Just five days ago, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham received a commitment from Corner Canyon (UT) '16 OT Branden Bowen. One day after pledging to the Utes, Ohio State stepped in and offered the three-star lineman. Bowen, a 6'7, 330-pounder, visited OSU back in June and it will not be his last visit to the Bucks. As we reported on Monday, Bowen was planning to visit for the game against Illinois and he told our Charles Doss those plans are now set in stone.
Ohio State offered Cedar Creek (NJ) '16 ATH Ahmir Mitchell on Wednesday. The Buckeyes joined Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Virginia and a few others as scholarship offers for the four-star prospect out of the garden state. Mitchell is the 140th overall player in the 2016 recruiting class and sixth in the state of New Jersey. Currently, the 6'2, 190-pounder is predicted to land in the Big Ten but with the Scarlet Knights. You can check out Mitchell's highlight tape here.
Proud to say I have my 12th scholarship offer from Ohio state university #buckeyes ✨ pic.twitter.com/t7ph8YH9sT— Ahmir_SoDevoted (@TheDeuce_2_Nice) September 25, 2014
On the topic of 2016 prospects, ' 16 WR Divine Deablo from Mount Tabor (NC) has released a top four that included Ohio State. According to Michael Clark, the Buckeyes are in the group of four with Clemson, in-state North Carolina and Virginia Tech. In the update on the four-star prospect, Deablo gave some insight on what he liked about Ohio State and when he may check out the Columbus campus:
I like their offense. They get the ball to their receivers and I noticed it's also fast-paced. Hopefully, I'll be able to get up there soon. If I don't get up there for a game, then I will definitely go to a junior day during the spring.
'16 OT Thiyo Lukusa of Traverse City West (MI) is planning to visit the Buckeyes when they play Michigan on November 29th, according to Bill Kurelic. Ohio State offered the 6'5, 300-pounder back in the middle of June and he has already made one trip to the campus. As things stand right now, the four-star looks to be a future Big Ten player. Lukusa is projected to stay in-state and play for the Spartans or Wolverines but the Buckeyes have plenty of time to make a move for him.
On Saturday, Ohio State will host many top recruits for the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats. Another prospect who will join the list for this weekend is '16 QB Gunnar Hoak from Dublin Coffman (OH), according to Marc Givler. Despite only having an offer from Toledo at this point, Hoak is receiving interest from Illinois, Michigan State and Ohio as well as the Buckeyes. The 6'4, 190-pound pro-style quarterback camped at Ohio State twice just a few months ago.
Another addition to the visitor list will be good news for Thad Matta and the basketball Buckeyes. According to Alex Gleitman, '16 SF Braxton Blackwell, the 33rd overall player in the class, will be in attendance as well. The Tennessee native won't be the only hoops visitor in attendance. He will be joined by '16 PG Kobi Simmons of St. Francis (GA). Both have received offers from the Bucks already.
Ohio state : 2 Days!!— Law&Order (@JordanKobi) September 24, 2014
Lastly, Ohio State stopped in to see '16 PG Quentin Goodin earlier this week, according to Derek Piper. Goodin is a four-star prospect and the No. 1 player in the state of Kentucky. The Taylor County (KY) guard is high on Indiana, Michigan and Tennesee, who have all offered thus far. The 6'2, 165-pounder is also high on in-state Kentucky and Louisville despite them not offering thus far, like Ohio State.