COLUMBUS, Ohio — Due in part to the Nike Football Training Camp taking place in Columbus this weekend, there are a number of high-profile prospects looking to visit Ohio State over the next couple of days.
Big Recruiting Weekend on Tap for Ohio State
By Tony Gerdeman
Here is a rundown of those scheduled to be visiting.
Tim Settle - 2015 Defensive Tackle (Manassas, VA)
Settle, a five-star prospect and the #5 DT in the nation per the 247Sports Composite, tweeted earlier in the week that he would be visiting Ohio State with four-star offensive lineman Matthew Burrell, who could be considered a Buckeye lean. Settle and the Buckeyes have had an up-and-down relationship, but a good visit could improve some things. Still, this should probably be considered more of a camp trip than unofficial visit.
Matthew Burrell - 2015 Offensive Lineman (Woodbridge, VA)
Burrell is the #7 offensive tackle in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite. He has offers from all of the major programs, but the Buckeyes are sitting in a very good spot right now.
Nyheim Hines - 2015 All-Purpose Back (Garner, NC)
Hines is the #4 all-purpose running back in the nation. At 5-foot-9 and 187 pounds, that would mean "slot receiver" at Ohio State. Hines is exceptionally quick and fast. When Urban Meyer talks about getting faster, this is the type of player that he is referring to.
L.J. Scott - 2015 Running Back (Hubbard, OH)
This might be Ohio State's last gasp for Scott, who is considered by almost everyone to be a Michigan State lean at this point.
Joey Burrow - 2015 Quarterback (The Plains, OH)
Burrow has already committed to Ohio State, but he still plans to attend the camp this weekend. He has been receiving some very positive national buzz following his past camp performances, and this weekend could see more of the same.
Alex Ofodile - 2015 Wide Receiver (Columbia, MO)
Ofodile (6-3 185) is the #7 receiver in the nation. He holds offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Notre Dame, Florida State and Oregon. The Buckeyes are very much on the outside here, but getting a visit is a step in the right direction.
George Hill - 2016 Running Back (Hubbard, OH)
Hill is a teammate of L.J. Scott and if you took a poll, he would probably be voted "Most Likely to be the First 2016 OSU Commit". It would not be a surprise to see that commitment happen this weekend.
Messiah deWeaver - 2016 Quarterback (Dayton, OH)
While deWeaver does not yet have an offer from Ohio State, the Trotwood-Madison quarterback appears willing to earn one. He is currently rated the #9 pro-style quarterback in the nation for the class of 2016 by the 247Sports Composite. Kentucky and Louisville are two of his better offers.
Brendan Ferns - 2016 Linebacker/Athlete (St. Clairsville, OH)
Ferns is the brother of Michigan linebacker Michael Ferns. He has offers from Michigan State, Maryland and Minnesota at this point.
Danny Clark - 2017 Quarterback (Massillon, OH)
Clark will be one of two Buckeye quarterback commits visiting Ohio State these next few days. Like Joey Burrow, he will be participating in the Elite 11 quarterback camp on Monday.
Ricky Slade - 2018 Running Back (Woodbridge, VA)
According to ESPN.com, Slade is hitching a ride with Matthew Burrell and Tim Settle this weekend. Slade is only going to be a freshman this coming season, but it appears that he is already one to keep an eye on.
Other names will pop up, as these are fluid situations. Both Jerome Baker and Justin Hilliard have been mentioned as possibilities, but even if they don't visit, the Buckeye coaches will still have plenty of prospects to work with.
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