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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets - Buckeyes land 2 commitments, make cut for Darnay Holmes, Keyshawn Johnson Jr.

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2017 prospect Darnay Holmes
2017 prospect Darnay Holmes
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The annual Friday Night Lights camp at Ohio State didn't disappoint this weekend. When the Ohio State coaching staff has a large group of top prospects on campus it usually means good news for the Buckeyes. That definitely was the case for Urban Meyer and the national champions on Friday.

Soon after the camp kicked off, class of 2016 four-star tight end Luke Farrell got the commitment train rolling right along for the Buckeyes. The longtime OSU lean from Perry finally put all the assumptions to rest and verbally committed to the Buckeyes after earning his offer over a year ago to play his college ball in Columbus.

One of the most sought after tight ends not just in Ohio, but in the country, the 6'6, 240-pound Farrell chose Ohio State over scholarship offers from Michigan State, Notre Dame, and many other programs. Giving the Buckeyes 19 class of 2016 commitments at the moment, he is the second tight end to give OSU a pledge, joining Cincinnati Moeller standout Jake Hausmann.

The 2016 class wasn't the only one who gained a new member. Elite 2017 kicker Blake Haubeil also gave Ohio State a verbal commitment during the camp. First announced by Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts, Haubeil earned his offer and accepted during Friday Night Lights.

With still two years until he suits up in the Scarlet and Gray, Haubeil is already the ninth verbal pledge for the Buckeyes.

The third ranked kicker, according to Kohl's kicking, Blake impressed the staff during the camp by knocking in numerous long range field goals.

Kohl's had the following to say on the newest junior pledge:

"Haubeil is a talented young FG kicker. He had a great day at the 2014 December Eastern Showcase Camp where he not only made 8/10 in FG charting but he also won the camp wide FG contest. His technique and kick form can continue to improve on FG's. Haubeil needs to improve his hang time and overall leg strength on kickoffs to match his impressive FG range. He made 13 FG at the UC Challenge and set himself apart from everyone else in the 2017 class."

Buckeyes in mix for California duo

After attending the Friday Night Lights camp at Ohio State, elite class of 2017 prospects Keyshawn Johnson Jr. and Darnay Holmes released their top lists with the Buckeyes in the mix.

A little over an hour after showcasing his skills in front of the staff at camp, the son of the former USC and NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, who was also in attendance at Friday Night Lights, named a top eight in alphabetical order of Alabama, Arizona, Clemson, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio State, UCLA, and USC.

The 6'1, 195-pound junior wideout from Calabasas High in California is considered a four-star prospect.

Making his second trip to Columbus with Johnson, five-star junior athlete Darnay Holmes also named the Buckeyes on his short list.

Naming his leaders in alphabetical order, Alabama, Arizona, Miami, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Ohio State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, and Washington are still in the mix for the 5'11, 190-pound standout.

According to many in attendance at the camp, the high school teammate of Johnson was one of the top performers on Friday.

OSU offers 2017 running back

After impressing the coaching staff during camp on Friday, class of 2017 running back Trey Sermon earned an offer from the Buckeyes.

A four-star recruit, the 6'1, 205-pound, Marietta, Georgia native adds OSU to a long list of scholarship offers. Holding over 20 full rides under his belt, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State, Ole Miss, and South Carolina are just a few of the programs after Sermon.

See what Sermon could add to the Buckeyes with these highlights, courtesy of Hudl:

Quick Hits

  • New Jersey four-star athlete Ahmir Mitchell made the trip to Columbus on Friday for the FNL camp. Highly considering a commitment to OSU or Michigan, the class of 2016 prospect once again checked out what the Wolverines had to offer on Saturday evening. Considered a UM lean coming into the weekend, the OSU coaching staff are hoping Friday's trip was enough to move them into the driver's seat for his pledge.
  • Class of 2016 wide out Donnie Corley also made it to Friday Night Lights. Spending a lot of time with the Buckeye boss Urban Meyer, like Mitchell, OSU is hoping to climb back in the lead for Corley, who is thought by some as a lock at Michigan State. West Virginia also played host to the Michigan native over the weekend.
  • After visiting OSU for camp on Friday, class of 2016 offensive lineman Gavin Cupp, a Michigan State pledge coming into the weekend, had his offer pulled by one-time Buckeye assistant turned MSU head coach Mark Dantonio. Cupp, a 6'5, 270-pound tackle from Leipsic, doesn't hold an offer from the Buckeyes at the moment, but after visiting numerous times over the last year could be a recruit to keep an eye on over the coming months. Missouri, Pittsburgh, Virginia, and West Virginia are a few of the programs that offered the three-star prospect before his commitment to MSU.