With national signing day creeping up, Urban Meyer and the OSU coaching staff played host to a few solid prospects over the weekend. Taking official visits to campus were class of 2015 defensive end Porter Gustin and defensive back Damon Arnette.
Once thought as a pipe dream to join the Buckeyes, both Gustin and Arnette have become just two of the potential final pieces of the the Elite '15 before Wednesday.
Gustin -- a 6'5, 245-pound, four-star prospect from Salem, Utah -- will make his announcement on Tuesday. While some think the Buckeyes might be the team to beat for Porter, USC, Arizona State, and Utah are also in the mix for his commitment.
A current South Carolina commit, Damon Arnette could be the next recruit to flip from another program to the Buckeyes. With the recent decommitment of Carlton Davis, Ohio State would like to add a bigger, physical cornerback to the fold. In what is no doubt a tough decision, the 6'2, 185-pound Arnette will make his mind up over the next couple of days after thinking things over and talking with family.
A product of Fort Lauderdale, Florida's St. Thomas Aquinas, the same program that produced Joey Bosa, Arnette's commitment would solidify a pipeline to the Sunshine State powerhouse. It could also help the Buckeyes even more in the pursuit of Joey's younger brother Nick Bosa, a 2016 five-star defensive end, and standout 2017 wideout Trevon Grimes.
It should be an exciting next few days on the recruiting trail. Keep checking Land-Grant Holy Land for the latest.
Coughlin hits Columbus:
Gustin and Arnette weren't the only recruits to make it to Ohio State over the weekend. The staff also had class of 2016 linebacker Carter Coughlin on campus for an unofficial visit.
Great weekend at THE Ohio State University! National Championship trophy pic.twitter.com/xRiclgnrMi— Carter Coughlin † (@Cmoe34) February 1, 2015
Coughlin recently named a top three of Ohio State, Minnesota, and Oregon. The visit will more than likely be his last trip to Columbus before he makes his college decision, which reportedly could happen in the coming weeks. Minnesota has always been looked as the front-runner for Carter, but after visiting the national champs over the weekend, he's probably left with a lot to think about.
According to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, the 6'3, 205-pound Minnesota native is currently the 21st outside linebacker and 275th-overall prospect in the class of 2015.
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