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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 4/25 - Bucks make the cut for Austin Clark, Myles Turner to announce Wednesday

Land-Grant Holy Land gets you caught up on the latest Ohio State recruiting news.


Yesterday was relatively quiet when it comes to Ohio State recruiting, but as always there are still plenty of things to talk about. Let's get started.

Two more offers sent out

The Ohio State coaching staff got things started quickly yesterday when they extended an offer to Tucker (GA) defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter, who is currently committed to play for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

If I had to guess I don't think much will come of this, but Ledbetter has shown he's still willing to visit other schools as he's been on trips to Georgia and Auburn since committing to the Crimson Tide back in January.

Then last night Waco (TX) Midway safety Kahlil Haughton received a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes. He also holds offers from Baylor, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and many others.

I'm not sure much will come of this offer either, but it's definitely something to keep an eye on down the road. Baylor is probably the favorite to land his commitment as things currently stand.

Austin Clark trims list to seven

Lexington (VA) Rockbridge County offensive tackle Austin Clark trimmed his list of college choices to seven last night. The seven schools that made the cut are Clemson, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

Clark made the trip to Columbus a couple of weeks ago and had a very good time on his visit. Ohio State is a legitimate contender in the race to land his commitment, but I'm sticking with my Tennessee pick for the time being.

He would like to make his college decision sometime before his senior season, though he does not have an exact date right now.

Myles Turner announcing

Ohio State's lone remaining hoops target for the 2014 recruiting class, Myles Turner, is set to announce his college decision this Wednesday on ESPN.

He would certainly be a welcome addition to Ohio State's recruiting class and would add a much-needed big man to next year's team, but it's highly unlikely he picks the Buckeyes.

Latest on the commit front

While there now hasn't been a commitment (that has stuck) since the fall, there's still no reason to worry when it comes to Ohio State's 2015 recruiting class.

Sure, it would be nice to have a couple more players locked up, but the Buckeyes are firmly in the mix for many of the nation's top players. It might take more time than some people hope, but this class will come together, and will be a very good one. I'm still pretty confident the Buckeyes will land the Big Ten's top recruiting class.

Who's the next to commit? My answer hasn't really changed since last week. Dre'Mont Jones and Sh'mar Kilby-Lane could commit on a moment's notice and I think Van Jefferson commits when he makes his next visit to Columbus in a couple of weeks.

By the time Ohio State's second big camp comes and goes in June, I'm going to predict they'll have anywhere from 7-9 guys in this class and it will continue to grow as the cycle progresses.

Finally we have Eric Glover-Williams. I could see this situation going either way, but would like to wait and gather more information before making any kind of prediction on where he stands with Ohio State. There's no doubt that he'll be in this class as long as the Ohio State coaching staff is willing to have him.

Other recruiting news

- Oklahoma City (OK) Midwest City defensive back Will Sunderland had his offer confirmed by the Ohio State coaching staff yesterday. He first reported an offer 10 or so days ago.

The Buckeyes don't have much of a shot here until they're able to get a visit.

- If you haven't already, make sure to check out the SB Nation Class of 2014 Fantasy Draft that Luke and I participated in.

- We're expecting a pretty quiet weekend on the visitor front, but a name or two could be added anytime, so stay locked to Land-Grant Holy Land for updates.

- Be on the lookout for another edition of the "top 15 targets for 2015" stories this week, in addition to a couple of new interviews.

Important Dates

  • March 6th visitor(s): LB Nick Conner, ATH Eric Glover-Williams
  • March 18th visitor(s): QB Tommy Stevens
  • March 20th visitor(s): LB Josh Barajas, DE Jonathon Cooper (2016), ATH Jerome Baker
  • March 21st-22nd visitor(s): RB Larry Scott, WR Steven Smothers (2016), WR Van Jefferson, OL Patrick Allen, OL Simon Stepaniak, OL James Daniels, DE Dre'Mont Jones, LB Anthony McKee, LB Justin Hilliard, DB Jordan Whitehead, ATH Brian Cole
  • March 25th visitor(s): LB Ethan Tucky (2016)
  • March 26th visitor(s): TE Jake Pickard
  • March 27th visitor(s): QB Danny Clark (2017 commit)
  • March 28th-29th visitor(s): WR Jabari Greenwood, TE CJ Conrad, OL Tyler Gerald (2016), OL Jake Fruhmorgen, OL Quinn Oseland, OL David Robbins, DE Darius Fullwood, LB Chris Green, ATH Denzel Ward
  • April 2nd visitor(s): OL Gabe Megginson
  • April 3rd visitor(s): TE Hale Hentges, OL Tommy Kraemer
  • April 4th-5th visitor(s): OL Austin Clark, OL Emani Mason, ATH Malik Hooker (2014 signee)
  • April 5th visitor(s): Cass Tech Day
  • April 7th visitor(s): RB Andrew Dowell, ATH David Dowell
  • April 9th visitor(s): QB Reese Ryan, TE Sam Letton (2016), WR Keyshawn Johnson Jr. (2017), DB Darnay Holmes (2017)
  • April 11th visitor(s): OL Sterling Jenkins, OL Michal Menet, ATH Chandler CoxTrevor Thompson (hoops)
  • April 12th/Spring Game visitor(s): QB Danny Clark (2017 commit), RB Damien Harris, RB Todd Sibley (2017), OL Tommy Kraemer (2016), OL Josh Myers (2017), LB Sh'mar Kilby-Lane, DE Dre'Mont Jones, DE Nick Bosa (2016), DE/LB Jonathon Cooper, LB Darrin Kirkland, LB Joshua McMillon, ATH Richard LeCounte (2017)
  • April 15th visitor(s): RB Robert Washington
  • April 17th visitor(s): DT Elijah Taylor
  • April 18th-19th visitor(s): TE Chris Clark, OT Matthew Burrell, DE/LB Ricky DeBerry
  • May 10th visitor(s): Core 6 Day
  • June 1st: Columbus NFTC
  • June 2nd: Columbus Elite 11