The most hectic part of the recruiting season is upon us. Every year around this time is when things start to turn weird, and commits you may feel confident about always have you gnawing on your fingernails. The Buckeyes already received their first blow on Thursday, but there could be good news on the horizon.
Momentum building for Hill:
There was some controversy around KJ Hill's recruitment today as one source reported that he had committed to Ohio State, but shortly thereafter another source came out and said that he was told Hill did not. Hill has been high on Ohio State's board over the last month and if I made a prediction at this time, I'd say Hill ends his process as a Buckeye when it's all said and done. It seems as if he's close to making a decision, but wants to be absolutely 100% sure before making it public. Originally, he was expected to make a visit to Arkansas this weekend, but has recently called it off for the time being. Hill is a true receiver -- something Ohio State needs in this class -- so obviously this pickup would be a big one. All in all, Ohio State looks to be in great shape for the former Arkansas commit.
Just heard on Drivetime sports that KJ Hill has committed to Ohio State...I'd say Urban Meyer's trip to NLR today was profitable— RJ Hawk (@RJHawk) January 29, 2015
Former #Arkansas WR commitment K.J. Hill says he has not committed to #OhioState today.http://t.co/GU5IGJM0gy— John Garcia Jr. (@JohnGarcia_Jr) January 29, 2015
K.J. Hill tells @AndrewJBone of http://t.co/Vf3GXXP3zP that he's not visiting anywhere this wkend. Could change, but that's the word for now— Danny West (@DannyWest1) January 30, 2015
Carlton Davis decommits:
On Thursday, Ohio State experienced a twist in plans as they saw long time commit Carlton Davis cool on the Buckeyes and open his recruitment back up. Saying this was an expected decommit would definitely be the wrong wording, especially this late in the game, but ever since he pledged to Ohio State last summer most fans had always felt uneasy about this one sticking. Throughout the process, Davis has been pursued hard by Auburn and Miami (FL) and there's a good chance he winds up at one of those two schools in the end. Click here to read the full update.
Meyer visits Arnette:
The leading candidate to replace Davis seems to be current South Carolina commit Damon Arnette. Arnette, from St. Thomas Aquinas in Florida, has an offer sheet that also consists of Michigan and Louisville. The Wolverines actually tried to make a late push for Arnette recently. Coach Urban Meyer was in Florida yesterday for an in-home visit to try and sway the 6'2 athlete. He's listed as a cornerback, but will most likely have a chance to shine at the safety position in college. Arnette is set to visit Columbus this weekend and if that visit does indeed happen, everything is pointing to the Buckeyes adding another member to their 2015 class. Here's his senior film.
Great visit from @OSUCoachMeyer pic.twitter.com/5FaDTaQO77— rico (@da_arnette) January 30, 2015
Weber still with OSU:
Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines are still trying everything in their power to flip running back Mike Weber. They talked earlier this week and are still trying to get a visit set up for this weekend. While it's still up in the air whether the visit will take place, this picture could help ease some tension that Ohio State fans may be feeling on the situation. One thing is a fact though--Weber is committed to Ohio State and there isn't yet any true reason to feel as if he may be wavering.
Finally got a pic with @mikeweber25 & his #MichiganPOY top 5 award. pic.twitter.com/rUwWsV7Mw3— Jared Purcell (@JaredPurcellDET) January 29, 2015
To the hardwood, the basketball Bucks were able to pick up a commitment from 4-star shooting guard JaQuan Lyle on Thursday night. Lyle stands at 6'5, hails from West Virginia, and is also ranked as the 38th-best player in the country. With the 2015 class pretty much wrapped up, Ohio State is sitting pretty with yet another top class. That's two in a row now for Matta and it's sure to pay dividends on the court over the next couple of years. To read the full update on Lyle, click here.