Team Armour (Black) will feature two future Buckeyes in '15 DE Jashon Cornell and '15 ATH Eric Glover-Williams. Both prospects will be coached up by defensive coordinator Rex Nolan, a former NFL coach. Also, it can't be bad that Glover-Williams, a four-star prospect, will be getting pointers from Deion Sanders.
Four prospects that are considering the Buckeyes will line up across Cornell and Glover-Williams for Team Highlight (White). Offensively, '15 RB Damien Harris and '15 OT Josh Wariboko will look to play their role by helping to put points on the board for Head Coach Herm Edwards. Harris, who will be sporting No. 34 today, recently announced a top three that included Alabama, Kentucky and Ohio State. However, the Buckeyes already have their RB for this years class so the chances of him being in Scarlet and Gray are extremely doubtful. As for Wariboko, who also put the Buckeyes in his top three with Oklahoma and UCLA, chances seemed to decrease here as well. Wariboko visited for "The Game" in November but not much came out of that official visit. The one-time Sooner commit is predicted to be a Bruin at the next level.
On the defensive side for Team Highlight will be two huge Buckeye targets, who Ohio State would love to add to their class with the need at defensive tackle. '15 DE Terry Beckner Jr. and '15 DT Christian Wilkins will look to get in the offensive backfield and make things difficult for Team Armour. In 21 days, Beckner will make his way to Columbus for an official visit with the Buckeyes. The East St. Louis (IL) standout has already officially visited Florida State and will check out Missouri after his visit with Ohio State. Wilkins, on the other hand, has already taken his official to Ohio State and seems to be ready to make his decision. According to Tom VanHaaren of ESPN, Wilkins will decide in the next couple of weeks after using four official visits. The schools in the mix include Clemson, Ohio State, Penn State and Stanford.
Team Armour: Running the show for Coach Steve Mariucci will be QB's Kyler Murray, Josh Rosen and Brandon Wimbush. The backs for Team Armour will be Nick Brossette, Soso Jamabo and Jacques Patrick, whom will be running behind Maea Teuhema, Jalin Barnett and Sterling Jenkins, to name a few. The defensive standouts for DC Rex Norris includes John Houston Jr., Daylon Mack and Kevin Toliver.
Team Highlight: Leading the way for Team Highlight will be QB's Blake Barnett, Deondre Francois and Jarrett Stidham. Some notable targets for those talent gunslingers will be Calvin Ridley, Terry Godwin and George Campbell. In the backfield for Coach Herm Edwards will be Damien Harris, Ronald Jones and Ray-Ray McCloud. These big boys up front who will make everything possible includes Lester Cotton, Richie Petitbon and Kennan Walker. The defense will be lead by Byron Cowart, Iman Marshall and Derwin James, who are all listed as top 10 prospects in the 2016 class.
Tyron Johnson: This five-star prospect will be choosing between LSU, Oklahoma State or Texas Tech during the game. Johnson is a Louisiana kid that played his high school career at Warren Easton in New Orleans. That factor has given LSU a big opportunity to showcase what they have to offer to the 6'1, 191-pounder. The nations 21st overall player has seen the Tigers campus numerous times and has not made an official to this point. He did take an official visit to Texas Tech back in September and roomed with '15 DT Breiden Fehoko this week, who is currently committed to the Red Raiders. No matter what decision is made, Johnson will still be recruited hard by the two programs that come up short. According to his 247Sports profile, he is expected to take official visits to Oklahoma State and LSU later this month.
Ronald Jones II: Speaking of Oklahoma State, this four-star prospect was once committed to Cowboys. However, after taking an official visit to both Notre Dame and USC, Jones decided to back off of his pledge and today, he will choose his collegiate program. One of those two programs will be bringing in the 9th best high school senior at the running back position and the 82nd overall player in the country.
Daron Payne: The Birmingham native will definitely stay in-state at the next level, but will it be at Alabama or Auburn? Payne is currently graded as the sixth best overall defensive tackle in the class and the No. 2 overall player in the state of Alabama. The five-star prospect has checked out both programs campuses over a handful of times. But will it be Gus Malzahn or Nick Saban who receive the good news later today?
Tim Settle: It all comes down to Louisville, USC and Virginia Tech for the four-star prospect from Stonewall Jackson (VA). Settle, who is the 11th best player at his position, has already made all five of his official visits. Three of them went to the aforementioned schools and the other two went to Oklahoma State and Washington State. However, Settle trimmed those two programs from his lists. The 6'3, 300-pounder will decide if he wants to stay at home with the Hokies or go elsewhere.
Prediction: Virginia Tech
Kendall Sheffield: This announcement will be a rather interesting one. It was reported that the 18th overall player in the class has known his decision for months, just a few days ago. That alone would make me believe that the Aggies will get good news this evening. However, Mike Farrell over at Rivals.com tweeted that there was buzz earlier this week about Sheffield landing at Alabama. One thing we do know is that it'll be the Crimson Tide or the in-state school, Texas A&M. Definitely not confident here but I'll stick with my gut for this one..
Prediction: Texas A&M
Anthony Wheeler: It'll very likely be the Big 12 for this standout linebacker from Dallas. The hats on the table should be Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma and Texas. The last two schools are the more likely destinations for Wheeler. The four-star hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end looks to be a piece in future Red River rivalry games but will he be in Crimson and Cream or Burnt Orange and White?
Numbers To Know
The number of prospects committed to Big Ten schools that will participate in the famous all-american game. Three of those will come from the Nittany Lions in OT Ryan Bates, OT Sterling Jenkins and DB Garrett Taylor (out with injury). As mentioned before, Ohio State will have Jashon Cornell and Eric Glover-Williams. The other three will come from Michigan with DB Brian Cole, Maryland with DL Adam McLean and Wisconsin with TE Kyle Penniston.
The 247Sports Composite rating for Jashon Cornell. The four-star prospect is highly rated enough to stand as the No. 6 overall strong-side defensive end and the best player from Minnesota in this years class. The Cretin Derham Hall pass rusher is also graded as the No. 69 overall player in the class, which is the third highest in the "Elite 15."
The number of prospects that are committed to the four schools that participated in the inaugural college football playoff. Alabama leads the way with 12 commits in the game including Blake Barnett, Calvin Ridley and Minkah Fitzpatrick. Florida State is next up with 8 commits with the most notable being Josh Sweat, who will not play due to injury. Both Oregon and Ohio State will have two a piece.
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