Kicking things off today, it was made apparent that top QB prospect Torrance Gibson will not be visiting Columbus this weekend like it was originally planned. American Heritage, his high school, has a game on Saturday night which obviously does not allow him to make the trip up. Though a new date hasn't been set, there's speculation that he could make an effort to visit for the Michigan game on Nov. 29. Over the last couple of months, Ohio State has made up a ton of ground and is widely considered the favorite at this point. It's important that the Buckeyes close strong and lock up yet another elite athlete from the state of Florida.
#Bolt (FREE) Five-star Torrance Gibson to move #OhioState official visit back. http://t.co/GEsqbCW8rz @Bill_Kurelic @alexgleitman @quick_tg6— Ryan Bartow (@RyanBartow) September 2, 2014
In a positive, Gibson still plans to announce his commitment Oct. 20. If that happens, even before he has a chance to take an official to C-bus (remember, he was in town and fell in love with the school and program at the end of July for Friday Night Lights), the Buckeyes may well remain in the driver seat for this big fish. Stay tuned.
Big time big man headed to town
2015 offensive line prospect Matthew Burrell has made it official that he will be visiting this weekend for the Virginia Tech game. Burrell has held Ohio State in high regard since his recruiting process started and this is a huge chance for the Buckeyes to all but lock him up with a good trip. Ranked as the number five player in the state of Virginia, Burrell checks in at 6'5, 302 pounds. With the current Ohio State offensive line still an unknown, there's a chance that Burrell could challenge for playing time next year if he gives a commitment to Urban Meyer. Florida State looks to be the main competition for the big man.
ESPN 300 OL Matt Burrell is taking his first official visit this weekend and it's to Ohio State. Big opportunity for Buckeyes to set the bar— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) September 2, 2014
Burrell will also check out the Buckeyes in State College Oct. 25 as they take on Penn State.
Pantoni, Urban doing work
A'shon Riggins is a 2016 athlete who's seen his recruitment start to take off recently. Listed as a cornerback and standing 6'1, Riggins is long and lengthy who can provide adequate coverage. At this point Riggins doesn't hold any offers, but just entering his junior season there's no doubt that will change over the next few months. The Ohio State coaching staff will be able to watch Riggins grow up over the next year or so as he's an Ohio native and attends Hamilton High School. Quite frankly, if the Buckeyes want him they'll most likely get him. He'll need a strong junior season to keep his spot on the radar.
Speedy @BigBlueFB ATH A'Shon Riggins has heard from Ball State, EMU, Ohio State, Virginia, and Florida State since yesterday. @AShon_103— Hustle Belt 'Crootin (@MAC_Crootin) September 2, 2014
- J.D. Crabtree has made it official that he will be in Columbus this weekend. Crabtree is a 2015 linebacker and holds an offer from Toledo. He is a teammate of 2017 OSU commit Danny Clark at Massillon Washington.
I will be attending The Ohio State vs Virginia Tech game!— JD CRABTREE (@CRABTR3E) September 2, 2014
- Ohio State has been in contact with 2016 prospect Will Eason. Eason, a 5'9 athlete with good speed, has been in contact with a handful of schools throughout the week. From North Carolina, Eason holds an offer from Akron, but will look to raise his stock this season. It'll take a big-time season gain legitimate attention from the Buckeyes.
Chris Ash of #OhioState, & coaches from #Purdue, #Tennessee, and #Duke have been in contact with 2016 ATH Will Eason @Watersippin— Charles Doss (@CDoss_LGHL) September 2, 2014