Sunday Recruiting Rundown November 17
By Michael Chung
There was a lot of recruiting news early in the week when Lonnie Johnson de-committed from Ohio State via his Twitter. The writing was on the wall early when he announced he would be visiting Western Michigan this weekend. It is uncertain the exact reasons why Johnson de-committed but he mentioned to the-Ozone that his heart was just not in Ohio State anymore and he wanted to explore other options. Many felt Johnson’s recruitment has been odd. He indicated he wants to make a final decision sometime in December or January.
The Buckeyes were on the road this weekend and next weekend will be a light visitors list making this week’s rundown list light in quantity but heavy in quality.
Raekwon McMillan (6’3” 235 LB, 2014 Hinesville, GA)
McMillan played his last high school football game this Friday as his team lost but the future is nothing but bright for him. It is getting late in his recruitment and there had to be some drama arise. Da’Shawn Hand shocked the world by committing to Alabama over Michigan. Hand was to Michigan what McMillan is to the Buckeyes. While most felt Hand would go Blue, many believe McMillan is Scarlet and Gray. But reports are that Clemson and Alabama are making a strong move, Bama in particular due to Hand being a Crimson Tide. McMillan had a great visit to Alabama and at this point, it is a three-way tie between the Tide, Clemson, and Ohio State. We know that Nick Saban can close the gap but one factor no one is mentioning is the presence of one Reuben Foster. McMillan told the-Ozone over a year ago that Foster being at Auburn (he now is at Alabama) was a factor in not attending Auburn. Now Foster, last year’s #1 inside LB, plays for Bama. I have been highly confident Raekwon is headed to Ohio but at this point, I would not be surprised if he went to Clemson or to Alabama. Things are changing fast.
Johnnie Dixon (6’0” 175 WR, 2014 West Palm Beach, FL)
Originally scheduled for a Nov. 30th announcement date, it is being reported that Dixon will wait until Dec. 7th to make a verbal commitment. Most think Dixon stays in Florida and play for Miami but right now, the Buckeyes, Bama, and Hurricanes are all neck-in-neck and no one really knows. He visited Bama last weekend and do not be surprised if Nick Saban made a huge sales pitch to Dixon. Some say that NC State even has a chance but at this point, it is between the Big 3 of Miami, Alabama, and the Buckeyes. Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post writes, “Miami is the hometown favorite, and Dixon has been to Coral Gables on multiple occasions. Alabama’s run at the top speaks for itself. At Ohio State, Daniels said, coach Urban Meyer’s strong run game forces opposing teams to bring safeties into the box, allowing receivers to run more freely. That is one of the selling points to a speedy player like Dixon.”
Some believe that Zach Smith’s tweet earlier this week was targeting Dixon. I think Dixon is coming to Ohio State and joining possibly the fastest group of recruits ever in Ohio State history. Curtis Samuel already runs a sub 4.4 and Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin will probably be sub 4.4 sometime soon. Dixon told the-Ozone that his fastest 40 is 4.37, almost as fast as Samuel. Do not be shocked if Urban’s “need for speed” is satiated by Dixon and Johnnie keeps the streak alive for an eleventh straight year of a Florida recruit coming north to Ohio.
Alex Bookser (6’6’ 295, OL, 2014, Pittsburgh, PA)
There has not been much news on Alex and many have him going to Pitt as it is so close to home but Bookser has set up his official visits. For certain, Tennessee, Pitt, Penn State, and the Buckeyes (Dec. 13) will get him to step on campus. Some are reporting that Michigan State is his fifth OV, others are reporting that MSU is being strongly considered. Bookser has already come to campus more than once so getting him on campus again in Dec. will be crucial. This one is likely between the Buckeyes and the Panthers and depending on what Chad Mavety decides, Bookser could be the final cog in the OL recruiting for 2014.
Terrence Alexander (5’ 10” 170, DB, 2014, New Orleans, LA)
Leave it to Urban Meyer to pull a rabbit out of a hat. After little to no news on LA DB Terrence Alexander, Alexander tweeted his top 3 are the Ohio State, Stanford, and Ole Miss. With Lonnie Johnson’s spot available, do not be shocked if Ohio State cooks some recruiting gumbo with Alexander and takes a bite out of the Big Easy for some southern speed. Most are saying Stanford or Ole Miss but if anyone can pry Alexander, it is Urban Meyer.
The-Ozone.net Recruiting will have an interview with Austin Clark this week, the final installment of “Understanding the Recruiting Rankings” with ESPN and hopefully a whole lot more.