We are now just one day away from "Dark Night In The Shoe," which Ohio State will unveil their new black jersey's against Penn State on Saturday night. The Buckeyes are looking to move to 7-0 on the year, while PSU hopes to pull off the upset and avoid receiving their second loss of the season. The crowd will surely be scattered with Ohio State fans dressed in all-black and there will be well over 100,000 in attendance. You'll also see many of the nations best high school players in attendance to check out the prime time game against James Franklin and the Nittany Lions.
Lets see who will be in Columbus:
Class of 2016
One of the newer names that will be in the building is '16 RB Antonio Williams of North Stanly (NC). After current Buckeye pledge Kareem Walker took a visit to Ann Arbor this past weekend, Ohio State is making sure they don't come away empty handed at the running back position in the class. While it seems likely that Walker will end up elsewhere at this point, Williams would be one heck of an addition to the class. The former Badger commitment will take in his first trip to Ohio Stadium and we'll see if he comes away impressed enough to pull the trigger on a pledge to Urban Meyer and the good guys.
Making the trip up from the sunshine state will be two of Florida's best prospects. '16 WR Sam Bruce, who is currently committed to Al Golden and the Miami Hurricanes, and '16 WR Binjimen Victor from Coconut Creek (FL) will take in the action between the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions tomorrow night. From my perspective, and rightfully so, Victor should and probably is Ohio State's top remaining target at the WR spot. The Gators are currently the projected landing spot for Victor by the majority of recruiting analysts across the country. However, with a good a visit to Columbus and the fact that Florida has four pass-catchers already in the class, this is a big opportunity for the Scarlet and Gray to make a move with the 6'5, 170-pounder.
'16 ATH Khaleke Hudson, a three-star prospect, will make his way to Columbus from McKeesport (PA). The 5'11, 200-pounder has offers from Cincinnati, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, UCLA, West Virginia, Wisconsin and more at the moment. As you can see, the Buckeyes have not offered but they are obviously keeping a close eye on the Pennsylvanian.
Monroe, Louisiana is home for '16 DT Rashard Lawrence but he won't be in SEC country this weekend. The five-star will be roaming the sidelines of The Shoe on Saturday. Les Miles and LSU are the prohibited favorite to secure a verbal from Lawrence but surely '16 DE commits Nick Bosa and Jonathon Cooper will be in the ear of the nations 26th best prospect.
Speaking of 2016 commits that will be in attendance, Drue Chrisman, Gavin Cupp, Wayne Davis, Luke Farrell, Michael Jordan, Austin Mack, Tristen Wallace, and Jack Wohlabaugh will also play as an extended coaching staff for Ohio State as they will also be doing some recruiting. Not a bad night to have over half of your 2016 recruiting class in Columbus.
Class of 2017
While Raekwon McMillan will be in between the lines trying to push back the Penn State offense, his former high school teammate, '17 ATH Richard LeCounte, will be watching it unfold. The Georgia native will be making his first visit to Columbus since he was toying with the opposition at the Buckeyes "Friday Night Light's" camp in July. During that stop, plenty of rumors came about stating that LeCounte committed to OSU but that wasn't the case. Could tomorrow be the day that Urban Meyer plucks the four-star out of Georgia and from Bulldogs Head Coach Mark Richt?
Two highly regarded defensive backs in next years cycle will also take in the match-up tomorrow night. From Cass Tech (MI), a program that the Buckeyes have had success with recently, you will find '17 SAF Jaylen Kelly-Powell checking out Ohio State and supporting his former teammates Joshua Alabi, Damon Webb (suspended), and Mike Weber. '17 CB Lamont Wade, a Pennsylvania native, is other that'll be on hand. The four-star from Clairton (PA), which is just a couple hours from State College, is currently being pegged to the Buckeyes.
Another Keystone State player that'll be present is '17 DE Donovan Jeter of Beaver Falls (PA). For now, it seems to be an in-state battle for the 6'4, 260-pounder with the Nittany Lions and the Panthers of Pittsburgh. Defensive Line coach Larry Johnson and the Bucks seem to have some catching up to do and tomorrow night is a good step in that direction.
As for the 2017 pledges that will be on hand to enjoy the Buckeyes black out will be '17 OT Josh Myers, '17 SAF Isaiah Pryor, '17 ATH Brendon White, and '17 CB Marcus Williamson.
Class of 2018
Making the quick stop from Westervile South (OH) like Williamson will be his teammate Jaelen Gill, a standout sophomore running back and one that the Buckeyes will hope to keep in-state. He won't be the only 2018 prospect on campus either -- '18 RB Ricky Slade Jr. will also be in The Horseshoe. Slade is a former high school teammate of Ohio State offensive lineman Matthew Burrell at C. D. Hylton (VA).
Not to be forgotten, it will be a big day for Head Coach Thad Matta and the basketball Buckeyes as well. '16 SG Tyson Carter from Starkville (MS) will be making his official visit to Ohio State as well. Despite the fact that their is reportedly no space in the current class, OSU has actively been recruiting both Carter and '16 G Kobi Simmons. Also joining Carter on campus this weekend will be '16 C Micah Potter, '17 C Kaleb Wesson, and '18 SG Dane Goodwin, who are all Buckeyes-to-be.