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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets - Massive group of top prospects visits Ohio State

A number of highly rated recruits were on the Ohio State campus this weekend.

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

With most high school football seasons over, top prospects from across the country are starting to set up official visits to college campuses. On Saturday many of the targets on the Ohio State coaching staff's big board made their way to Columbus for the Buckeyes' matchup with the Spartans of Michigan State.

Even though things didn't end in the reigning national champions' favor, it gave the recruits a chance to see what it would be like to suit up on the college level for the Buckeyes during a big time nationally televised game.

While there were a large group of Ohio State commitments in attendance, below are just some of the recruits who were reportedly a part of the largest crowd in Ohio Stadium history:

2016 prospects

NAME HOMETOWN/SCHOOL POSITION SIZE OFFERS STARS
Dexter Lawrence Wake Forest,NC/Wake Forest DT 6'5/300 OSU, Auburn, Georgia, Etc *****
Antwuan Jackson Ellenwood,GA/Cedar Grove DT 6'2/285 OSU, Clemson, Alabama, Etc ****
Daelin Hayes Ann Arbor,MI/Skyline LB 6'4/235 OSU, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Etc ****
Nigel Warrior Suwanne,GA/Peachtree Ridge DB 5'11/190 OSU, Tennessee, Georgia, Etc ****
Damar Hamlin Pittsburgh,PA/Central Catholic DB 6'1/175 OSU, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Etc ****
Brandon Burton Gardena,CA/Junipero Serra DB 6'2/195 OSU, Florida State, Notre Dame, Etc ****
Dylan Singleton Lawrenceville,GA/Archer DB 5'11/180 Duke Commit ****
Myles Dorn Charlotte,NC/Zebulon B. Vance DB 6'2/195 OSU, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Etc ***

2017-18 Prospects

NAME HOMETOWN/SCHOOL POSITION SIZE OFFERS STARS
Lamont Wade Clairton,PA/Clairton DB 5'10/185 OSU, Penn State, Michigan, Etc ****
Corey Malone-Hatcher St. Joseph,MI/St. Joseph DE 6'3/245 OSU, Michigan, Alabama, Etc ****
Santino Marchiol Englewood,CO/Cherry Creek LB 6'3/225 OSU, Washington, Florida, Etc ****
Antjuan Simmons Ann Arbor,MI/Pioneer LB 6'1/205 OSU, Notre Dame, Michian, Etc ****
Jamyest Williams Lawrenceville,GA/Archer DB 5'9/170 OSU, Clemson, Florida State, Etc ****
Jaylen Harris Cleveland/Heights WR 6'5/210 OSU, Alabama, Michigan, Etc ****
Matt Dotson Cincinnati/Moeller TE 6'5/225 OSU, Tennessee, Michigan, Etc ***
Matt Bockhurst Cincinnati/St. Xavier OL 6'4/290 Michigan State, Penn State, Etc ****
Jaelen Gill Westerville/South RB 6'0/165 OSU. Michigan State, Tennessee, Etc ****
Jackson Carman Farfield/Farfield OL 6'6/275 Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Etc ****
Blaine Scott Portsmouth/East OL 6'5/300 Kent State, Ohio, Toledo, Etc NR

Bridges talks OSU visit

Another underclassman that made the trek down to Columbus for the Buckeye game on Saturday was class of 2017 running back Weston Bridges of Copley High School in Akron.

"The Ohio State visit was beautiful. Things that stood out to me were the atmosphere and the players. Just being there and knowing that a coaching staff like that is looking at me is truly a blessing,"the 5'11, 190-pound junior stated to Land-Grant Holy Land.

The Buckeyes didn't pick up the win, but that didn't matter to Bridges, as he was just excited to be able to watch the matchup.

"I don't think bad of them at all. I believe it was a hard fought game. It just seemed like Michigan State wanted it more. The atmosphere was crazy. It was loud and filled with enthusiasm. The Buckeyes have a lot of die hard fans. I loved it," he added on his time at OSU.

Before the game, Bridges, who rushed for over 1,600 yards and 29 touchdowns this season, had the chance to catch up with one of the Buckeyes' assistant coaches.

"I talked with Ed Warinner. He was very excited about me coming. He told me couldn't wait to show me what the Buckeyes are all about and hoped I enjoyed it. I didn't get the chance to meet Coach (Tony) Alford but he knows about me and we have talked over the phone before," Bridges said.

Just starting the process with Ohio State, Bridges has yet to receive a scholarship offer from the OSU staff. Holding offers from programs such as Akron, Bowling Green, Kent State, and Toledo, Weston would love to add the Buckeyes to his growing list of scholarships in the coming months.

"It would mean the world to me. It would be such a blessing to play for or have the opportunity to play for one of the top teams in the nation. It's very close to home and everything about Ohio State I loved. I just want to compete and be the best I can be. I feel like Urban Meyer would not only make me a better player, but a better person, and get me prepared for life. That offer would mean a lot," he said.

Quick Hits

  • Four-star class of 2017 athlete Malcolm Askew named his top 20 over the weekend. The following programs are still in the mix for the 6'0, 175-pound Alabama native: Georgia, Clemson, Ole Miss, Florida, LSU, Miami, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Alabama, Missouri, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Oregon, Auburn, Florida State, Michigan State, Mississippi State, and UAB.
  • Quite a few of the future Buckeyes are chasing state championship dreams. Over the weekend some of the pledges put up huge numbers while leading their teams to the next round of the playoffs. Which commit did enough to win the Land-Grant Holy Land MVP of the week? The poll is open. Let your voice be heard and vote.