Two-Minute Drill: Friday Update
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — There has been a lot happening at Ohio State this week, both around the program and in the recruiting world.
The Buckeyes have landed a number of big commitments and hosted important visitors this week, and we are just now getting to the weekend. Former OSU quarterback Art Schlichter also found himself back in the news again, for exactly the kind of reason you might expect.
We rundown the latest at and around Ohio State in our latest Two Minute Drill.
Buckeyes Get Big Start for 2013
- The big news of the day Thursday was the commitment of junior defensive back Cameron Burrows, a stud prospect in the class of 2013 who ended his recruitment more than a year before his own Signing Day.
- The Trotwood (Ohio) Madison product is considered one of the top five players in Ohio for 2013 and one of the better defensive back prospects in the country.
- He is being projected as a cornerback at the next level, but could end up at safety depending on how much he bulks up.
Schlichter in Trouble Again
- The other big news of the day was not so good. Former OSU QB Art Schlichter was arrested, again, this time on charges of cocaine possession.
- Schlichter is already under house arrest for his involvement in a ticket scam that resulted in him pleading guilty to federal fraud charges last year.
- A 4-year starter at Ohio State, Schlichter is 51 and has spent most of his life making headlines for the wrong reasons. By his own count, he has committed more than 20 felonies.
O’Connor Makes Quick Decision
- It didn’t happen Thursday, but Ohio State’s big week was kicked off by a commitment from offensive lineman Joey O’Connor.
- The former Penn State commit only recently landed an offer from the Buckeyes, and it didn’t take him long to make his decision.
- The 6-4, 295-pound lineman out of Colorado will likely play center or guard for the Buckeyes.
Perkins Joins Class of 2012
- Just one day after they received a commitment from O’Connor, Ohio State also landed a verbal pledge from LB David Perkins.
- The 6-2, 225-pound native of South Bend, Ind. had previously been committed to Notre Dame, but reopened his recruitment in Oct.
- He is one of the top LBs in the country and the top players in the state of Indiana.
Bogard Solidifies OSU Commitment
- Along with their two commitments, the Buckeyes also got an affirmation this week from 2012 safety De’van Bogard.
- The 5-11, 172-pound safety out of Glenville recently visited USC, but Tweeted Thursday that he is sticking with Ohio State: “I'm a solid commit to the Buckeyes !! I kept my word!”
Meyer Hosts Big Visitors
- The Buckeyes may not be done at linebacker or with former PSU commits. Camren Williams made a return visit to Columbus this week for an unofficial visit with his mother.
- The 6-2, 215-pound LB out of West Roxbury, Mass. is still softly committed to Penn State, but a flip seems to be almost inevitable at this point.
- Williams was also joined in Columbus this week by teammate Armani Reeves, a 4-star cornerback and fellow Penn State commit.
- Reeves made his official visit to OSU and could also be ready to make the switch.
- Urban Meyer is also hosting LB Jamal Marcus this week. He is a 6-2, 230-pound prospect out of Durham, N.C. in the class of 2012.
Marshall Sets a Date
- Some sites have Burrows rated as the No. 1 prospect in Ohio for next year, but the consensus top player appears to be Middletown’s Jalin Marshall.
- The 6-0, 190-pound speedster is a dynamic athlete who would fit right at home in Meyer’s offense.
- He has decided on a date for his announcement, and could join Burrows as an early commit on Jan. 31, 2012.
Duke Cashes In
- A number of sources, including CBS Sports, reported that former Ohio State safety Jeremy Cash has landed at Duke.
- The sophomore-to-be out of Plantation, Fla. opted to transfer not long after Meyer took control of the OSU football team.
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