Sunday Recruiting Rundown
By Michael Chung
It has been a while. A lot has happened since my last rundown.
My life has gotten much more busy so I also may not be able to contribute like I use to. The reason for my “recruiting silence” is because of this little guy. Our adoption became official on March 5 and adjusting to life with a new one has been more hectic than I thought, but super happy.
I did interact with sources this week and thought I would try to have a formal rundown rather than just tweets. A source revealed to me that he felt Chase Winovich, Dante Booker, Dememtrius Knox, Jamarco Jones, and Raekwon McMillan would all end up Buckeye. The next day after I interacted with the source, Booker became #9 for the 2014 class.
A second source affirmed Jamarco Jones’ interest and then mentioned that he felt Alex Bookser had OSU high on his list.
An additional recruit pertinent to Ohio State is Jonathan Haden. He told the-Ozone way back that Ohio State was in the lead and it made sense because his brother and current Cleveland Browns DB Joe played for Urban Meyer. But Haden decided he wanted to head out west and pledged to Rich Rodriguez and the Arizona Wildcats. Here are some more tidbits from this week.
Dante Booker (6-3, 210, LB, 2014, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) A source gave me five names he felt would be Buckeyes and Dante Booker was one of them. The day after I tweeted the source’s list, Booker stunned all by announcing he would be #9 for the 2014 class. Many believed Booker would commit on his visit, which was scheduled for later. Booker joins Kyle Berger and Sam Hubbard at LB though some believe Booker could end up on the defensive line.
Kyle Berger (6-3, 205, LB, 2014, St. Ignatius) It does not take Nick Saban long to remind Urban Meyer that there is another big fish in the pond. Berger recently picked up an offer from Alabama. Kyle’s father talked to Urban Meyer and it appears that Berger is 110% OSU. Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and coach Bobbie Williams offered Berger. Saban supposedly was going to call sometime after the offer. Do not look for Berger to be swayed to the SEC by Saban.
Chase Winovich (6-4, 215, LB, 2014, Clairton, PA) This highly coveted PA prospect has Buckeye fans and coaches drooling. A source believes OSU is in the lead for Winovich, the same source that told me Booker would be Buckeye. As of now, the chase for Chase is between Pitt, TOSU, and Michigan. Even Michigan insiders are beginning to think the Buckeyes win for Winovich. Ace Anbender of Mgoblog switched his prediction from Michigan to Ohio State for Chase. Ace writes, “I claim no insider info here, but I switched my prediction for him from U-M to OSU yesterday, because it appears the Wolverines are picking up interest in other OLB prospects—something I doubt they would do if they were confident Winovich would take the final linebacker spot.” All these signs are pointing that the chase is off and Winovich winds up at OSU.
Raekwon McMillan (6-3, 235, LB, 2014, Hinesville, GA) Everyone wants Kwon. From the SEC, to the Pac-12 to the Big 12, ACC, and Big Ten, Raekwon has offers from virtually everyone. Keith Niebuhr of 24/7 Sports writes, “Of all the head coaches recruiting me, I'd say Urban Meyer is probably the funniest. He calls me "Bubble." That's because he said I have a linebacker butt. I have a wide butt with a great leg base.” Niebuhr goes on to write, “Every time we talk, he calls me that.
He says all great athletes have huge butts and great strength bases there. He was telling me about guys like Tim Tebow, Brandon Spikes and Percy Harvin. Guys like that. He said they were built the same way. That's a great comparison. I just hope I can pan out like that. I don't have a nickname for Coach Meyer yet. I've got to think of one.
"He's a people person. He definitely knows what he's doing when it comes to recruiting.”
A source revealed to me that he felt Raekwon would go Buckeye. He and Dante Booker have formed a friendship and it looks like it will continue after the Under Armour All Star Game when Raekwon will announce.
Jamarco Jones (6-5, 285, OL, 2014, Chicago, IL) Jones also has offers from virtually everyone and Ohio State really wants him. 2 sources revealed to me that he felt OSU was in really good shape with Jones and believes he will someday be Buckeye. All of the insiders, including those who cover Michigan, are predicting Jones to Ohio State. His top four are Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and the Buckeyes but unless something odd happens, Jones will be part of the Buckeye 2014 class.
Demetrius Knox (6-4, 300, OL, 2014, Fort Worth, TX) This one time Longhorn commit has told Mack Brown to hit the highway. Brown instituted a no visit policy after one verbally commits—similar to Michigan—and Knox visited Ohio State. A source believes that Knox is headed back to his former home state in Ohio. I will try to track Demetrius down and get the scoop from him but this is good news for Ohio State as they need OL and Knox is built the way Meyer likes his linemen: muscular and angular. He projects as a guard at the next level.
Alex Bookser (6-6, 295, OL, 2014, Pittsburgh, PA) All of the national sites do not have Ohio State in Alex’s top 5. Luke Zimmermann of Land-Grant Holy Land predicts Bookser will stay in PA and play for Bill O’Brien and Penn State. A source revealed to me that Bookser mentioned to him that he really likes OSU. With four offensive linemen graduating after the 2014 season, there will be plenty of open spaces to compete for and it would not be out of the question that a freshman could crack the 2 deep from day one.
That is all for this week. Do not know when the next update will be but rest assured that if I receive some good inside information, I will try to share it as soon as possible.