Ohio State recruiting has no off days, so it shouldn't shock you that quite a bit happened this weekend. In what was probably the biggest news of the last few days, class of 2015 defensive back Shaun Crawford finally put all the rumors to rest and decommitted from the Wolverines of Michigan.
A UM verbal commit since last summer, the 5'9 170-pound speedster from Lakewood's St. Edward High School visited Notre Dame this weekend after breaking the news of his decision to open his recruiting back up.
Notre Dame's campus isn't the last one he is visiting. Next weekend Crawford is scheduled to check out Ohio State. After dishing the junior an offer back in late November, Shaun's upcoming trip to Ohio State will give Urban Meyer and the OSU coaching staff a chance to impress the four-star prospect, and maybe put them one step closer to keeping him in the state.
We will have more on Crawford and his visit next weekend.
McFadden names leaders
On Saturday afternoon, five-star class of 2015 defensive back Tarvarus McFadden, a American Heritage teammate of Torrance Gibson, announced his top nine, with the Buckeyes making the cut:
Tarvarus McFadden RT @Tee_Time24: Top 9 College List. pic.twitter.com/Ii5EZfbNdz— LGHL Recruiting (@LGHLRecruiting) May 24, 2014
Trimming his list down from well over 30 scholarship offers, McFadden, a big and physical corner back at 6'3 and 200 pounds, is not just one of the top overall players in Florida, but the entire country. At the moment, the soon to be senior comes in as the eighth ranked prospect in the talent rich Sunshine State, and 33rd overall recruit in the 2015 class, according to the 247Sports Composite.
Bucks add QB
No, Ohio State didn't pick up a commitment from Torrance Gibson, or any of the other class of 2015 prospects they are currently after, but they did add a new member to the Dream '14 on Friday.
According to his head coach at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Justin Cook, a class of 2014 quarterback, has accepted a preferred walk-on opportunity with the Buckeyes.
QB Justin Cook accepts preferred walk-on offer with Ohio State Buckeyes! @WRAFootball @nfacoach Proud of you. Thanks coaches Herman & Fickel— WRA Football (@WRAFootball) May 23, 2014
The 6'4 205-pound Cook, follows in the footsteps of Cincinnati St. Xavier quarterback Nick Tensing, Illinois linebacker Mike Maduko, Clayton Northmont defensive back Isaiah Williams, and Massachusetts long snapper Sam York, as prospects joining the OSU football team as a walk-on later this year.
Playing on a very young and inexperienced Western Reserve squad last season, Justin was voted team MVP after passing for over 800 yards for the 2-7 Pioneers as a senior.
Here are some highlights of the latest Buckeye commit in action:
Boykin to name top 10
Later today, four-star standout WR/TE Miles Boykin (New Lenox, IL/Providence Catholic) will announce his top 10 via his Twitter account. The Buckeyes should definitely make the cut, as the 6'4 215 pounder is no stranger to Columbus.
Earlier this month, Boykin visited campus once again with quite a few other talented recruits represented by Core6, a recruiting and training firm based out of Chicago, who has helped many players during the process, including future Bucks Jamarco Jones and Dylan Thompson.
Some of the other teams that could join Ohio State on Boykin's short list are Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Missouri, Florida and Wisconsin.
I will be cutting my list of schools down to 10 on Monday May 26th!— miles boykin (@MBoykin814) May 22, 2014
The EYBL was back at over the weekend, with all three Ohio State commits in action. AJ Harris, Mickey Mitchell and Austin Grandstaff all chipped in some quality playing time for their respected squads.
In probably one of his poorest shooting weekends so far this AAU season, Harris, saw his best outing in the scoring department come Saturday evening against the Team SCAN Cardinals. Harris knocked down six of his ten shots, including two of four three point attempts, finishing with 14 points in a 65-64 King James loss.
Even though he didn't have his usual weekend, Harris was still one of the key prospects on the court for King James, helping them out in many different ways:
Ohio St #Buckeyes commit AJ Harris putting on a show. Tough PG runs team. Hit 2 clutch shots. Sick left handed dime.— Scott Burgess (@scottybscout) May 24, 2014
A lot like Harris, Mickey Mitchell might not have scored in bunches, but helped his Texas Titans squad in almost every other aspect of the game over the weekend.
Still getting over a back injury, Mitchell's top performance of the weekend came on Saturday in a 77-43 blowout victory over the NTL Red Storm. Hitting five of his six attempts, Mickey finished with seven points, while also dishing out six assists in the Titans win.
Ohio State commit Mickey Mitchell making things easy for teammates with three straight assists for buckets in the paint. TX Titans up 22-20.— TJ Kelley (@scoopIPS) May 24, 2014
In a 92-85 Team Texas Elite win on Saturday, Austin Grandstaff went absolutely nuts, scoring 44 points in the Team Texas victory over Team United.
Showing exactly why Thad Matta and OSU recruited him, Austin hit nine of his 14 attempts from downtown, and 15 of his 24 total shots.
Have seen all 3 Ohio state commits past 4 hours. Gotta say, they are bringing in some big time playmakers across the board— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) May 24, 2014
- On Saturday, the Buckeyes offered California athlete Darnay Holmes. One of the top overall prospects in the class of 2017, the offer from the Buckeyes comes just weeks after he visited OSU with Keyshawn Johnson Jr.
- Class of 2015 tight end Hale Hentges committed to Alabama last night over offers from home state Missouri, Ohio State, and quite a few other of the nation's top college football programs.
- For more Ohio State recruiting news from the weekend, including updates on 2015 studs Justin Hilliard and Torrance Gibson, check out "In a Nutshell".
Note: This post has been updated to reflect that Justin Cook is not believed to be a blood relative of Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook.