While the Ohio State coaching staff played host to solid group of senior prospects such as wide out K.J. Hill, Tennessee commit Venzell Boulware, defensive lineman Terry Beckner Jr., and DaVon Hamilton, a current Kentucky pledge, it was the 2016 and 2017 weekend visitors that really stole the headlines.
With a long list of talented prospects at Sunday's junior day, Urban Meyer and the Buckeye coaching staff didn't just lock up verbal commitments from two of the top players from the state of Ohio, but the entire country. 2016 tight end Jake Hausmann got things started for OSU yesterday afternoon. A four-star recruit, Hausmann became the sixth junior to give Meyer his word.
The 6'5, 235-pound Cincinnati Moeller standout chose the Buckeyes over scholarships from Notre Dame, Arkansas, Boston College, Duke, Florida State, Penn State, Michigan, Ole Miss, and many other top college programs.
Following close behind Hausmann with his commitment to Ohio State was class of 2017 offensive tackle Josh Myers of Miamisburg.
Still more than two years away from suiting up for the Buckeyes, Myers, who is already the size of most college linemen at 6'6 and 295 pounds, makes four verbal commitments for the Buckeyes' class of 2017. A five-star prospect, Josh held scholarship offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee, and West Virginia before shutting down his recruitment in favor of OSU.
Is Hamilton next?
According to Bill Greene of Scout.com, Pickerington Central defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton could very well end up being the next member of the Elite '15.
Look for Ohio State to flip defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton from Kentucky to the Bucks. Visited officially this week http://t.co/O72EKJugIq— Bill Greene (@BillBankGreene) January 25, 2015
The one-time Ohio University, Pittsburgh, and current Kentucky commit officially visited OSU over the weekend, and received an offer from the staff. If he makes the choice to join the Buckeyes' class of 2015 he would follow in the footsteps of fellow linemen Jashon Cornell, Robert Landers, and potentially Joshua Alabi and Rashod Berry, who could end up on offense.
The Wildcats might have already found Hamilton's replacement if he does decommit. Last night Warren Harding defensive tackle Javon Provitt decided to continue his football career and education at Kentucky over scholarship offers from Akron, Cincinnati, Purdue, West Virginia, and others.
Mack talks visit:
One of the highest-ranked class of 2016 recruits to make the trip to Columbus over the weekend was Austin Mack. No stranger to the OSU campus, the four-star wide receiver from Fort Wayne, Indiana made the trek down to the 614 on Saturday once again for the national championship celebration held at Ohio Stadium.
"I got to watch the celebration, hang with some recruits, coaches, and talk with some players. The amount of fans there was crazy," Mack told Land-Grant Holy Land. The 6'2, 205-pound playmaker holds scholarship offers from the Buckeyes, and programs such as Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, and Iowa.
While on campus this time around, Mack spoke with numerous members of the Ohio State coaching staff, including Urban Meyer. The Buckeye coaches were really interested in knowing how Austin's family was doing, and his plans for down the road.
While some believe the Buckeyes are out in front, Mack states he doesn't have a top list or leader. He and close friend Auston Robertson, who also visited OSU over the weekend, plan to announce their college plans together on the 7th of June.
Before he makes any kind of college choice, Mack is looking for a family-oriented program that will give him a great education, and help develop him into the best player he can be.
- On Friday OSU offered 2017 Akron Hoban running back Todd Sibley. Ohio State was the first school to offer the 5'11, 205-pound sophomore a scholarship, but was soon joined by the Wildcats of Kentucky one day later. Last season at Hoban, Sibley rushed for over 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns.
- Three-star class of 2016 defensive end Khalid Kareem received an offer from the Buckeye coaching staff on Sunday while visiting campus for junior day. Kareem is starting to put together a very nice offer list. Before his offer from OSU the 6'4, 240-pound Michigan native earned scholarships from Oregon, Penn State, Purdue, Michigan State, Michigan, and many other quality programs.
- Standout 2016 offensive tackle E.J. Price released his top 10 over the weekend. The four-star prospect from Archer High in Lawrenceville, Georgia announced via his twitter page that he's still considering Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Florida State, Ohio State, LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee, Clemson, and Vanderbilt.