Sunday Recruiting Rundown November 10
By Michael Chung
Ohio State is coming off of their second bye week of the season. A week of rest for the team while teams ahead of Ohio State in the BCS like Oregon lose and push Ohio State closer to a chance at winning the final BCS national championship.
But at Ohio State, a bye week is anything but a bye, especially when it comes to recruiting, which was in full swing as coaches travelled north, south, east, and west to try to bring the best football talent to Ohio State. Maybe one of these days, an Urban Meyer coaching staff will have a bye week in recruiting (dream on, that is not going to happen) but as of now, the Meyer machine does not stop. Without further ado (thanks to loyal the-Ozone reader Andrew Alexander), here is this weeks rundown.
Thomas Holley (6’5” 290 DL, 2014, Brooklyn, NY)
After months of speculation that this New York superstar was headed to Ohio, sources this week indicated that Holley to Ohio State is dead and it sounds like it was Ohio State that moved. I have been trying to reach Holley for his side of the story but it looks like this five-star defensive lineman to OSU is dead in the water. Before all of this, sources were indicating to me that OSU was in the driver’s seat and that Florida would be the main threat but a source close to OSU communicated to me that OSU has moved on and apparently saw something in Thomas that caused the Buckeyes to doubt. With renewed interest in Texas DL Solomon Thomas, it looks like the only hope for the pipeline to flow from NY/NJ area left for 2014 will be Chad Mavety; speaking of the afore mentioned lineman.
Chad Mavety (6’6” 320, OL, 2014, Garden City, NY)
It will be a race to the finish between OSU and Florida State for the Juco superstar. He visited FSU for the Miami game but did not make a verbal commitment or cancel his OSU visit. He still insists that he has no leader and will be coming to Ohio State for the November 23rd weekend when OSU plays Indiana, which is good news for the Buckeyes. Mavety will basically be one-on-one with Urban Meyer for the weekend much like Meyer was wut Noah Brown, who many thought was headed to Rutgers, Meyer will be with Mavety all weekend to try to get a commitment from him like he did with Brown, who himself is trying to recruit Mavety to play with him at OSU.
Johnnie Dixon (6’0” 175 WR, 2014 West Palm Beach, FL)
Dixon told me earlier in the week that he is “high” on Ohio State and has them equal with Miami (FL) and Alabama. He will decide soon and has indicated that sometime in November (tentatively Nov. 30) will be when he decides. He will make some school very thankful and it looks like the Buckeyes have a really good shot at this speedster who runs a sub 4.4. With OSU already having Dontre Wilson along with Terry McLaurin, Parris Campbell, and Curtis Samuel, this could be the fastest group of Buckeyes yet. OSU coach Zach Smith has been recruiting Dixon hard and do not be surprised if Dixon gives Earle Bruce’s grandson something to smile about. Dixon was at Alabama this weekend and is scheduled to visit Tennessee Nov. 22nd weekend before making a decision Nov. 30.
Avery Gennesy (6’5” 315 OL, 2014 Scooba, Mississippi)
It was reported earlier that Gennesy was favoring Tennessee and Ohio State while his mother was favoring Ole Miss and Texas A&M. Gennesy told the-Ozone that Ohio State was in his top 2 along with Texas A&M and that this report of him favoring Tennessee while his mother favored Ole Miss and TAMU was not true. He told the-Ozone back in August that schools like TAMU, Tennessee, and Ohio State were standing out. The Buckeyes want Chad Mavety but would love Avery to come to OSU if Mavety decides elsewhere.
Frank Ragnow (6’6” 290, OL, 2014, Victoria, MN)
Ozone reported way back in July that Ragnow was on the Ohio State radar. Even back then, coach Ed Warinner had his eye on Ragnow, talking to him multiple times a week. Ragnow released his top 6: Florida State, Arkansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Miami (FL), and the Buckeyes. He visited Arkansas recently and described the visit as “awesome,” reports Richard Davenport of Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Davenport writes,
’I enjoyed it a ton,’ Ragnow said.
‘Lots of great people in Arkansas and it was a great atmosphere at the game.’ . . . He described how the Razorback fans impressed him.
"At the Catfish Hole," Ragnow said. "They all knew who I was and at the game they refused to sit down. It seemed like everyone was standing the whole time."
He said Coach Bret Bielema went in-depth about his role should he be a Hog.
"Coach B talked to me a lot and wanted to make sure all my questions were answered," Ragnow said.
"He mentioned once I get my offensive position down I could see some playing time on defense in some pass rushing packages."
Offensive line coach Sam Pittman is also a big draw for Arkansas.
"Coach Pittman is the man," he said. "I love that guy," He's just hilarious and fun and he wants me to play center."
Ragnow and Ed Warinner are close so if the Buckeyes need to fill their 5th OL spot, Ragnow could be the one if all else falls though.
Steven Gonzalez (6’5” 300, OL, 2015, New Jersey)
After the-Ozone interviewed Steven Gonzalez, it appeared that Rutgers had a huge lead for him but Urban Meyer and Ed Warinner visited NJ and stopped by to talk to Gonzalez’s coach. When Gonzalez stopped by to say hi, Meyer called Steven a big punter along with a few other jokes. Gonzalez told me that Ohio State has moved even with Rutgers. It is early, but Meyer has already gained ground on this great guy and lineman. It is a long way to NSD 2015 and OSU is in it to win it for Gonzalez. You can read his the-Ozone interview here.