National Signing Day eve is upon us. Wednesday morning marks the end of recruiting in the class of 2015, as the final undecided athletes make their selections and prospects across the country send in their signed national letters of intent. As of now, Ohio State is sitting pretty with 25 total commitments and that number could raise by a couple when it's all said and done on Wednesday.
The Buckeyes added their latest commitment from '15 cornerback Damon Arnette when Arnette announced he would be flipping from South Carolina and heading to Columbus to play his college ball. The 6'2, 185-pound cornerback is the nephew of former Ohio State legend Cris Carter, who played wide receiver for the Buckeyes. While the three-star might not have been the most hyped recruit to commit to the Buckeyes, it does help build serious momentum heading into National Signing Day on Wednesday. With announcements and decisions still looming from key prospects, this helps the Buckeyes' cause.
Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) February 2, 2015
Top WR prospect still in play:
Speaking of key prospects, Ohio State is definitely in play for '15 wide receiver K.J. Hill, from North Little Rock. The 6'0, 188-pound receiver is rated as a four-star under the 247Sports Composite and is ranked as the 16th-best wide receiver in the country, in addition to being considered the number one prospect at any position from the state of Arkansas in 2015.
During his junior year of high school, Hill had 63 receptions for 1,143 yards and 16 touchdowns and is an impressive talent that could fight for playing time from the get-go. With his announcement coming soon, it appears Ohio State will have to fend off the home-state favorite Arkansas and Alabama as the only other schools making it on the 247Sports Crystal Ball.
Gibson still a Buckeye:
Meanwhile, '15 quarterback Torrance Gibson is already committed to Ohio State, but has been taking several official visits to make sure he's made the right choice. These visits have stirred the message board rumors and have sprouted plenty of nonsense. As of now, Gibson is a Buckeye until proven otherwise. The four-star has been committed to Ohio State since early November.
Gustin leaning toward Trojans:
Another top prospect that is considering Ohio State is Salem Hills linebacker Porter Gustin. Gustin, a 6'5, 245-pound outside linebacker, recently made his visit to Columbus (Jan. 31, to be exact) and had a pretty good time. In fact, Gustin even got to see what it would be like to win a national championship and hold up the College Football Playoff championship trophy:
The four-star linebacker is ranked as the fourth-best outside linebacker in the country and the second-best prospect overall from the state of Utah. Gustin is one of the top prospects in the class of 2015, ranking in the top 50 players according to the 247Sports Composite. As of now, the Crystal Ball is heavily in favor of USC, the only other team Gustin is seriously considering:
Still, there's been plenty of talk around the recruiting mill about a potential steal from Ohio State. We all saw a few years ago on National Signing Day when the Buckeyes wrapped up Vonn Bell in a big recruiting coup on the biggest recruiting day of the year.
Porter Gustin called USC COACHES tonight & informed he is going to TOSU, SMH. Cmon Sark you got to close on elite recruits. Huge loss!— Don Julio (@2nd2NoneN13) February 3, 2015
Take that tweet with a grain of salt, as it can't really be viewed as a reliable source. But still, it's worth taking note. Regardless, it should end up being a fun next couple of days for Ohio State when it's all said and done.