Ohio State is heading into their first bye week of the 2014 season, but the recruiting season never stops for the Buckeyes. The latest news to hit the recruiting trail was Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith stopping by to see '15 WR Lawrence Cager on Monday, who to took to Twitter to express his gratitude (and to poke a little bit of fun at the fun-loving coach). Coach Smith has built a sort of reputation as being known as a players' coach, meaning that most of the players on Ohio State enjoy Smith's presence and can trust him as a sort of equal.
Cager, in this case, called coach Smith a "big ugly" on Twitter after coach Smith came to see him. The 6'5, 202-pound wide receiver has been clocked at a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash and has been in contact with Ohio State long before he got his offer from the Buckeyes at Friday Night Lights earlier this year.
Cager is ranked as the 46th best wide receiver in the country while also being ranked as the eighth best prospect overall at any position from the state of Maryland. Cager also holds offers from Alabama, Maryland, Rutgers, Tennessee, Boston College, Cincinnati, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, N.C. State, Oklahoma State, and Virginia Tech, among others.
Best Experience: FNL at Ohio State when I was signing autographs and taking pictures with fans, that was amazing too me— Lawrence Cager (@LC1era_) September 16, 2014
Ohio state stopped by today .— Pop (@NaseirUpshur) September 15, 2014
'16 TE/DE Naseir Upshur was in contact with Ohio State on Monday as some of the Buckeyes' coaching staff visited Upshur. The 6'3, 233-pound tight end/defensive end has been clocked at a 4.70 in the 40-yard dash, and was recently offered by Ohio State on August 6. In addition to the offer from the Buckeyes, Upshur has offers from Arizona State, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, South Carolina, Temple, Alabama, Clemson.
Upshur is ranked as the ninth best tight end in the entire country, in addition to being ranked the sixth best player overall at any position from the state of Pennsylvania.
Finally, in some basketball recruiting news, '16 small forward V.J. King competed in the Paul VI open gym on Monday, and the Ohio State coaching staff was one of the many to see the future star in action. King checks in at 6'5, 175-pounds, and is a five-star recruit under the 247Sports Composite. King is also ranked as the 17th best player in the country, the second-best small forward in the nation, and the best player at any position from the state of Ohio.
King holds offers from Arizona, Clemson, Connecticut, Florida State, Georgetown, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, UNLV, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. King has also been receiving plenty of interest from Harvard, Kansas, Miami, and North Carolina.