Sunday Recruiting Rundown September 1
By Michael Chung
The recruiting week began with a sonic boom when Eric Glover-Williams became the first member of the 2015 recruiting class. Meyer wanted EGW to be the face of the class and he will have about 18 months to fulfill that role. How many 2015 recruits will be committed come National Signing Day in February 5, 2014? Analysts are not even sure how big the 2014 class will be but the range will be somewhere between 22-25. Now analysts have to be concerned about the size of the 2015 class.
Other than EGW’s commitment, the recruiting news this week has been relatively quiet. With OSU’s season kicking off and HS football in full swing, people are not as focused on recruiting as they usually are, but the recruiting business never really stops so here is this week’s rundown brought to you by yours truly.
Myles Garrett (6’4” 245, DL, 2014 Arlington, TX)
Two things are significantly different since Urban Frank Meyer took over at Ohio State. The DL recruiting seems to be over the top and the lone star state is being mined for football talent like never before.
Garrett said in an interview that Ohio State will get an official visit along with Florida State, Alabama, and Texas A&M. This is his top 4. Most have Myles headed to Manziel Land but Meyer would love to add more Texas talent to Ohio.
GP of Scout writes on Garrett: “He has great size and speed and is just overall one of the most physically impressive specimens in the country. Garret boasts a scathing 4.5 40-yard dash and a 4.09 pro-shuttle. He is cat quick off the edge and a dynamite pass rusher. At times he also shows great strength and can be powerfully overwhelming at the point of attack. He pursues the run well down the field and has the range and pursuit to make backside plays. Will grow with consistency.”
Brandon Wimbush (6’1” 190, QB, 2015, Jersey City, NJ)
The Buckeyes have wasted no time in trying to recruit a QB for 2015. After waiting for a while on 2014 QB offers, OSU pulled the trigger on Wimbush and do not be surprised if he comes west and follows Brooklyn, NY star Curtis Samuel to Ohio. Austin Kemp of Land Grant Holy Land writes, “In an interview with him earlier this month, he mentioned that if the Buckeyes were to offer, it would put them in his top three. When asked if his previous statement remained true he replied, "It sure does! Maybe at the top." Lastly, it's worth noting that Wimbush has thought about when he'd like to give a commitment to a school and he said it will be "most likely after this season." Boston College, Connecticut, Maryland, Miami (FL), Rutgers, and Temple have also offered and look for many more top-tier schools to be in on Wimbush.
Damian Prince (6’7” 290, OL, 2014, Forestville, MD)
Ohio State would love to be crowned by this Prince but instead of raining purple, Urban Meyer is hoping to rain Scarlet and Gray. Prince is disciplined, having lost over 50 pounds in a few years. He also works hard, studies film on college and pro players trying to learn from them and be a better OL. If Prince wants to be Buckeye, Urban will make room for him. But JC Shurburtt of 247 is reporting that Prince is likely staying close to home and play for Maryland based on information he received from someone who covers that area. Prince has not decided yet and many believe he will wait till NSD, so almost half a year remains to recruit Prince.
Brock Ruble (6’8” 325, OT, 2014, Hyattsville, MD)
There must be something in the Maryland water that is producing Division 1 linemen because not only are the Buckeyes actively trying to recruit Damian Prince but they have also offered MD star OL Brock Ruble. 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, “Brock was 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. But just as JC Surburtt predicted Prince to the Terps, he feels Ruble will likely commit to Terps as well. If this is the case, Maryland will have a great foundation for a strong line and will make Maryland a more dominant force in the B1G.
Johnnie Dixon (5’11” 175, WR, 2014, Palm Beach Garden, FL)
Johnnie came out with an official final three and the Buckeyes are on the list also including Miami and Alabama. Dixon interviewed with us last fall and from the interview, fans could deduce that OSU and Miami would be in his final 3, but Alabama is now in the equation and Nick Saban knows a thing or two about recruiting. Experts predict he will play for the Canes and stay close to home but I think Nick Saban and Urban Meyer will battle this one out and if there is space for 2014, Dixon will be a Buckeye. Added to the speed of Curtis Samuel, Terry McLaurin, and Parris Campbell would make 2014 one of the “speediest” classes ever at Ohio State.
Raekwon McMillan (6’3” 235, LB, GA)
Raekwon has been a long OSU lean but he will continue to take visits. Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Raekwon visited Clemson along with two Clemson commits: DeShaun Watson and Demarre Kitt,. Clemson is in Raekwon’s top four as is Georgia. Until 'Kwon dons the Ohio State hat at the Under Armour All Star game in FL on Jan. 2, there will be lots of news. 2015 OT target Mitch Hyatt was also in attendance with Raekwon. Carvell believes Hyatt is a lock to go to Clemson but this will not deter Meyer from trying.