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Football Recruiting
Sunday Recruiting Rundown — March 23
By Tony Gerdeman

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State has just wrapped up a rather huge recruiting weekend, featuring a slew of unofficial visits from various high school prospects. On Saturday, those visitors -- and many more -- got to watch the football team have their first scrimmage of the spring.

Three of the top Ohioans -- in fact, the top three if you're using Rivals' rankings -- all made visits to Columbus this weekend to take in campus and the like.

Cleveland Benedictine linebacker/running back Jerome Baker (6-1 205) visited on Thursday and Friday, spending a good portion of time with Urban Meyer after Thursday's practice. The Buckeyes are the considerable favorite here, and nothing that happened this weekend should change that.

Linebacker Justin Hilliard (6-2 230) out of Cincinnati St. Xavier was in attendance on Saturday. Hilliard is the #1 outside linebacker in the nation per 247Sports. He was coming off of a visit to Michigan the week before.

Justin Hilliard and Urban Meyer

Justin Hilliard

Running back Larry "L.J." Scott (6-0 205) out of Hubbard also visited this past weekend. Scott is ranked the #5 running back in the nation per Rivals, and currently holds offers from Ohio State, Michigan State and Alabama. This is likely a race between the Buckeyes and the Spartans, but it's hard to see Scott ending up in Green instead of Scarlet and Gray.

The coaching staff has talked about the need to recruit the state of Ohio and locking up these three prospects would continue the OSU tradition of in-state fence maintenance. Of the three, however, Hilliard would probably be the most likely to bolt.

Other Sizable Visitors

There were also several offensive and defensive linemen on the visit list for the Buckeyes this past weekend. One of them was Buckeye legacy James Daniels (6-2 282), whose father is former Buckeye offensive lineman Leshun Daniels. The younger Daniels attends Warren Harding, and is ranked the #3 center in the nation per Scout. Along with his offer from OSU, he also has offers from Wisconsin, Michigan State, Miami (FL) and Auburn.

Patrick Allen (6-5 270) out of Reisterstown, Maryland is the #15 offensive tackle in the nation per Rivals, and following his visit to OSU it was reported by all of the major services that the Buckeyes were now on top for him. He also has offers from Florida State, LSU, Florida, USC and others. This is a battle between Ohio State and Florida State it would appear.

Dre'mont Jones (6-5 250) from Cleveland St. Ignatius visited this weekend as well. Jones is rated the #10 strongside defensive end in the nation per 247Sports. He has offers from Ohio State, Iowa, Kentucky and Cincinnati. The Buckeyes are the favorites here.

New Offers Going Out

As expected, Josh Barajas (6-3 210) out of Merrilville, Indiana was extended an offer from Ohio State during his visit to campus on Thursday. Barajas, who is the #2 inside linebacker in the 2015 class per 247Sports, was one of a few in attendance at OSU's practice. Notre Dame appears to be the team to beat here.

Offensive lineman Keenan Walker (6-6 274) out of Scottsdale, Arizona received an offer last week from the Buckeyes. He is rated the #9 offensive tackle in the nation per Scout and ESPN. Michigan, Texas, USC, Texas A&M and the in-state schools are just a few of his other offers. Given his location, he will be a difficult pull for Ohio State.

Receiver Irvin Charles (6-4 212) from Haddonfield, New Jersey received offers from both Alabama and Ohio State last week. A four-star prospect, 247Sports ranks Charles as the #22 receiver in the 2015 class. He also has offers from Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Expect a visit to Ohio State at some point.

Charles wasn't the only receiver offered last week, as OSU also handed one out to K.J. Hill (6-0 181) out of North Little Rock, Arkansas. Hill is the #14 receiver in the nation per 247Sports and holds offers from Arkansas, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Notre Dame and more. The Buckeyes will work on getting a visit, but this one will probably be a long shot regardless.

Don't Read This If You Don't Want To Feel Old

I could have included this update with all of the other new offers that went out, but I thought it best to separate it and provide the above disclaimer. This is your last chance to back out.

On Friday, Ohio State handed out an offer to 2017 Mission Viejo, California receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr. Yes, as the "Jr." implies, his father is former USC and NY Jets receiver Keyshawn Johnson. Johnson the Younger also holds offers from Florida State, Arizona State and SMU.

Per his father, Johnson will be making visits to Ohio State and Clemson this spring to take a look around. Oh, by the way, Johnson's offer was given to him by OSU receivers coach Zach Smith, who is Earle Bruce's grandson.

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