Sunday Recruiting Rundown July 7
By Michael Chung
Last weekend, Buckeye nation was on display as 9 of the 14 commits for the 2014 season were competing at the Opening. Terry McLaurin blew up the competition finishing second to Speedy Noil at SPARQ, in the process showing the world that the Ohio State coaching staff knows exactly what they are doing.
Dante Booker took an interception all they way back for a TD solidifying his team’s win and Kyle Berger showed off his skills, underscoring to Buckeye Nation that Urban and Co. know how to evaluate talent, offering Berger before anyone, even MAC schools.
It looked like OSU was going to add #15 in Jermaine Eluemunor but an 11th hour decision to visit Arkansas delayed the announcement. He will now visit Arkansas July 19 and decide soon after. Here is this week’s rundown.
Jermaine Eluemunor (6’6” 300, OL, 2014 Juco, Scranton, PA)
Jermaine Eluemunor tweeted that he would announce on Friday and all indications were that he would flip Buckeye. Later tweets were showing that Jermaine was having doubts and the Friday announcement date would be pushed back till after July 19th when Eluemunor will visit Urban Meyer’s old nemesis: Bret Bielema and the Arkansas Razorbacks. At this point, it is anyone’s game as Jim Mora Jr. will also have more time to pitch and recruit Eluemunor hard but if it is hard recruiting, Urban will win. Even after Eluemunor committed to UCLA, Meyer recruited him hard, harder than Mora or Bielema. Eluemunor likely wants to be sure and if Bret does not blow Jermaine away look for this American Football playing Brit to be Buckeye.
Donell Stanley (6-4, 320, OL, 2014 Latta, SC)
Stanley is rated #1 or #2 in the state of SC by most of the recruiting services and has been recruited by OSU for a while. Stanley told the-Ozone in October that he would like to decide by this summer. Read his the-Ozone interview here. His top 6 includes Ohio State but they and LSU are at the rear, mainly because Stanley has not visited yet. Stanley was coming to visit OSU at the end of the month but informed me that he will not be coming due to a family trip. He may come to OSU for an official visit. His top four are: Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina and Alabama. Most experts have him staying home at South Carolina or Clemson.
Quenton Nelson (6’5” 295, OL, 2014, Red Bank, NJ)
Reports from sources at The Opening had Quenton spending some time with OSU recruits. There was a published report that he had eaten dinner with the OSU commits and I confirmed with sources that indeed, Quenton did hang around OSU commits. The only reason this seems remotely a story is because ND had three other commits there: WR Justin Brent, RB Elijah Hood, and QB DeShone Kizer. Shouldn’t he be hanging and eating with them?
Demetrius Knox (6’4” 290, OL, 2014, Fort Worth, TX)
Knox has stated that UCLA is his leader but Buckeye fans are in denial. If actions speak louder than words then Buckeye fans have hope. Meech was hanging around Buckeye recruits and a source at The Opening felt that Knox was leaning OSU. It could be a long way until his recruitment ends and OSU is recruiting him hard-hard- hard from this twitter pic after The Opening. In the end, I believe Knox will follow his childhood heart and head home to Ohio State. The lure of winning conference and national titles I believe will lead Knox away from Westwood and east towards Ohio State.
Raekwon McMillan (6’2” 240, LB, 2014, Hinesville, GA)
It has been reported that Alabama has made strides in the recruitment of McMillan and Alabama insiders are even citing distance as a factor that could turn the “tide” for him towards Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. There are also reports that the southern schools in general are making strides. McMillan says he will not announce until January during the Under Armour All Star game and has been saying this for months. Many in Buckeye nation are beginning to fret, fearing the loss of one of 2014’s five-star superstars, but Buckeye nation should breathe a little easier. Sources at The Opening tell me McMillan was hanging around the Buckeye commits a lot and that he was a specific target. Sources believe that McMillan is a strong and heavy OSU lean, which has been nothing new. He told the-Ozone back in August of 2012 OSU was his leader. Read his Ozone interview here. In regards to the reports that distance could be a factor, McMillan told the-Ozone back in August of 2012, “My parents are not pushing me to stay home and they would be fine if I played further away. It is not important to me to play close to home; I feel I need to branch out so playing further away would be good. My parents will travel to wherever I play to watch me.” He and Dante Booker are friends and have talked about going to school together. Dante has committed to OSU already. Will McMillan follow? I would be shocked if he did not.
Austin Roberts (6’2” 210, WR, 2014, Carmel, IN)
With all the talk about Mike Gesicki, Austin Roberts talk was lost in the shuffle. Roberts had a great showing at the Opening: 4.51 (40) and 4.23 shuttle. It sounds like OSU has been on his horizon for a while. Buckeye Grove reported that Roberts wanted to make a commitment back in April but was asked to slow it down by his father. Roberts was on the OSU radar for sometime but then for some unknown reason, talk of him died down and the focus turned to Mike Gesicki out of NJ. But just like Mike Mitchell last year, who appeared on the OSU radar at the Opening, Roberts returned back. He will visit OSU for Friday Night Lights and do not be surprised if it turns to a Sat./Sunday commitment to OSU. He will also play in this year’s Army All American Bowl in San Antonio.