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).
It was a great week to be a Buckeye. Meyer Mania struck the recruiting world again when blue-chip DE Tyquan Lewis (see below) finally made it official that he was coming to Ohio State.
The Buckeyes probably still have about 3-5 spots left, depending on how badly Urban Meyer wants a kid as a part of this class. Look for a few Ohio kids, a couple out-of-staters, and of course, someone totally off the radar to fill out the rest of Meyer’s maniacal multitude.
But it was not a good week for the B1G as a whole. Ohio State looked very mediocre against a team they probably should have blown out , and Michigan played one the sloppiest games we have seen under Brady Hoke.
With a chance to reclaim some Big Ten pride, the Wolverines turned it over six times, giving the Irish a narrow victory at home after dismantling the Spartans the week before. The B1G criticism will not end until bowl season and unfortunately, with Ohio State out of postseason play, the B1G reputation will likely have to wait till 2013 to be restored. With that in mind, here is Ohio State’s recruiting rundown in hopes of helping to restore a future respectable Big Ten reputation.
Tyquan Lewis (6-3, 225, DE, 2013, Tarboro, N.C.)
On Thurs. Sept. 20, around 4 p.m., Tyquan Lewis became the 17th member of Ohio State’s 2013 class. Rivals.com rates him as a 4-star prospect, and it should have come as no surprise as recruiting experts from all over predicted Lewis to the Buckeyes. Ozone readers could tell in early August that Lewis was a strong Buckeye lean when he told us in an interview that his interest in Ohio State was “high” and that he formed a close relationship with Mike Vrabel and Everett Withers – and that he talks to coach Vrabel twice a week. You can read his original Ozone interview here. Lewis will play the “Viper” (Leo) position that is a combination of defensive end and linebacker made famous by Bobby Carpenter. You can watch his announcement here.
Daniel McMillian (6-3, 220, LB, 2013, Jacksonville, Fla.)
McMillian told The-Ozone he is 100-percent committed to the Gators and it sounds like neither Florida coaching staff nor McMillian have any plans to change, but he still has an official visit scheduled to Ohio State. With the rich tradition of Florida players, linebackers and new coach Urban Meyer, maybe McMillian will have some things to think about. The fact that he is visiting Ohio State gives the Buckeyes a punchers chance but in the end, it looks like Urban may need to look elsewhere for a linebacker. You can read his entire Ozone interview here.
Devon Allen (6-1, 187, WR, 2013, Phoenix Ariz.)
Allen has told 247 Sports that UCLA is currently his leader, but he’s been all over the place over the last couple months. At this point, it seems safe to say that Allen will not be a Buckeye and will likely stay out West. Look for UCLA or Stanford to nab this 'Zona speedster.
Dorian Johnson (6-6, 280, OL, 2013, Belle Vernon, Pa.)
Johnson is planning an unofficial visit to Columbus with some family members for the Oct. 6 game against Nebraska under the lights. That still doesn’t change much of anything in my mind. Pitt still leads for this former Penn State commit, and the Panthers certainly moved ahead of Virginia Tech after Pitt pulled off the upset. It seems like a two-horse race between Ohio State and Pitt at the moment. Vonn Bell is also rumored to be visiting that day. Speaking of Bell . . .
Vonn Bell (6-1, 190, DB, 2013, Rossville, GA, Ridgeland HS)
Bell recently visited Tennessee and according to Mike Farrell of Rivals, Tennessee leads for the Georgia safety. This is nothing new to readers at The-Ozone. In interviews with Darron Lee and Nick Glass, the sense was that the SEC and Tennessee were the schools to beat. Vonn visits Ohio State on Oct. 6 and his friend Darron Lee will be there. Look for Bradley Roby, a fellow Georgian, to be his host and the Buckeyes to put a full-court press on Bell, as it will be their last chance to make an indelible impression. Farrell does believe Ohio State has a chance, but Tennessee leads for this lifelong Volunteers fan.
