Sunday Recruiting Rundown July 14
By Michael Chung
It looks like the 2014 class is shaping up fast. Do not be surprised if OSU is about 75% full or more by the time high school football kicks off. Also, expect the unexpected. Though I did give an updated forecast for the 2014 season, one thing I forgot to mention was “expect the unexpected.” Who would have guessed names like Sam Hubbard, Kyle Berger, Jalyn Holmes, Terry McLaurin, Sean Nuernberger, and Stephen Collier would be some marquee names of the 2014 class.
In this addition to the recruiting rundown, we will discuss more names that may fill out the rest of the 20-22 projected spots for 2014.
Johnnie Dixon (5’11” 175, WR, 2014, Palm Beach Garden, FL)
No stranger to the-Ozone, Dixon interviewed with us last fall. At that time, it looked like the contenders would be Miami (FL), Florida Gators, and the Buckeyes. Miami and Ohio State are definitely up there. He told the-Ozone that he was very close to the Miami coaching staff but also grew up following Florida and Urban Meyer. It is not a surprise that he has OSU and Miami high on his list. Reports were out that OSU was recruiting him hard so it would not be a surprise if Dixon committed. He possesses the speed Urban Meyer covets: sub 4.5 (40 yd).
Curtis Samuel (6’0” 190, ATH, 2014, NY)
It is reported that Samuel will visit OSU at the end of this month but his name has yet to appear on the list for Friday Night Lights. Samuel may or may not be attending FNL’s but a visit would be significant. Samuel ran a 4.37 (40) so his speed is exactly the kind that Meyer desires. Stephen Collier was been trying to connect with him and I am sure others from the 2014 class are too. Samuel is also considering: Alabama, Notre Dame, Miami, and Rutgers. Of the above list, he has only visited Rutgers. Samuel is rated a five-star prospect by 24/7 and a four-star on the 24/7 composite.
Austin Roberts (6’1” 210, WR/TE, 2014, Carmel, IN)
It has been reported a number of times now that Roberts could commit around the time of Friday Night Lights (July 26), so keep an eye on the Carmel, IN WR whom Ohio State is recruiting as a tight end. Roberts’ father is the Tight Ends coach for the Indianapolis Colts so wherever he decides to commit, that team will have a well versed technically sound athlete who would require minimal coaching. OC Tom Herman is a master with the TE position and would use someone like Roberts as a match-up nightmare for a LB. Herman put James Casey into the NFL by utilizing football strategies that were ahead of the times. Do not be surprised if he and Urban already have some “special” strategies in mind for Austin. Roberts is rated a four star prospect by 24/7 and a four star on the 24/7 composite list. If Roberts does not commit this month, look for OSU to pursue Mike Gesicki harder as there is only room for one of them unless attrition is higher than expected.
Quincy Wilson (6’2” 195, DB, 2014, Fort Lauderdale, FL)
The Urban Meyer effect is always in play when it comes to recruiting and if you are currently a high school football player growing up in FL then following Urban Meyer and the Gators was probably part of your childhood. Wilson has stated that he wants to decide by August but if not, sometime after his football season ends. Deciding in August could be difficult as he has a list of 13 schools. OSU is on this list which also has: South Carolina, Georgia, UCLA, USC, NC State, LSU, Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Louisville, and Vanderbilt. He has the size and speed to be a dominant CB, which is where he desires to play but with 13 schools on his list, I think it will be hard for Quincy to decide by August. Rivals has him a 4-star prospect while 247 has only given him 3.
Solomon Thomas (6’3” 260, DE, 2014, Coppell, TX)
Urban Meyer covets defensive linemen and will stock pile them as much as he can. Thomas has a 4-star rating from Rivals and 247 and a 5-star composite from 247. Meyer would love this Lone Star State defensive end, but experts still have him going to either Texas or Stanford. I think Alabama and Oklahoma are significant players too. However, one thing I have learned in covering Urban Meyer is to never count him out for anyone.
Brandon Harris (6’3” 185, QB, 2014, Bossier City, LA)
By this time next week we should know where Harris would be committed to and it will not be Ohio State according to my sources. I am hearing that the OSU coaches are 100% behind Stephen Collier and there is not enough scholarships to take two QBs. Harris will be playing in the SEC and as a Tiger, either Auburn or his home state LSU.
Noah Brown (6’2” 210, WR, 2014 Sparta, NJ)
Todderick Hunt of NJ.com writes that OSU is one of the three schools recruiting him the hardest, the other two being Virginia Tech and Rutgers. Hunt goes on to write that Ohio State “are a national powerhouse with coach (Urban) Meyer. They told me I'm their No. 1 receiver on their board, right now. I'm a priority for them and I can flourish in their offense." The article also said that Brown will visit OSU July 24th and would like to make a decision before Sept. 12. That is the beginning of his football season. He is rated 4-stars by Rivals and 247. At this point, I do not see Brown in this class unless Roberts and/or Gesicki do not commit. If Austin Roberts is being recruited as a TE, I would be surprised if Brown was not also. But with Urban Meyer, anything can happen in recruiting and if Brown is indeed their #1 receiver then do not be surprised if he is the 15th, 16th, or 17th commit for 2014.
Danny Clark (6'3” 200, QB, 2017 Massillon, OH)
It's not recruiting if you're not looking into the future, and the future looks very bright for soon-to-be freshman quarterback Danny Clark. There has been talk that Clark, a dual-threat prospect, could very well start at quarterback for Massillon Washington this season as a true freshman. He is expected to be one of the top players in Ohio, and possibly the nation, in the class of 2017. He recently told Land-Grant Holy Land that when Ohio State offers, he will commit and be done with his recruitment. You might be wondering if Clark will be good enough to earn an OSU offer. Per Ohio high school football scout John McCallister, Clark could be one of a kind. “If he keeps improving over the next four years, he'll be one of the best out of Ohio...ever," he said. "He's got a really good head on his shoulders. I think if he keeps improving – and he's a good kid, a good student, he's a polite kid and humble kid – he could be really special. He'll be an ideal Urban Meyer quarterback. He'll be 6-3, big, can run, and he can throw. He's what you want.”