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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets - Jonathon Cooper, Luke Farrell injured

The weekend didn't go as planned for a pair of Ohio State commits.

Jonathon Cooper
Jonathon Cooper
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Future Buckeye speedster Demario McCall's senior season at North Ridgeville really hasn't gone as the four-star prospect planned. Dealing with quite a few different injuries, McCall has had to watch his squad in action from the sidelines. After this weekend, a couple of his soon-to-be OSU teammates could be in the same boat.

Longtime Ohio State commits, five-star defensive end Jonathon Cooper, and four-star tight end Luke Farrell, both watched their nights come to an end early on Friday due to injury.

In Gahanna Lincoln's 43-31 win over Pickerington North, Cooper went down with a right leg injury. Returning to the bench to watch his team pick up the win, he seemed in good spirits, telling This Week reporter Jarod Ullrey "I'm ok." Although it wasn't looked at as a serious injury, he went through with an MRI, which reportedly went well. He might miss this week, but look for him to be back in a Golden Lion uniform rather soon.

While Cooper could possibly see action against Pickerington Central on Thursday, Farrell will more than likely have to watch Perry in street clothes.

After sustaining a huge blow in the fourth quarter against West Geauga, the senior tight end left the game with back problems. Not looked at as a season ending deal, Farrell will sit out Friday before hopefully being able to help the Pirates make a deep run in the state playoffs.

Staff hits recruiting trail

Even though the Buckeyes are on a bye week, that doesn't mean the Ohio State coaching staff is taking time off. According to recruiting analyst Corey Bender, OSU running back coach Tony Alford will pack his bags and start the week recruiting some of the top talent that Florida has to offer on Monday.

Among the recruits Alford will check in on are Tampa Catholic class of 2016 wide receiver Nate Craig-Myers and 2017 athlete Devan Barrett.

The 6'2, 205-pound Craig-Myers was once seen an OSU lean by some, but is now currently pegged to continue his football career and education closer to home. The Buckeyes, Florida, Florida State, and Auburn are just a few of the programs actively trying to add the Sunshine State stud to their roster.

Barrett, only a junior, holds an impressive list of scholarship offers. While OSU has yet to give the four-star talent a chance to suit up in the Scarlet and Gray, schools such as Cincinnati, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Miami, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia have. He's on the Buckeyes' radar -- could OSU be the next program to join the party?

Quick Hits

  • After visiting Miami on Saturday, class of 2017 linebacker Vandarius Cowan announced on Sunday that he is no longer committed to Florida State. A four-star standout from Palm Gardens Beach, Florida, Cowan still has FSU on top, but has high interest in programs such as Ohio State, LSU, and Florida, per Chad Simmons of
  • Quite a few future Buckeyes shined under the lights over the weekend. Which Ohio State commit did enough to walk away as the Land-Grant Holy Land MVP of the week? The poll is open. Let your voice be heard and vote.