Buckeye fans can rest a little easier now, as the Ohio State football team finally landed their first commitment in months. Yesterday afternoon, class of 2015 quarterback Joe Burrow, of Athens High School, became the third prospect to accept a scholarship offer from Urban Meyer and OSU, joining Canton McKinley speedster Eric Glover-Williams, and Florida defensive back Jamel Dean.
A threat through the air and on the ground, Burrow was named the Ohio Gatorade Player of The Year after an outstanding senior year. Last season, the 6'4 205 pound signal caller, who decided to roll with the Buckeyes over offers from the likes of Boston College, Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia, to name a few, completed 218 of his 306 passing attempts, for over 3,700 yards and 47 touchdowns, while also gaining nearly 600 rushing yards and nine more scores, leading Athens High to a 12-1 overall record.
Desperately needing a face of the 2015 class, Joe, the son of a Ohio University assistant coach, certainly could fit that role for Ohio State. He surely didn't waste much time trying to find recruits to join him, Glover-Williams, and Dean as future Buckeyes. Within hours of him ending his recruitment, Burrow was following the Twitter pages, and even trying to communicate with some of the top recruits on Ohio State's big board, including Cincinnati St. Xavier linebacker Justin Hilliard.
@JHilliard47 hey man can you follow back— Joey Burrow (@Joe_Burrow10) May 27, 2014
For more on Burrow's commitment to Ohio State, including scouting reports, and highlights, click here.
Gibson cooling on Buckeyes?
Soon after the news broke of Burrow's commitment, many OSU fans, and recruiting fans from across the country were wondering how this could effect the recruitment of five star QB/ATH Torrance Gibson. In a way it already has.
Sources tell LGHL that the Burrow commitment might have an impact on Gibson and he's now unsure if he'll visit this summer or take an official visit.
Still yet to make it up to Columbus, and with no plans to visit, a whole lot could change in the coming months between the Bucks and Gibson. Torrance's name has been in the news for years, and that certainly has still been the case over the last couple weeks.
The Sunshine State standout has reportedly ran into some disciplinary problems at school. While rumors were flying around about what the future could hold for Gibson and his eligibility at American Heritage, the soon to be senior announced over the weekend that he will trim his list to seven schools, after recently naming a top 15 of Tennessee, Auburn, LSU, Ohio State, Clemson, Oklahoma, Miami, Florida, North Carolina State, Oregon, Central Florida, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Michigan and Nebraska earlier this month.
Even with the commitment of Joe Burrow, I for one would be shocked not to see Ohio State somewhere on Gibson's new short list later this week, and if he ever makes it to Columbus, Meyer and the Buckeyes could find themselves battling with the finest of the SEC for his commitment.
With things still pretty unclear, we will have much more on Gibson and the Buckeyes in the coming days. In the meantime check out some of his highlights:
OSU showing Settle some love?
Just weeks removed from telling SB Nation "I really don't want to be 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." It looks like OSU is showing Settle a little love.
Is Ohio State still recruiting you — Yes http://t.co/Dv6Dqpu1qA— Tim Settle (@tim_settle) May 28, 2014
Shocking many earlier this week, the five star lineman announced on his Twitter page that he will be visiting Ohio State this weekend with fellow Virginia standout Matthew Burrell.
At one time Settle was considered by many as a Buckeye lean, but when things cooled down between the two, it had many shutting that door. With this new interest brewing between the pair, could Ohio State soon be in line to climb back up Settle's short list?
- Allen Trieu of Scout.com, reports class of 2015 quarterback John Davies of Green High, will camp at Ohio State this summer. Buffalo recently offered the 6'4 190 pound instate prospect.
- According to 247Sports' National Director of Recruiting, Steve Wiltfong, 2016 Indiana prospect Toks Akinribad will also camp at Ohio State later this summer. The 6'0 200 pound running back rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored nine touchdowns last season at Brownsburg High.
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