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).
The Buckeyes may have a bye week this week but recruiting has certainly experienced no rest. Coaches have been canvassing the country visiting schools of potential recruits. Practices have been conducted this week with a less than full load of coaches due to their recruiting travels.
Urban Meyer and staff continue to push the recruiting envelope beyond reason. They recently convinced the nations No. 1 rated prospect for 2014 – defensive end Da’Shawn Hand – to visit for the OSU-Michigan game later this month. With such a bountiful recruiting class of defensive linemen for 2012 and 2013, it is a coup to get a prospect like Hand to even consider Ohio State.
Offensive tackle Dorian Johnson continues to call Pitt his leader, but he has already scheduled two more visits to Ohio State. This looks really good for the Buckeyes, as it is clear Johnson has high interest in Ohio State and is going to give Meyer and his staff every chance to woo him. This five-star offensive line recruit is a must get for the Bucks. Here is the rest of this weeks recruiting rundown.
Gareon Conley (6-2, 165, CB, 2013, Massillon, Ohio)
The news is the same for Massillon Washington corner Gareon Conley .
He wants to take visits, which would mean he would lose his spot with the Wolverines. Tim Sullivan of the Detroit Free Press writes, “Once Conley gets the opportunity to talk to U-M’s coaching staff and lay out the specific ground rules, his status will be more clear. There are just a couple possible outcomes: either he sticks with U-M, or he decommits in order to take visits – and in the latter case, the coaching staff has a decision to make about whether they’ll still continue to recruit him.”
Everyone seems to be calling Oregon is his dream school, but the Ducks have not offered and Ohio State has. With the Ducks gaining national media attention and Conley desiring to visit, could OSU be the destination if Oregon does not offer? Is Oregon too far away from home for this Massillon Ohio star? We will find out.
James Quick (6-1, 180, WR, 2013, Louisville, Ky.)
Steve Wilfong of 247 sports writes “Louisville is the hometown favorite for the local star, and Charlie Strong’s future with the Cardinals could have a lot to do with where Quick signs. Ohio State is the other major candidate in the race and Quick sees opportunity in Columbus … If Strong doesn’t leave for another gig, Louisville likely wins this race but Urban Meyer at Ohio State is the best closer in college football recruiting.”
Based on Wilfong’s report, there is nothing new to report on James Quick at the moment. It has looked like a two-horse race for a while, with Oregon and Tennessee both trying position themselves in the mix. Hopefully, after the Michigan game, things will be clearer. With two SEC jobs likely opening up and Strong being a favorite for both, it looks good for Ohio State to land this Kentucky speedster.
David Dawson (6-4, 282, OL, 2013, Detroit, Mich.)
It looks like Dawson, who recently de-committed from Michigan, is going to be in Madison this coming Saturday for the big game against the Buckeyes. Ohio State could go a long way by picking up a victory at Camp Randall, but it still seems like Michigan State is slightly out in front. Dawson has a pair of teammates who are committed to play for Mark Dantonio, but Ohio State is putting a fullcourt press on the 4-star guard out of Cass Tech.
OSU commit Tyquan Lewis has also gotten into the act, trying to recruit Dawson to Ohio State, as well as quarterback J.T. Barrett, Ezekiel Elliott, and Timothy Gardner, to name a few. Ohio State coach Kerry Coombs was in Detroit this past week visiting Dawson’s school.
Thaddeus Snodgrass (6-1, 184, WR, 2014, Springfield, Ohio)
It was first reported that Snodgrass would announce his commitment on November 5, then it got pushed back to Nov. 8 and now, things are in limbo as to when Snodgrass will announce. Rumors were that Snodgrass wanted to commit to Notre Dame, but that his offer was not commitable. Now, we are not sure when he will announce. It looks like it is between Ohio State and Notre Dame, but a source told me that Michigan State is also in the running. Another source believed Snodgrass is leaning towards Ohio State and if announces soon, would choose the Buckeyes. There have been rumors that Ohio State asked him to wait on his commitment but a source close to Snodgrass indicated that he did not believe this is the case.
Darien Watkins (6-2, 192, ATH, 2014, Galion, Ohio)
Darien Watkins ) seems to be picking up offers on a weekly basis and recently was offered by Georgia Tech. He now has ten offers in all, most notably: Cincinnati, Illinois, Northwestern, and Purdue. Darien informed me the OSU coaches have been encouraging him to visit for a while but it has not worked out in his schedule so he visited for an OSU practice instead. While at practice, he spoke with Tim Hinton, Zach Smith and Braxton Miller. He visited with Urban Meyer last and said he had a good conversation. The coaches informed Watkins that an offer would be coming and that they are looking at either WR or safety. With Ohio State offering Ohio prospects late for the 2013 class, it would be better to offer early rather than trying to flip them later.
Donnell Stanley (6-3, 311, OL, 2014, Latta, South Carolina)
It was reported that Stanley has named his top 6 as: UNC, Alabama, Clemson, LSU, South Carolina and USC. However, he recently told me that he does not have a “top anything” yet and Ohio State is not eliminated. I have felt all along he would be tough to recruit out of the south, especially when five of the six schools being talked about are southern schools. You can read his Ozone interview here. He was visiting South Carolina this weekend unofficially.
Nick Bosa (DL, 2016, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
The younger brother of OSU commit Joey Bosa has, indeed, earned a scholarship offer. After watching a stellar performance on national television earlier in the season, Buckeye fans have been clamoring to offer young Nick a scholarship so he can follow big brother to Columbus (both are the nephews of former Buckeye Eric Kumerow).
Urban Meyer has apparently complied. Larry Blustein of the Miami Herald writes,
“What makes the older Bosa a prize recruit is his strength and quickness. He is always the player teams game plan against, which has opened the door for athletes such as Nick, who many believe could be one of the best to lineup for this school. . . . Nick Bosa has already been offered by Ohio State. He is athletic and very smart for having limited high school experience.”
Could Nick already become the first to commit for 2016? It would be unprecedented, but would be a huge boon for the Buckeyes to have a head start for 2016 while finishing up the 2013 class.
That is all for this week, so thanks for reading. Tune in next week when The-Ozone interviews Florida speedster and current FSU commit Levonte Whitfield, along with others.