Cincinnati week is in full swing around Ohio State, as the Buckeyes prepare to face off against the in-state Bearcats. While Ohio State won't have an easy job, they can focus on the days leading up to the game for recruiting and preparing to win to impress the recruits that will be on hand to see the game on Saturday.
The primetime kickoff will feature several key recruits from different recruiting classes, but perhaps none bigger than '15 QB/ATH Torrance Gibson. Gibson's recruitment has been well documented up to this point and for pretty good reason. The 6'4, 200-pound four-star holds offers from virtually every big-time program in the country, including the Buckeyes. His most recent visit to Ohio State was for Friday Night Lights, but on Aug. 10, Gibson took an unofficial visit to Miami, one of the other schools still in contention for his services.
Visiting Ohio State this weekend for official visit #BuckeyeNation ✈️— Torrance Gibson (@quick_tg6) September 22, 2014
The difference between this visit and the previous visits, is that Gibson is making this one of his select official visits, which only means good things for the Buckeyes. Gibson is ranked as the nation's third best athlete, and ninth best prospect at any position from the state of Florida.
Another headliner making his way to Columbus this weekend for the Cincinnati game is current Florida commit '15 ATH/RB/OLB Jerome Baker. Baker, who checks in at 6'2, 210-pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.50 seconds, has been committed to the Gators since July 11 of this year, but has told several outlets that he will continue to take visits to other schools. While this latest visit to Ohio State will only be an unofficial one, the Buckeyes coaching staff has proven time and time again that you can't rule them out on just about any recruit (maybe there's still a chance they can flip Deshaun Watson, eh? Kidding).
Baker is a four-star under the 247Sports Composite and is ranked as the fourth best athlete in the country, in addition to being ranked as the second best prospect at any position from the state of Ohio. It will be interesting to see how the staff tries to flip the Ohio-native or if they're successful in their attempts.
'15 OT Matthew Burrell has released his latest highlight film against his first opponent at the high school level, so for any of you recruiting junkies want to break down some of his play, you'll have about three whole minutes of footage to check it out. We've even got you covered with the video, putting it in below:
The four-star offensive tackle checks in at 6'5, 302-pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 5.10 Burrell is also ranked fifth in the country as an offensive guard and fifth overall at any position from the state of Virginia. As it stands, Burrell is projected to end up in the scarlet and gray, according to the experts' predictions in the 247Sports Crystal Ball, with 97 percent of the vote in favor of the Buckeyes.
Cleveland St. Ignatius 2016 OT Liam Eichenberg invited to 2016 Under Armour All America Game— Mike Dyer (@MikeDyer) September 22, 2014
Finally, '16 OT Liam Eichenberg, one of the top offensive linemen in the country, has been officially invited to the 2016 Under Armour All America Game. Getting an invitation to the game is certainly and honor as only the top recruits in the country get a chance to play on national television for both the Under Armour and Army All America games.
The four-star Eichenberg is 6'6, 280-pounds, and is already ranked as the 11th best offensive tackle in the country, in addition to being ranked as the eighth best player from the state of Ohio, regardless of position.