As reported last week by the The-Ozone and confirmed by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Bell is down to three schools and Ohio State is one of them along with Tennessee and Alabama. Michael Carvell of the AJC writes,
And then Ohio State has been at the top of the list since Day One. Him and Coach (Urban Meyer) hit it off first time they met and talked. He had a good camp there and really enjoyed the staff and the facilities. His parents have enjoyed Ohio State’s campus and everything about it.
“All three of them bring something strong to the table. It will be a tough decision for him to get it down to one school.”
Are Farrell, Lee, and Glass wrong? Buckeye Nation sure hopes so. It looks like this will be a battle to the end and do not be surprised if it lingers past the season. If Bell wants to be a Buckeye, there will be a place for him in the 2013 recruiting class.
Courtney Love (6-1, 225, LB, 2013, Youngstown Cardinal Mooney)
Love recently told ESPN he is still committed to the Cornhuskers. Brad Bournival writes,
When Courtney Love (Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney) was spotted at Saturday’s Ohio State game against Cal, speculation went haywire regarding the outside linebacker possibly having interest in the Buckeyes again.
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Nebraska commit made it clear that wasn’t the case when he said not to read anything into it.
He didn’t talk to Ohio State coaches and the school isn’t recruiting him anymore.
Taylor Decker said similar things before he flipped to OSU but I still do not think history repeats itself and Meyer is focused on Mitchell, McMillian and others.
Nick Glass (6-1, 195, DB, 2014, Atlanta, Ga.)
Glass recently visited Tennessee and told me that his visit was amazing and flawless. He is not sure if it is enough to sway him away from Georgia but he did mention that he likes the Vols more. Demarre Kitt was also on the visit with him and had a good time as well. Nick Glass has told The-Ozone he will visit Ohio State for the Michigan game along with Kitt. Raekwon McMillan also mentioned to me that he would be at that game. Glass and Kitt are visiting Florida State this weekend. The OSU staff is hoping to have Glass and Kitt visit sooner as Nov. 24 will be a day filled with recruits and Urban would love to have more time to try to convince Glass and Kitt that OSU is the place for them.
Derrell Scott (5-11, 180, RB, 2014, Havelock, N.C.)
Scott told The-Ozone that he grew up a Florida fan, watching Tim Tebow, Urban Meyer, and Percy Harvin. This could be an advantage for Ohio State, where Meyer is now the new head coach. You can read his Ozone interview here. South Carolina and Ohio State are recruiting him the hardest, so it looks like Ohio State will take at least two running backs for the 2014 class. Jonathan Haden already told The-Ozone that OSU is the leader and it looks like the Buckeyes already have one RB. Will they take two? With their pursuit of Scott, it looks like they might.
Brandon Simmons (6-0, 170, DB, 2014, Mansfield, Tex.)
This Texas prospect has an OSU offer. Right now, it is a little early and Ohio State has not put on the full court press outside of an offer. He grew up a WVU fan and has been told by Les Miles that he really wants Simmons to be a Tiger. In the end, until Ohio State turns up the heat, I see Simmons going to the Mountaineers or the Bayou Bengals. You can read his Ozone interview here.
Davonte James (6-3, 220, LB, 2014, Springfield, Ohio)
I asked him if Ohio State had offered or if there was any news from the coaches. He told me that all is quiet on the recruiting front from Ohio State. If Ohio State offers, I think he commits. You can read his interview with Ozone here.
Kyle Trout (6-6, 280, OL, 2014, Lancaster, OH)
It sounds like this big fish has high interest in Ohio State and it sounds like the interest is mutual. Trout believes an OSU offer will be coming and if it does, this giant of a man will probably take it. OSU will look to take 4-5 offensive linemen in this class and having an Ohio kid as one or two of them would be great. He has offers from Illinois and Michigan State so Ohio State better get a move on if they want to reel in this Trout to be part of the 2014 class. Read his Ozone interview here.
*That is all for this week. Tune in next week when Ozone does its best to give Buckeye Nation the best recruiting information possible. We will have interviews from Mason Cole and Mark Andrews this week and hopefully a whole lot more.