Michael’s Sunday Recruiting Rundown
By Michael Chung
(Editor’s Note: This is the latest contribution to the-Ozone for Michael Chung. He has provided OSU recruiting information to several websites in the past, but now will be exclusive to the-Ozone as we look to bring more football recruiting coverage in the coming months. You can follow him on Twitter @MChungOzone).
Another action-packed week of college football has ended. Notre Dame joined the ACC and proceeded to celebrate by ending Michigan State’s chances of winning the BCS title – feel free to insert laugh out loud here – further reminding college football fans this is not the B1G’s year.
Northwestern seems to be a shining star in the Big Ten – let that soak in for a second – while Wisconsin turned in another less than stellar performance against a team they would have drilled a year ago.
The Buckeyes showed us it will take more time for Braxton Miller to get comfortable in Urban Meyer’s offense, but once it clicks, Buckeye Nation will smell a Heisman Trophy.
Alabama and LSU continued to show that they again are the best two teams in the land. USC’s loss to Stanford paves the way for a potential rematch between these SEC powers. College football changed a lot this week with the demise of USC and MSU and the uprising of Notre Dame. One thing that never changes is recruiting and here is this week’s Sunday Recruiting Rundown.
Courtney Love (6-1, 225, LB, 2013)
Nebraska commit visited Ohio State for the Cal game. With Ohio State still needing a LB and Love an Ohio kid out of Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, do not be surprised if Urban makes a hard run to flip this home state Cornhusker.
Devon Allen (6-1, 190, WR, 2013)
Allen has gone on record stating that Ohio State is No. 4 on a list of five with Stanford leading, then Texas, Arkansas, and UCLA. He recently told ESPN’s Brad Bournival that his list is now expanded back to 11. The other 10 schools are: Arizona State, Arkansas, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Texas, UCLA and Washington.
Richard Davenport of the Arkansas Democratic-Gazette reports that Allen recently visited Arkansas for the Alabama game, and with such a long list, it looks like Allen will not decide anytime soon. News from the Woody Hayes Athletic Center has been sparse since his appearance at Friday Night Lights, and unless something major develops, I do not see him coming to Columbus.
Tyquan Lewis (6-3, 225, DE, 2013)
We are just days away from Sept. 20, which means we could be days away from Tyquan Lewis being the 17th commitment to Ohio State’s 2013 class. Any other choice would be shocking at this point, at least based on what I’ve been told. He has been stating in interviews, including one with The-Ozone, that his interest in Ohio State is extremely high. Only North Carolina really has a chance here to snatch Lewis out of Urban Meyer’s hands. If the desire to stay close to home supersedes the desire to play for Mike Vrabel and the Buckeyes, then the Tar Heels have a chance. I don’t see Larry Fedora besting Urban Meyer in this battle and predict that at 4 p.m. ET, Sept. 20, Lewis picks the OSU hat.
Marquez North (6-3, 205, WR, 2013)
Not much news has been given on this Charlotte, N.C. receiver who attends Mallard Creek High School. But recently, Keith Niebuhr of 247 Sports reports that of the official visits North has scheduled, Ohio State is definitely going to be one of them. This is good news for Buckeye fans. Once a recruit comes to visit, there is always a chance to land them. Stay tuned on more news from North. Urban Meyer is infatuated with speed and quickness and is hoping to bring Marquez up north (pun intended) to Ohio State.
Christopher Worley (6-2, 185, ATH, 2013)
It appears Chris Worley maybe close to making a decision, and if that is indeed the case, then it almost assuredly has to be Ohio State. Worley has offers from Arkansas, Pitt, West Virginia, Illinois and Michigan State, but I would look for the Cleveland Glenville pipeline to continue with Worley. Some have worried that Worley’s commitment would influence OSU’s standing with Vonn Bell but rest assured, there is a place for Bell in the 2013 class if he so chooses. Speaking of Bell . . .
Vonn Bell (6-1, 190, DB, 2013)
Vonn Bell has visited Alabama, he visited Tennessee yesterday, and plans to come to Ohio State in the near future according to GoVols247. These three schools continue to be his top 3. Darron Lee told The-Ozone that he felt it would be a fight for OSU against the SEC. Lee says he is friends with Vonn and is in his ear about Ohio State. Bell has not eliminated OSU so until he does, Buckeyes have a fighting chance. He will visit Ohio State for the Nebraska game, which is a big moment for the Buckeyes.
