Commits recognized for senior seasons:
Ohio State commit Carlton Davis, a defensive back for Norland High School in Florida, was rewarded for his senior season by receiving 6A All-State honors. Not only did the 6'2, 184-pounder make the list, but he was also named as a first-teamer. Davis piled up over 50 tackles and 6 interceptions in his final high school season.
As for his recruitment, Davis looks set to be in Columbus when it's all said and done. However, the three-star prospect will be making an official visit to Gainesville to check out the Gators' campus on January 16th. The Miami native was originally scheduled to see Arkansas on that date but changed his plans when LB Coach Randy Shannon joined Jim McElwain's staff, which is part of the reason he will instead visit Florida. Davis also made an official visit to the Hurricanes in the middle of December.
After throwing for 1,959 yards and 21 touchdowns and running for 1,012 yards and 13 touchdowns, '15 QB Torrance Gibson was acknowledged with 5A first-team All-State honors. The four-star prospect had a phenomenal senior year at American Heritage (FL), which led to a win in the state championship game over Godby (FL), 38-0.
The Buckeyes are hoping to keep Gibson in the fold, but it will be a battle all the way down to National Signing Day in February. Shortly after emerging victorious in his state championship game, Gibson stated that he was considering making some other visits. On Monday, 247Sports' Ryan Bartow reported that the Fort Lauderdale native would be taking an official visit to Baton Rouge to check out LSU later this month. Gibson has been committed to Ohio State since November.
Hilliard keeps fifth star:
On Wednesday, 247Sports released their new group of five-star prospects in the 2015 class and Justin Hilliard remained on the list. Prior to newly revealed rankings, however, Hilliard was graded as the 10th overall player in the class. He has since dropped ten spots, while maintaining the same rating at 98. 247Sports cited his non-participation in the Army game (injury), senior film, and other players moving up as reasons in the rankings drop. Nonetheless, Hilliard remains as the second best outside linebacker in the class and the best player from the state of Ohio.
2016 prospects from Michigan to visit Columbus this month:
According to Bill Kurelic of 247Sports.com, '16 WR Donnie Corley, '16 OT Thiyo Lukusa and '16 OT Michael Jordan will be at Ohio State's junior day on January 25th. Corley, a Detroit Martin Luther King standout, has been on campus previously to attend a camp in the summer and was offered in December. Lukusa and Jordan have both made several stops to the Buckeyes campus in the past. All three of the prospects are graded as four-stars and find themselves in the top 10 for 2016 recruits in the state. With the Buckeyes adding Damon Webb in 2013 and Joshua Alabi and Michael Weber in 2014, could they make it three years in a row with a prospect from Michigan? Stay tuned.