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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets - Ahmir Mitchell names leaders, hoops recruits invade Columbus

A top rated prospect is high on the Buckeyes, hoop recruits invade Columbus, and much more recruiting news.

Ahmir Mitchell
Ahmir Mitchell

When you win the national title, top prospects take notice. On Friday, Urban Meyer and the Buckeye coaching staff learned they are in the mix for another elite class of 2016 recruit.

Four-star standout Ahmir Mitchell of Cedar Creek High School in Egg Harbor City, NJ, announced via his Twitter page that he currently has a top six of Rutgers, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, and Michigan.

Mitchell, a Scarlet Knight lean at the moment, has yet to to make it down to Columbus to get a better feel of what the Ohio State University has to offer. With plans to check out schools in the coming months that assumption could change in a hurry, as the OSU staff is known to work wonders after playing host to elite talent.

As a junior, Mitchell played both ways for the 7-3 Cedar Creek Pirates. At wide out, the 6'2, 190-pounder hauled in 47 receptions for nearly 900 yards and 12 touchdowns. In the secondary he used that same athleticism to finish off the season with 37 total tackles, one interception, and one fumble recovery.

According to the 247Sports Composite, Mitchell is currently ranked as the fifth athlete and 89th-overall prospect in the class of 2016.

Basketball recruits invade the 614

The game against the Wisconsin Badgers might not have gone the Buckeyes' way on Sunday, but Thad Matta and the rest of the OSU staff played host to a few prospects. Future Ohio State ballers AJ Harris of Dayton Dunbar and Oak Hill Academy's Daniel Giddens were both on hand to watch their soon-to-be running mates take the court.

Harris and Giddens weren't the only hoopers to visit Columbus on Sunday. Lakewood St. Edward class of 2016 big man Derek Funderburk also made the trek down to Ohio's capital city.

Funderburk, a long and active post presence at 6'9 and 210 pounds, is one of the key 2016 targets for Thad Matta and company. Penciled in by many to join the Buckeyes at some point during the process, Derek also holds offers from programs such as Iowa, Penn State, and Xavier.

Want to see Funderburk in action? Check out these highlights:

Quick Hits

  • Future Buckeye defensive end Dre'Mont Jones of Cleveland St. Ignatius left his basketball game on Friday due to a serious knee injury. According to Initial doctor reports and Jones himself, the class of 2015 standout has torn his ACL. The four-star prospect is set to undergo further testing this week. Land-Grant Holy Land will have more on Dre'Mont's injury when available.
  • Three-star class of 2016 safety Kenney Lyke will visit Ohio State tomorrow. A relatively new name to the Buckeyes prospect list, Lyke, who trains with Core 6 out of Illinois, has yet to receive a scholarship offer from the national champs. Michigan State, Iowa, and Pittsburgh are just a few of the schools who have offered the 6'2, 185-pound Fremd High (IL) junior so far.