Michael’s Sunday Recruiting Rundown
By Michael Chung
This weekend marked the most important weekend of the season for recruiting at Ohio State; only the Michigan game will come close to superseding in importance. Prospects from both the 2013 and 2014 classes descended on for the primetime battle between the Buckeyes and Cornhuskers of Nebraska.
Many prospects need process time their visit and talk things over with their parents, but rest assured that Saturday night in the Horseshoe went about as well is Urban Meyer and his staff ever could have dreamed.
As of last week, Ohio State officially had 19 scholarship openings for the 2013 class, but that number jumped to 20 with the recent departure of WR Ricquan Southward. It could go as high as 21 with the news safety Jamie Wood could be done with football because of his shoulder injury.
The most glaring needs as of now are Linebacker, speed at the skill positions and, of course, offensive line. Can these voids be filled with 2-4 spots left? Until then, here is this week’s rundown.
James Quick (6-0, 180, WR, 2013, Louisville, Ky., Trinity HS)
It has been reported a number of places that Quick’s leader is Louisville and he recently confirmed those reports to be true, but that was before his trip to Columbus over the weekend. Ohio State was still No. 2 heading into the visit, but it really seemed like it is Louisville and then everybody else.
Steve Jones of the Courier Journal writes, “Just the fact that it’s close to home, and I like what they’re doing … offensively,” said Quick, who has attended U of L’s three home games this season on unofficial visits.” Jones goes on to write, “I see a lot of the things they do there that we do here at Trinity,” he said. “I’m just thinking I could fit right in with the receivers they have now, and with Teddy Bridgewater as my quarterback, I could really fit in with that offense.”
Quick visited Ohio State this weekend and was on the sideline at Ohio Stadium for the Nebraska game along OT Dorian Johnson, but it looks like Quick will not quickly come to a decision.
Vonn Bell (6-1, 190, S, 2013, Rossville, Ga., Ridgeland HS)
After originally planning to visit, Vonn Bell did not make it to Columbus for this week’s Nebraska game, but still plans to visit after the season for an official visit. Those close to Bell’s recruitment do not believe this is alarming. BuckeyeGrove.com’s Marc Givler believes Bell is closest with the Ohio State coaching staff and that the coaches can focus 100% when Bell visits.
Bell’s high school coach believes the decision will be made in mid to late December. After many reported that Tennessee leads, it really looks like Alabama, OSU and Tennessee all have a legitimate shot at Bell. This saga will not end soon and will play out until Christmas time. Urban Meyer would love to get an early present.
Drew Barker (6-3, 204, QB, 2014, Burlington Ky., Conner HS)
Barker was in Columbus over the weekend and he seemed to be enjoying himself on the sideline before and after the game. One of the Buckeyes’ top targets at quarterback for the 2014 class, Barker was wearing a white Ohio State ballcap at the game as he watched the Buckeyes hang 63 points on Tennessee in front of a record crowd at Ohio Stadium.
Tony Stevens (6-3, 175, WR, 2013, Orlando, Fla., Evans High School)
Stevens de-committed from Florida State last week and has Ohio State in his new top 5, along with Georgia, Louisville, USF and USC. Sources close to Stevens have indicted the Buckeyes may be the team to beat now that Stevens is back on the open market, and Levonte Whitfield, an FSU commit, felt that Stevens might be headed to Ohio State.
“He gone go to Ohio St that's where I would go if I was him,” Whitfield tweeted not long after Stevens’ de-commitment.
Urban Meyer has undoubtedly kept the peddle to the metal in his pursuit of Stevens. His relentless recruiting may produce some southern Florida speed. Stevens would be a much-needed recruit if Quick and Shelton Gibson do not commit.
Marquez North (6-3, 205, WR, 2013, Charlotte, NC, Mallard Creek HS)
It is being reported now that Tennessee is leading now for North along with Derrick Green and Vonn Bell. Marquez is scheduled to visit Ohio State for the Michigan game but it looks like this North Carolina WR will be a battle with the southern teams. Clemson, Georgia, and North Carolina all have a chance to land North so unless something with these Southern schools goes south, it seems unlikely that Marquez comes north.
Nick Glass (6-1, 196, DB, 2014, Atlanta, Ga.)
A verbal commit to Georgia, Glass recently had a wonderful visit to Tennessee. He also visited Florida State and mentioned that it went well, but still seemed to enjoy the Tennessee visit more. A source close to Glass mentioned that he is 100% committed to Georgia, but he plans to visit Ohio State for the Michigan game next month. As of now, it looks like the Glass is half full for Ohio State. But he is coming for a visit and anytime a recruit comes on campus, there is a chance and if there is any coach who I think can flip a kid, it is Urban Meyer. In the end, look for Nick to be Bulldog, but Nick did talk to The-Ozone and you can read his interview here.
Raekwon McMillan (6-3, 235, LB, 2014, Hinesville, Ga., Liberty Co.)
Raekwon told The-Ozone that Ohio State was his leader, but this apparently is no longer the case. After a visit to Georgia, it appears Ohio State and Georgia are equal for this 2014 linebacker. Nick Glass is a friend of Raekwon and is a verbal commit to Georgia, which could be a huge factor. Raekwon did inform me via text that the statement of OSU and Georgia being equal is true. Raekwon has friends at both schools and has stated to the-Ozone that he wants to play with Dante Booker, another prospect who has OSU high on his list. He knew at the time of the Ozone interview that Nick was a Georgia commit but at the time, communicated that he was open to other schools. It seemed at that time, OSU was not high on Nick’s list, but Nick’s Ozone interview seems to indicate otherwise. Looks like Urban is in for a fight with the SEC. You can read Raekwon’s Ozone interview here.
William Crest (6-2, 195, QB, 2014, Baltimore, Md., Dunbar HS)
Crest mentioned that he has had an OSU offer since the 10th grade and also mentioned that it is as a QB. But in talking to him, he is not in much communication with Tom Herman or the coaches in general which makes me think that his offer is “non-committable” or that OSU wants him as an ATH like Jalin Marshall and Darron Lee. But with Braxton Miller and Geno Smith being oft mentioned for the Heisman Trophy, maybe OSU wants to load up on dual threat mobile QBs. Hard to say, if Crest is open to another position while still having a chance at QB, maybe he commits. Urban loves QBs and would love to have Crest play for OSU as an ATH. You can read his Ozone interview here.
Kyle Allen (6-2, 200, QB 2014, Scottsdale, Ariz., Desert Mountain HS)
Another QB that Ohio State is looking at is Arizona star Kyle Allen. He does not yet have an offer but told Ozone that he has high interest in OSU. His close friend is WR prospect Mark Andrews who has an offer from OSU. Kyle mentioned that he and Tom Herman have a good friendship and communicate fairly regularly. He is more of a pro-style quarterback who is highly mental. If everything was equal between the 4-5 QB prospects they are looking at, could Allen’s friendship with Andrews be the tipping point for an OSU offer? Does Tom Herman want a balance at QB? He already has JT Barrett from TX in the 2013 class, the #1 dual threat QB prospect in the country, does OSU really need 2? Does Herman want a pro-style QB for balance? You can read his Ozone interview here.
*That is all for this week, but we will updates on all the major prospects who visited Columbus for the Nebraska game in the coming week. We will also have interviews with Marcelys Jones and Montae Nicholson coming early this week as well.