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Football Recruiting
Sunday Recruiting Rundown — May 11
By Tony Gerdeman

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State had one of the top in-state prospects of the 2016 class on campus this weekend in running back George Hill (6-0 182) out of Hubbard, Ohio. Hill is the teammate of 2015 running back prospect L.J. Scott.

While Scott may be leaning towards committing to Michigan State, it would be a surprise if Hill -- who holds an Ohio State offer -- ends up anywhere but Columbus.

Hill has been timed at 4.40 in the 40-yard dash and rushed for 1,175 yards last season as a sophomore on just 100 carries, scoring 15 touchdowns.

Prior to a season-ending loss in the playoffs against Akron St. Vincent - St. Mary where he had just 19 yards on three carries, he rushed for 504 yards in his previous three games on just 31 carries (16.3 ypc).

Hill is an explosive running back who is a threat to hit a long one at any moment. He has offers from OSU, West Virginia, Michigan State, Kentucky and Cincinnati. It wouldn't be a surprise if he became the first commitment for Ohio State's 2016 class in the near future.

The Real Deal?
Speaking of 2016 running backs, the Buckeyes offered Elijah Holyfield (5-11 190) this past week. He is from Atlanta, Georgia and happens to be the son of former heavyweight boxing champ Evander Holyfield.

He was one of the top running backs at the Atlanta Nike Football Training Camp in March, where he ran a 4.6 40-yard dash. He also holds offers from Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky.

Don't expect any movement here in regards to Ohio State right away, as this is more of a "foot-in-the-door" kind of thing.

Buckeyes Offer Another 2015 Quarterback
A year after holding onto quarterback offers like they were the last two pennies on the planet, the Buckeyes are now handing out quarterback offers almost like they were third-grade valentines.

The latest offer was extended to Lamar Jackson (6-3 202) out of Boynton Beach, Florida. Jackson is the #10 dual-threat quarterback in the nation according to 247Sports. He was named the quarterback MVP at the Miami Rivals camp back in March.

He is coming off of a season where he threw for over 1,600 yards and rushed for over 1,400 yards. He has been timed at 4.77 in the 40-yard dash.

It will be tough to pull Jackson out of the South, as he also has offers from Florida State, Clemson, Auburn, Georgia and South Carolina, though some believe West Virginia leads at this point.

Top Receiver Visits
Miles Boykin (6-4 212), the nation's #10 receiver out of New Lenox, Illinois visited Ohio State this weekend. The Buckeyes offered him a month ago with the idea that he could become a flex tight end. That plan has now been scrapped after the way he has performed of late, specifically at a Chicago Rivals camp where he was clearly the best wide receiver on the field. The 4.51 40-yard dash he clocked recently hasn't hurt either.

The Buckeyes now want him solely as a receiver per Rivals, but they are far from alone. Boykin has offers from Florida, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin. By all accounts the visit with OSU went well and the Buckeyes could be in this one for a while.

Upcoming Visit for Pennsylvania Cornerback
The Buckeyes are scheduled to host cornerback Jordan Whitehead (6-0 180) out of Monaca, Pennsylvania this coming weekend.

Whitehead is a four-star corner, rated the #15 player at his position by ESPN. He also visited OSU back in March. Like most top Pennsylvania prospects, it will be a battle to tear him away from Penn State.

Along with offers from OSU and PSU, he also has offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. The visit this week should definitely help the Buckeyes, but Whitehead is interested in taking his time and taking all five official visits.

The Buckeyes already have one 2015 cornerback committed in Jamel Dean, and would gladly make Whitehead number two.

2017 Offensive Lineman Offered
The Buckeyes extended their seventh offer to a 2017 prospect, with this one going to offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons (6-5 274) out of St. Petersburg, Florida. Gibbons' only other offer at the moment is from Cincinnati.

Gibbons is the younger brother of offensive lineman Reilly Gibbons, who signed with Stanford last year. The younger Gibbons started every game on the varsity offensive line last season, moving between left guard and right tackle.

The other 2017 prospects with offers are quarterback Danny Clark (Massillon, OH), who has already committed to Ohio State, running back Robert Burns (Miami, FL), receivers Keyshawn Johnson Jr. (Mission Viejo, CA) and Jeff Thomas (East St. Louis, IL), offensive lineman Josh Meyers (Miamisburg, OH) and defensive back Richard LeCounte (Hinesville, GA).


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