Mid-Week Recruiting Update — February 12th
By Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The week in recruiting got off to a strong start for the Buckeyes with the commitment of safety Ben Edwards on Tuesday. Edwards is a big hitter who can cover a lot of ground. He is still under the radar a bit, but that should be ending as of now.
Because every safety on the 2014 roster should be returning in 2015, Ohio State's gaze was pretty focused on just a few safeties in the 2015 class. As such, they didn't really need to bring in a safety this year, so they went about their search in a very picky manner.
Wanting a commitment from Edwards this early, however, tells you exactly how much the Buckeye coaching staff likes him. Ohio State now has two Florida commits, and the chance of that number remaining at two by next February is incredibly low.
Buckeyes Offer Local Long-Snapper
Current Buckeye long-snapper Bryce Haynes will be a senior in 2015, so the OSU coaches are looking to bring somebody in for the 2015 season to learn the position for a year before taking over.
That somebody is likely to be Liam McCullough, who received an offer from Ohio State on Tuesday. McCullough plays football at Worthington Kilbourne High School, which is about 11 miles away from Ohio Stadium.
Having two long-snappers on scholarship is fairly unusual, but the Buckeyes managed to do it last season, and are apparently looking to do it again in 2015.
McCullough (6-2 206) has already been offered by Michigan State and Wisconsin. Who knows, perhaps McCullough will add to Ohio State's recruiting victories over the Spartans of late.
Speaking of the Spartans
Detroit defensive lineman Malik McDowell committed to Michigan State on Signing Day last week, but as of this moment, he still hasn't signed a letter of intent. Rivals is now reporting that McDowell will take some unofficial visits as he tries to bring the final story of the 2014 recruiting cycle to an end.
He is reportedly looking to visit Ohio State, Michigan and Florida State. At this point, it doesn't look like his mother is going to waiver on her disdain for Michigan State, which would mean that if anybody is going to budge, it might just have to be McDowell himself.
As strange as it may seem, the Buckeyes could be in a pretty good position with McDowell as long as his mother stands her ground. Still, this entire situation left the realm of predictability a week ago, and doesn't appear headed back to that orbit any time soon.
Big-Time Visitor Watches Buckeyes Lose Last Night
Five-star running back Damien Harris (Berea, KY) was in Columbus on Tuesday for an unofficial visit and took in the basketball game with Urban Meyer. We don't know exactly when the two left the game, but for the Buckeyes' sake, you might want to hope that it was while Ohio State was still winning.
As you might recall, Harris was originally committed to Michigan, choosing the Wolverines over the Buckeyes last year. Less than a month ago, however, he decommitted from Michigan and reopened his recruitment. Obviously, he is very interested in the Buckeyes, and they would love to land what many consider to be the top running back in the nation.
For his decommitment to be barely three weeks old, it means something that he is at Ohio State already. Don't be surprised if the Buckeyes begin trending even more than they already were where Harris is concerned.
If Ohio State could get a commitment from Harris, they would have the pure running back that they are looking for in this class.
On the Horizon
This week we'll have a look at Ohio State's 2015 needs on offense and defense, and how many players at each position they'll be looking to take, as well as a few names to watch.
In Sunday's Recruiting Rundown, we'll also be taking a look at a number of the Florida prospects that Ohio State is interested in. There might not be enough room on the internet for all of the names, however, so we'll have to figure something out.
We'll also be examining the year that receivers coach Zach Smith had on the recruiting trail. Hint: It was enough to land him a Big Ten Recruiter of the Year Award from both Rivals and Scout.
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