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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 9/15 - A.J. Alexander commits, Kendall Sheffield to visit

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

2016 DeSales defensive back Austin Andrews
2016 DeSales defensive back Austin Andrews

This weekend started off on a great note, when class of 2015 wide receiver, and H-Back A.J. Alexander became the 16th senior to commit to Ohio State. Selecting the Buckeyes over Wisconsin, the 6'4, 220-pound playmaker adds another another big target for J.T. Barrett and the OSU offense for years to come.

Making his choice before his Lake Braddock, VA squad took on rival Robinson High, A.J's night might have started off awesome, but it ended kind of sour as Lake Braddock lost the game, 19-17. The latest future Buckeye caught four passes for 45 yards.

Want to know what the Buckeyes are getting in Alexander? Our Christopher Jason and I have you covered.

Buckeyes host prospects:

Both the football and basketball teams had a decent amount of recruits on campus Saturday afternoon. Class of 2016 wide receiver Austin Mack, quarterback Noah Wezensky, defensive end Auston Robertson and 2017 shooting guards Paul Scruggs and Cooper Neese were just some of the talented prospects from Indiana that made the trip to OSU.

Central Ohio standouts Deric Phouthavong, a 2015 wide-out from Hamilton Township, Westerville South sophomore big man Kaleb Wesson, and DeSales defensive back Austin Andrews were also on hand.

Last week, Andrews told us that he was looking forward to see the love for the game the Buckeye players, and coaches have up close. The 6'1, 180-pound 2016 prospect definitely had a chance to do that, sharing the following with Land-Grant Holy Land:

"It was a lot of fun. It was actually my first ever game in the 'Shoe. I've never been to one, so it was a huge day. I got to see the Bucks at their best. I saw the excitement of the players and fans; it was wild. They communicate really well, and have fun while they're doing it. It was great. Their band was also awesome and the alumni who got to join the band again. It was great to see the amount of love everyone had for those people."

Ohio University is the only school to offer Austin so far during the recruiting process, but that could soon change as he is in contact with many programs in the Midwest.

His Saturday trip to Ohio State won't be his last college visit of the fall. Andrews will visit Purdue on Oct. 11, when they take on Michigan State, and could be back in West Lafayette, IN when the Boilermakers play Northwestern in November. He would also like to check out Pittsburgh at some point, but has yet to schedule a date just yet.

Sheffield to visit:

Class of 2015 five-star cornerback Kendall Sheffield will be one of the recruits officially visiting Ohio State for the night game against Cincinnati on the 27th.

The 6'0, 180 pound Missouri City, TX native will also visit USC on Oct. 4, Florida State on Oct. 18, Oregon on Nov. 1, and Alabama in December. Oklahoma, LSU, and Texas A&M will also receive visits from Kendall over the coming weeks.

When it comes to a commitment, Sheffield seems like a long shot for the Buckeyes at the moment. Urban Meyer has been known to work magic when recruits are on campus, so his trip later this month could switch things up in a hurry.

According to the 247Sports Composite, Sheffield is currently the third ranked cornerback and 16th overall recruit in the 2015 class.

Quick Hits:

  • Five-star class of 2016 point guard Kobi Simmons will visit Ohio State on the 27th. The Alpharetta, GA native holds scholarship offers from the Buckeyes, Kansas, LSU, Memphis, Florida State, and many others.
  • Future Buckeye defensive lineman Jashon Cornell received his Under Armour All-American game jersey during halftime of his game on Friday.
  • Joe Burrow has runaway with two straight Elite '15 MVP awards. Can anyone take the crown away from the future Buckeye quarterback? Let your voice be heard, and vote for the Week 3 Elite '15 MVP.