Who Is Next?
By Michael Chung
The Ohio State recruiting train was rolling up until this past Monday, but this temporary derailment just means the train had a brief respite and is now back on track.
This week is actually one of the most important recruiting weeks of the summer, and the biggest weekend left before 2014 targets begin to focus on their senior seasons.
Some players like to drag out the process all the way to Signing Day (or beyond), while others want to get their college choice over with so they can focus on other things. For those players who want to get things over with, this next month is crucial.
Friday Night Lights will take place this week and do not be surprised if fireworks explode out of Buckeye nation. There could be a few more commitments before the high school football season commences. In this article I want to discuss who could be next.
Jermaine Eluemunor (6’6” 300, OL, 2014 Juco, Scranton, PA) or Chad Mavety (6’6” 320, OL, 2014, Garden City, NY)
Eluemunor eliminated UCLA and will announce between Arkansas and Ohio State on Friday. Sources tell me that OSU coaches are recruiting Eluemunor hard, but sources also say that they are equally, if not harder, pursuing Chad Mavety. Mavety does not seem close to committing and has not even released a list of top schools. OSU wants a Juco and Eluemunor and Mavety are 1 and 1a. With the loss of Timothy Gardner, depth on the OL is even more needed. Read Jermaine’s the-Ozone interview here.
Sources kind of conflict with these two Jucos. One source says OSU wants Eluemunor to hold off and others say OSU coaches want Eluemunor to commit. Sources also say that OSU wants Mavety bad and that he is their #1 guy. If Eluemunor commits to Arkansas on Friday, then the sources on Mavety being their #1 guy was likely correct. He communicated to me that he would release a list of schools he favors but does not know when he will decide. As of now, only one Juco will be taken unless Timothy Gardner’s release allows an extra one. They have three years to play two so it may not be out of the question, but OSU really wants one. You can read Mavety’s the-Ozone interview here.
Noah Brown (6’2” 210, WR, 2014 Sparta, NJ)
Brown was supposedly on campus Wednesday for a visit. It was reported that OSU is one of the three schools recruiting him the hardest, the other two being Virginia Tech and Rutgers. It was also reported that that Brown is the #1 WR on the OSU board and he would like to decide before Sept. 12. He is rated 4-stars by Rivals and 247, and with Austin Roberts pledging to UCLA and Mike Gesicki’s uncertainty, Brown could be a Buckeye sooner rather than later.
Curtis Samuel (6’0” 190, ATH, 2014, NY)
Samuel is coming to Friday Night Lights and OSU wants him bad. Reports are that there is a spot reserved for Samuel. Samuel ran a 4.37 (40) so his speed is exactly the kind that Meyer desires. Stephen Collier has been trying to connect with him and I am sure others from the 2014 class are as well. Samuel is also considering Alabama, Notre Dame, Miami, and Rutgers. Of that list, he has only visited Rutgers. Samuel is rated a five-star prospect by 24/7 and a four-star on the 24/7 composite. If OSU could secure his pledge by the end of the week, it would turn this dour period of uncertainty into joyful anticipation.
With around 65 prospects attending Friday Night Lights, do not be surprised if someone out of nowhere commits. Who would have thought names like Stephen Collier, Terry McLaurin, and Sean Nuernberger would come onto the scene, but it is not uncommon for Urban Meyer to offer and a recruit to accept on the spot. Do not be surprised if lightning strikes twice, thrice or more.