If you've been following Ohio State recruiting at all, you're probably familiar with '15 DT Tim Settle and his relationship (or lack thereof) with the coaching staff. After Settle announced a list of his leaders toward the beginning of the month (in order of Tennessee, Alabama, Clemson, Florida St., Texas, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Penn St., West Virginia, UCLA, North Carolina, N.C. State, LSU, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma), the Buckeyes were left off, cutting away at the slim chance of landing the five-star defensive tackle.
In a surprising twist on Monday, Settle tweeted out that he and fellow Ohio State target '15 OT Matthew Burrell would be taking a visit to Columbus this weekend. The 6'3, 318-pound Settle is rated as the fifth-best defensive tackle in the country and the second-best prospect from the state of Virginia. It would appear that the Buckeyes may still have a shot, considering they were able to land him on campus.
Going to ohio state this weekend wit broskeem @__Triumphant— Tim Settle (@tim_settle) May 26, 2014
What's really peculiar about this is the fact that Settle gave an interview describing his recruitment by Ohio State, and didn't have anything really positive to say:
If you didn't catch the part about Ohio State or you don't have time to watch the video, Settle told SB Nation's Bud Elliott the following about the Buckeyes:
"I really don't want to disrespectful. They just stopped recruiting me. That's disrespectful. They don't show no love. They never came to my school, they didn't hit me up on Twitter...it's like they show no interest."
As far as Burrell is concerned, the Buckeyes have actively recruited the 6'5, 290-pound offensive tackle. Burrell is ranked as the seventh-best tackle in the country and third-best prospect from Virginia, just behind his good friend and fellow recruit Tim Settle. Burrell spoke with us about his recruitment and Ohio State earlier last week:
Burrell seemed to light up a bit when Ohio State was mentioned. "Ohio State, another veteran group of guys. Coach Meyer is a great guy as well. Relationships are really big for me," he emphasized. The Buckeyes' biggest rival got into the act recently, however. Offering the big C.D. Hylton High School lineman.
"I got an offer from Michigan," Burrell said. "That Team Up North?" he joked. "Possibly [I would consider them.] Possibly."
This is my top 10! pic.twitter.com/FJ7rjabnEw— miles boykin (@MBoykin814) May 26, 2014
'15 WR Miles Boykin released a list of his top 10 schools that are still in the running for his services on Monday, and the Buckeyes found themselves making the cut along with Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oregon, and Virginia Tech. Boykin, a 6'4, 212-pound wide receiver, has been clocked at an impressive 4.41 in the 40-yard dash and is the 22nd-best wide receiver in the class of 2015, including being rated as the second-best recruit from the state of Illinois.
The four-star's Crystal Ball currently has him heading to Notre Dame (69%) over Michigan State (31%), but with the Buckeyes making another round of cuts, coach Meyer and his staff should be feeling confident that they could put more time into making Boykin consider Ohio State even more.
#OhioState offers 2017 CB Darnay Holmes http://t.co/UpX6XUHg26— Adam Gorney (@adamgorney) May 26, 2014
The Buckeyes were looking to the future on Monday when they offered '17 ATH Darnay Holmes. This is just the latest offer for the athlete out of California, who stands 5'11, 180-pounds and has been clocked at a 4.50 in the 40-yard dash. Despite being so early in his recruitment, Holmes has already garnered offers from Arizona, California, Clemson, Colorado State, Louisville, San Diego State, Tennessee, UCLA, and Utah.
It was also revealed that Holmes intends to visit Ohio State (along with Clemson and Stanford) sometime this summer. I'm curious to see how a visit to the Buckeye state will affect his recruitment, if at all. The Crystal Ball currently has Stanford (67%) out in front of Arizona (33%).
I will be releasing my Top 5 this Saturday, the 31st— Tommy Stevens3⃣ (@TS3_ERA) May 27, 2014
'15 QB Tommy Stevens announced on Monday that he would be releasing his top five schools this Saturday. That list should be fairly stacked with Big Ten teams, considering the Crystal Ball has the 6'4, 200-pound quarterback going to Indiana (71%) over Michigan State (25%) and Ohio State (4%).
In 2013, Stevens threw for 1,621 yards and 15 touchdowns on 110-187 passing, good for a 58 percent completion rate. Even more impressive was the fact that Stevens also carried the ball 110 times and managed 1,059 yards for 10 touchdowns on the ground.