Bank Blog: Recruiting Update

As undefeated Ohio State looks to cap off a perfect season by defeating Michigan this Saturday, the Buckeyes will also host several top prospects for recruiting visits. Where do things stand in the recruiting world?

- This weekend's game will be a hectic one for the recruiting coordinator and his staff, as the sheer volume of visitors is overwhelming, let alone the star power that will be on-hand. Pretty safe to say this will be the most impressive recruiting weekend in recent Game-Day history.

- As impressive as this weekend will be, the weekend of December 7th might be far more important to the 2013 recruiting class. Because of playoff games, and to allow for more individual attention, the official visits of Skai Moore, David Dawson and James Quick are game-changers. There will be several committed players on hand to hopefully welcome their new teammates into the fold. Mike Mitchell has been all over the board because of his football schedule, but this date is a real possibility.

- Official visitors for the Michigan game should be the likes of Trey Johnson, Tony Stevens, Daniel McMillan, Auston Johnson and Marquez North. There could be more, and we will release a list later this week.

- If you aren't talking directly to these players, you'd better be talking to people close to them, or you basically have no clue. The James Quick saga became REAL for Ohio State once Urban Meyer basically took over that recruitment, and I have the Buckeyes as a slight leader in the clubhouse for Quick. There is a long way to go, and a one-shot lead with five holes to play doesn't guarantee you the win, but Urban usually makes pars and birdies with the lead. He won't need an eagle to win this one.

- I have never, ever, been optimistic about Ohio State landing Vonn Bell, UNTIL RECENTLY. The thought from my source on this was that the impending firing of Derek Dooley was a given, and would not have any affect on Bell. Now that the decision is in, it actually looks like that might not be the case. All indications are that Tennessee will go for broke for a big-name, but who will that be? Ohio State has climbed in Bell's eyes recently, and I now have this one as "one to watch", rather than "not looking good". An official visit has not been scheduled yet, I was told, but he "could" be in Columbus on December 7th. Watch for this one.

- Unofficial visitors for the 2013 class will include Christopher Worley, Donovan Munger and Shelton Gibson of the in-state prospects.

- Top 2014 unofficial visitors this weekend include the likes of Raekwon McMillan, Myles Autry, Jamarco Jones, Drew Barker, Jabril Peppers and Nile Sykes. And several others have mentioned they are coming.

- Of the in-state 2014 guys, Marshon Lattimore, Marcelys Jones, Erick Smith, Kyle Trout, DeShone Kizer, Mikel Horton, Darius West, Thaddeus Snodgrass, Alonzo Saxton are among several confirmed.

- Corey Smith, East Mississippi Community College, will be in Columbus for the Michigan game for an unofficial visit. He will also return in January for his official. He is scheduled to sit down with Urban Meyer this weekend, following a phone conversation last week. Smith also has official planned to Tennessee and Mississippi State. One to watch.

- Junior linebacker Kyle Berger of Cleveland St. Ignatius has totally flown under the radar this season, and I'm stunned he has no offers yet. Not even MAC? He is one of the top prospects in Ohio for the 2014 class, and while not receiving the attention of Dante Booker, he can play Big Ten football. He will be visiting Ohio State this weekend.

- Seeing Dorian Johnson commit to Pittsburgh, and not take any of his two planned Ohio State visits could open up the door for another offensive lineman. In-state prospects appear to be picked over, but maybe they double back on Kyle Meadows?

- Two impressive sophomores will be attending the game together, Eric Glover-Williams (Canton McKinley) and Jason Simon (Canton GlenOak). Simon played wide receiver and tailback this season, and should be the starting quarterback next year. He reminds people of Brionte Dunn, and projects as a tailback at the next level.

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