Random Thoughts on the Recruiting Trail, July 12
By Michael Chung
Four star quarterback Brandon Harris had been making noise on Twitter of a possible OSU commit, but OSU already has a QB for 2014. Would they take two? Harris will decide July 18th on ESPNU and says his final three are Auburn, LSU, and the Buckeyes. My sources are saying there is no chance Harris will commit to the Buckeyes and the OSU coaching staff is 100% behind Stephen Collier. When July 18th roles around, look for Harris to be a Tiger for either LSU or Auburn.
With all the focus on the OL, top South Carolina prospect Donell Stanley will not be visiting OSU July 26th like he originally planned. He says that he has a family trip and that July 26th time period was the only interval they could go. He has not ruled out an official visit to OSU but the OL recruiting will likely be 90% full by the time Fall rolls around. As of now, it does not look like Stanley will be part of this class.
One name not being talked about much is Frank Ragnow out of Minnesota. He has offers from Arkansas, Vandy and Minnesota. Ragnow talks to OSU offensive line coach Ed Warinner multiple times a week and Warinner has asked him to come and personally work out for he and Meyer so they can evaluate him before offering a scholarship. Ragnow may come for Friday Night Lights. Standing 6’5” 285 lbs. Ragnow is rated 3-stars by Rivals and the #2 prospect in the state of Minnesota.
Despite Jermaine Eluemunor’s postponing his announcement last Friday and likely flip from UCLA to OSU, Eluemunor said he has received more negative talk from Florida State fans. It may have been due to some experts projecting Eluemunor to FSU and then Eluemunor’s communication that he will decide after his Arkansas visit without visiting FSU. You know how fans can feel slighted when their school is eliminated.
To illustrate how difficult covering recruiting can be, there were rumors that Eluemunor wanted to commit but the OSU staff asked him to hold off until they received word from Chad Mavety. Sources informed me that this rumor was not true and that OSU coaches wanted Eluemunor to commit right away but Eluemunor wanted to visit Arkansas before committing. Another source informed me that the coaches told Mavety that he is their number one guy. See why covering recruiting can be a headache?
Sources are saying that ND OL commit Quenton Nelson did hang out with OSU recruits at The Opening but Nelson likely will not flip from ND. Ohio State should be in pretty good shape when 2014 is finished but do not put it past Urban Meyer to try to flip someone.
Sources are also telling me that four star wide receiver Austin Roberts is likely to commit at the end of the month during Friday Night Lights, but Roberts is also visiting Alabama this month so things could get very interesting. Derek Kief was once considered a Buckeye lock but his visit to Alabama changed his mind; could lightning strike twice and Roberts follow Kief to Bama? I think that would be highly unlikely and believe Roberts will be part of the 2014 class.
Ft. Worth, TX OL target Demetrius Knox, after tweeting the pile of mail he received from OSU, says he receives mail from OSU almost every day. Coach Meyer writes Knox a letter "every now and then.” OSU sends Demetrius Knox more mail than UCLA or any of the other schools recruiting him. Knox says it is about a tie between how hard UCLA and OSU are recruiting him but he feels UCLA staff wants him more.
Daniel Gresham committing to Louisville does help OSU in the recruitment of Demetrius Knox. The two are best friends and wanted to play together. Knox and Gresham have talked about the fact that Knox to OSU would mean they are closer to each other in distance. Columbus to Louisville is about 205 miles distance. Cincinnati would be halfway point and they could hang there.
It was reported that OSU is a real contender for Florida WR 6’1" West Palm Beach, Florida prospect Travis Rudolph. OSU quarterback commit Stephen Collier favorably tweeted about Rudolph and had nothing but positive things to say to me about his ability. He says that Rudolph and Curtis Samuel possess different skill sets at the WR position, so it would not be a case of one or the other. The staff will reserve a spot for Samuel.
Collier says he learned a lot from coach John Charles, Tajh Boyd, and Trent Dilfer. He praised the entire Opening staff for helping him.
Damon Webb was able to receive some instruction from NFL corner Richard Sherman. He says it has helped him become a better corner.
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