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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 9/26 - Cincinnati weekend visitors updates, Jeff Boals watches Gary Trent Jr.

Get caught up with all the latest Ohio State recruiting news.

Dwayne Haskins
Dwayne Haskins
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Tomorrow is definitely one of the biggest recruiting weekends of the football season. Many of the Ohio State commits and top targets will be in Columbus to check out the game against Cincinnati. Five-star class of 2015 quarterback Torrance Gibson, current Florida commit Jerome Baker of Cleveland Benedictine, Texas defensive back Kendall Sheffield, and Arkansas wide receiver commit KJ Hill might headline the list, but there are many other talented recruits scheduled to be on campus.

Top class of 2016 offensive linemen Tommy KramerMichael Jordan, and Michal Menet will be there, as will top Kentucky lineman Drake Jackson, who is waiting for an offer from the staff.

The aforementioned recruits aren't the only juniors who will be at Ohio State. Arguably the top 2016 quarterback Dwayne Haskins, Indiana prospects Austin Mack and Auston Robertson, Virginia defensive back Wayne Davis, in-state standout tight ends Jake Hausmaan and Luke Farrell, and running back Demario McCall are also scheduled to be there.

Another in-state recruit that will make the short trip to campus is class of 2016 wide-out Seth Dawkins of Franklin Heights High School:

"I just want to see and feel the environment inside the stadium," Dawkins stated to Land-Grant Holy Land.

The 6'2, 190-pound Columbus native holds an early offer from Toledo. The Buckeyes are showing increased interest after Seth impressed the coaching staff at camp over the summer. Like many Ohio recruits, Dawkins hopes that interest turns into a scholarship offer.

"It would be a huge accomplishment, and I would be very excited," he added.

Boals checks out Trent:

Like every day this week, members of the Ohio State basketball coaching staff were on the road watching prospects during open gyms on Thursday. One recruit fan favorite, top assistant Jeff Boals, had a close eye on was 2017 Minnesota shooting guard Gary Trent Jr.

Currently a three-star prospect, Trent Jr. is the son of former NBA forward Gary Trent, who starred alongside Boals at Ohio University in the 1990s. That relationship has many around the scene believing if the Buckeyes offer Gary, he could very well end up playing his college ball at Ohio State.

Like I mentioned, the 6'3, 180 pound sophomore has yet to receive an offer from Thad Matta, Boals, and the OSU staff, but he does hold early scholarship offers from a few major conference programs such as Minnesota, Providence, and Texas Tech.

A member of the Golden Gophers and Purdue coaching staffs were also on hand for the open gym at Apple Valley High School in St. Paul, MN.

Quick Hits:

  • After securing a commitment from Jose Rodriguez of Massillon Perry earlier this week, the wrestling Bucks locked up another solid prospect in Kollin Moore of Norwayne.
  • 2017 shooting guard AJ Youngman tells Land-Grant Holy Land that he is working on setting up a visit to OSU. The Illinois native currently holds scholarship offers from Boston College, West Virginia, Western Kentucky, Northern Kentucky, and Portland. That list should soon grow as Ohio State, Texas, Stanford, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Northwestern, and Wake Forest are showing quite a bit of interest at the moment.
  • It's coming down to the wire. Who's going to win the Week 4 Elite '15 MVP? If you haven't already, make sure to cast your vote. The polls close at 12:00.