The Ohio State Spring Game took place over the weekend, and even though no commitments took place, the Buckeyes kept in strong position for a few of the prospects on hand.
In addition to a few of the visitors in Columbus over the weekend, I'm also hearing positive Ohio State news on a number of other Buckeye targets.
Brandon Wimbush. The four-star quarterback from New Jersey is planning a visit to Ohio State for this upcoming weekend. His insistence on taking that trip shows that the chatter about Torrance Gibson isn't hurting the Buckeyes' chances at the moment, though I think it kept him from committing earlier on.
Penn State took the momentum after the hiring of James Franklin, who Wimbush was close to and recruited by heavily at Vanderbilt. The Buckeyes have this one back on track, though, and are a serious threat to land him if he steps foot on campus this weekend.
Damien Harris. The four-star running back is one of the best in the nation for his class and was back at Ohio State over the weekend for the Spring Game. Harris has a strong admiration for Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer and that was on full effect this weekend.
A return spring visit to Columbus and the lack of one to Ann Arbor is telling to me. I'd have the Buckeyes as the favorite right now with Kentucky, Florida State, and Alabama also in the mix. Michigan can get back into it but it'll be tough to do without another visit this spring. Not very often does a prospect re-commit to the school he backed out of a verbal pledge on.
Van Jefferson. The Tennessee standout is a three-star prospect but his skills have been on full display throughout the camp and combine circuit this Spring. Ohio State pinpointed Jefferson as a top target early on and he's very close with Tim Hinton and Zach Smith. He didn't attend the spring game at Ohio State but his coach did.
Jefferson wants to visit Ohio State again very soon and it could end in a commitment soon afterwards. It was rumored that his father still needed some convincing that the offense in Columbus was one he felt was right for his son, but I've been told that's no longer a problem and the Buckeyes have his approval.
Hale Hentges. The Missouri four-star tight end took recent trips to Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State. He had plans to narrow his college choices to three, and make a college decision afterwards. I feel that Ohio State would have been the school Hentges chose at that time.
I still think the Buckeyes are the top school right now for the Jefferson City standout but I think he'll take a few more trips, including one to Ohio State, before settling down on a school.
Chris Clark. The recruitment of four-star Avon (CT) Old Farms tight end Chris Clark will be one of the more intriguing to watch as the 2015 cycle progresses. There will be a ton of information bantered about on him but he's an impressionable recruit that will agonize over which school is right for him. I'm not sure anyone will be comfortable pinning down which school he will choose until he signs in February.
He's a prospect that you'll have to recruit with 100 percent aggression regardless if he's committed to your school or not. Ohio State is a school he's been high on throughout his process, and he visits Columbus this weekend. I don't foresee him making another college choice anytime soon, fearing another hasty decision. It could be a situation where he gets beat to the punch by Hentges in committing to Ohio State, leaving Notre Dame, Michigan, and Tennessee strong possibilities.
Darius Fullwood. The pass-rushing defensive end from Maryland named Ohio State his leader immediately after his second trip to Columbus. His stance remains unchanged and I have the Buckeyes as the favorite, and expect a decision sometime in May. He was offered by Ohio State soon after Larry Johnson was hired to be the Buckeye defensive line coach, and that will most likely be the difference in his recruitment.
Dre'Mont Jones. The four-star defensive end out of St. Ignatius left the Buckeye campus again without committing, but the Buckeyes remain in solid position and should land him. It's not a matter of if, but when Jones makes the call.
Sh'mar Kilby-Lane. Similarly to Jones, it's probably more of a matter of when, and not if the four-star linebacker from Florida announces his intentions of being a Buckeye.
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