The Buckeyes weren't perfect Saturday versus Western Michigan, but they definitely looked improved from their performance last week against Northern Illinois. With the Buckeyes now on their way into conference play with the upcoming Indiana Hoosiers, Ohio State will continue to host many of the nation's top prospects at the Horseshoe. This weekend was no different than any other Ohio State Saturday. The Buckeyes played host to some big time visitors as they hoped to sell their program and incredible game day atmosphere.
OSU Seeing Blue?
Make no mistake about it, the Buckeyes hate the color blue. However, Blue is a name becoming more popular in Columbus these days. Wide receiver L'Christian (Blue) Smith, of Huber Heights Wayne High School in Dayton, Ohio, made his first trip to Columbus this weekend and it was everything Smith expected. Smith currently does not have a ranking according to 247sports.com, but after his performance against current 2016 Buckeye commit Jake Hausmann and Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller on ESPNU earlier this month, a national ranking is nearing.
Blue currently holds one offer from Kentucky, but the 6-foot-5, 200-pound receiver has all of the essentials to see his recruitment blow up. With last week's trip to Michigan State and this week's visit to Ohio State, it's no doubt that the Huber Heights Wayne product will be coveted by many of the nation's top programs. All of the early 247sports crystal ball predictions have Blue headed to Ohio State, but we will see what his recruitment brings. With a successful visit this past weekend to Ohio State, the relationship with Blue is just beginning.
At the state pic.twitter.com/WIvI9FtxBf— Blue (@bluesmith_) September 27, 2015
OSU visit yesterday @Nyem_Elijah pic.twitter.com/we3jiECuIC— Blue (@bluesmith_) September 27, 2015
WR checks in on Ohio State
A name that may sound new to many recruiting followers officially visited Ohio State this weekend. Devin Duvernay of Sachse, Texas, was on campus this weekend to take in the game and explore what the Buckeyes have to offer. The 5'11, 195 pound prospect is currently ranked by 247sports as the fourth overall receiver in the 2016 class and the forty-first overall prospect in the country. Rounding out as a 4-star prospect, Devin holds offers from over thirty of the nation's top programs and the Buckeyes are one of them. Currently, the home state Baylor and Texas programs lead the way on the 247sports crystal ball predictions, but with Urban Meyer at the helm, anything is possible. Ohio State is still in pursuit of at least one more highly touted wide receiver prospect in the 2016 class, so look for Ohio State to make a push for many of the nation's best.
#ESPN300 WR Devin Duvernay on his Ohio State visit pic.twitter.com/mkGeralMqg— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) September 27, 2015
OLB gives props to OSU
Recently, Ohio State has been on the recruiting trail offering a couple of the nation's best linebacker prospects. The latest two to receive offers from the Buckeyes have been current Oklahoma commit Bryce Youngquist and current USC commit Mique Juarez. With one linebacker already committed to the Buckeyes in the 2016 class in Tuf Borland, Ohio State seems to want to add one more prospect to continue the trend of recruiting the nation's best linebackers to Columbus. With Juarez already committed to USC, it will be interesting to see if Ohio State's offer will cause any shake up, but if a visit occurs, anything can happen. Mique is the nation's second-best outside linebacker prospect and the second-best prospect in the state of California in the 2016 class according to 247sports. With tremendous size at 6'2, 222 pounds, Urban Meyer and Luke Fickell would obviously love to have him on campus for at least a visit this season. Juarez took to Twitter to speak positively about some of the schools that are after his services.
Ohio state, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ucla, & Ole Miss doing big things— Mique (@miquejuarez3) September 27, 2015