There's no question that the NFL draft stole the headlines yesterday, but there's still plenty to talk about when it comes to Ohio State football recruiting.
Former Ohio State quarterback target Lorenzo Nunez committed to South Carolina over the Buckeyes and North Carolina State yesterday.
The Buckeyes were once thought to be the leader for the standout signal caller, but the interest had been fading over the past couple of months. It's going to be interesting to see what the Buckeyes do at the quarterback position in this class as the only known major target is Torrance Gibson.
There's still plenty of time to find a quarterback in this class, however and it's way too early to worry. Other potential targets include Deondre Francois, Travis Waller, Tommy Stevens, and Sheriron Jones. We'll keep you updated if more news emerges on the quarterback recruiting front.
Five offers handed out
Urban Meyer and his coaching staff stayed busy on the recruiting front yesterday, offering five scholarships across the 2015, 2016, and 2017 recruiting classes.
Two players in the current recruiting class received offers, including the likes of Dallas (TX) Bishop Dunne wide receiver AD Miller and Dallas (TX) South Oak Cliff running back Jordan Stevenson, who has been committed to Texas since November.
The coaching staff also handed out two offers in the 2016 recruiting class to the likes of Powder Springs (GA) McEachern defensive tackle Julian Rochester and Washington (DC) Archbishop Carroll offensive lineman Richard Merritt. Rochester is a good as they come in the 2016 class, checking in as the top ranked defensive tackle and the third best player in the country according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Finally, the staff offered 2017 St. Petersburg (FL) Catholic offensive tackle Dillan Gibbons, who is one of the best players in his class early in the process.
We'll try to catch up with the newly offered prospects in the coming days.
Core6 on campus Saturday
The Core6 training group will be in Columbus on Saturday to check out Ohio State's campus and spend time with the Buckeye coaching staff.
As far as major visitors go, the biggest one is Miles Boykin, who received an offer from the Buckeyes a couple of weeks ago. They're recruiting him at tight end and OSU could end up being a major player in his recruitment, thought things aren't sup clear right now. We should know more after he visits.
It's important to have a good relationship with Core6 as they've been producing some of the most talented players in the nation over the past couple of years.
Torrance Gibson update
I should have a full story up later today, but a couple of days ago when I spoke to Torrance Gibson about his top 15 schools, he told me the only reason the Buckeyes were lower on his list than some might have expected is because he has yet to make the trip to Columbus.
He said that Ohio State is one school he'll definitely visit this summer and added the Buckeyes are one of the two schools he knowns he'll take an official visit to, along with Tennessee.
There's a long way to go in his recruitment, but the Buckeyes are in a pretty good position right now, especially without even getting a visit from him as the schools ahead of the Bucks have. Should have much more up regarding his recruitment later.
Other recruiting news
- With the NFL Draft in full swing, it's important to remember that blue chip prospects are more likely to make it to the NFl than three-star recruits.
Read more in an article written by SB Nation's Jason Kirk.
- Could the Big Ten expanding to the east coast have an impact in the recruiting world? It definitely could.
- Former Ohio State target Tim Settle named a top 15 in order yesterday, with Tennessee, Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, and Texas making up his top five.
Ohio State could've been a major player in his recruitment, but a couple of weeks ago he confirmed that the Buckeyes had stopped recruiting him months ago.
- 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, OLPatrick 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 Cox, Trevor 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 1st visitor(s): PF Esa Ahmad
- May 2nd-3rd visitor(s): SG Austin Grandstaff
- May 10th visitor(s): Core 6 Day (Miles Boykin)
- May 17th visitor(s): CB Jordan Whitehead
- June 1st: Columbus NFTC
- June 2nd: Columbus Elite 11