While all of the buzz for Saturday is mainly centered around football prospects visiting, the Buckeyes got good news on the basketball side of things yesterday. '15 SG Austin Grandstaff, an Ohio State commit, will be checking out Ohio State later today and will stay for the game.
Joining Grandstaff is his friend and former Ohio State commit Mickey Mitchell. By now, the story of Mitchell should be well-known. His brother, 2014 LB signee Mike Mitchell, was a Buckeye but then transferred to Texas Tech to be closer to his sick father. After the transfer, many expected Mickey to soon part ways with the Buckeyes as well. On August 21st, he did decommit from the Buckeyes leaving many of his 2015 classmates shocked and upset. But the Buckeyes will get another chance to get him back in the fold this Saturday. The visits of Grandstaff and Mitchell will be of the official variety.
Columbus tomorrow with @MickeyMitchell0 ☺️— Austin Grandstaff (@AustinGstaff1) September 3, 2014
On the football side of things, '16 OLB Mark Gooden of Reynoldsberg (OH) will also be in attendance this Saturday. While the 6'1, 210-pounder has yet to receive a scholarship offer to this point, he is receiving interest from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and West Virginia.
Also from the 2016 class, '16 ATH Tyrece Speaight will show face this Saturday. Speaight, former teammate of 2014 signees Dante Booker and Parris Campbell, is a four-star prospect and one of the best in Ohio for next year. Like Gooden, Speaight has yet to get an offer but is receiving interest from Kentucky, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, West Virginia and a host of other schools. He is currently the 177th player in the class and the 9th best in a loaded 2016 state of Ohio.
The four aforementioned recruits will be joining Matthew Burrell, Damien Harris, Jacques Patrick, Josh Sweat, Kevin Toliver, Jordan Whitehead and others from the 2015 class. They will also be joining underclassmen Nick Bosa, Jonathon Cooper, Brendan Ferns, Demario McCall, Marcus Williamson and more to watch the prime-time game on Saturday.
Ohio State commits Joshua Alabi, Danny Clark, Nick Conner, Jashon Cornell, Tyler Gerald, George Hill, Justin Hilliard and Liam McCullough will definitely be in attendance as well and will recruit some of the previously mentioned prospects. Also, some guy named LeBron James is also expected to be in attendance.
One prospect who will not be at the game is '15 OT Branden Bowen. The three-star prospect from Utah visited Columbus back in June. According to Miles Joseph of Rivals.com, Bowen is rescheduling his official visit for either the Cincinnati game on September 27th or the Illinois game at the beginning of November. Bowen is currently projected to stay in-state and play collegiality for the Utes of Utah.
The Buckeyes did send out an offer on Wednesday and '16 WR Devin Duvernay was the recipient. The Sachse (TX) prospect is a four-star in the 2016 class. He sits at 38th in the country, 5th at his position and 7th in the state of Texas. Ohio State joined Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, UCLA, Wisconsin and many more in offering the 5'11, 185-pounder.
Just got offered by THE Ohio State University!⭕️— Devin Duvernay (@Dev_Duv5) September 4, 2014
Ohio State is still looking to add a running back for the 2015 recruiting class. While the most likely candidate seems to be Harris, who was previously mentioned, another option is '15 RB Nyheim Hines. The speedster from North Carolina released his top seven schools yesterday and the Buckeyes were included. Duke, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina State, Wake Forest and West Virginia were the other six teams included. Hines is ranked as the 139th overall player in the nation and the sixth in his state.
Here's my top 7 schools. Thank you to every school that has offered me. You all have made this journey worth while. pic.twitter.com/y1RdJcyWSb— Nyheim Hines (@TheNyNy2) September 3, 2014
After announcing the list, Hines talked to Scout.com's Michael Clark about why the Buckeyes were included.
"It’s a great place and a great program. I saw what coach (Urban) Meyer did with Percy Harvin at Florida and I’d like to play that same hybrid position in college. I also think coach Meyer is going to win a championship soon."
Finally, '15 OT Drew Richmond will be making his decision in five days. Richmond is a big target for the Buckeyes and one of the best remaining players in the country. The 6'5, 320-pounder is 69th overall in the class, fifth at his position and the best player in the state of Tennessee. Richmond recently visited Ohio State for Friday Night Lights back in July. All signs are currently pointing to Ole Miss landing the four-star quarterback protector, however.