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.


Lonnie Johnson – The Gary, Indiana wide receiver joined seven others in the class after he gave his commitment to the Buckeyes on Mothers Day. Ohio State was always his dream school, and as long as they would take him, he was always going to be a Buckeye.


Derek Kief – He has kept quiet about his process since visiting Ohio State for the spring game. Kentucky is the main competition here but the Buckeyes should be able to land him if they push.

Chase Winovich – The Pennsylvania three-star linebacker was tabbed with Nevada's equal sign a while ago. He was at Michigan's campus for a visit this weekend but Ohio State was in good shape for Winovich going in. It smells like the Kyle Berger situation all over again. Michigan likes their chances, as does Ohio State.


2014- Stone Mountain (GA) Stephenson teammates Jared Tucker and offensive lineman Tyler Jones earned offers from the Buckeyes this week. Another set of teammates, Kirk Tucker and Detric Dukes of Tucker, Georgia, also reeled in offers from the Ohio State staff. The rest of the offers to 2014 prospects were rounded out by running back Corey Avery, Florida defensive lineman Justus Reed, New Jersey wideout Noah Brown, and a tight end from Kansas in DeAndre Goolsby.

2015- The Buckeyes sent out an offer to QB DeAndre Johnson of Jacksonville, Florida. The signal caller plays at First Coast High School in the sunshine state and is already committed to Florida State. The offer from Ohio State is one that he said he was wanting.

2016- They are just finishing up their freshman year of high school but Florida receiver Nate Craig and Illinois offensive tackle Erik Swenson were offered by Urban Meyer's staff this week.


Curtis Samuel - The Buckeyes made the list of top five favorite schools for New York athlete Curtis Samuel. The Brooklyn native has yet to visit campus but favors Alabama, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Rutgers. Ohio State is thought to be a prime contender for Samuel's services.

Juju Smith – The five-star safety had Ohio State in his top group even before an offer had been made. That may be a good indicator that the top safety in the country isn't afraid to leave California or the western region for his college years. Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State, USC, UCLA, and Washington compose his top group.

Dante Booker – Ohio State and Notre Dame have separated themselves from the pack in the pursuit of the Akron linebacker. He is set to visit the Buckeyes in June but the Irish have made his recruitment interesting.


Demarre Kitt – He is set to pick the college he will attend on June 10. Kitt told Scout that Ohio State was his leader after visiting Columbus. I tend to think Clemson will win out for the Georgian. The timing of Kitt scheduling a date to announce and Deshaun Watson re-affirming his commitment to Clemson seemed more than just a coincidence. I think it is a fluid situation and it would not surprise me if his announcement gets pushed back.

Jamarco Jones – The Chicago area offensive tackle has been recruited hard by Ohio State for nearly a year. He plans to make a college choice on June 27 and the Buckeyes would be the favorite to reel in one of the bests in the Midwest. Michigan State could pose the biggest threat and have already tacked on a commitment from a close friend of Jones in offensive lineman Brian Allen.


Deshaun Watson – He recently instructed his coach to tell schools he would not be focusing on any other schools, that he was shutting down his process and remaining loyal to his pledge to Clemson. Since that development, Alabama has sent an offer to the Georgia quarterback and Watson agreed to meet with Ohio State when he could have chosen not to.


Demetrius Knox – There isn't any new information on Knox, who de-committed from Texas a short time ago. However, I am hearing whispers that the four-star offensive lineman expects to commit to his new destination during the summer. He is in the process of setting up another visit to Ohio State and if he makes that visit over the summer, it would be time to call for a commitment watch for the one-time Ohio resident.


Natrell Curtis – The offensive lineman from Arizona has an offer from the Buckeyes and wants to visit Ohio State. If the visit takes place it is worth paying attention to, but only if it does.

Jalen Brown – The star wide receiver is teammates with Natrell Curtis and also may visit Ohio State. The Buckeyes have been busy in the state of Arizona this cycle.

Kyle Allen – He is the nation's top quarterback and was recently offered by Ohio State and Notre Dame. Allen tends to head east quite often, indicating distance is not an obstacle for teams such as the Buckeyes and Irish to land him. The five-star signal caller will be in Chicago for a camp again next month, possibly creating an opportunity to visit a few schools in the Midwest. His teammate, wide receiver Mark Andrews, also has offers from both Ohio State and Notre Dame, and has flown across the country to visit both already.


Tyler Luatua – He wants to take two or three of his official visits before choosing a school. Alabama and Notre Dame are two schools he knows that will receive one. Other possible schools that could get Luatua on campus for an official are Ohio State, Michigan, UCLA, and Florida State.


Zack Darlington – Ohio State offered the Apopka quarterback over a week ago and a great camp performance from Darlington could give him the inside track on being the quarterback in the class. The Buckeyes are among the schools standing out for him.

Elisha Shaw – The nation's third rated defensive tackle is teammates with two prospects that Ohio State recently offered, Detric Dukes and Kirk Tucker. Dukes and Tucker will camp at Ohio State in June and Shaw told Scout that he "probably" would join his Tucker High School teammates in Columbus.

Poona Ford – The Hilton Head defensive tackle has the Buckeyes in his top group and they should pose a threat to land him. He is expected to camp at Ohio State in June. It could turn into another Ohio State-Tennessee recruiting battle.


Drew Barker to Kentucky.

Lawrence Marshall to Michigan.

Isaiah Ford to Louisville.

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