Quite a bit has happened in the world of Ohio State football recruiting over the weekend and we're here to get you caught up on all of the latest happenings as we enter a new week.
Where does quarterback recruiting stand right now?
After losing out on Lorenzo Nunez (South Carolina) and Brandon Wimbush (Penn State) last week, we should see a couple of new names emerge on the recruiting radar in the coming days and months.
The number one target at the position is undoubtedly Torrance Gibson, who has Ohio State fourth on his college list and plans on visiting Columbus this summer. If/when the visit does happen, I expect the Buckeyes to shoot up his list of schools.
After Gibson, things are pretty unclear. One name to keep a close eye on is Travis Waller, who is a candidate to receive a scholarship offer in the very near future. The Ohio State coaching staff is expected to see the standout signal caller throw early this week. If an offer did come his way, the Buckeyes would be considered a serious contender for his commitment.
Next comes Deondre Francois, who received an offer a few months ago. I'm a pretty big fan of his game, but it will take some work to pull him out of the state of Florida where the Florida State Seminoles are likely the team to beat. Another team the Bucks would have to jump over is Oregon, who recently offered him a scholarship. He was thinking about making his commitment this week or next, but decided to hold off in order to visit Oregon, Ohio State, and others. If he did announce soon, I'm pretty confident it would be for the Seminoles.
Finally comes a tier of unknowns. Dwayne Lawson has an offer, but his interest in the Buckeyes is tough to read. Sheriron Jones doesn't have an offer yet, but is another guy who could earn one very soon. Also on the recruiting board are Tommy Stevens, Joe Burrow, and Alex Malzone. None of that group has an offer yet, but are guys to watch as secondary options down the road.
Chris Clark committing in July. Who's in the best position right now?
The standout tight end announced he would be making his college decision known to the public at Nike's "The Opening", which is set to take place from July 7-10 in Beaverton, Oregon.
It's really difficult to peg a final landing spot for Clark (and yes I know he named Michigan his leader a couple of weeks ago). Ohio State is the leader on the 247Sports Crystal Ball for Clark's commitment (and is my current prediction, but will be changed in the next few days), but to be honest I just don't see him being a part of this class. I could be wrong about that, but I think the tight end the Bucks are in the best position with right now is Hale Hentges, who had a very good visit to Columbus last month.
Things could definitely change in Clark's recruitment, but right, Ohio State has their work cut out for them. If he does in fact visit again before deciding and has a good experience, Ohio State's chances could go back up and he could very well end up in the class, but at least as of today, I'm just not feeling it.
When could we see a commitment from George Hill?
2016 Hubbard (OH) running back George Hill was in Columbus for an unofficial visit yesterday. Some (including myself) thought there was a chance of a commitment on the visit, but as we know, that did not happen. Even though it didn't happen yesterday, I think there's a very good chance it happens next time he visit Ohio State, which will likely be sometime this summer.
Hill split carries with Ohio's top 2015 running back, Larry Scott last season and has the chance to be a dynamic playmaker in Urban Meyer's offense if he does in fact play his college football in Columbus (which is VERY likely right now). Odds are he'll be the first member of Ohio State's 2016 recruiting class.
As for his teammate (Scott), I don't think the Bucks have a great chance. Michigan State appears to have a pretty big lead there.
Who else is on commitment watch?
There are a number of players who could commit to Ohio State on a moment's notice.
Two guys who visited last month who are on commitment watch include linebacker Sh'mar Kilby-Lane and defensive end Dre'Mont Jones. I think we see at least one of these guys commit sometime this month.
Defensive end Darius Fullwood is expected to announce his decision later this month and if he does in fact follow through with his plans, I think the Buckeyes will be the pick. Long-snapper Liam McCullough has visited multiple times and it wouldn't be surprising if he committed to the Buckeyes soon as well.
I think Ohio State has the lead for Van Jefferson and we could see a commitment from him the next time he makes a visit to Columbus.
Why not to worry about Torrance Gibson...
I've said this many times, but make sure to check out my interview with Torrance Gibson. He was very clear that the Buckeyes weren't higher on the list because he hasn't had the chance to visit Ohio State yet:
"Coach Urban Meyer and Tom Herman, the offensive coordinator. They run a spread-type offense that fits me well. A lot of people say Ohio State fits me better than any other school. The only reason they're fourth is because I didn't visit during the spring and didn't get to sit down with the coaches. The main reason they're at four is because I haven't visited."
Gibson plans to be on campus for his first visit at some point this summer and again for an official visit in the fall. From there, he'll be announcing his decision a week or two after his football season end.
Right now Ohio State is my pick as I think they'll move into the lead after he makes that first visit to Columbus.