Sunday Recruiting Rundown — June 15
By Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — It's been a busy week for OSU as the Buckeyes have received four verbal commitments since our last Recruiting Rundown.
On Sunday, it was four-star safety Tyler Green (6-3 195) out of Maryland getting the ball rolling. Green is a long and fast safety who routinely showed himself to be one of the best athletes at each camp that he participated in. Green received his offer after one of those performances at OSU's own camp, and accepted it shortly thereafter.
One day later, it was South Dakota offensive lineman Grant Schmidt, who had also participated at OSU's camp. Schmidt, the #22 offensive tackle in the nation per Rivals, already had an offer from the Buckeyes, but used the weekend to solidify his decision.
Then one day after that, the Buckeyes got a commitment from arguably the top long snapper in the nation, in Liam McCullough (6-2 230) out of the Columbus area. He also had offers from Michigan State, Kentucky and Wisconsin.
Things then went quiet for the next few days until Saturday, when they received their first commitment of the 2016 class in the form of Scout's #6 running back George Hill, out of Hubbard Ohio. Hill (6-0 190) is by some accounts the top running back in the state, and some would argue that distinction would be regardless of class.
It wouldn't be a surprise to see Hill have some company in the 2016 class over the next month or so.
Haskins Visits Ohio State
One of the Buckeyes' top 2016 quarterback targets was on campus this weekend for an unofficial visit. Dwayne Haskins (6-2 185) out of The Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland enjoyed himself on the visit, sharing much of it on Twitter.
Haskins is rated the #11 quarterback in the nation per Scout and holds offers from Ohio State, Florida State, Clemson, Florida, Michigan, Miami (FL), Notre Dame, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and several others.
He has visits scheduled to Virginia Tech and West Virginia this week, and Notre Dame next week. The Buckeyes are the leaders here, and there is no doubt they attempted to stretch their lead this weekend.
Could he be close to committing? There are some who think so.
The 2015 Quarterback Situation
There is a decent chance that the Buckeyes could be done with their 2016 quarterback recruiting before they are done with their 2015 quarterback recruiting -- unless they are already done with 2015.
Since five-star Fort Lauderdale quarterback Torrance Gibson (6-4 200) hasn't yet -- and doesn't appear likely to -- visit Ohio State, he cannot be considered a legitimate possibility for the 2015 class.
Fellow Floridian Deondre Francois (6-1 195) out of Orlando tweeted that he would be making his decision late next month and that his top six was Oregon, Florida State, Auburn, Tennessee, Ohio State and Notre Dame. He does have visits scheduled to Ohio State, Auburn and Tennessee this week, but most expect him to choose the Seminoles.
There is also the Travis Waller situation. Waller (6-3 190) is 247Sports' #2 dual-threat quarterback in the nation. He is from Anaheim, California and this past week he released a top four of Notre Dame, Alabama, Northwestern and Ohio State, with plans of committing on July 1.
The problem for Ohio State, however, is that they have not yet offered Waller. They have invited him to come for a visit and possibly earn an offer at that point, but until that happens -- and perhaps even after that happens -- Waller is likely to end up at Notre Dame.
Ohio State has told some recruits that they are taking two quarterbacks, but their actions don't necessarily match their words. It's clear that they would like to take two, but aren't interested in settling at the moment.
Would one quarterback in the 2015 class be okay if they already know they have one locked down in 2016 (Haskins) and 2017 (Danny Clark)?
Christian Kirk to Visit Again Next Weekend
Receiver Christian Kirk (5-11 195) out of Scottsdale, Arizona will be making a trip to Ohio State next weekend to visit the school once again. Already thought to be down to Texas A&M and Ohio State, getting Kirk on campus is very important for the Buckeyes.
Kirk is the #5 receiver in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite ranking. That visit will follow the trip to Texas A&M that he took this past weekend. A decision isn't expected soon, as he is planning on taking official visits prior to committing.
Buckeyes Looking West for Another Lineman
Having found some good fortune in the wilds of South Dakota with Grant Schmidt, the Buckeyes once again turned west, hosting Utah offensive lineman Andre James (6-5 275) this weekend.
James is the #13 offensive tackle in the nation per Scout. He holds offers from Ohio State, USC, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA, Nebraska, Miami (FL) and Wisconsin.
He recently trimmed his list down to a top six and the Buckeyes made the cut. The rest of the list includes Oklahoma, Oregon, USC, UCLA and Utah. He also has family in Ohio and plans to take all of his out-of-state official visits per Rivals.
Nation's #1 QB to Visit?
Malik Henry (6-3 180), the nation's top dual-threat quarterback in the 2016 class participated in the SoundMind SoundBody camp in Detroit this past week. After doing so, he had intentions of visiting Michigan State, Michigan and Ohio State throughout the weekend.
Henry, from Thousand Oaks, California obviously made the trip to East Lansing.
Buckeyes Lose Defensive Target
Elijah Taylor (6-3 285), a defensive tackle out of Cincinnati Moeller committed to Notre Dame this past week. He had an offer from Ohio State, as well as Florida State, Tennessee and Miami (FL).
Securing commitments from Cincinnati is always a battle for the Buckeyes, though they have landed Sam Hubbard and Adolphus Washington in recent classes. There is a pair of 2016 kids in offensive lineman Tommy Kraemer and tight end Jake Hausmann that the Buckeyes will not want to lose.
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