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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets - Top prospects contemplating OSU visits

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2016 DB Trayvon Mullen
2016 DB Trayvon Mullen
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With the Ohio State coaching staff taking some well-deserved time off to spend with their families during the dead period, it has been rather quiet on the recruiting front. Even though it wasn't the busiest day for the Buckeyes, some of their top prospects ended up stealing the headlines.

Did you miss out on the latest Ohio State recruiting news on Thursday? Don't worry. Land-Grant Holy Land has your back:

2016 DB eyeing visits

With the season right the corner many of the top senior prospects in the country are starting to think about official visits. That is definitely the case for four-star cornerback Trayvon Mullen.

On Thursday afternoon, Mullen, a U.S. Army All-American, announced that he is currently considering taking official visits to Florida State, Oregon, TCU, Ohio State, and LSU.

One of the most sought-after prospects in the class of 2016, Mullen last visited the Ohio State campus in June alongside his Coconut Creek High (FL) teammate and fellow Buckeye target Binjimen Victor.

Even though OSU has been in the mix since offering the 6'2, 175-pound standout, they might have some ground to make up to land his commitment. Expect current OSU commits Demario McCall, Kareem Walker, Jake Hausmann, Jonathon Cooper, and Austin Mack to be in Mullen's ear later this month preaching the Buckeye good news during their time at Nike's The Opening camp, as the future Buckeyes will team up with Trayvon, and a cast of other elite prospects on team Lunarbeast.

California duo Columbus bound?

Elite class of 2017 prospects Keyshawn Johnson Jr and Darnay Holmes have made the trek north from California to the Ohio State campus in the past, and could be close to returning for another trip.

Per a report published by Alex Gleitman of Bucknuts.com, Johnson and Holmes could be back at Ohio State later this month on the 24th for the annual Friday Night Lights camp held at the Shoe. Johnson, the son of former NFL receiver Keyshawn Johnson, had some high praise for the Buckeyes, per Gleitman:

"Darnay Holmes and I are probably going out to Ohio State for Friday Night Light on July 24th. Every time I go to camps like that I just like to be coached by the wide receivers coaches and see what it's like. I want to get a feel as to how they coach and see how Zach Smith and Urban Meyer coach up their receivers. To be coached by guys like that, it will be really cool."

Both Keyshawn and Darnay might have two more years until they suit up on the college level, but the pair definitely have the attention of a long list of schools. Ohio State, Clemson, Miami, Nebraska, and UCLA are just a few of the schools to offer both Johnson Jr. and Holmes.

While they both have plenty of choices to pick from, the Buckeyes seem to be a team that will stay in the mix for Johnson Jr., the cousin of current OSU wide out Michael Thomas, until the end.

"Ohio State, they're the national champs. Urban Meyer is there. My cousin plays for the team. For all those reasons and more, they'll always be on my list and right up there," he said.

According to the 247Sports Composite, Keyshawn is currently considered the 10th wide out, and 68th overall player in the class of 2017, while Holmes is the top athlete, and 20th overall prospect.