I do not have anybody on commitment watch heading into the event but it wouldn't shock me to see somebody pull the trigger for the Buckeyes. Here are a few of the important 2014 recruits that will be in attendance.
Raekwon McMillan – The four-star linebacker is expected to visit Ohio State with his family and stick around until Tuesday. It is a pretty significant visit for the Buckeyes to further distance themselves from the pack and to win the family over.
Curtis Samuel – The playmaker from Brooklyn has long listed Ohio State near the top of his list and will make his first visit to the Buckeyes' campus. This may be one to watch.
Erick Smith – The safety from Glenville will be on campus and Ohio State has a chance to make even more of an impression on the prospect.
Marshon Lattimore – The top player in Ohio will be at Friday Night Lights and will be sure to garner a ton of attention from the Buckeyes' staff.
Trevion Thompson – One of the top wide receivers on the Buckeyes' recruiting board will be in attendance and it will be his second visit to the Ohio State campus. The return visit tells me that there's genuine strong interest from both parties here.
Other targets Ohio State is in on:
Quincy Wilson – The three-star defensive back will be making three visits to schools in the SEC this week and could make a decision in the next month or a little after. The Buckeyes and Gators should battle for his services.
Malik Hooker – The four-star prospect athlete from Pennsylvania has the Buckeyes in his top group. He could become a legitimate possibility should Wilson select the Gators.
Thomas Holley – After taking many visits Holley will be making his next cut in regards to top schools. I expect Ohio State to make that list, as they impressed the Brooklyn defensive tackle on his visit.
Jonathan Hilliman – The New Jersey running back had a fantastic visit to Ohio State a little over a month ago giving the Buckeyes a great chance at landing the three-star prospect.
Noah Brown – The Sparta, New Jersey wideout will actually visit the Buckeyes today. Ohio State has Brown high on their board and a good visit could go a long way. He could be one to watch but they may see how things go with Thompson beforehand before making an aggressive move for the three-star prospect.
Mike Gesicki – Another northeast prospect is high on the Buckeyes in Gesicki. He is in the middle of taking other visits but holds Ohio State in high regard after earning an offer stemming from his camp performance in front of the Buckeyes' staff in June.
Damian Prince – He visited Ohio State in June and enjoyed the trip. The Buckeyes are in the game and will need to get an official visit from Prince to remain a factor.
Alex Bookser – Pittsburgh, Penn State, and Ohio State seem to be in the best spot for the Pennsylvania native. He's visited the Buckeyes a couple times and they will try to out-duel the nearby in-state schools for his signature.
Chad Mavety – One of two junior college offensive linemen the Buckeyes are aggressively pursuing, Mavety is in the middle of taking plenty of visits. He has already made a stop at Ohio State and plans to take an official visit to Columbus.
Jermaine Eluemunor – The Lackawanna junior college lineman will announce between Ohio State, Arkansas, and UCLA on Friday. Even if the Buckeyes miss on Eluemunor now, it may be worth to pay attention to his recruitment up to the day he signs.
A pattern developing?
Although it was widely expected for the Buckeyes' staff to be a force in the southeast due to Urban Meyer's stint at Florida and the connections the school already had in the state of Florida, another region in the country has really jumped out as a significant recruiting ground for this Buckeyes' regime.
Just looking at the above prospects, many northeast recruits are receiving heavy attention from the Ohio State staff. The Buckeyes' coaches will recruit just about every area of the country, but they seem to have valued a good amount of northeast prospects in this class and are having success in their pursuit of them.
Curtis Samuel, Thomas Holley, Jonathan Hilliman, Noah Brown, Mike Gesicki, Alex Bookser, Damian Prince, Malik Hooker, and even the junior college prospects have been rated high on Ohio State's recruiting board and they have expressed reciprocal interest in the Buckeyes.
It could be that the Ohio State staff ranks a lot of the northeast prospects in this class high or it could be a territory in which they plan to attempt to gain a stranglehold on.