Latest from US Army Bowl Prep in San Antonio
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).
SAN ANTONIO, Tex. — In case you missed it somehow, Ozone correspondent Michael Chung is down in San Antonio this week for all the practices, interviews and other festivities leading up to Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
The Buckeyes also have a number of commits down in Florida at the Under Armour All-American game , but the Army Bowl is the biggest high school all-star game in the country. Ohio State is well-represented down in Texas with five commitments and a number of big-time targets playing in this year’s game.
That includes 5-star linebacker Mike Mitchell out of Prestonwood Academy in Plano, Tex. and wideout James Quick out of Louisville, who was recently named Mr. Football in the state of Kentucky.
Both players are expected to make their highly-anticipated announcements on Saturday during the classic East vs. West match-up (1 p.m. ET, NBC) in San Antonio’s Alamodome.
Could they both be on their way to Columbus? Only time will tell for certain, but Michael Chung had a lot of thoughts about those two big-name prospects, along with in-state target Shelton Gibson, on Tuesday.
There were no practices today at the Army Bowl, as players were doing community service at local hospitals, youth centers and with military veterans. Here is a look at what Michael was hearing down in Texas on Wednesday, as we draw closer and closer to the big day for both Mitchell and Quick.
Latest on LB Mike Mitchell…
As Michael reported Tuesday, it is looking more and more inevitable that Mitchell is going to be a Buckeye. He has been hanging out with the Ohio State commits down in San Antonio and everyone close to Mitchell’s recruitment expects him to pick the Buckeyes on Saturday.
In fact, Michael Chung is now hearing that Mitchell has started to openly tell people in San Antonio that he is going to Ohio State. There is always the danger of Mitchell making a last second switch, or pulling a fast one on Urban Meyer and his coaches, but this doesn’t seem like a kid who “playing the game.”
He will pick between three schools on Saturday – Ohio State, Texas A&M and Oregon – but anything other than a Block O hat would be a shocker at this point in the game.
Latest on WR James Quick…
There have been a lot of differing opinions back and forth concerning WR James Quick in the last few weeks. Some have him headed to Louisville, others have him leaning towards Ohio State, while other still have him split 50/50 between the two schools.
On Tuesday, Michael Chung reported what he was hearing from two different sources down in San Antonio. One had Quick headed to Louisville, while another had him split right down the middle, but latest update from Michael down in Texas is that Quick appears to be leaning towards Ohio State.
Based on the people we have spoken with, including Michael, it’s hard not to believe that James is truly torn right now between OSU and Louisville. That seems a bit naïve, considering he is scheduled to make his decision public in just three days, but it wouldn’t be a complete surprise to see him delay his announcement, even though he obviously wants to make it Saturday at the Army Bowl.
Latest on RB Ezekiel Elliott…
One of the more interesting developments down in San Antonio this week has been the decision by the West coaching staff to use Ezekiel Elliott as a defensive back rather than a running back.
The St. Louis product was one of the most dynamic offensive playmakers in the country during his senior season, and he looks like a guy who could break into the mix as a rookie at Ohio State this fall.
Michael had a chance to catch up with Ezekiel down in San Antonio on Wednesday, and he is apparently only getting snaps at DB because of an injury to Su’a Cravens. The top-rated defensive back in the country is heading to USC next season, but Elliott told Michael he will be on offense “all the way” when he gets to Ohio State.