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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets - Buckeyes host top prospects, dish out 3 offers

Three of the top prospects in the country received offers from Ohio State over the weekend.

Cavin Ridley
Cavin Ridley
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The Buckeyes didn't waste any time getting the recruiting weekend started. Bright and early on Friday morning, Urban Meyer and other members of the Ohio State coaching staff headed up north to Michigan for the second day of the annual SoundMind SoundBody camp.

Class of 2016 OSU pledge Michael Jordan and recruiting targets such as 2016 wide out Binjimen Victor, and his teammate defensive back Trayvon Mullen are just of the recruits who attended the camp with ties to Ohio State.

Not only did the prospects have a chance to go through many drills in front of the coaches, they also had the opportunity to hear some of the top coaches in the Midwest speak, including the Buckeye boss, Urban Meyer.

Delivering a message to the recruits on hand to "Be a part of the solution, not the problem," the national champion head coach had the full attention of everyone in the room. To see what Urban Meyer had to say, check out his speech, courtesy of

Florida recruits visit OSU

After attending the SoundMind SoundBody Camp on Friday, Florida prospects and teammates Binjimen Victor and Trayvon Mullen made their way to Columbus to once again check out what the Buckeyes had to offer.

The Coconut Creek High duo didn't attend camp, but spent a few hours on the Ohio State campus before heading back up to north to visit Michigan.

Victor, a 6'4, 170-pound playmaker, was scheduled to make his college commitment later this month, but decided over the weekend to push back his announcement. At the moment many believe Florida has the inside track to land his commitment.

Mullen currently has the Buckeyes on his short list behind programs such as LSU, Florida State, and Florida. Like with his teammate Victor, Ohio State is hoping this weekend helped them play catch up and become a major contender for a commitment. Expect to hear these two players' names until they are signed on the dotted line with a program.

Buckeyes dish out offers during camp

One of 2016's and two of the top class of 2017 prospects in the country walked away from Saturday's Ohio State camp with an offer from the Buckeyes. Deerfield Beach, Florida wide receiver Cavin Ridley, Cincinnati Moeller tight end Matt Dotson and wide receiver Jaylen Harris of Cleveland Heights all impressed the OSU staff enough to receive a scholarship.

The four-star rated Ridley is currently considered the 38th wideout and 203rd-overall prospect in the 2016 class, according to the 247Sports composite. The Buckeyes join Alabama, Florida, Florida State and many other programs on the hunt for Ridley.

Dotson, a 6'5, 225-pound junior adds the scholarship from OSU to a list that already consisted of Tennessee, Cincinnati and Illinois, while the 6'5, 210-pound Harris held offers from programs such as Iowa, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia before the Buckeyes decided to throw their name in the race.

Ohio State might have some ground to make up to become a real threat for Ridley, but with OSU offers now on the table, the Buckeyes should be looked as major contenders in both Dotson's and Harris' recruitment as they are on the prowl to shut down the border around the state of Ohio and keep the best in-state prospects in the Scarlet and Gray.

Quick Hits

  • The class of 2015 recruits are officially Buckeyes. Torrance Gibson, Austin Grandstaff and the rest of Ohio State football and basketball signees arrived on campus Sunday and are set to start the next step on their academic and athletic journey.
  • One football signee didn't make it to Columbus. On Friday it was announced that offensive lineman Mirko Jurkovic would not be joining his fellow classmates due to academics. The son of former Notre Dame and NFL lineman Mirko Jurkovic chose Ohio State after formally being committed to Nebraska. It is unclear at the moment what Jurkovic's next move might be.
  • Class of 2016 Antwuan Jackson defensive tackle arrived in Columbus from the Peach State on Sunday. The four-star prospect from Cedar Grove High in Ellenwood, Georgia is expected to stay through Monday. After his first trip to Ohio State, the Buckeyes are hoping to climb up his short list, which is mostly littered with SEC programs.
  • According to Tom Vanharren of ESPN, class of 2016 defensive back Patrice Rene will likely announce his college commitment next month after the Friday Night Lights camp at Ohio State. Rene, a four-star prospect originally from Canada who now lives in Virginia holds scholarship offers from OSU, Rutgers, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and many other programs.