, Arizona State, Clemson, Florida, LSU, Miami, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M, South Carolina, USC, UCLA, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
The 6'2, 245-pound defensive athlete is rated as a 4-star and ranked as the fifth-best outside linebacker in the country, while also being considered the third-best prospect in the state of Virginia. DeBerry has an unofficial visit to Ohio State scheduled for April 18th.
I will be committing after my senior season & after I take my 5 official visits.— Torrance Gibson (@quick_tg6) April 1, 2014
'15 QB Torrance Gibson continues his recruitment by announcing that he will be making his decision and committing to the school of his choice after his senior year and when he takes all five of his official visits. The 6'4, 200-pound dual-threat quarterback has been heavily recruited by just about every school in the country, but all signs point to Ohio State as things stand.
Gibson is the first-rated dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2015 and the fifth-best prospect overall in the state of Florida. Gibson was also invited to Nike's The Opening camp on Monday, giving him a chance to showcase his talent on a much larger stage.
The Crystal Ball gives the Buckeyes the edge with 58 percent of the experts voting for Ohio State. From there, Miami (19%), Tennessee (12%), LSU (8%), and Auburn (4%).
On Wednesday, April 9th, I will be announcing what sport I will play and what college I will attend. #It'sTime— Drew Lock (@DrewLock23) April 1, 2014
'15 QB Drew Lock is another prospect that will be making a decision, but in more ways than one. Lock is not only a 4-star rated as the fifth-best pro-style quarterback in the class of 2015, but is also considering committing to a school to play basketball. Lock plays shooting guard for his high school in the state of Missouri.
Last year, Lock threw for 3,062 yards on 199/331 passing for 35 touchdowns to only 7 interceptions. While Lock does hold an offer from Ohio State, the Missouri Tigers are the clear favorites (100% of experts voted for Missouri) which shouldn't surprise anyone, considering his father was a former offensive lineman for the Tigers.