Random Thoughts from the Recruiting Trail, June 27
By Michael Chung
I really enjoyed interacting with Parris Campbell this week. He is humble, inviting, and very personable. He is more than a really fast runner and great football player but I can tell he is just an all out great guy and I will be surprised if he does not do well at OSU.
Campbell was not surprised by Terry McLaurin’s commitment. They have worked out together and Campbell was well aware of his OSU interest. Both will be in competition for the fastest man crown for the 2014 class.
Campbell also talks to OL target Damian Prince and believes Prince has Ohio State interest but he does not think Prince will commit to any school in the near future. In the case of OSU, any recruit who waits too long may not have any more room at the inn. Depending on attrition, there are probably no more than 10 spots available but could be less.
Campbell also said that the 2014 class actively communicates with each other via text, twitter, etc. and are actively working together to recruit the best class they can. Campbell will be leaving for Nike’s prestigious camp The Opening on Sunday, one of nine verbal commits to participate.
With the nine leaving for The Opening, there are at least thirteen participants who Ohio State is targeting: Solomon Thomas, Kentavious Street, JuJu Smith, Derrell Scott, Artavis Scott, Curtis Samuel, Austin Roberts, Raekwon McMillan, Quincy Wilson, Demetrius Knox, Johnnie Dixon, Trevion Thompson, and Thomas Holley.
Some people were upset when I reported that Chad Mavety wanted to wear #55 wherever he commits. He gave me more insight into why this is so important to him. His dad died when he was only 7 years old and told him he wanted him to wear #55.
It is not uncommon for athletes to form an attachment to a number. I remember when Ken Griffey Jr. came to the Reds and requested 24, even though the number belonged to Tony Perez and was going to be retired. Griffey asked Perez for the number and Perez declined. A similar situation happened when Andy Katzenmoyer asked for 45 and Archie Griffin said yes.
Demetrius Knox says UCLA is his leader but not a “big” leader. Told me OSU is second but it sounds like Meech is wide open.
Knox says commits like Damon Webb, Stephen Collier, Sean Nuernberger, and Jalyn Holmes have been in contact with him but it sounds like Knox talks to “UCLA guys” more. He told me that he speaks to UCLA almost everyday.
Knox began talking to another OSU target: Jermaine Eluemunor a few days ago. Both have UCLA high and both are seriously thinking Ohio State. I would not be surprised if OSU got both of these guys or neither at this point.
Knox said that his best friend—Daniel Gresham—to Louisville does not influence him to either Louisville or Ohio State. Both wanted to play together but Knox said he visited UL and it did not seem like there was any chance he would follow his best friend there.
Knox does not have an official announcement date and says he will announce when it feels right. Says he will take all five of his official visits which will be (in no particular order): UCLA, OSU, Miami, Florida State, and Florida. Florida State is not in his final 5, TCU is, but the Horn Frogs are only a ten-minute leap away from his home via car.
LB commit Kyle Berger said he shut down recruiting after his commitment but received communication from The U (Miami, FL). He told them not he was not interested.
Il cornerback prospect Parrker Westphal still talks to Mike Vrabel every three weeks. Though many project Westphal to Michigan or Vanderbilt, he told me there was not real leader at this time and he still has OSU interest.
Kudos to Jim Davidson and the Ozone for being involved in more than just sports and raising awareness for Chris Treisch and his battle with leukemia. A reminder to all of us that life is a gift and that to help another person without any expectation to receive anything back is real love.