It's been no secret that Ohio State and their coaching staff have been hard at work on the recruiting trail, but it would be wrong to say that the Buckeyes don't focus on some recruits more than others. Perhaps one of the most important potential members of the 2015 recruiting class is '15 RB Damien Harris, who has kept in contact with Ohio State since the beginning of his recruiting days.
So it's pretty big news when the Buckeyes can land an official visit from the five-star running back who checks in at 5'11, 205-pounds and can run the 40-yard dash in 4.40 seconds. Ranked as the number one running back in the entire country and best player overall at any position from the state of Kentucky, Harris has virtually every major program in the country vying for his services, including offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, USC, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State, South Carolina, and Tennessee among others. With his official visit set for the Virginia Tech game, things are looking favorable for the Buckeyes.
Had a great talk with Coach Meyer and the staff! Taking my official September 6th for the Virginia Tech game— Damien Harris (@Damien_D1Harris) August 26, 2014
Let's go ahead and get the bummer out of the way; Ohio State lost out on '15 wide receiver Van Jefferson on Monday, as the Tennessee-native selected the Georgia Bulldogs over the Buckeyes and the Volunteers. The four-star receiver was ranked as the 17th best wide receiver in the country and fifth best prospect overall from Tennessee according to the 247Sports Composite.
The 6'2, 172-pound Jefferson had a late surge of interest in Georgia, as many experts believed the real battle for the talented wide-out was between Tennessee and Ohio State. Jefferson proved that not to be the case as the Bulldogs add to their already deep class at the wide receiver position with what could be their best signing at that position for this recruiting class.
One of the more interesting things the Ohio State recruiting team has put together has been their "missing piece" letters that they have sent out to several recruits. Perhaps coincidentally after the Jefferson news, '15 wide receiver Lawrence Cager tweeted out the above picture, featuring himself as one of the missing pieces of the puzzle.
While Cager's recruitment has been as hyped as Jefferson's, the 6'5, 202-pound Cager could be a huge threat in the red zone with his size and height advantage over smaller cornerbacks at the next level. Adding in his solid speed, and you get a three-star that may turn out a better career than what his ranking shows, provided he puts in the work for it.
2016 PG Curtis Jones of Hunnington Prep will visit UVA this weekend and Ohio state the weekend after— DevonTe Brooks (@DBrooksSBN) August 26, 2014
Finally, in some basketball-related news, '16 point guard Curtis Jones from Hunnington Prep, will be taking a visit to Virginia to take in what the Cavaliers have to offer before heading to Columbus next weekend to check out Ohio State and head coach Thad Matta.