OSU Weekly Recruiting Update

What has gone on in the past week with Ohio State and their attempt to secure another top flight recruiting class? Derek Young takes a look at the 2014 Buckeye recruiting efforts.

COMMIT WATCH:

Derek Kief – There's been no change in the recruitment of Kief. He is Ohio State's to lose.

Chase Winovich – Nevada's equal sign has been locked in for a couple weeks now. That tells the tale on this one but he has a Michigan visit set up for next weekend.

Dante Booker – He's the toughest recruit to track but his unofficial visits suggest Ohio State is in command position, while Notre Dame offers the strongest competition for his services.

NEW OFFERS:

2014 – Three quarterbacks earned Ohio State offers this week after being watched by Ohio State assistant Tom Herman. Brandon Harris of Louisiana, Zack Darlington from Florida, and Arizona native Kyle Allen were all on the phone with Urban Meyer this week learning about the offer.

2015 – Three offensive players in the class were offered in the past week in running backs Natereace Strong and Eli Brown, and offensive tackle Matthew Burrell. Five defensive linemen in the class were also offered in Terry Beckner, Tim Settle, D'Andre Walker, Jashon Cornell, and CeCe Jefferson.

TOP GROUPS:

Tony James – The Gainesville, Florida standout has named a top five of Florida, Ohio State, Oregon, Kentucky, and Nebraska in no particular order. He would project to play the role Percy Harvin made famous in Urban Meyer's offense.

Jamarco Jones – He's still a candidate to commit to Ohio State in the near future. Jones announced a final four list of schools that includes Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, and Notre Dame. The Buckeyes are in a great spot to land him.

Demetrius Knox – After his de-commitment from Texas, Knox told Scout that he would be narrowing his focus to seven schools. Ohio State made the cut, alongside UCLA, Florida State, Miami, Ole Miss, Oregon, and Alabama.

GENERAL INFO:

Jamal Adams – The star-studded safety from Texas intends to visit Ohio State in addition to USC, UCLA, Stanford, Ole Miss, Florida, and Florida State. Texas and Texas A&M have already hosted him on visits.

Thomas Holley – The Buckeyes' coaches are a staff he talks to quite a bit. There's nothing to see here unless he visits.

STANDARD Clifton Garrett UPDATE:

He announced that LSU is his top school. His visits to the southeast have turned his head and he has re-positioned his focus to those schools. If he were to decide on what college to attend today, Ohio State would barely be in the discussion.

I still think it is too early for Ohio State to give up on Garrett, and the coaches won't. He's also had Michigan State and Notre Dame out front at one time as well. Garrett will decide late and the Buckeyes could squeak in an official visit in an attempt to re-kinder the relationship that once had them out in front with a convincing lead for the star linebacker's services.

QUARTERBACK DERBY:

After a year of chasing Clemson commit Deshaun Watson at the position, Ohio State moved on and sent out three offers to quarterbacks in a span of 72 hours. After being evaluated by Buckeyes' assistant Tom Herman, Kyle Allen, Brandon Harris, and Zack Darlington were all given notice they had been offered by Ohio State.

Allen is the nation's top quarterback, a five-star prospect, and the 21st ranked player overall in the 2014 class. He camped at Ohio State last summer and was hopeful for an offer. It came ten months later. The Buckeyes will be a player for Allen and will try to get him back on campus as soon as possible.

Brandon Harris had a big week, reeling in scholarship offers from Ohio State, Texas A&M, and Auburn. The Louisiana native had been in pursuit of the offers from the Buckeyes and Aggies, but Texas A&M could be a strong suitor to land Harris should they make a move to push hard for him. He plans to visit Ohio State, which could shake the situation up.

Darlington is a late guy on the scene. The Apopka product performed well enough in front of Herman to be under consideration to nab a spot in the Buckeyes' class. A strong camp performance in Columbus would be needed to seal the deal for him to have a chance to jump in and be Urban Meyer's signal caller for 2014.

Ohio State's top choice right now is probably Kyle Allen. He is the more ready product of the three and would give the current quarterbacks on the roster immediate competition. However, if Allen waits, a scenario could play out giving Harris or Darlington a chance to grab the spot.

COMMITTED ELSEWHERE:

Orlando Brown Jr. to Tennessee.

Quenton Nelson to Notre Dame.

Christian McCaffrey to Stanford.


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