Quite a bit has happened in the world of Ohio State football recruiting over the weekend. Let's get you all caught up.
George Hill commits to Ohio State. Could teammate Larry Scott be next?
Urban Meyer and company landed their first commitment of the 2016 recruiting class in the form of Hubbard (OH) running back/slot receiver, George Hill. Hill is one of the best juniors in the state of Ohio. Hill's commitment was expected ever since he picked up a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes a month or so ago, but initially less expected commitment news could be coming out of Hubbard High School this summer.
Senior running back Larry 'LJ' Scott, who is a top five player in the state in his own right, is high school teammates with Hill and is likely to commit to a school sometime this summer. This race was trending toward Michigan State for quite some time, until the Buckeyes turned things around on his visit at the beginning of this month.
While I'm not sure how much of impact Hill's commitment will have on Scott, it certainly can't hurt. I would keep a close on him the next time he's in Columbus for a visit.
Where do the Buckeyes stand with '16 QB Dwayne Haskins?
Ohio State hosted 2016 Potomac (MD) The Bullis School signal caller Dwayne Haskins over the weekend, who I think is the top quarterback target for that class. He didn't commit, but the Buckeyes are in a very good position right now. He grew up rooting for the Buckeyes and they were one of the first schools to offer him a scholarship.
Those who have been clamoring for a passing quarterback over the past couple of years will love Haskins (and Danny Clark in the class after, for that matter). He's already a very good passer and can make opposing defenses pay with his legs when necessary. I could maybe see him committing before the football the season, though there's certainly no reason for him to rush his decision.
I hope to have more from Haskins soon.
What's going on with Travis Waller and '15 quarterback recruiting?
I've covered this a couple of times already since the commitment of The Plans (OH) Athens quarterback Joe Burrow, but I feel this needs to be discussed yet again. Anaheim (CA) Servite quarterback Travis Waller is not going to be a Buckeye. The way things currently stand, it's just not going to happen and it's time to accept that.
Waller is a very good player and will be a huge pickup for Notre Dame, Alabama, or Northwestern, but I don't see him and Joe Burrow being part of the same recruiting class.
Orlando (FL) IMG Academy quarterback Deondre Francois is expected to be in Columbus this week for a visit. Personally I'm a big fan of Francois, but I don't see that happening either.
Now for Torrance Gibson. Right now the Buckeyes don't have much of a chance. Could that change in the future? Sure. But today, from what I have heard, I just don't see this happening either.
Who could be the next commitment?
It's tough to predict who will be the next to commit because there are so many big visitors expected to be in town and there are a couple of big camps this week.
The bigger names I would keep an eye on as far as the next commit are the aforementioned Scott as well as Justin Hilliard. Then there are guys who can earn offers or turn their "offer" into an OFFER at the camps this week and weekend. One guy who I can definitely see doing that is Darius Fullwood and maybe Nick Conner if he really turns heads. Other names to watch would be Denzel Ward and Jake Pickard.
Land-Grant Holy Land will have coverage of how these developments unfold.
ND lands OH commits, plus the latest on Hilliard/Baker/Roundtree
- Lakewood (OH) St. Edward cornerback Shaun Crawford committed to Notre Dame a couple of hours ago.
Ohio State would've loved to land Crawford, but he didn't take his visit at the beginning of the month, therefore they never had a shot to make an impression. This is a great pickup for Notre Dame.
- Notre Dame also landed a commitment from Cincinnati Moeller defensive tackle Elijah Taylor on Friday.
This had been trending towards Ohio State for awhile, but things swayed back towards the Fighting Irish near the end of his recruitment.
- Had a quick chat with Cincinnati (OH) St. Xavier linebacker Justin Hilliard over the weekend who said he was moving his brother CJ in at Iowa this weekend and would be making it back to Ohio State before his late June/early July decision. Hilliard added that he "might" visit Notre Dame again, though that visit isn't definite.
I still like where the Buckeyes stand in this race, but if he visits Notre Dame again, this could end up being pretty close.
- I also spoke to Cleveland (OH) Benedictine athlete Jerome Baker on Friday, who told me that he's visiting Notre Dame June 20th for "Irish Invasion" and Ohio State on July 25th for Friday Night Lights.
Ohio State is in a very good spot right now, but there's still some time to go in his recruitment. While he's maintained that he will announce after he senior season, he did say that he's thought about moving up his decision timetable.
- Evans (GA) Lakeside safety Rashad Roundtree will make his first visit to Ohio State this week. He's expected to be on campus Tuesday and Wednesday.
He told me that he's looking forward to taking in the atmosphere that the state of Ohio provides. I think Georgia is the team to beat right now, but you never know what can happen on a visit.
- Roundtree isn't the only big mid-week visitor as Berea (KY) Madison Southern running back Damien Harris and Avon (CT) Old Farms tight end Chris Clark are both expected back on campus. Quarterback commit Joe Burrow is expected to be in town as well to hang out with the two top targets.
I've given my position on these two quite a few times. In short, I think the Buckeyes are in a very good spot to land Harris and there's some ground to make up when it comes to Clark.
- Members of the "Dream '14" were moving into their dorms at Ohio State today. I enjoyed covering them and wish them the best at the next level.