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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 1/23 - Recruits preview weekend visits, Calvin Ashley offered

Get caught up with the latest in the world of Ohio State recruiting.

Future Buckeye Danny Clark of Massillon Washington
Future Buckeye Danny Clark of Massillon Washington

Ever since the recruiting dead period ended late last week, Urban Meyer and his group of rock-solid assistant coaches have been all over the place meeting with top prospects. This weekend some of those talented recruits will return the favor, and make their way to the Ohio State campus for a visit.

With limited spots left in the Buckeyes' class of 2015, Urban Meyer and his staff will play host to some of the key prospects currently on their wish list.

Arriving in Columbus later today for their official visits and staying through Sunday are defensive tackles Terry Beckner Jr., Devon Hamilton, wide out K.J. Hill, defensive back Kareem Orr, and offensive lineman Venzell Boulware, a current University of Tennessee pledge.

Ohio State verbal commits Justin Hilliard, Eric Glover-Williams, and Joshua Alabi will also be in Columbus to help the Buckeye coaches in recruiting the aforementioned senior recruits to join the Elite '15.

The 2015 prospects aren't the only ones heading to Columbus this weekend, so is a nice group of 2016 and 2017 recruits. Headlining the group of juniors, and sophomores planning to take in Ohio State's junior day on Sunday are 2016 commits, defensive end Jonathon Cooper, running back Kareem Walker, and 2017 quarterback pledge Danny Clark.

Some of the top targets who will be on hand are junior wideouts Austin Mack, Donnie Corley, and Tony Butler, running back Demario McCall, offensive linemen Thiyo Lukusa, Michael Jordan, Michael Onwenu, and Liam Eichenberg, defensive linemen Auston Robertson, Khalid Kareem, and Terrell Hall, and linebackers Brendan Ferns, and Tuf Borland, and Joe Bachie.

Five-star offensive lineman Josh Myers, defensive back Marcus Williamson, and wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones are a few of the sophomores that will be in attendance on Sunday for junior day and the Buckeyes' basketball game against Indiana.

Land-Grant Holy Land caught up with a few of the recruits who will be Columbus over the weekend, and had them break down what they are looking forward to doing while on campus:

2017 OSU commit Danny Clark

"I'm ecstatic about being able to see the national championship trophy, and just the environment. When you're at OSU, it's like no other. I'm real excited to be around all the other super sophomores. The class of 2017 has a very bright future at Ohio State."

2016 WR Austin Mack

"I should be there Saturday. I'm excited to see the coaches, and a couple recruits. I just want to enjoy the time being there."

2016 WR/DB Tony Butler

"I'm looking forward to getting to meet the coaching staff again, seeing the facilities, and getting a feel of the school. (If OSU offered) It would mean a lot considering they are my home state's team, and the national champions. It definitely would be big for me."

2016 OL Thiyo Lukusa

"I'm looking forward to watching a great basketball game, and hanging with the guys. Also talking with Coach Warinner and Coach Meyer. I'm interested to see where they want me to play."

2016 LB Joe Bachie

"I'm excited to talk to the coaches, seeing the football facilities again, and just learning how they run their program. If they offer it would be a dream come true. I've grown up wanting to play there, and it would be a blessing to see all the hard work I put in throughout my life pay off by getting that far. I truly believe I can play at that level."

When the Ohio State coaches have a group of talented prospects on campus, anything can happen. Keep checking back as Land-Grant Holy Land will have much more on these visits throughout the weekend.

Quick Hits:

  • Ohio State offered massive class of 2017 offensive lineman Calvin Ashley yesterday. A teammate of 2016 OSU commit Tyler Gerald at IMG Academy down in Florida, the 6'7, 280-pound Ashley holds well over 10 scholarship offers. Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Louisville, and Ole Miss are just a few of the schools the Buckeyes find themselves up against for the four-star prospect.
  • OSU assistant coach Ed Warinner was in Utah on Thursday visiting with future Buckeye tackle Branden Bowen, and class of 2015 DE/LB Porter Gustin. The Buckeyes will have one last chance to impress Gustin next weekend when the four-star recruit heads to Columbus for his official visit.