Urban Meyer, and staff had many of their top targets in Columbus over the weekend. Even with recruits such as Darius Fullwood, Justin Hilliard, Mekhi Brown, and Christian Kirk on campus, it was another class of 2015 prospect who took the OSU recruiting world by storm.
Don Bosco Prep (NJ) offensive tackle Kevin Feder, became the 10th commitment for the Buckeyes, just days after earning an offer from Meyer, and OSU after a very strong performance at camp. A one time Miami Hurricane commit, Feder who stand 6'9 and weighs over 300 pounds, adds another quality linemen to the Elite '15 recruiting class, joining Grant Schmidt.
Our Christopher Jason had the following to say on the latest OSU commit:
"Feder comes from one of the most successful high school programs in the country, Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey. The 6'9, 305-pound offensive line prospect had primarily played defensive line in high school, due to team needs, but he will be on the offensive side of the ball in Columbus.
With a physically imposing stature, Feder can actually fill out his frame even more with muscle mass, which would make him the perfect offensive tackle (size-wise) at Ohio State. His height, combined with his long arms and athletic footwork will only help him once he gets the proper offensive line coaching. His tape is primarily him playing on the defensive line, in which he shows at great motor and athleticism for a man of his size.
Right now, Feder is of offensive project. But as they say, "you can't teach size," and Feder is the very definition of that statement. It will be interesting to follow his senior season to see how he improves once he focuses more of playing offensive line. Given the lack of meaningful snaps on offense, Feder could be a redshirt candidate for his first year in Columbus."
For more on Kevin Feder and what his commitment means to Ohio State, click here.
Baker, Boulware, Miller name leaders:
The Buckeyes made the cut for three top class of 2015 prospects over the weekend. Cleveland Benedictine standout Jerome Baker announced a top eight of OSU, Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Penn State and Miami on Friday evening.
My top 8 are..... pic.twitter.com/FJX0vrykGD— Baker Inc. (@Lastname_Baker) June 21, 2014
Baker, who plays both ways at Benedictine, has many, including myself, predicting Columbus as his future stomping grounds. If Jerome does pick OSU, he most likely will make the switch over to defense full time, and play linebacker.
Just weeks after calling his Ohio State visit the best he had ever been on, Georgia offensive lineman Venzell Boulware tweeted out a top five with the Bucks on the list. The other programs joining OSU, are Alabama, Clemson, Tennessee, and USC.
A 6'4, 270-pound three-star prospect, Boulware trimmed his list to five from nearly 20 full ride scholarship opportunities. With Schmidt and Feder already in the fold, the Buckeyes are looking to add two or three more linemen in this cycle. Boulware could very well be one, depending on how things work out with prospects higher on the Buckeyes big board.
On Sunday evening, while many were watching USA in the World Cup, Texas defensive back Darrell Miller announced his top five. Tennessee, Boise State, Ohio State, Iowa, and Michigan State, are the programs, Miller is still considering attending:
Announcing his list just days after he camped and received an offer from the Ohio State staff, Miller, a 5'10 and 175 pound speedster, must have walked away very impressed with his overall experience in Columbus for the Bucks to skyrocket as major players in his recruitment.
Hilliard, Fullwood to announce:
Fresh off visits to Notre Dame, and Ohio State, Cincinnati St. Xavier senior linebacker Justin Hilliard announced he will pick between Ohio State, Notre Dame, Alabama, Iowa, and Michigan on July 2nd.
Announcing my decision July 2nd at St. Xavier High School (Time has not been set) pic.twitter.com/ZPeIdT2MBI— Justin Hilliard (@JHilliard47) June 22, 2014
Hilliard, one of the top overall prospects in the entire state, might have a list of five teams, but is presumably down to the Buckeyes, and Fighting Irish. Iowa is hoping the fact his older brother, CJ, is now a member of their football squad, will give them a shot, but at this time, they seem to be on the outside looking in.
Maryland defensive end Darius Fullwood, is all set for his Saturday college announcement. On Sunday afternoon, the 6'4 240 pounder tweeted that he is down to the Buckeyes, Kentucky, Virginia Tech, Maryland, and Duke.
Still not clear if the Buckeyes would take his commitment, Fullwood camped at OSU recently in hopes of earning that opportunity. Well late Sunday evening, Fullwood got his answer. Per reports, he's no longer considering the Buckeyes:
Breaking News: Darius Fullwood has eliminated Ohio State from his recruitment.— Patrick Loney (@PatrickLoney) June 23, 2014
Fullwood's a great kid – and a talented one at that – but this may just be an issue of numbers crunch with too many inbound at the position (Dre'Mont Jones and potentially Jashon Cornell, amongst others). We'll have more on his situation (and others) in the week ahead.
- Ohio State offered class of 2016 defensive back Chad Clay yesterday. Clay, a four-star prospect, adds the Buckeyes to an offer list that consists of programs such as Clemson, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, and Texas A&M.
- 2016 Gahanna Lincoln power forward Matthew Moyer will visit OSU on Tuesday, and Butler on Wednesday.