Sunday Recruiting Rundown Sept. 22
By Michael Chung
This weekend was the calm before the storm as only three prospects were scheduled to visit for the FAMU game. That all changes next weekend when at least 23 will grace the Shoe and potentially seven on official visits: Avery Gennesy, Johnnie Dixon, Shawn Boone, Tyler Luatua, Mike Gesicki, Jalen Brown, and John “Ju Ju” Smith are tentatively scheduled to visit Ohio.
Ohio State is desperately seeking numbers nineteen and beyond and would love to add one of the above-mentioned names to their recruiting class. One interesting visit is one Tyler Luatua out of La Mirada, CA. He is a TE prospect and Ohio State would probably accept his verbal on the spot if he is offered. Mike Gesicki is the TE prospect making the most noise and many analysts believe Gesicki will chose Ohio State but what if Luatua committed first? Could they accept both? Some problems are nice to have.
With Ohio State demolishing FAMU, they would love to to some more demolition next weekend when the Shoe will be double or triple as wild and crazy. This week’s rundown is the calm before the storm, a red storm in Ohio Stadium.
Avery Gennesy (6’5” 315, OT, Scooba, MS)
Ohio State would really like a Juco OL 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.
Gennesy recently had a chance to talk to Urban Meyer, which means Ohio State is serious about adding one more lineman. The Buckeyes are one of four schools that are standing out including Texas A&M, Oklahoma, and Georgia. (Ari Wasserman, Cleveland Plain Dealer).
Gennesy told Ozone that Kentucky was recruiting him the hardest and he is currently 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 but he will be visiting this upcoming weekend. What if he is blown away? Would he commit? Would OSU accept and pass on Mavety? You can read his the-Ozone interview here.
Johnnie Dixon (5’11” 175, WR, 2014, Palm Beach Garden, FL)
When I last interacted with Johnnie, I asked him if OSU has stopped recruiting him. He said no. It looks like he and his teammate—Shawn Boone—will be making an official visit for the Wisconsin game. Dixon told me his fastest 40 were a 4.37, just slightly behind Curtis Samuel. If Dixon committed and OSU lined up in a spread with the likes of Dontre Wilson, Curtis Samuel, James Clark, Devin Smith, and Dixon the offense would have five players that run a sub 4.4 which would nearly be indefensible based solely on speed. Boone told me in a the-Ozone interview that Dixon works really hard, runs great routes and is very physical, sounds similar to Dontre Wilson. Dixon is also considering Alabama, Miami, and Arkansas. Do not be shocked if Dixon crosses over the Mason-Dixon line and heads to SEC North in Columbus speedville. Stephen Collier had high praises of Dixon’s ability when he interacted with him at The Opening and would love to have Dixon on the team.
Shawn Boone (5’10” 175, DB, Palm Garden, FL)
Dixon’s high school teammate also has an Ohio State offer. He has already visited during the summer and had a great time. Ole Miss, Arkansas, NC State, and FSU are also vying for his services. Reports are that OSU coaches love his play and he could be good protection in case Erick Smith decides to go to another school. He and Johnnie Dixon would like to play with each other in college and with Dixon considering Alabama and Miami—who are not on Boone’s list—OSU maybe the only destination the two friends can continue playing together. If OSU has room for two more safeties, they would love to add Boone. I had the chance to interview Shawn and felt that he was not 100% sure that he would take his official visit to Ohio State. He mentioned that he and the coaches had not talked in a few weeks so my feeling is that his offer is not committable.
Mike Gesicki (6’6” 237, TE, 2014 Manahawkin, NJ)
Gesicki is nearing a decision and come late October or early November, he should be making a commitment and this commitment will likely stick as he is one of the most diligent players I have seen in visiting various schools. He was at Rutgers this weekend and will be at Ohio State on an official this next weekend for the Wisconsin game.
Ohio State is sitting well. He told NJ.com that one of the most important factors will be game day experience: “’I'm gonna go to games, and I think the last game I have set up is in the middle of October. So after I get all the experiences going to games, I think I'm gonna get it all out.’" (Todderick Hunt, NJ.com)
Marshon Lattimore ( 6’0” 180, DB/ATH, 2014, Cleveland-Glenville)
It will not be until January 4, 2014 until we will know Marshon Lattimore’s destination. He is assuring people he is no lock to OSU. He only has one official visit scheduled for Alabama on Nov. 9 for the LSU game. Marshon has been linked with Erick Smith and Marcelys Jones. Many believe they would like to stay together. He told Ari Wasserman of the Cleveland Plain Dealer “Asked if all three players will end up in the same spot, Lattimore smiled and said, ‘It’s probably a 50-50 chance, but I am sure we’ll all end up at the same school. We’re like brothers, all of us, so all we can do is wait and see.’” Wasserman goes on to write, “’I’ll take all five of my officials, and I’ll probably go to Michigan, USC, Oregon, Alabama and Ohio State,’ Lattimore said.
For now, Lattimore is focusing on Glenville’s season while spending time with his parents and Ginn to sort out which programs provide the best opportunities for him.
‘It’s all about where I fit best,’ Lattimore said. ‘The thing that means the most is the coaching staff, and really that’s it. That’s the most important thing to me. It also will matter if I can get along with the other players, because I am going to be at wherever I go for three or four years.’”
Marcelys is a ‘”semi-soft” verbal to OSU right now as he has quieted down ever since he was offered by Alabama. In the end, I see all three Glenville stars coming to Columbus as there are players like Bogard and Chris Worley who are also close to the brotherhood and would like the Glenville three to come on down from Cleveland to Columbus.
Myles Autry (5-10, 175, ATH, 2014, Norcross, Ga.)
Myles is still feeling the consequences of his knee injury and is still not 100% but when healthy he is one of the best players in GA. Myles was really high on Ohio State but recent news on him to OSU has been little. A source close to Autry’s high school thinks there is a possibility both sides have backed off. Autry’s brother is at Georgia Tech and do not be surprised if he lands there. Georgia Tech, Florida State, and the Buckeyes are still among his top choices but look for him to stay in the south at either Tech or FSU. Read his Ozone interview here.
Richard LeCounte ( LB, 2017, Hinesville, GA)
No stone is unturned by Urban Meyer. With the 2014 recruiting season still some four months from finishing, Urban Meyer has made his first offer for the 2017 season in Richard LeCounte. Meyer has made over sixty offers for 2015, nine for 2016, one for 2017 and that one is LeCounte. Richard is in no hurry and told me he could wait till NSD 2017. He told me Raekwon is like a big brother and mentor to him so do not be surprised if four years from now, LeCounte comes north to play with his big brother (provided McMillan commits to OSU).
Sullivan M. Busser (3’2” 25, ATH, 2029, Columbus OH)
To top off and do one (or 12) better than LeCounte, 2-year-old Sullivan Busser made the OSU recruiting news this week. It is not uncommon for parents to send videos to coaches; Sullivan’s parents got an early jump and gave Urban Meyer a heads up. In 16 years, Meyer could still be the coach, he will only be 65, and Busser could be the first OSU player to be on coach Meyer’s radar 16 years before he commits. Meyer wrote Sullivan:
Your parents sent us your future Buckeye recruiting information. We will look for you to make your collegiate football debut in 2029 — you will need to gain a little weight, but our strength staff will take care of that! Go Bucks!
Head Football Coach
The early bird catches the worm and in this case, Meyer could have a super head start for 2029.
That is all for this week, Ozone will have interviews with Shawn Boone and 2017 LB prospect Richard LeCounte.