Recruits Attend OSU-NCSU Game

One of Midwest's top 10 prospects from out of state attends OSU's pivotal nonconference game with N.C. State.

Ohio State welcomed in a number of top prospects for Saturday's game with N.C. State at Ohio Stadium.

Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne linebacker Marcus Freeman may have been the top name. Sources have confirmed that Freeman will announce his verbal commitment during a press conference at his school Sept. 24. Freeman (6-3, 240), Ohio's No. 7 prospect according to Ohio's Future Stars, is seriously considering Ohio State and Notre Dame with Michigan and Michigan State also in the running.

Also attending the game on an unofficial basis was running back/linebacker Kyle Williams from Bolingbrook, Ill. Williams (6-2, 220) came to OSU one day after helping Bolingbrook post a 55-8 win over Romeoville. He had 22 carries for 170 yards and three touchdowns on offense and 12 tackles on defense. He had 88 tackles and six sacks as a junior and is considered the top prospect in the state of Illinois.

Williams is also considering Oregon, USC, Miami (Fla.), Iowa and UCLA.

Other names at the game included:

Columbus Beechcroft RB/DB Sirjo Welch, an OSU verbal.

Hamilton DB Brandon Underwood, an OSU verbal, and his teammate, junior DB Adam Myers (6-3, 195).

Liberty Twp. Lakota East fullback Tony Johnson (6-1, 245).

Canton GlenOak DL Nick Smith.

Cincinnati Western Hills' Trevor Canfield.

Pickerington Central RB A.J. Trapasso.

Massillon Washington's Brett Huffman.

Columbus Walnut Ridge RB Gary Russell.

Washington C.H. Miami Trace sophomore QB Miles Schlichter.

Clayton Northmont DL Nii Adjei Oninku.

Columbus Eastmoor LB Dionte Johnson.

Akron Garfield sophomore RB Chris Wells (6-2, 205), the state's No. 2 sophomore.

Huber Heights Wayne junior WR Craig Orton (6-4, 175).

The OSU basketball program also had a key sophomore at the game in Dayton Dunbar's Daequan Cook.

Detroit Renaissance's Malik Hairston, the top senior the Buckeyes are recruiting, is making an official visit to UCLA this weekend and will attend UCLA's game at the Rose Bowl against Illinois tonight. Upon his return to Michigan, OSU head coach Jim O'Brien and assistant Lamonta Stone will make an in-home visit with Hairston on Monday.

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