Sunday Recruiting Rundown
By Michael Chung
A lot of big names were in town for camp. Over 100 prospects—some already having offers, others receiving offers, and others trying to earn an OSU offer—will have graced the friendly confines of the Ohio State Football camp. Targets like DT Matt Elam, RB Derrell Scott, WR Johnnie Dixon, DT Elisha Shaw, and a whole slew of 2015 prospects, and at least one prominent 2016 prospect, WR Desmond Fitzpatrick.
Current commits Kyle Berger, Kyle Trout, and Parris Campbell were also in attendance and no doubt were working the camp to gather recruits.
The Buckeyes got their QB for 2014 in Stephen Collier out of Leesburg, GA. Collier worked out for Urban Meyer and Tom Herman a few weeks ago and called the coaches this week. He was informed that he had received an offer and accepted immediately. Where does this leave Brandon Harris who claims to have OSU interest? Collier felt that he would be the only QB in the class and many have Harris staying south anyway. Tune in, as Harris will announce on July 18.
There are still almost eight months until National Signing Day 2014 but the feverish pace of OSU recruiting much resembles the vestiges of a final week. With already 12 commits and likely only about eight more spots remaining depending on attrition, it looks like the finish of the 2014 class maybe over by kickoff. Here is this week’s rundown.
Damian Prince (6’7” 300, OL, 2014, Forestville, MD)
This five-star prospect out of MD has been a long time Buckeye target and though many experts have Prince favoring Florida State (many also had Jalyn Holmes favoring FSU) Ohio State is in better shape than most people think. A source in Maryland revealed to me that Prince does have OSU high on his list but one factor many are not considering is that MD has a strong Penn State influence, which may not help the Nittany Lions but could influence Prince. From all accounts, he had a good time at camp.
Demetrius Knox (6’5” 300, OL, 2014, Fort Worth, TX)
Many predict Knox will head home to play for his childhood favorite team but it looks like there is serious competition. Knox recently visited UCLA and was blown away. Knox told me that UCLA is his leader. He said the environment at UCLA was great and that he thinks he can learn a lot from coach Klemm, have fun, and win some games. His best friend, Daniel Gresham, does not have a UCLA offer but does from OSU. Could this be an influence?
Jalyn Holmes (6’5” 230, DL, 2014, Norfolk, VA)
Out of nowhere Jalyn Holmes became the 11th member of the Ohio State 2014 recruiting class. A one-time Florida State lean, Holmes made it official on Thursday. With offers from schools like Alabama, Florida, Miami (FL), Nebraska, Notre Dame, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, USC, Vanderbilt and hometown schools Virginia, and Virginia Tech, Holmes clearly has turned the heads of college coaches. Michael Clark of Scout writes, “Holmes has a great frame and is very athletic. He really fires off the ball and does a good job using his hands to shed defenders. Holmes also runs very well and does nice a job playing under control and pursuing the football. He has a huge upside and should become a big-time player in college.”
Rated four-stars by Rivals, Scout, ESPN, and 247Sports, last year Holmes had a whopping 12 sacks and 40 tackles for loss. Just like current commit Sam Hubbard, Holmes also played tight end catching 24 passes and scoring seven touchdowns last season.
Mike Gesicki (6’6” 220, TE/H-back, 2014, Manahawkin, NJ)
Something about Geisick caught Urban Meyer’s eyes and an offer was made at camp. His performance at camp reportedly got Urban Meyer pumped up to the point he was jumping around. Gesicki has an offer and if it is “commitable” look for him to be a member of the 2014 class.
Natrell Curtis (6’3” 285, OL, 2014, Phoenix, AZ)
With such an emphasis on the offensive line and names like Jamarco Jones, Demetrius Knox, Damian Prince, Chad Mavety and Jermaine Eluemunor out there, one name not being mentioned too much is Natrell Curtis. Curtis does have an OSU offer but does not seem to be too stresses about making a college decision. He is interested in OSU and Buckeye coaches do talk to him but he seems more concerned about the upcoming football season than recruiting. With Demetrius Knox naming UCLA as the leader and Jermaine Eluemunor already committing to UCLA, Curtis could be an important cog in the OL wheel. Speaking of Eluemunor . . .
Jermaine Eluemunor (6’6” 300, OL, 2014, Scranton, PA)
Eluemunor pledged to UCLA after his visit but is still going to visit other schools to make sure his decision is the right one. Schools like Alabama and USC had sour grapes after he committed, annoying Eluemunor, but Ohio State has recruited him harder. Eluemunor talks more with OSU coaches than any other staff but says something very special must happen for him to de-commit from UCLA. the-Ozone will follow up with Jermaine after his visit, which concluded today.
Jamarco Jones (6’5” 290, OL, 2014, Chicago, IL)
No news is good news and Jones is set to announce this Thurs. at 2pm at his school. He visited his top three this past weekend: Michigan, Michigan State, and OSU. The Buckeyes biggest challenge will come from Mark Dantonio and the Spartans as reports say Jones has the best relationship with the MSU staff but unless something else drastic happens look for Jones to be a Buckeye. the-Ozone interviewed him a while back and you can read it here to see if you can glean any insight into his recruitment and where he will chose this Thursday.