2015 Recruiting Notes

A few top targets for Ohio State have emerged in the 2015 class. Here's a few notes on that group.

DIVING IN Connecticut

Ohio State coaches have made their way up to the state of Connecticut with every chance they've had since the dead period has ended. The reason? 2015 Avon (CT) Old Farms tight end Chris Clark.

Clark has an offer from the Buckeyes but has also grabbed offers from Tennessee, Georgia, Arizona State, and Michigan. The Buckeyes and Georgia have shot out and placed themselves in great position for the standout tight end. Another program could be poised to make a move as well.

When his Michigan offer came, he called it a dream offer and they could contend with Ohio State and Georgia for his commitment. Clark is visiting Georgia this weekend and will be in Columbus for a visit in March.

WIDE RECEIVER TO WATCH

Brentwood (TN) Ravenwood junior wide receiver Van Jefferson is another prospect the Buckeyes have honed in on in the 2015 class. He's already visited Ohio State and another visit to Columbus is expected in the Spring.

The competition for his services should come from Penn State. James Franklin recruited Jefferson at Vanderbilt and is now doing the same in Happy Valley.

I'd expect Jefferson to visit both programs over the Spring and make a college decision afterwards.

CORNERBACK GOING ELSEWHERE?

Top target Minkah Fitzpatrick has admittedly said that Ohio State has recruited him the hardest thus far. The Buckeyes visited St. Peter's Prep this week to check on the four-star junior.

Fitzpatrick informed me that he will be in Tuscaloosa this weekend for an unofficial visit to Alabama. Some around the Crimson Tide program think there's a chance he could pull the trigger.

'15 LINEBACKERS

Ohio State has put themselves in the mix for a number of linebackers in the 2015 class that includes Jerome Baker, Justin Hilliard, Sh'mar Kilby-Lane, Ricky DeBerry, and Jeffery Holland. Dublin native Nick Conner is also in the discussion and has yet to pick up an offer.

I think Baker ends up a Buckeye but he's enjoying the process right now. He could give Penn State a pretty honest look as well. Ohio State is in a great spot for Kilby-Lane too. They'd be a clear favorite should they offer Conner as well.

Justin Hilliard is visiting Oklahoma this weekend. He's received heavy interest from Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State, and Iowa as well and reeled in offers from SEC programs. I think he's still very much wide open early on.

Five-star Ricky DeBerry is set to visit the Buckeyes in a couple weeks, giving Ohio State a great chance to make a massive impression early on. Holland is seriously looking at Ohio State and has already visited. He may visit again but should be difficult to pluck away from the Gators. Holland will visit Florida again this weekend.

A COUPLE QUARTERBACKS

If you watch Ohio State on the trail, it is readily apparent they aren't putting all their eggs into the Torrance Gibson basket. They visit two other top targets at every opportunity awarded to them.

2015 Jersey City (NJ) St. Peter's Prep quarterback Brandon Wimbush is one and Ohio State has frequented his school more than any other program. At one point the junior from New Jersey hoped to make an early decision but he has since stepped back from that statement. An early choice would have benefited the Buckeyes.

Wimbush is now broadening his focus. He has set a visit for February 15 that is worth noting. He will get his first look at the Penn State program since Franklin took over, the school his mother attended. They will be a significant threat moving forward.

Tom Herman got caught in the massive storm in Atlanta that left him on the interstate for nearly 19 hours. Before he was submerged in standstill traffic he dropped by Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia to see Lorenzo Nunez.

Nunez plans to make a college choice towards the end of Spring ball. I'm beginning to feel more optimistic about Ohio State's chances with Nunez than Wimbush.

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