Sunday Recruiting Rundown August 18th Edition
By Michael Chung
It was an event filled week in recruiting. RB Jonathan Hilliman tried to stir the pot by saying he was deciding between Rutgers and Ohio State when all along, Rutgers was the only option. There are just too many targets and too few spots so Hilliman’s decision was already a foregone conclusion. Given all the offers he had, he could have made the decision a little more intriguing.
Quincy Wilson was another prospect that held an OSU offer but he and WR Ermon Lane made Will Muschamp and the Florida Gators a happy bunch.
The big Ohio State news came Friday when Curtis Samuel officially became #17 for 2014, after a visit by Erasmus high school coach Danny Landberg, Samuel made it official for the 2014 class. A speedster extraordinaire, Samuel makes the Buckeyes one of the fastest teams in the land for 2014.
Here is the rest of this week’s rundown.
Avery Gennesy (6’5” 315, OT, Scooba, MS)
Ohio State would really like a Juco in this year’s class and all the attention has been on Chad Mavety. After Jermaine Eluemunor chose Bret Bielema over the Buckeyes, reports were that Urban Meyer has taken over Mavety’s recruiting. But OSU is in a fight with FSU and Alabama, so there is only a 33% chance they can land Mavety. If Mavety chooses elsewhere, Ohio State has offered MS OL Avery Gennesy and it sounds like if he wanted to commit now, OSU would take him. Being recruited by Tom Herman, OSU coaches like his footwork and technique. He does not plan to decide anytime soon but does say that once he commits, it will stick. He is saying he will decide no earlier than Dec. because he wants to take his time to ensure that he chooses the right school. Kentucky is really recruiting him hard right now.
Nick Glass (6-1, 196, DB, 2014, Atlanta, Ga.)
At one time OSU was second to Georgia but Glass never made a visit to Ohio State then reaffirmed his commitment to Mark Richt. Glass was a solid verbal and was recruiting others to come to UGA including prime OSU target Raekwon McMillan, but out of the blue, Glass de-committed from the Bulldogs and texted me that he is open to “everybody” right now. Given OSU’s scholarship situation and the fact that most of the other schools Glass is interested in reside in the SEC, I think Glass stays south unless Raekwon McMillan goes hard for him to come to OSU (that is, if he is coming too). Glass is friends with current safety Vonn Bell and a defensive backfield with both could prove to be too much for OSU to pass up if given the chance. With the defense utilizing more sets with increased usage of DBs, there maybe a place for this Glass in the cupboard.
Thomas Holley (6’5” 290 DL, 2014, Brooklyn, NY)
What is better than one Brooklyn NY superstar? How about 2 Brooklyn NY superstars! Ohio State took a big bite out of the Big Apple this past Friday by securing speedster Curtis Samuel and now Urban will turn his attention to the part of the team he believes is the most important, the DL. Ohio State is in good shape as Holley’s recent visit to Ohio State according the JC Shurburtt was “amazing.”
Looks like a five team battle for this NY superstar: Notre Dame, Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse, and the Buckeyes. According to Dylan Butler of Madison Square Garden Varsity “he’s only played organized football for about one year.” But despite his inexperience with football, he is rated five stars by some major outlets. It looks good that OSU will have not one but two superstars from the great state of New York
Noah Brown (6'2" 210, WR, Sparta, NJ)
I was wrong when I stated that Brown was currently a victim of scholarship reductions. Turns out that Ohio State has formally mailed him an offer. With Saeed Blacknell and Jonathan Hilliman committing to Rutgers maybe a small hitch as the hometown team is forming a pretty strong foundation for the future but Ohio State is Ohio State and do not be surprised if Brown becomes a Buckeye especially if the class numbers 23 or more. Another factor is Johnnie Dixon out of FL who has been clocked at 4.39 in the forty and with Samuel, McLaurin, and Campbell in the fold, Urban would love to add another speedster in Dixon which could hurt Brown if he wants to commit.
Mike Gesicki (6'6" 215, TE, Manahawkin, NJ)
How bad do schools want this guy? Duke recently sent 115 letters to Mike. Gesicki is taking his time visiting schools from all over the country. Urban Meyer covets the freakish nature this guy possesses and Tom Herman probably already has a number of plays to utilize this fellow’s size and speed against opposing defenses. With Blake Thomas’s career apparently over due to injury, TE depth will need to be addressed. A source did mention to me that Gesicki wanted to commit but was asked to wait. I am thinking more and more that Ohio State is the one who is waiting. Do not be surprised if this other NJ star leaves home for Herman’s offense.
Solomon Thomas (6'3" 260, DL, Coppell, TX)
He is the number one ranked player in the Dallas area according to the Dallas Morning News. Coppell coach Joe McBride said Thomas is so athletic, he looks like “a mannequin at Dick’s Sporting Goods.”
“He’s one of the strongest kids I’ve ever coached,” McBride said. “He’s one of those 4.6 or 4.7 guys, who’s extremely explosive, and for a kid who’s 264 pounds, he has a six-pack. He’s a freak, athletically. But he’s just as solid a person. As impressive as he is on the field, he’s that impressive in the locker room, in the classroom and in the hallways.” (Corbett Smith, Dallas News)
Ohio State has been recruiting Texas hard since Urban Meyer took over and why not. With talent like Solomon Thomas down there in the lone star state, it would behoove the Buckeyes to mine the oil fields for football talent. He impressed greatly at The Opening and Urban Meyer is always impressed by D-linemen so do not be surprised if OSU makes a strong play for Solomon. The Buckeyes are in a battle with the Fighting Irish and Alabama but Texas is still probably the school to beat despite reports he is no longer considering them.
Alex Bookser (6'6" 295, OL, Mt. Lebanon, PA)
Recently named To Athlon Pre-Season All PA 1st Team, Alex Bookser has a “committable” offer but did not sound too close to being ready when he interviewed with Ozone. He seems to be making distance a big deal so many believe it will be between Pitt and Ohio State. Most think he will go to Pitt but I will not be surprised in the least if he comes to Ohio State. OSU is less than three hours from Mt. Lebanon but less than thirty minutes from his house to Pittsburgh. This could be the deciding factor if Bookser chooses Mark May’s alma mater over Orlando Pace’s. He grew up not a fan of the Buckeyes but because of Urban Meyer, is strongly considering Ohio State.