Sunday Recruiting Rundown August 25
By Michael Chung
High school football is beginning which usually produces a lull in recruiting. But when your name is Urban Frank Meyer and you happen to be the head coach at The Ohio State University then recruiting never stops. We did find out from one of his daughters—Gigi— that Urban does “turn-it-off” when he is home but when he is not, Meyer is a machine that does not stop. You can read Gigi’s interview here. Without further a adieu, here is this week’s recruiting rundown.
Derrell Scott (5’10” 175, RB, Havelock, NC)
A recent report states that NC State has moved up in Scott’s top 5 which have Florida State and the USC Trojans atop, OSU remains in his top 5. Scott had a good visit to Ohio State in late June but informed me that he has not really had much contact with Ohio State since his visit. With USC, FSU, and NC State making strong moves for this Carolina lightning rod, it looks like the Buckeyes are on the outside looking in. But Scott has not eliminated OSU and may come on an official visit. He informed me that his fastest 40 time is 4.37 so he possesses the speed that Urban Meyer covets. He grew up following the Florida Gators when Urban Meyer was the coach but with scholarship limits I do not think Derrell will come OSU’s way. Read his Ozone interview here.
Montae Nicholson 6’2” 200, ATH/WR, 2014, Monroeville, PA
Montae grew up in Columbus and was a Buckeye fan but it looks like he will not be part of this class. Nicholson informed me that Ohio State has pulled back from his recruitment “a while ago.” I asked him if OSU coaches told him he did not have an offer and he said that he and the coaches have not talked. But silence sometimes speaks louder than words. He is in good spirits and has a strong spiritual faith telling me that all things happen for a reason. OSU was recruiting Nicholson as a WR before pulling back. You can read his Ozone interview here.
Alex Bookser (6-6, 295, OL, 2014, Mt. Lebanon, PA)
Bookser informed me that he would likely come to Ohio State for a game. With one to two spots left for the OL, the Buckeyes would love to have this PA star to their list. He is rated a four-star prospect by 24/7 and a four-star prospect on the 24/7 composite and has offers from Alabama, Michigan State, Northwestern, Tennessee, and Virginia but the two main threats to obtaining Bookser’s pledge will be Pitt and Penn State. Distance could be a factor for Bookser and if that is the case, Pitt wins hands down. Ohio State is a little less than three hours from his home but Pitt is a little less than thirty minutes. Ohio State has at least one and maybe two more spots for OL and Bookser has a spot if he wants it. You can read his Ozone interview here.
Marcelys Jones (6’4” 350, OL, 2014, Cleveland, OH)
The big news is that Marcelys has scheduled an official visit to Alabama for November 9th according to Andrew Bone of Yahoo. But another report by Brad Bournival of ESPN cites this information as false. But Bournival does write, “The truth is, the answer is probably somewhere in the middle. I wouldn't’t be surprised at all if Jones joins ESPN 300 teammates Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith, who already have lined up official visits for that date, down in Alabama.” Should Ohio State fans be concerned? Is there a chance Jones flips to Nick Saban? Bournival goes on to write, “That said, I don’t think there is reason to worry. Urban Meyer knew Jones was going on the southern tour with his teammates back in July and if Jones heads to Alabama for the visit, he’ll clear it with Ohio State. Throughout all of this, the three-star guard has steadfastly said he was a Buckeye.” I hope Brad is right.
Mike Gesicki (6'6" 215, TE, Manahawkin, NJ)
It looks like the source that informed me that Gesicki wanted to commit but was asked to wait was way wrong. In fact, it looks like Gesicki is the one telling Ohio State to wait. Other schools are recruiting him hard like Duke, who recently sent 115 letters. Meyer wants this guy bad and is recruiting him hard with a touch of creativity. Urban Meyer is using “puzzling” tactics; Cameron Smith of Yahoo writes, “Gesicki posted an Instagram photo of the latest missive sent his way from Ohio State. It was a puzzle that was approximately 80 percent complete, missing only the heads of a football player who happened to be wearing Gesicki's jersey. The teen's head served as the remaining two pieces not in place. The title of the puzzle? The Missing Piece. Urban Meyer may be original, but he sure isn't subtle.”
Leave it up to Urban to pull out all the stops when he really wants someone. Gesicki has a top 6 of Rutgers, Miami (Fl.), Florida State, Penn State, Wisconsin and Ohio State. According to Todderick Hunt of NJ.com, Gesicki is in continual contact with Rutgers WR commit Saeed Blacknall, and will officially visit OSU and Wisconsin.
Noah Brown (6'2" 210, WR, Sparta, NJ)
We should know soon were Noah Brown will sail his Ark to and it does not look like he will have to travel far. Reports are that the hometown Scarlet Knights of Rutgers has the upper hand. Todderick Hunt of NJ.com believes Rutgers has the edge for Brown who was once thought to be an OSU lean. He has stated repeatedly that he wants to decide before the season and his season starts Sept. 12 so look for an imminent decision for Brown. With Saeed Blacknall and Jonthan Hilliman already in the Rutgers fold, the Scarlet Knights appear to be forming quite a foundation for future competitiveness in the B1G. If those two can convince Brown, Mike Gesicki, and flip both Jabril Peppers and Quenton Nelson, Rutgers will have the foundation for future B1G championship runs.
Myles Autry (5’10” 175 WR, 2014, Norcross, GA)
News on Autry has been quiet. He had a devastating injury eight months ago tearing his ACL, MCL and meniscus. Brandon Brigman of the Gwinnett Daily Post writes, “Prior to his injury, Autry was the county’s most exciting all-purpose player. He rushed for 560 yards and six touchdowns as a running back, caught 45 passes for 632 yards and 10 TDs as a receiver and had four punt returns for touchdowns as a kick returner.
“He’s one the most feared returners in the nation,” said U.S. Army All-American Bowl national recruiting director Erik Richards.
“I have never seen the first would-be tackler not miss. His game is similar to 2004 U.S. Army All-American Ted Ginn. Do not bet against Autry returning better than he was pre-injury.”
Autry told Ozone about Urban Meyer, “He is a great coach. He took Florida to championships. He knows how to put guys like me in the NFL. Look at Percy Harvin, we have a similar game. Urban is a good coach and at OSU he is doing great. He is beating every team they are playing, 63 against Nebraska. Urban Meyer knows were the good football is at and it is in Georgia, and he is recruiting in Georgia hard. He is trying to change OSU into more of an SEC style team and you can see it happening.”
His brother is at Georgia Tech, which made his top 7 and is also considering Oklahoma State, Florida State, Oregon, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Texas Tech. If Autry is anything like Teddy Ginn jr., Meyer will try hard to bring him up north.