Random Thoughts on the Recruiting Trail, July 4th Edition
By Michael Chung
We should all know by Friday where Jermaine Eluemunor will commit. Will he reaffirm his UCLA commitment or will he flip to the Buckeyes? I am guessing he would not have set an “announcement” date if he would remain committed to UCLA but we will know for sure on Friday. I remember when Kyle Dodson, who had verbally committed to Wisconsin, did something similar on National Signing Day and put on an OSU cap. Euemunor telling everyone that Friday he will announce is not good news for Jim Mora Jr. and the Bruins.
Where does this lead Chad Mavety? I asked him the question on where he would stand if Eluemunor committed and he informed me that OSU wants him even if Eluemunor committed but a source close to the Ohio State program informed me that there is likely only room for one Juco in this class. Recruiting is never boring under Urban Frank Meyer.
On the issue of offensive linemen, it sounds like Demetrius Knox has been spending a lot of time with OSU recruits. A source revealed to me that Knox and Kyle Trout had some significant discussions and there is a feel that Knox could be leaning OSU more than he has let on. Knox has stated he will announce when he feels he is ready so it could be any day.
There have been reports that current Notre Dame commit—OL Quenton Nelson—has also spent some significant time with OSU recruits. This could be nothing or it could be a sign of something to come because ND has three others— WR Justin Brent, RB Elijah Hood, and QB DeShone Kizer—participating at The Opening. Shouldn’t Nelson be hanging around them?
Raekwon McMillan has been spending a lot of time with OSU recruits. A source close to The Opening felt that OSU would land Raekwon. But there are reports out there that McMillan is gaining interest in schools down south and even was sporting an Alabama shirt at one time. Despite these reports, sources feel confident that McMillan is OSU’s to lose.
News of Curtis Samuel has been relatively quiet in regards to other recruits but reports are that he has spent time with OSU recruits at The Opening, albeit “minutes” was the report. He plans to visit Ohio State at the end of the month, maybe for Friday Night Lights. It would be a huge surprise if Samuel did not move into 5-star ratings territory as well as an eventual OSU commit.
There has been much talk at The Opening about Indianapolis, IN TE prospect Austin Roberts. Apparently, he was ready to commit in April but was asked by his father to slow it down per Rivals. Rivals is reporting that Roberts will decide sometime in July or August and that bodes well for the Buckeyes. Roberts is currently a WR but is being recruited as a TE by OSU. His father is a TE coach for the Indianapolis Colts. This is very similar to Brian Robiske whose father Terry is still a WR coach in the NFL.
Kyle Trout has been displaying a lot of leadership during The Opening. Reports are that he has had some good talks with Demetrius Knox. Why is this significant? Both are OL and though Trout is recruited as a tackle and Knox a guard, Knox could always slide over to tackle and likewise Trout to guard. Working hard on someone who plays the same position shows that one is thinking for the team as a whole and not just personal playing time.
Ohio State is getting a Gem in Parris Campbell. His SPARQ results: 4.41(40) 40.5 vertical and 4.16 shuttle. Campbell is only 15 years old and will turn 16 on July 16, which means he will only be 16 when National Signing Day comes around. Recruits must be 18 years or older to sign their NLOI so Campbell’s mother Shelly will likely be the signer. Campbell is fast now but do not be surprised if he continues to develop as most recruits have their peak around 17-18 years of age in regard to stats. Campbell could be running sub 4.4 forties when he steps foot on the OSU campus as a 17 year old.
So much for star ratings and top tier college offers. When Terry McLaurin committed, his best offers other than OSU were Purdue and Mizzu, and his best rating was 3-Stars. But he blew up the SPARQ finishing second to Speedy Noil, scoring almost a 150. Last year’s winner, OSU’s Mike Mitchell scored over 154. Do not be surprised if McLaurin takes a similar jump as Ezekiel Elliot did, bumping from 3 to 4-Stars and also do not be surprised if top tier schools try to get in on the action. Read his Ozone interview here.
We learned that Luke Roberts would be transferring to Harvard. Because of Harvard's rules, Roberts will not be able to join the team until the 2014 season in order to preserve his 3 years of eligibility. Roberts and the OSU staff parted ways very well and it is rare that OSU will announce a transfer while stating that both sides are positive. Just shows you the quality kid that he is and the loss Buckeye Nation will suffer. But OSU’s loss is Harvard’s gain. When was the last time a Michigan transfer could say that?
A happy Independence Day to you all.
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