Cornerback Justin Green of Louisville knew all about Ohio State. His brother played for Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes a few years ago. However, until recently, Ohio State had not extended a scholarship offer, though schools like Tennessee, Miami, and Alabama were in hot pursuit of his commitment. Early in June, the Ohio State offer arrived and the 5-foot-11, 180-pounder is now a Buckeye. Like Brown, Green could play on offense if things don't pan out at corner. He lined up at both running back and wide receiver along with cornerback for Male High School in 2007.
The other recent Buckeye defensive back commitments are cornerback Dominic Clarke of Frederick, Md. and Bradley McDougald from Dublin, Ohio. Clarke picked Ohio State over Maryland, Boston College, Stanford, and Virginia while McDougald also considered Wisconsin, Michigan State, Illinois, and Boston College.
OSU's latest commitment came from defensive end Jonathan Newsome, who plays for Buckeye-friendly Glenville High School in Cleveland. He is the 23rd prospect to commit to Ohio State this year.
Carlos Hyde gets many of his yards rushing behind 6-foot-4, 280-pound Nick Alajajian at Naples High School. Starting in 2009, Alajajian will be opening holes for guys wearing the blue and orange of the Florida Gators. He is Scout.com's No. 41 player overall and their top offensive guard prospect, though he could play tackle if necessary. Along with Hyde, Alajajian helped Naples High go 16-0 and win Florida's state 3A championship. He also considered Clemson, Florida State, and Georgia.
Along with Alajajian, the Gators also secured the commitment of Scout.com's No. 5 offensive guard when Jonotthan Harrison committed on the last day of June. Currently, the Groveland, Fla. native is all about power and athletic ability. His technique needs work, but that can be taught. His physical abilities cannot. At 6-foot-3 and 279 pounds, Harrison will definitely be a guard on the college level. Before selecting Florida, he had narrowed his choices to seven schools. The other six were Miami, Central Florida, South Florida, Florida State, Duke, and Stanford.
A number of schools added several commitments in June. Maryland got nine commitments. So did Texas A&M. Virginia and Kentucky picked up seven. Tennesee did as well, one of which came from four-star quarterback Josh Nunes of Upland, Calif., who picked the Vols over schools like Oklahoma, Stanford, Florida, and Arizona State. But Cincinnati and Rutgers put everyone to shame by adding 15 and 13 commitments, respectively.
The Bearcats really beefed up both lines, getting three offensive linemen and five defensive linemen. Of the players they added, the highest ranked all carry three-star ratings: offensive tackle Austin Bujnoch of Cincinnati, defensive tackle Jordan Stepp of Indianapolis, and offensive guard Ricky Harris of Westerville, Ohio. Bujnoch picked Cincy over Louisville and North Carolina State, Stepp chose the Bearcats over Indiana, and Harris went with Cincinnati over Illinois.
While Rutgers did not quite match the Bearcats in the quantity department, they more than made up for that in quality. Five of their June commitments hold four-star ratings while seven others are ranked as three-star prospects by Scout.com. Mark Brazinski of Somerville, N.J. is rated as the No. 1 center in the country by Scout.com. He had offers from Florida State and Boston College. Scout.com has Paulsboro, N.J.'s Gerald Hughes as the Class of 2009's No. 59 player and No. 3 weak-side linebacker. His offer list included Iowa, Penn State, and West Virginia.
A few other future Scarlet Knights were also being pursued by some of the nation's top programs. Running back Desmond Scott from Durham, N.C. was offered by Georgia, Clemson, and Tennessee. Scout.com's No. 15 running back, Aaron Hayward of Carneys Point, N.J., had offers from Pittsburgh, North Carolina, and West Virginia. Four-star cornerback Duron Harmon of Camden-Wyoming, Del. was considering Pittsburgh, Iowa, and Stanford. Voorhees, N.J. cornerback Logan Ryan's offer list included Michigan State, Iowa, West Virginia, and Virginia. Those same schools had offered Shawney Kersey, a wide receiver from Woodbury, N.J. And defensive end Michael Larrow from Union, N.J. chose Rutgers over Oregon, Illinois, and South Florida.