Stephen Hargis of the Times Free Press in Chattanooga, Tenn. writes, “It's all about the people and how comfortable I am around the coaches and other players . . . All three are really good programs, so now it's just where I believe I would fit in best. And I don't have any idea when I'll make my decision. I'll just know when the time is right.”
Bell told Hargis that coach Nick Saban stood out to him during his Alabama visits, but in an Ozone interview with Nick Glass, he mentioned he thinks Vonn Bell will end up at Tennessee. Vonn did not tell him personally, but Glass knows that Bell grew up in Tennessee and was a Vols fan. Speaking of Nick Glass . . .
Nick Glass (6-1, 195, DB, 2014)
Glass is currently a verbal commit to the University of Georgia, and it seems like that’s where he will ultimately end up. In a recent Ozone interview, Glass stated that he loves Georgia, grew up a Bulldogs fan and is still committed. But he did mention there is 18 months left before National Signing Day, leaving it open that he could still change his mind.
In another Ozone interview, Raekwon McMillan stated he felt Glass was open to other schools but did not feel Ohio State was too high on his list. Glass told The-Ozone he plans to visit Columbus for the Michigan game. McMillan told me he was also planning to be at that game. Sounds like Ohio State has a better chance to land Glass than was once thought.
Demarre Kitt (6-0, 190, WR, 2014)
The Ozone interview with Nick Glass revealed some more information on another Georgia commit, Demarre Kitt. Glass feels Kitt is one of the best receivers in the country and has OSU interest despite also being a Georgia commit. Georgia has produced players like A.J. Green so they know a great receiver when they see it. No information on when Kitt will visit, but I’m thinking he accompanies Glass and McMillan to the Michigan game in November.
Dante Booker (6-3, 210, LB, 2014)
A source close to Dante Booker believes Ohio State is his leader and thinks he will likely commit. RaeKwon McMillan told The-Ozone that OSU and Auburn were his leaders but Raekwon also said he, himself he has no plans to go to Auburn, unofficially eliminating the Tigers from McMillan’s choices. He did state that he would like to attend the same school as Booker. With no LBs committed so far in the 2013 class, landing 3-4 top linebackers is crucial for 2014 and it looks like Booker could stay in his home state and help lead the Buckeyes to many championships.
Jeb Blazevich (6-5, 240, TE, 2014)
A high quality young man who possesses maturity beyond his years, classy, mature, a must get for Ohio State. Almost every top school in the country wants him and I think it will be very difficult for OSU to land this TE prospect. He has a good head on his shoulders and is already thinking about life after football. He does not have a leader and does have a group of schools he is looking at but has not revealed them yet to the public. When I asked him if Ohio State was on the list, he answered no comment. I get the vibe that OSU is not in this group of schools that he is highly considering, but some of that could just stem from not knowing what he wants to do.
He has a strong faith and values that will make him an asset to any school he chooses. You can read his Ozone interview here. He recently visited Clemson unofficially and has told 247Sports that his upcoming trips are: Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Clemson, UNC, and South Carolina. With Clemson on the list for an official after visiting unofficially and close to home, I will give the Tigers the lead, but Buckeye fans should be encouraged that he plans a trip to Columbus
Drew Barker (6-3, 205, QB, 2014)
Another high quality young man is this Kentucky QB. He has not listed a leader and does not have an offer yet but I know Ohio State is high on him. The Buckeyes likely have only one spot for a QB and are looking seriously at 4-5, but I believe Barker is at or near the top. In the end, I believe he will receive an offer from the Buckeyes, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him end up just up the road in Columbus. You can read his interview with The-Ozone here.
Darien Watkins (6-2, 192, ATH, 2014)
Ohio State has not offered yet, but Watkins’ childhood favorite team is the Buckeyes. Illinois has been in on him early and is developing a relationship, so if Meyer wants this Ohio athlete, he may need to offer soon or risk he will commit to Illinois before too long. He also picked up an offer from Northwestern so Ohio State may want to be defensive and offer Darien before he has a chance to defeat them in games. According to Allen Trieu of Scout.com, Alabama and Wisconsin have also recently shown interest. When I asked Watkins about his communication with Alabama, he mentioned that it has been via social media. Alabama has not called on the phone.
*That is it for this week. Tune in again next week for more updates on players who could be bound for the Scarlet and Gray. Same Buckeye time and same Buckeye channel.