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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 8/25 - Van Jefferson committing, K.J. Hill names top 5, Torrance Gibson shines in win

Get caught up with all the Ohio State recruiting news from over the weekend.

Van Jefferson
Van Jefferson
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The biggest news of the weekend came when Barton Simmons of 247Sports reported that class of 2015 wide receiver Van Jefferson will announce his college commitment on Monday. Jefferson, the son of former NFL wideout and current Tennessee Titans assistant Shawn, is one of the top wideouts on the Buckeyes' big board for 2015.

Holding a long list of scholarship offers, Georgia Ohio State, Tennessee are the front runners for the 6'2, and 175 pound Jefferson. OSU was once thought as the overall leader for him, but the Vols and Bulldogs have definitely gained momentum over the last few months

Earlier this summer, I would have placed my bet on Jefferson being a Buckeye, but like many other recruiting analysts, I now believe he ends up staying down south, with all signs pointing to Georgia.

According to the 247Sports Composite, Jefferson, a four-star prospect, is the 17th best wide receiver and 151st overall rated prospect in the country.

Make sure to check back with Land-Grant Holy Land to see where Jefferson ends up.

Bucks make cut for Hill

Getting the Buckeye recruiting news kicked off this weekend was K.J Hill. A solid four-star prospect, Hill announced a top five of Ohio State, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, and Notre Dame Friday evening.

The 6'0, 180 pound North Little Rock, AR native has another announcement planned for tomorrow, as he will let the recruiting world know the date he plans to commit after a scrimmage at his high school.

Hill was offered by the Buckeyes in March, but has yet to make it to Columbus for a visit. That could soon change, as it has been reported that he is looking to officially visit this season.

Urban Meyer and the OSU coaching staff are definitely wanting to add a wideout to the Elite '15. If Hill, who caught 83 passes for 1,210 yards and 20 touchdowns last season does in fact make a trip to Columbus, things could heat up between him and the Bucks. But at this time, I look for him to wind up playing for one of the SEC programs on his list.

Gibson shines in victory

On Sunday, nearly everyone's favorite class of 2015 prospect, Torrance Gibson, led his American Heritage (FL) squad to a 49-23 win over Dwyer, the high school that produced current Buckeye freshman wide receiver Johnnie Dixon.

Rocking some pretty slick OSU themed cleats during the ESPN televised victory, Gibson, who will officially visit OSU for the Virginia Tech game next month, connected on 7 of 11 passing attempts for just under 300 yards and five touchdowns, while also rushing for a score during the blowout.

While on the sidelines mixing it up with Torrance and teammates, Gibson's favorite target, and current 2016 Miami commit ,Dredrick Snelson, was caught on camera saying a few words about his quarterback that some OSU fans are already dreaming over:

Does the junior standout know something we don't?

2015 OL picks Tennessee over Ohio State

Not long after naming a top 2 of the Vols and Buckeyes, Georgia offensive tackle Venzell Boulware, who called his trip to Columbus, "his best visit", decided in the end that Tennessee was the right spot for him to continue his education and playing days:

Dishing out his verbal pledge to UT on Saturday afternoon, the three-star lineman would have been a solid pickup for Meyer and OSU, since they are looking to add much needed depth across the line.

With Grant Schmidt and Kevin Feder already in the fold, the Buckeyes' coaching staff will now spend even more of their time trying to secure a commitment from 2015 linemen such as Matthew Burrell, Drew Richmond, and Kieffer Longson.

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