Random Thoughts from the Recruiting Trail June 19, 2013
By Michael Chung
Matt Elam with Urban Meyer
Photo via Twitter
It's a super busy week for recruiting, and by the time this hits the page, at least 15 top recruits would have stepped onto the OSU campus and over 30 more will stop by this weekend. Stars like 5-star OL Damian Prince and 4-star DT Matt Elam, superstar WRs Johnnie Dixon and Trevion Thompson will be gracing OSU this weekend (though there are reports that Thompson may not have made it).
Jaylen Holmes, a 6’5” 235 lbs. DE out of Norfolk, VA caused a stir when it was reported he had committed to OSU but he himself tweeted that he had not committed. Later he was interacting with Demetrius Knox via twitter.
Mike Farell of Rivals is hinting that something on Holmes will happen today. Stay tuned.
The recruitment of Jermaine Eluemunor is not over. Even though he has verballed to UCLA he told me Urban Meyer has recruited him harder since he committed. He talks to Meyer at least 2x a week and is coming this weekend for an official visit with his brother, sister, and parents.
Eluemunor said he dropped Alabama and USC officially after they gave him a hard time after his UCLA commitment. Eluemunor told me that Alabama coaches (not Saban) told him that he should not go to the Pac 12 because they do not play as good of football as the SEC, and USC coaches told him they did not need him even though they previously told him they wanted him bad.
Eluemunor says something very special needs to happen for him to de-commit but the UCLA coaches know he is taking other visits. I list Eluemunor as a soft verbal.
Despite being a UCLA commit, Eluemunor talks more with the OSU coaches than any other staff.
Arkansas’s Bret Bielema is also trying to recruit Eluemunor but only talks to him once a week while Meyer talks to Eluemunor two times a week. In addition to Arkansas, Eluemunor will visit Ole Miss too.
The Demetrius Knox saga has taken a turn. After visiting UCLA, Knox says UCLA is his leader. Knox said the environment at UCLA was great and that he thinks he can learn a lot from coach Klemm, have fun, and win some games.
Eluemunor’s recruitment and visit this weekend could be a predictor of Knox. The two have UCLA as leader, both are being pursued by OSU and both are OL.
It is being reported that Michigan and Florida State lead for PA WR/DB Montae Nicholson but a source close to Nicholson says these reports are not true and that Montae has no favorite and is focused on getting ready for the Opening in Oregon.
Source said Nicholson does not even have a top 10 yet and OSU wants Nicholson at WR.
Another name on the OL that has not been talked about too much is Natrell Curtis out of Phoenix, AZ. Curtis has an OSU offer and tells me he has interest but says he has not been focused on recruiting too much. He currently has no top 10.
When I asked Curtis if he would visit OSU, he said he was not 100% sure but he does have OSU interest. Curtis is about 6'3" 290 lbs.
No news is good news in regards to IL OL target Jamarco Jones. He plans on making his verbal commitment at his school 2pm ET on June 27. OSU is the leader and there is no reason to believe he will not chose the Buckeyes unless Mark Dantonio and the Spartans were able to make one last push.