Ohio State Visit Weekend: News and Notes

Ohio State hosted several top prospects over the weekend Here's the latest on how it all shook out in Columbus. Tons of information and good news came out of it.

Updates on this weekend's visitors in Columbus will continue to trickle in. A few of the official visits have not come to a completion yet.

Here's the latest on several of the visits that took place and the impact a few could have on the duration of their recruitment process.

The Buckeyes hosted a handful of high-profile official visitors over the weekend in wide receiver Josh Malone, linebacker Raekwon McMillan, cornerback Tony Brown, and junior college offensive tackle Avery Gennesy. Coppell (TX) defensive end Solomon Thomas and Southfield (MI) defensive tackle Malik McDowell was also on campus but they were unofficial visits for the blue chippers.

Raekwon McMillan is one of the top targets left on the board for the Buckeyes. He is set to leave Columbus Monday morning but the visit is going as well as planned. McMillan has spent a lot of time with Ryan Shazier and Curtis Grant, the two guys he has struck up a keen relationship with on past trips to Ohio State. He continues to blend in well at Ohio State according to someone close to the situation and has a high comfort level with the university.

Solomon Thomas made a surprise visit to Columbus for the game against Penn State. It came together last minute and he initiated the contact to set up the visit himself. The Buckeyes made a strong impression and may be the team to beat. An official visit from Thomas will be the next step.

Five-star cornerback Tony Brown is also on campus to check out the Buckeyes. A ton of ground needs to be made up and it will probably still be an uphill battle for Ohio State. Brown has hung out with Dontre Wilson and Vonn Bell a large amount and has enjoyed himself. He also called the staff himself to set up the visit.

Junior college offensive tackle Avery Gennesy enjoyed his visit at Ohio State so much that he has moved the Buckeyes into his top two schools, along with Texas A&M. He spent time with his friend, Corey Smith, who attended the same junior college institution that Gennesy is currently at. Gennesy likes the Buckeyes but his fate could depend on what happens with Ohio State's chances with Chad Mavety.

The Buckeyes are in for a strong finish for the 2014 recruiting cycle. They are in strong position for Marshon Lattimroe, Erick Smith, Raekwon McMillan, Solomon Thomas, Chad Mavety, and have a great shot at landing Thomas Holley as well.

Other prospects also continue to show legitimate interest in Ohio State as well such as Juju Smith and Johnnie Dixon, though the Buckeyes have quite a bit of work left on both.

Two 2015 prospects that Ohio State has made a leap for are quarterback Lorenzo Nunez and running back Jacques Patrick.

It was Nunez's second time on the Buckeyes' campus but his first time attending for a game. His parents made the trip and they all enjoyed their time in Columbus. His father told Scout that "Ohio State is definitely standing out but there's not a clear decision yet." The Buckeyes are the team to beat for the four-star quarterback and may be able to land him sooner rather than later.

Jacques Patrick's situation going in was similar to Nunez's. He had been to campus before but hadn't yet attended a game. He enjoyed his time and was able to spend time with Urban Meyer. Patrick will be a tough pull from the state of Florida but if he chooses to leave the area, Ohio State will be his top suitor.

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