Buckeyes Recruiting Update: Offense

Ohio State recruiting has been slowed in the past week or so, as most college coaches are on vacation before the start of fall practice. The Buckeyes do have the Friday Night Lights camp still on the horizon. How do things look on the offensive side of the ball?


Stephen Collier has already committed to Ohio State and all appears done at the position. Brandon Harris decides where he will attend college on Thursday and anyone but LSU would be a surprise.

Running Back:

Akron athlete Parris Campbell has also already committed to Ohio State but the Buckeyes seem determined to have him play elsewhere. He has performed at receiver in all the summer camps, though he has showed only a few glimpses of being able to excel at that position.

Jonathan Hilliman, Myles Autry, Joe Mixon, and Derrell Scott are top candidates left on the board that remain uncommitted. I do not see Ohio State posing much of a threat for Joe Mixon. Derrell Scott has visited but I think it is unlikely he ends up in Columbus.

Myles Autry has said repeatedly that the Buckeyes' were his dream school but he has yet to step foot on the campus for a visit. If he visits, it is something worth paying attention to but not before then. Jonathan Hilliman seems like the most likely of the four to sign with Ohio State. He had a great visit and named the Buckeyes his leader but has since slowed down his process and plans to visit Michigan for their BBQ.

Wide Receiver/Tight End:

Terry McLaurin and Lonnie Johnson have already made the call to become Buckeyes out of this position group, but a few others should follow. The top remaining targets left on board are Johnnie Dixon, Curtis Samuel, Austin Roberts, Mike Gesicki, Trevion Thompson, Saeed Blacknall, Noah Brown, and Mark Andrews.

At this point, I do not see the Buckeyes being a threat for Saeed Blacknall or Mark Andrews. Blacknall favors LSU while Andrews could be leaning towards Notre Dame or to Texas A&M to be with teammate Kyle Allen.

Noah Brown is an interesting development. He is an unsung talent out of New Jersey and has scheduled a visit to Ohio State for July 24 and already holds an offer. A lot could be found out following that visit but he could be one to keep an eye on.

Ohio State will need to host Trevion Thompson on another visit to be in the serious discussion for his services. He has tentatively planned to be in Columbus for Friday Night Lights. Thompson was also expected to visit the Buckeyes in June but that visit never happened. It is a "wait and see" deal for the four-star wideout from Durham, North Carolina.

The Buckeyes are in it for Johnnie Dixon and Curtis Samuel. Dixon has the Buckeyes running second behind Miami currently. The Hurricanes will be tough to beat and Ohio State has to now hope to receive an official visit from the Florida wideout. Samuel has taken very few visits and Ohio State could be a player. They need to get Samuel to campus, and if they do, they are a serious threat. Urban Meyer has become directly involved with the speedster from New York so it will be one to watch closely.

I don't see Roberts and Gesicki both at Ohio State, but I think the Buckeyes would be the choice for both right now if they were forced to choose where to play in college. I think scholarship space squeezes one of these prospects out, and it may be Gesicki. Roberts plans to be in Columbus for Ohio State'S Friday Night Lights Camp, and I think he only makes the trip if he knows he's in.

Offensive Line:

The Buckeyes already solidified three verbal commits along the line in Jamarco Jones, Kyle Trout, and Marcelys Jones. I see two more prospects being added to the fold. Three more could be added at most, and even that could be a stretch. Other possibilities include Demetrius Knox, Damian Prince, Jermaine Eluemunor, Chad Mavety, and Alex Bookser.

Junior college recruit Jermaine Eluemunor could be the most likely out of the bunch. He remains committed to UCLA but I'd go as far as stating that Ohio State is the school in the best position for his commitment. He will visit Arkansas before deciding between the Buckeyes, UCLA, and the Razorbacks.

Demetrius Knox is apart of a story that won't have an ending until the first Wednesday in February. Everything before that will be entertaining and most assuredly eventful, but nothing certain until the day he signs. Ohio State and UCLA are the top candidates for that signature as of now in my estimation.

Damian Prince went through and visited the Buckeyes' campus, which is a great early sign. Ohio State should now be a threat to reel Prince in but they will receive worthy competition for his services from a handful of schools. An official visit should be the next step in luring the talented prospect in.

Chad Mavety is another junior college prospect Ohio State is in good standing with but a lot of what happens to him could be determined by the choice of Eluemunor. The two junior college recruits would like to attend different schools so that there is a quicker path to the field. If Eluemunor ends up picking the Buckeyes, Mavety could head elsewhere. If Eluemunor spurns Ohio State, the Buckeyes become an even more attractive destination for Mavety.

Another prospect has returned to the radar as Pennsylvania native Alex Bookser returned to Columbus recently for another visit to Ohio State per his twitter account.

The four-star lineman's high school coach recently told Scout that Pittsburgh and Ohio State were at the top for Bookser's services. Just days later, Bookser announces that he is visiting Ohio State. The Buckeyes are in better shape for the 11th ranked offensive tackle than most believed, including myself.

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