Sunday Recruiting Rundown — June 8
By Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The weekend got off to a rough start for the Buckeyes as Hallandale, Florida linebacker Sh'mar Kilby-Lane surprised almost everybody by committing to Florida State on Saturday.
Kilby-Lane, a four-star prospect, was thought to be an Ohio State lean for quite a while now. That being said, it is never easy to pry an out-of-state player away from an in-state power, and the Seminoles are coming off of a national championship.
While this doesn't necessarily hurt the Buckeyes because of numbers, it does make landing in-state linebackers Justin Hilliard and Jerome Baker an even bigger priority than it was before.
Two linebackers are enough for the 2015 class, and there are some who will tell you that the Buckeyes were only looking for three if they were the "right three".
One of those "right three" would be Jacksonville linebacker Jeffery Holland (6-2 230), and he will be visiting OSU this week per Rivals.
Holland is teammates with former Buckeye commit Ben Edwards. Edwards decommitted from OSU and committed to Auburn a while back, so it should be no surprise that Auburn leads for Holland as well.
Holland is a long shot for the Buckeyes, but an unofficial visit is a nice get for Ohio State.
Nation's Top DE Visiting in July
If unofficial visits from out-of-state prospects are "nice gets", then they may not come much nicer than Josh Sweat (6-5 237), out of Chesapeake, Virginia.
Sweat is the #1-ranked defensive end in the nation per the 247Sports Composite, and the #2 player in the nation overall. Per Rivals, the Buckeyes are in Sweat's top five, along with Georgia, Tennessee, Florida State and Virginia Tech, and he will visit Ohio State on July 25th.
Sweat has offers from everywhere, and for good reason. Last season he tallied 94 tackles, 31 tackles for loss and 22 sacks. Recently at the Charlotte Nike Football Training Camp, Sweat ran a 4.59 and posted a 4.09 shuttle time. He is a freakish athlete who has been drawing comparisons to Jadeveon Clowney.
Four-Star 2016 DE Visits
While Buckeye fans wait for Josh Sweat to make it to Columbus, one of the nation's best 2016 defensive ends made the trek to the Capital City this weekend.
Malik Barrow (6-4 245) out of Tampa was on campus this weekend, and by all accounts things went very well.
Barrow is rated the #10 strongside defensive end in the 247Sports Composite, but right now his offer list is lagging behind that lofty ranking. Along with the Buckeyes, his other notable offers are Michigan State, North Carolina and Mississippi State.
His only in-state offers right now appear to be USF and UCF. That will likely change moving forward, however. Still, the Buckeyes have gotten in early on Barrow and have made a nice impression.
Tight End Chris Clark Has Final Four
At the Rivals Five-Star Challenge Camp on Friday tight end Chris Clark named his top four schools, in no particular order. The list was Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and North Carolina.
Clark (6-6 247) is rated the #2 tight end in the nation per the 247Sports Composite. He plans to announce his decision at Nike's The Opening camp on July 10.
Before he makes his decision, however, he will spend some time at each of the Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan campuses next week. The Wolverines are still the team to beat here it appears.
A Pair of Receivers Have OSU in Their Top 10
Two coveted 2015 receivers tweeted out their top 10s this past week (in no particular order, of course), and OSU landed in both.
Auden Tate (6-4 195) out of Tampa released a top 10 of Michigan, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State, Miami, Missouri, Clemson, South Carolina and Maryland.
Tate is the #19 receiver in the nation per 247Sports. Right now the 247Sports Crystal Ball has Tate leaning towards Michigan.
The other receiver to release his top 10 was Christian Kirk out of Scottsdale, Arizona. Kirk (5-11 195) is the #3 receiver in the nation per Rivals. His top 10 is Stanford, Auburn, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Georgia, Tennessee, Arizona State, USC and UCLA.
Texas A&M is the heavy favorite here, though the Buckeyes may be running second if that does anything for you.
What's Better Than a Top 10?
Four-star defensive end James Lockhart released his top six this past week, and the Buckeyes also made that one. The list, in no particular order, consisted of Alabama, Baylor, Ohio State, Florida State, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
Lockhart (6-3 260) is rated the #6 strongside defensive end in the nation. While a top six may sound better than a top 10, the Buckeyes' place in Lockhart's top six is probably worse than their place in the earlier top 10s mentioned above.
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