Nebraska Game Visitor List
By Michael Chung
It is no secret this weekend’s Nebraska game is the most important recruiting weekend thus far for the Buckeyes, and could be for the entire season.
Unfortunately for Ohio State, 5-star safety Vonn Bell has pulled out of his official visit, citing difficulty in travel distance. He has stated he plans to make an official visit after his football season ends, but this may not bode well for the Buckeyes because he has already visited Tennessee and Alabama unofficially.
Even though Bell has pulled out, there is no shortage of top-tier targets heading to Columbus for this weekend’s big game. At the top of the list are OL Dorian Johnson, WR James Quick, WR Shelton Gibson and DB/LB Chris Worley.
Dorian Johnson told The-Ozone he would schedule an official visit after the season, but he appears to be a “must get” for Ohio State because they are short on offensive lineman for 2013. Pitt is still the leader, so OSU will have to blow him away if they’re going to make a late push and Saturday could be the first step. We will do our best to get comments from Johnson about his visit after the game.
WR James Quick has stated that Louisville is No. 1 on his list and it will be hard to pull him out of his home town, in my opinion. But Urban Meyer has a knack for recruiting and will throw out his ‘Percy Harvin’ trump card with Quick. If the Buckeyes have any chance to land Quick – who has OSU No. 2 – they need to make significant inroads this Saturday.
WR Shelton Gibson has been on the OSU radar for a long time and this will be his second visit of the season. Right now, Ohio State leads and Auburn is second. 2013 commit Darron Lee told The-Ozone that Shelton Gibson was the most impressive WR at Friday Night Lights and no one could keep up with him, so landing an Ohio talent at a key position is imperative.
Christopher Worley is from the Cleveland Glenville pipeline and has a number former teammates on the current OSU roster who are working on him. Of this group—Johnson, Quick, Gibson, and Worley— I see Worley and Gibson becoming Buckeyes with Johnson and Quick needing to be blown away this weekend for OSU to have a chance.
Another intriguing visitor is Frankfort, Ky. athlete Ryan Timmons, who does not have an offer but may receive an offer if Quick and Gibson decide to go elsewhere or if more scholarships become available.
Other notable 2013 visitors are Ohio’s own DL prospect Donovan Munger and preferred walk-on and OSU legacy William Houston.
Looking Ahead to 2014
The 2014 class is packed with top players who are attending the big game Saturday night. Most notable is QB prospect Drew Barker, who does not yet have an OSU offer but could earn one in the not too distant future. With other prospects like Kyle Allen, William Crest, and Caleb Henderson—to name a few—OSU will be highly selective in this area of QB.
Toledo, Ohio’s Deshone Kizer, another QB prospect, will also attend. He does not have an offer yet from OSU but is definitely one of the 4-5 prospects coaches are looking at.
Players for the 2014 class attending that already have OSU offers are a pair of Cleveland Glenville stars: OL Marcelys Jones, and ATH Marshon Lattimore.
Other notable attendees without OSU offers are: Lancaster Ohio’s OL Kyle Trout, two-way lineman Brian Allen, ATH Marcus Whitfield, ATH Darien Watkins, and TE Ian Bunting.
Looking Way Ahead
There is even a rumor that 2015 QB prospect from Detroit, Michigan’s Cass Tech high school—Jayru Campbell—will be in attendance.
Bringing in the Boys
A number of players already committed are coming to the game, the largest group this season. 10 of the 17 commits for the 2013 class are scheduled to appear, undoubtedly to help Urban and Co. recruit some of the uncommitted guys. These players are: RB Ezekiel Elliott, OL Evan Lisle, DL Billy Price, DL Joey Bosa, DL Tracy Sprinkle, CB Cam Burrows, CB Eli Woodard, S Jayme Thompson, ATH Jalin Marshall, ATH Darron Lee.
Cam Burrows has been to every home game so far.
It was also rumored that Texas LB prospect Mike Mitchell may visit for the Nebraska game but nothing has been confirmed, as his media access is limited. We will have to wait and see if this coveted recruit from Texas makes it up North to visit. Ohio State is in dire need of LBs for the 2013 class and would love to have Mitchell and Worley be the guys to replace Alex Anzalone and Lewis Neal.
This is an important weekend for recruiting; only the Michigan game will have more top tier prospects in attendance. Stay tuned to see how everything develops. Recruiting is never boring under Urban.
WR Shelton Gibson (Cleveland Heights)
WR James Quick (Louisville Trinity)
RB William Houston (Dublin Scioto)
OL Dorian Johnson (Belle Vernon, Pa.)
DL Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights)
DB Chris Worley (Glenville)
ATH Ryan Timmons (Frankfort, Ky.)
RB Ezekiel Elliott (St. Louis, Mo.)
OL Evan Lisle (Centerville)
DL Billy Price (Youngstown Austintown Fitch)
DL Joey Bosa (St. Thomas Aquinas)
DL Tracy Sprinkle (Elyria)
CB Cam Burrows (Trotwood-Madison)
CB Eli Woodard (Norhees, N.J.)
S Jayme Thompson (Toledo Central Catholic)
ATH Jalin Marshall (Middletown)
ATH Darron Lee (New Albany)
QB Drew Barker (Burlington, Ky.)
WR Nacarius Fant (Bowling Green, Ky.)
TE Ian Bunting (Hinsdale, Ill.)
OL Kyle Trout (Lancaster)
OL Marcelys Jones (Glenville)
OL/DL Brian Allen (Hinsdale, Ill.)
LB Gary Hosey (Detroit)
LB Tinashe Bere (Cincinnati Sycamore)
DB Todd Kelly Jr. (Knoxville, Tenn.)
ATH Marcus Whitfield (Massillon Washington)
ATH Dareian Watkins (Galion)
ATH Marshon Lattimore (Glenville)
QB Jayru Campbell (Detroit)