Sunday Recruiting Rundown June 16
By Michael Chung
The world of recruiting does not stop and Ohio State is now up to ten for their 2014 class. It will likely be a smaller class than 2013, numbering between 18-20 so about half the spots are full and there are still eight months left until National Signing Day.
Important visits will happen all the way up to fall and then there will be a lull as players begin preparing for their seasons.
A number of ‘big names’ traversed the OSU campus this weekend. Targets: OL Chad Mavety, LB/DE Richard Yeargin, DB Quincy Wilson, 2015 OL prospect Drew Richmond, and WR Trevion Thompson were a few. Here is this week’s rundown.
Jamarco Jones (6’5” 290, OL, 2014, Chicago, IL)
Jones is set to announce his decision on June 27 and unless something drastic happens, he should be a Buckeye. He visited Michigan and Michigan St. over the weekend and is now in Columbus. Unless something major occurs, look for Jones to chose Scarlet and Gray and become the third OL of the 2014 class.
Chad Mavety (6’6” 320, OL, 2014, Garden City, NY)
Mavety is being recruited hard by Ohio State. The-Ozone interviewed him and though many ‘experts’ predict he will be Buckeye, he told Ozone there is no leader and that he is wide open. If actions speak louder than words then Mavety is true to his word as he visits Tennessee next weekend, then Syracuse, Rutgers, Miami (FL), Florida State, and Alabama. He said there is no chance he will commit to OSU this weekend. You can read his the-Ozone interview here.
Sean Nuernberger (6’2” 220, K, 2014, Buckner, KY)
Out of nowhere came commitment #10, a placekicker from KY. With Drew Basil graduating this year, it is imperative that OSU has a placekicker in place for next year. Nuernberger received his offer on his visit, when OSU brought in a few kickers for a work out. Urban Meyer offered him during his time on campus and Nuernberger accepted immediately. He already plans to try and help recruit the best players he can for the 2014 class. You can read his Ozone interview here.
Jonathan Hilliman ( 6’1” 210, RB, 2014, Jersey City, NJ)
Ozone will have a more in-depth interview with Hillman this coming week. Hilliman visited last weekend and had a great visit, tweeting pics and posting positive comments about his visit. He told me that he was close to committing but held off. Other coaches are mentioning the RB depth at OSU trying to deter Hilliman and with names like Rod Smith, Bri’onte Dunn, Warren Ball, Ezekiel Elliot, Dontre Wilson, and Parris Campbell, who could blame them. But Hilliman said this would not deter him and that he knows wherever he goes, he will need to work hard. As of now, I see Hilliman pledging OSU.
Quincy Wilson (6’2” 195, DB, 2014, Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
Wilson is visiting OSU this weekend after visiting ND with fellow Floridian, LB/DE prospect Richard Yeargin. He (Wilson, Yeargin does not have an offer) has OSU high on his list but is also being pursued by home state Florida as well as SEC powers Georgia, South Carolina, and LSU. Recently, schools like UCLA and Notre Dame have been going toe-to-toe with OSU for recruits and both schools are in the mix for Wilson. But the 2014 class does not have a Florida representative yet and what Buckeye class would be complete without a member of the sunshine state?
Demetrius Knox (6’4” 300, OL, 2014, Fort Worth, TX)
Knox was very clear this week that he had won all his match-ups at the Rivals camp and had high praise for DL Andrew Brown. Knox grew up a big Buckeye fan. His favorite player is Braxton Miller and OSU needs OL. With Knox’s performances at camps, do not be surprised if this star ranking rises to five. Many are predicting Knox to OSU but he told me he was wide open. One factor is his friend Daniel Gresham. Though both acknowledge that they may play at different schools, their hearts desire is to play together and they currently have similar offers. Gresham does have an OSU offer but does not list OSU in his top eight. Schools like Miami, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida State, Louisville, Ole Miss and Auburn are before the Buckeyes for Gresham and could be a factor in landing Knox. Gresham will visit OSU with Knox and if Demetrius commits, he may sway his best friend to come too.
Derek Kief (6’5” 200, WR, 2014, Cincinnati, OH)
Many thought Kief was an OSU lock but then came the Alabama trip. Kief spent June 8-11 in Alabama and when he returned, it seemed very clear where he needed to go and that place appears to be the Tuscaloosa. He will announce tonight between 5:30 and 6pm ET. OSU has tried to make in-roads into the Queen City and it looks like this Cincinnati Blue Chipper will be headed south to play for Nick Saban. Kief has the size and speed combination that Saban craves and with all the success he has had at Alabama, clearly enticed Kief to commit. It is a long way until National Signing Day but this saga appears to be over.
That is it for the week, Ozone will have interviews with Jonathan Hilliman and Tim Settle next week.