Michael’s Sunday Recruiting Rundown
By Michael Chung
The Rivals 250 2014 Prospect Ranking came out this week. Ohio State has offered a number of prospects on the list but some notable players that have not received Buckeye offers yet are: QBs Kyle Allen, Drew Barker, and Caleb Henderson.
Offensive linemen Kyle Trout and Nick Richardson are both are Ohio football players, possess a 4-star ranking and do not yet have Ohio State offers. With the offensive line being a high priority for 2014 (5 spots likely going to O-lineman) securing Ohio talent like Trout, Richardson, and Jimmy Byrne will be key for the Buckeyes. With such depth on the defensive line, OSU could also look to recruit d-linemen who are open to the o-line like Chase Farris and Darryl Baldwin.
Next week is the “Big One,” not only for the rivalry game but also in recruiting.
Many national recruiting analysts are starting to predict a 2013 class of 24-25 scholarships available. With 15 seniors, 4 open spots, Ricquan Southward leaving, Jordan Hall redshirting, and 17 verbal commitments, OSU currently has only two open spots.
Jamie Wood has hinted he may leave football due to health reasons and many project Big Hank (Johnathan Hankins) to leave early for the NFL, something he has yet to confirm or deny. If those two spots open, there would be four spots. Bradley Roby’s status is uncertain whether or not he would leave early and there is likely one to two that will transfer which could equal the 24-25 experts are predicting the class will be at.
But until next weekend when the recruiting banquet hits the Shoe, here is this week’s rundown.
Gareon Conley (DB/WR, 2013 Massillon, Ohio)
The buzz around Michigan verbal Gareon Conley (Massillon, Oh./Washington) is that he plans to visit both Ohio State and Oregon before making his decision. We don’t know exactly where that puts him with Michigan, but it seems like Conley isn’t too concerned with Brady Hoke’s no-visits policy.
Brad Bournival of ESPN writes, “Don’t think for a second that Ohio State’s offer is just one to mess with that team up north. When Meyer sees an athlete he likes, he’s relentless.”
It looks like Conley leaving Michigan is almost official. Rumors are that if Conley visits Oregon, he will be offered and would be tough for Ohio State to beat out. Playing closer to friends and family could ultimately sway this Wolverine commit to the Buckeyes.
Sebastian LaRue (WR, 2013, Santa Monica, Calif.)
There were reports recently that Ohio State has stopped recruiting LaRue, including one that said the Buckeyes have decided not to bring USC wide receiver commitment Sebastian LaRue (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica) in for an official visit.
The 4-star receiver was planning to visit Ohio State the weekend of Nov. 24 for the Michigan game. However, LaRue called Urban Meyer close to two weeks ago and then spoke to Tom Herman last week and was told the Ohio State visit later this month is off. The OSU coaches did not close the door completely, but at least for now the visit has not been rescheduled for a later date.
I spoke to LaRue personally, however, and he said that Ohio State has not stopped recruiting him and that he is talking to the coaches about a visit but he will not attend the Michigan game.
Demetrius Knox (6-5, 300, OL, 2014, Fort Worth, Tex., All Saints Episcopal)
Demetrius tweeted this week that he would make his college announcement on November 26 after school in the coach’s office. It is a two horse race for this top Texas lineman with the Texas Longhorns way-way-way out in front. The fact that he set a date without even visiting Ohio State should let everyone know where he will announce Nov. 26 and it will likely not be scarlet and gray. Knox is a virtual lock to the burnt orange of Texas. As of now, he plans to visit OSU for the Michigan game and the best thing for Buckeye hopefuls is for Knox to postpone his November 26 announcement date but as of now, Texas by a mile. I hope to interview him again this week so maybe he will reveal a differing opinion. You can watch his first Ozone interview here.
Nick Glass (6-1, 196, DB, 2014, Atlanta, Ga.)
A source told me a little while back he felt Nick Glass was 100 percent Georgia Bulldogs, which makes sense because he is currently a Bulldog verbal commitment. He did mention to me that Ohio State was No. 2, but a distant 2. Phil Kornblut of Palmetto Sports writes, “Junior DB Nick Glass of Atlanta has been a Georgia commitment since early April but continues to consider other options despite being what he calls "95 percent" committed to the Bulldogs.
‘It's still Georgia but a lot can happen in a year and a half,’ Glass said. 'I'm still committed but I'm looking at all options.’ . . . He is going to Ohio State for the Michigan game. "I'm looking hard at Clemson and Ohio State," he said. ‘You could say they are tied for second.’”
Things should change after November 24 and I will not be surprised if this 95 percent gap is closed a lot more. Another visit to OSU by Glass would close the gap even further. Fellow Georgians Raekwon McMillan and Demarre Kitt will accompany Glass to Ohio from the Peach State. You can read his Ozone interview here.
Montae Nicholson (6-3, 200, DB, 2014, Monroeville, PA)
Nicholson grew up in Columbus and has Ohio State high on his list. He has great coaches at his school who have played major college ball. Seems to be talking Penn State a lot in this ESPN interview with Nittany Nation. I asked him whether or not Penn State was the leader since he seemed high on them in the interview. He told me that it is too early for a top 5 list but OSU remains high. Read his Ozone interview here.
Alex Bars (6-6, 281, OL, 2014, Nashville, Tenn.)
Bars has a brother who goes to Michigan, another brother who goes to Penn State and a father who went to Notre Dame. See a pattern here? Seems like the Bars men are their own men and do not necessarily walk in the footsteps of each other but blaze their own path. Parents would go crazy if Alex chose Ohio State but, with two sons at different schools in the Big Ten, they already are dealing with it. He is spending the holidays in Ann Arbor with his brother so the Wolverines will have an early advantage. Read his Ozone interview here.
Myles Autry (5-10, 175, ATH, 2014, Norcross, Ga.)
Autry appears to be enamored with Urban Meyer and sees that Meyer is recruiting the South hard. Ohio State would be ahead if it was not for his brother at Georgia Tech, who would like him to play there and is closer to home. This will be a fight between OSU and GT but other SEC schools will likely get into the mix. Read his Ozone interview here.
There was a rumor that his top three was Ohio State, LSU and Oregon. He told me that it is not true and shortly after our conversation, he tweeted the same.
*That is all for this week. Next week is “The Big One” for recruiting and Ozone will try to have the latest. We will also try to have interviews this week with Demetrius Knox of Tex., Trey Johnson out of Ga., and Dillon Bates out of Fla.