Recruiting News and Notes

Here's a look at some of the Ohio State recruiting events and notes from the past week.

OFFICIAL VISIT SCHEDULED

Sparta (NJ) wide receiver Noah Brown visited Ohio State over the summer and seemed to favor the Buckeyes strongly. Since that date, he has taken other trips including two unofficial visits to Rutgers.

Rutgers had seemed to thwart any momentum the Buckeyes had with Brown and he announced he would have his college decision made by September 12.

Brown now has scheduled an official visit to Ohio State this weekend for the San Diego State game, the weekend before he is set to choose what college he will attend. That is very telling over what Brown's intentions may be. It isn't the courtesy trip Curtis Samuel took to Rutgers before choosing Ohio State.

OFFENSIVE LINE RECRUITING

Kyle Trout, Marcelys Jones, Jamarco Jones, and Demetrius Knox are already in the fold and compose an already strong group at the position. That should not be the finish though.

A few prospects still being chased are Damian Prince, Chad Mavety, Alex Bookser, Brian Wallace, Avery Gennesy, and Dontavius Blair.

Prince will be a tussle between Ohio State and Maryland and the conclusion won't happen until the end of the cycle. The chances with Bookser aren't all that optimistic and he appears to be leaning towards staying in-state.

Mavety becomes more likely as the other top suitors, Florida State and Alabama, continue to fill up at the position. He won't be scared away by other prospects committing to the Seminoles and Crimson Tide, but there may not be a scholarship left for him if they lock in their other top targets. He will take an official visit to Ohio State in November for the Indiana game.

Wallace, Gennesy, and Blair are more unlikely but the Buckeyes' staff continues to stay in contact with the three prospects.

IN-STATE VISITOR FOR SATURDAY'S GAME

2015 Columbus (OH) Walnut Ridge linebacker Anthony McKee will be visiting the Buckeyes for their tilt against San Diego State. McKee already holds offers from Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Bowling Green, and Toledo.

NOTE ON '15 LB Jeffery Holland

To start, I think he will ultimately stay close to home and commit to Florida. However, Ohio State is trying to make it interesting. He has a strong relationship with Coach Hinton and really enjoyed his unofficial visit to see the Buckeyes over the summer, even though it was a short stop.

Holland told me that he is trying to set up another visit to Ohio State for the fall to see a game. The likely dates would be one of the night games against Penn State or Wisconsin as that would be the easiest to fit in.

He's ranked as the fourth best linebacker in the country for the 2015 class.

SEPTEMBER 1

The first day of September is a big time on the recruiting calendar and marks the date that colleges can begin to use phone call per week on high school seniors and begin to contact high school juniors through social media and send recruiting materials outside of camp/clinic brochures and questionnaires.

A few 2015 prospects that have heard from Ohio State early on:

Drew Richmond
Justin Dunning
Nick Conner
Torrance Gibson
Jackson Harris
Christian Kirk
Andre Robinson
Jacques Patrick
Russell Ude
Chuma Edoga
Preston Williams
Darian Roseboro
Anthony McKee
Jeffery Holland
CeCe Jefferson

There is undoubtedly more that have heard from the Buckeyes already but those are the ones I've uncovered thus far.

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