Sunday Recruiting Rundown, Aug.4
By Michael Chung
Last week at this time the OSU recruiting train was about sizzle. Demetrius Knox out of TX decided to come home and play for the Buckeyes. Shortly afterward, a surprise commit in PA star DB Malik Hooker came out of nowhere to become commit number 16. There were rumblings that NJ star WR Noah Brown would also commit last week but it looks like he has put on the brakes for a short while.
To tell you how inexact a science covering recruiting is, I had a source in AZ that informed me that AZ star WR prospect Mark Andrews had not eliminated OSU and within days, he committed to the Oklahoma Sooners. Many thought Andrews may follow his close friend and one-time Ohio State target Kyle Allen to Texas A&M but Andrews went with Bob Stoops and the Sooners. Someone sign me up for a mind-readers class.
Curtis Samuel visited Rutgers and a few more people visited Ohio State last week. Here is this week’s rundown.
Chad Mavety (6’6” 320, OL, 2014, Garden City, NY)
With Jermaine Eluemunor committed to Arkansas and Demetrius Knox committing to his boyhood favorite team, some have wondered where this leaves Chad Mavety. Mavety informed me that he talks to OSU coaches every day and it has been reported that Urban Meyer is taking over his recruitment so the reports that Mavety was OSU’s #1 man appear to be true.
Though he does not have a top 3, OSU, Alabama, and Florida State are recruiting him the hardest. He also said that he talks to Urban Meyer a little more than Saban and Fischer so maybe OSU may have a slight advantage but word is that if Mavety wants to commit, there is room for him.
Sources also inform me that OSU has not been in contact with Jermaine Eluemunor since his Arkansas commitment, that Mavety was their man all along as Urban Meyer did not stop recruiting Eluemunor after he verbaled to UCLA but has since stopped. With Knox in and Prince highly interested, it looks like OSU has had Mavety in their sites all along.
Quincy Wilson (6’2” 185, DB, 2014 Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
He and highly sought after FL WR Ermon Lane are a packaged deal. They were suppose to announce Aug. 10 but Wilson told the-Ozone that this date is incorrect but did not give an alternative so the world should know very soon where Q and Lane will be headed. The money is on the Gators. I asked Wilson if Malik Hooker’s commitment took away his OSU spot and he responded no, Hooker is a safety and he is a corner so Wilson is well aware of OSU’s recruiting situation. I do not see these guys coming to the Buckeyes especially with Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith out there, which would eliminate one and both Lattimore and Smith would like to play together.
Mike Gesicki (6’6” 237, TE, 2014 Manahawkin, NJ)
Gesicki has a top 6 of: Miami (Fla.), Rutgers, Florida State, Penn State, Wisconsin and Ohio State. He is making the rounds having recently visited Miami (FL), FSU, Duke and will be visiting Wisconsin and Penn State this week. He says he will announce at the end of October or early November and at this point, it looks like anybody’s game. If Gesicki waits till late Oct or early Nov another factor could be space. There will likely be a minimum of 18 commits by that time, maybe even more, and OSU will be waiting on Raekwon McMillan and Marshon Lattimore who will not announce until December. But if Gesicki wants to be Buckeye, he will be hard to turn down, as he possesses the physical “freakishness” Urban Meyer covets. At 6’6” and running a 4.52 40 at OSU, he possesses the physical ability to dominate. Read his interview with Todderick Hunt of NJ.com here.
Thomas Holley (6’5” 290 DL, 2014 Brooklyn, NY)
Urban Meyer may have found a new recruiting ground as he is after the top two players in New York. It looks like the top 3 schools for Thomas are: Rutgers, Penn State, and the Buckeyes. Todderick Hunt of NJ.com writes, “In talking to him, I get a feeling that Ohio State and Penn State are doing very well here, and wouldn't be surprised if the Nittany Lions pull this off. But the Scarlet Knights, I feel, have an outside chance. But they have to get Holley on campus for an official visit to increase the odds.” Holley dazzled at the Nike camp: The Opening, earning him a fifth star from 247 Sports. With Urban Meyer’s lust for the DL, do not be surprised if he comes after Holley hard.
Damian Prince (6’7” 290, OL, 2014, Forestville, MD)
Urban Meyer loves guys who eat right, loves guys who are disciplined, and loves guys who are students of the game. All of this is true of Damian Prince. In a recent article from the Washington Post, it was revealed that Prince lost 50 lbs. mainly by eating right and staying away from unhealthy foods. Brandon Parker writes, “The battle between mind and stomach has become a daily one for Prince. On one hand, eating is what helped make Prince into the 6-foot-6 giant that he is today, leading nearly 40 major Division I football programs to extend offers. On the other hand, eating healthy is what’s allowed Prince to knock 50 pounds off his frame since last season, transforming him from a big body to a nimble, big-time athlete.”
He goes on to write, ““He’s athletic. He had that athletic ability at 340 pounds, but now that he’s under 300, he’s just moving a lot more fluid, a lot quicker,” McNamara Coach Keith Goganious said. “And I think he’s more sure of himself with his balance and now he doesn’t get tired as quickly. The transformation has been tremendous.”
The article goes on to mention that Prince studies film of NFL and college players, trying to learn hand techniques from them. Many predict Prince will be a while before he decides but I am guessing OSU will make room for him if he wants to be Buckeye.
Brock Ruble (6’8” 325, OT, 2014, Hyattsville, MD)
Another name that has not been on the radar too much is another MD talent: Brock Ruble. Ruble recently visited the Buckeyes and came away impressed. He recently released his top 5 and OSU is on the list. He tweeted: “My official top 5 schools in no particular order are Florida St, Tennessee, North Carolina State, Ohio St, and Maryland.” Brock’s mother said said, “Brock Ruble on his unofficial visit to Ohio State yesterday which was impressive too. Boy this kid has a tough decision ahead of him.....” You cannot teach size and Ruble at 6’8” has the size that could turn him into a dominant lineman. Look for him to stay home and play with Stefon Diggs and the Terps.
Noah Brown (6’2” 210, WR, 2014 Sparta, NJ)
There was a rumor earlier this week that Ohio State could receive another commitment before August. After getting Demetrius Knox and Malik Hooker, OSU already experienced a bountiful July and was hoping for more. But July came and went and there were no more commits for OSU. The name in question was Noah Brown. It looks like he will slow things down though that could change. A source mentioned that Brown may announce Aug. 12 but his most recent communications seem to indicate he will visit more places before deciding.