Sunday Recruiting Rundown — March 2
By Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — It was a fairly important recruiting weekend for the Buckeyes as one of the nation's top receivers made an unofficial visit to campus.
Christian Kirk (5-10 195), a consensus top-five receiver in the 2015 class, made the long trek to Columbus and apparently had a pretty good time.
The Scottsdale, Arizona receiver spent much of his time with freshmen Johnnie Dixon and Raekwon McMillan. He also tweeted that meeting Archie Griffin on Friday is something that he will never forget.Sunday was the first time Kirk has ever seen snow, and if two players from the warm-weather South weren't able to scare him away with tales of the only Ohio winter they've ever known, the Buckeyes look to be in this one the entire way.
Kirk also has offers from the likes of Florida State, Alabama, Oregon, Texas, USC and anybody else you can think of.
He wasn't the only visitor that Ohio State had this weekend, however, as Washington DC defensive back Marcus Lewis (6-1 187) was also on campus.
Lewis is ranked the #8 cornerback in the nation per Rivals, and has offers from Ohio State, Penn State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Clemson, Florida and Florida State.
Like Christian Kirk, Lewis enjoyed his time in Columbus.
Buckeyes Running Second for Lineman
Along with Michigan State and Ohio State, McLean also has offers from Alabama, Florida State, Florida, Penn State and Nebraska. He was an All-Met selection last season as a junior following a year where he recorded 47 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and seven sacks. McLean has already committed to play in the Under Armour All-American Game in January.
Four-star defensive lineman Adam McLean (6-1 282) tells Scout that Michigan State is currently his leader, followed by Ohio State. McLean is from Bethesda, Maryland and is the #10 strongside defensive end in the nation per Rivals. Scout ranks him the #10 defensive tackle in the 2015 class.
The Biggest of Macks
Speaking of defensive linemen, Ohio State offered five-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack (6-2 310) out of Gladewater, Texas last week. Mack is the #2 defensive tackle in the nation per 247Sports and is currently committed to Texas A&M.
There has been talk that he may set up a visit to see Ohio State, and until he does, the Buckeyes don't have much of a shot here. On Friday he tweeted that he's "100% to the Aggies", but just the week before he was visiting Auburn. For Ohio State to have any shot here, they first need to get him on campus.
The Buckeyes have offered the top three defensive tackles in the nation per Scout, though their best chance of landing one is probably #3 Tim Settle (6-3 305) out of Manassas, Virginia. Settle spent some time at the University of Virginia this past weekend. He also has offers from Alabama, Michigan, Florida State, Clemson and the like. He plans to commit at the Under Armour All-American Game.
Scout's #1 defensive tackle is Trenton Thompson (6-3 289) out of Albany, Georgia, and he is probably as much of a long shot as Mack.
The Return of the Fullback?
The fullback position has been so unnecessary at Ohio State since Urban Meyer arrived that he moved three-and-a-half-year starter Zach Boren from the position in 2012 and put him at linebacker.
In fairness, both Meyer and his offensive coaches have said that the fullback and tight end positions are virtually interchangeable in his offense. To this point, however, they haven't found a fullback worth removing a tight end for. Could that be changing?
On Friday Ohio State offered Chandler Cox (6-0 220), a fullback out of Apopka, Florida. He is one of the most sought after fullbacks in the nation, and has offers from Florida, Auburn, Alabama, Florida State and others.
Running backs coach Stan Drayton is recruiting Cox for Ohio State.
"Coach Drayton said they loved the way I play, and I could be a big part of their team and offense," Cox wrote in a text message to the Orlando Sentinel.
"He said they like how I can play anywhere. I’m very blessed to have these opportunities and it just makes me want to work harder. I hope I can get up there on a visit soon."
After missing out on a tight end in the 2014 class, it will be interesting to see if they are attempting to bring in two at the tight end/fullback position in 2015.
One Running Back Target Off the Board
Four-star running back Andre Robinson (5-9 205) out of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania committed to Penn State late last week. He is the #8 running back in the nation per 247Sports. He broke the news via Twitter, though the commitment was anything but a surprise.
Ohio State is still very much in it for Berea, Kentucky running back Damien Harris (5-11 205), who is coming off of a recent visit to Michigan.
Another RB to watch is L.J. Scott (6-0 205) out of Hubbard, Ohio. I talked with John McCallister about him, and here's what he told me about the four-star prospect.
"L.J. Scott is a good player. He's big, he's strong, he's fast. He's started since he was a freshman, I think. He's just a very good player. He's in that group of top Ohio running backs of the last few years. He's played a long time, he's good."
Scott has received offers from Alabama and Auburn of late, but the Buckeyes have yet to extend an offer of their own.
The 2014 Class Adds Another
Just when you thought the 2014 recruiting class had been put to bed, the Buckeyes added one more prospect in Sam York (6-1 217), who will join the team as a preferred walk-on long snapper. York was the #3 long snapper in the nation per ProKicker.com, and the #2 long snapper per Ray Guy Prosnapper.
York, who is from Marblehead, Massachusetts, won the Ray Guy National Long Snapping Championships in Bradenton, Florida last December. Ohio State currently has a scholarship offer out to 2015 long snapper Liam McCullough as well.
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