Sunday Recruiting Rundown Oct. 27
By Michael Chung
The biggest recruiting weekend just ended and there were a lot of prospects on campus. At last count, at least 41 commits, targets, or potential targets crossing four recruiting classes—2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017— graced the campus of Ohio State to watch the Buckeyes demolish the Penn State Nittany Lions 63-14.
I have been working the phones trying to find specific information on the “big” targets like WR Josh Malone, DB Tony Brown, DL Malik McDowell, DL, Solomon Thomas, LB Raekwon McMillan, and Juco OL Avery Gennesy. Here is what I found:
I did talk to Gennesy and asked how his visit went. It sounded like Ohio State made up some significant ground with Avery. Originally, Ohio State was in fourth position behind Ole Miss, Texas A&M, and Tennessee but he told me that Ohio State is now in his top 2 along with Texas A&M, whom he has already visited.
He told the-Ozone back in August that he would commit sometime in December and that this commitment would stick, so he is definitely taking his time before he makes a decision. Gennesy liked everything about the campus, liked the coaches, and atmosphere. I asked him how OSU compared with A&M and he said they really are not comparable and are very different places.
One factor that could influence Gennesy to Ohio State is our old friend Jermaine Eluemunor who is committed to Arkansas but visited Texas A&M this weekend. If Eluemunor flips again, then the Sumlin Express could be full and move Gennesy towards the Buckeyes.
Probably the biggest factor that would influence Gennesy is Chad Mavety. If Mavety commits to the Buckeyes then for certain there would be no room at the Buckeye Inn for Avery.
Ohio State will take one more OL and it will be between Gennesy, Chad Mavety, Alex Bookser, Damian Prince, Brian Wallace, Frank Ragnow, and Brock Ruble (or another OL star from out of nowhere). First one that verbals gets the prize.
A source told me that Texas DB Jamal Adams was not able to make his official visit due to his grandmother’s birthday but Solomon Thomas, a star studded DL out of Texas did. Marc Givler reported that though the visit was unexpected, the Buckeyes have been working hard on Thomas. Most believe this is a battle between the Buckeyes and Stanford but do not rule out home state Texas despite what is being said.
Tony Brown, told me his visit was “nice,” and that he is considering Ohio State “big time.” While most have him pegged to LSU, I asked him if LSU was his leader and he said he does not have a leader now. He was on the airplane about ready to take off but it sounded like the race to get Tony to Ohio is on and that the Buckeyes have a legitimate chance. If the Buckeyes can land this Lone Star talent, it would be a huge feather in Urban Meyer’s ten-gallon hat. The Buckeyes are becoming a bigger and bigger force every day in the Lone Star State.
I was not able to get any other information on the “big” weekend targets: Raekwon McMillan, Josh Malone, Malik McDowell, or Solomon Thomas. If new information comes in then I will send it your way ASAP as some prospects like Raekwon McMillan are still on campus and others are just returning home. Do not be surprised if some Buckeye fruit was birthed in this big recruiting weekend.
This week, the-Ozone.net Recruiting will have an interview with 2015 NJ prospect Steven Gonzalez, an article comparing Scout.com’s rating system vs. current NFL Buckeyes, and another installment of “The Mind of Meech” when Buckeye fans ask questions of 2014 OL commit Demetrius Knox.