Sunday Recruiting Rundown: Post “The Game” Edition
By Michael Chung
The world of college football was loud and raucous Saturday. The Buckeyes almost gave the Wolverines another “classic” win that would have rivaled 1969 but in the end, the Buckeyes beat the Maize and Blue while some of OSU recruiting targets were watching in the stands.
Though OSU’s recruiting world was not as heavy as “The Game,” several players with OSU offers or potential offers were at the Big House, mostly 2015 prospects like: OT Sterling Jenkins, DE Jashon Cornell, ATH Jerome Baker, LB Justin Hilliard, DT Joshua Alabi, and DB Brian Cole. Ohio State pulled out the victory and though it was a Maize and Blue visit weekend, the Scarlet and Gray had to have made a positive showing for those in attendance.
We are going through another one of those “cycles” where prospects will be making commitments before Christmas arrives and the dead period begins. The whereabouts of OL Chad Mavety, WR Johnnie Dixon, and LB Raekwon McMillan should be clear in the next few weeks. Here is this week’s rundown.
Avery Gennesy (6’5” 315, OT, Scooba, MS)
In a stunning turn of events, another Juco OL with an Ohio State offer committed to a different school. After visiting Ohio State and listing them in his top 2, with the Aggies of Texas A&M, Gennesy decided to go with Sumlin instead of the Scarlet and Gray. Gennesy told the-Ozone back in October that Texas A&M and Ohio State were his top two. Ohio State’s old friend—Jermaine Eluemunor—flipped to the Aggies from Bret Bielema’s Razorbacks, but this did not hinder Avery, so now two former Juco OL with OSU offers will be blocking for Texas A&M. Gennesy obviously did not wait or seem to care what Chad Mavety would decide and gave his pledge to the Kevin Sumlin. Ohio State will now focus on Chad Mavety, Alex Bookser, Frank Ragnow, and Damian Prince to fill out the fifth and final OL spot for 2014.
Raekwon McMillan (6’3” 235 LB, 2014 Hinesville, GA)
The world will know where Raekwon McMillan will commit to on December 16th. Raekwon took his final official visit to Auburn this weekend and has a little over two weeks to make up his mind. He was originally scheduled to go to Florida but decided to go to Auburn instead. Some insiders think Clemson is trending. We will all know soon but I still believe that Dec. 16, Raekwon will pick the Buckeyes and give Urban Meyer and early Christmas gift.
Johnnie Dixon (6’0” 175 WR, 2014 West Palm Beach, FL)
Dixon originally was going to announce Nov. 30th but that has been changed to Dec. 8. Ohio State has a good chance here but many believe it is between the Buckeyes and Miami but I believe NC State is a bigger threat than people think. DB Shawn Boone out of Dixon’s high school told the-Ozone in an interview that Dixon, Boone, and WR Clint Stephens want to play together. The only possible school this could occur is NC State. Though neither Boone nor Stephens has committed, if they are serious about playing together, then it could be the Wolfpack for these three FL stars. Boone has an OSU offer but it is likely not a committable one. QB prospect Jacoby Brissett is also at NC State and is already a member of the NC State football team and also happens to be a former teammate of Dixon. It will be a fight but the world will know soon. 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.”
Justin Hilliard (6’2” 225 LB, 2015, Cincinnati, OH)
Hilliard currently lives in the Queen City but moved away from Michigan when he was young. If actions speak louder than words, Hilliard has a possibility of becoming Jordan Hicks II. Hilliard attended “The Game,” his fourth trip to Ann Arbor. He has visited the Shoe less than that.
He interviewed with the-Ozone earlier and the-Ozone contributor Craig Henman writes, “Hilliard’s coach at St. Xavier, Steve Specht, believes that the Ohio State staff got off to a good start in that regard earlier this summer.
‘He started to develop a relationship with Coach [Luke] Fickell this summer when he attended camp and Ohio State finally offered,’ Specht said. ‘He enjoyed the trip and really enjoyed spending time with Urban Meyer and company.’”
Hilliard saw Ohio State defeat Michigan for the second year in a row, nine out of ten times, and eleven out of the last thirteen. If Hilliard wants to be on the winning end of “The Game” then watching the Buckeyes best the Wolverines could do nothing but help OSU. Everyone wants to play for a winner, a la De’shawn Hand.
Chad Mavety (6’6” 320, OL, 2014, Garden City, NY)
The world will know soon where Chad Mavety will end up and Urban Meyer has been recruiting this New York football star hard. Noah Brown has gotten into the act but FSU still remains a strong player. Mavety has done a good job not to tip his hand where he is leaning and at this point, it is 50/50 OSU/FSU but in the end I believe he goes Buckeye due to the strong opportunity to start from day one. Unless some OL go to the NFL early, FSU will return four starters for 2014 while OSU will lose four starters. The math seems to add up to an Ohio State advantage. Mavety wants to play LT and that spot will be vacated without a serious challenger behind.
That is it for this week’s rundown; we will have much more in the-Ozone recruiting the rest of the week.