In 2002, the Buckeyes brought wide receiver Santonio Holmes into the fold from Glades Central. Holmes has emerged as OSU's leading receiver this season.
Last year, OSU went to Glades Central and brought back another receiver in Albert Dukes.
Don't look now, but the Buckeyes are at it again at Glades Central.
This time the target is safety Randy Phillips. He is scheduled to make an official visit to OSU this weekend, although Phillips (6-2, 193, 4.47) remains a soft verbal commitment to Miami (Fla.).
"Albert Dukes and I are related," Phillips revealed. "He's my second cousin. Plus, Santonio Holmes is from right around the way. I want to come up this weekend and hang out with (Dukes) and check it all out up there."
When asked what has intrigued him about Ohio State, Phillips said, "It's a good place. Albert says a lot of good things. (OSU assistant Mark) Snyder has been recruiting me real hard."
Phillips is rated as Florida's No. 39 prospect and as the nation's 24th-best safety, according to Scout.com. He committed to Miami in July. But now he is making a full complement of visits.
He saw N.C. State last weekend. After OSU, he will visit Iowa Dec. 17 and Florida State Jan. 28.
"I will visit Miami sometime in January," he said. "I consider myself a soft commitment and I'm going to take all five of my official visits. I'm about 80 percent sure I'll stick with Miami, but I'll have to see if some players leave early or not."
When asked if there is any chance he could enroll somewhere other than Miami, Phillips said, "Of course, that's why I'm taking these visits."
Phillips plays running back, safety, punts and returns punts for Glades Central. As a junior, he had 97 tackles, four interceptions and five forced fumbles. This past year, his team went 10-1 and he had 51 tackles and four interceptions in six games.
"I missed a couple games early in the year because of injuries, but everything is fine now," Phillips said. "People say I'm like an Ed Reed-type safety."
Phillips is qualified with a 2.8 GPA and a 19 on the ACT.
As things stand, OSU has seven players visiting this weekend.
In addition to Phillips, also visiting are verbal commitments Todd Denlinger, Malcolm Jenkins, Rob Schoenhoft and Austin Spitler. Also visiting are Minnesota linebacker Jim Laurinatis and Georgia running back/defensive back Anderson Russell.
More players may be added between now and Friday.