Prospects Due To Visit For Texas Game

The Ohio State football and men's basketball programs are prepared to welcome in a number of key prospects for unofficial visits in connection with Saturday's game with Texas. However, while it was initially believed that the football squad would have eight to 10 players on official visits, that total may only be three or four. Maryland DB A.J. Wallace is among that group.

Saturday's showdown between No. 2 Texas and No. 4 Ohio State has attracted the attention of a number of recruits from across the country.

It was originally believed that OSU would host as many as 10 prospects for official visits over this weekend. However, due to a number of factors, it now seems that only a handful of players may visit.

We will provide some thumbnails on several of the players due in this weekend as well as other prospects who may see the game unofficially.

Here is a look at prospects due to make official visits:

* Aaron Brown, offensive lineman, Cincinnati Princeton -- Brown (6-6, 292, 5.1) is ranked as Ohio's No. 2 overall prospect in Ohio High. He is also ranked as the nation's 18th-best offensive line prospect and No. 75 overall by He visited Auburn last weekend. He visits Louisville Sept. 17, Virginia Tech Sept. 24 and Miami (Fla.) Oct. 1.

The catch with Brown is his team, 1-1 after two games this season, plays at Shaker Heights at 2 p.m. Saturday. He would be hard pressed to make it down to Columbus by game time Saturday night. It was unclear whether his visit would be official or unofficial.

* A.J. Wallace, defensive back, Pomfret (Md.) McDonough -- Wallace (6-1, 195, 4.4) is ranked as the nation's ninth-best defensive back and No. 90 prospect overall, according to He also has a visit to Nebraska Nov. 28 and is also looking at Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami (Fla.) and Oklahoma.

* Stephen Wesley, defensive end, Bartow, Fla. -- Wesley (6-3, 235) also has visits set with Ole Miss Oct. 14, Alabama Nov. 12, Maryland Dec. 2 and Florida Jan. 28. He had eight sacks as a junior.

* Other Prospects -- OSU was also originally set to welcome several other prospects, including Los Angeles Dorsey linebacker Mark Johnson, Virginia Beach (Va.) Landstown wide receiver Damon McDaniel and Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood wide receiver Jamar Hornsby. It's unclear whether any of these players will indeed visit, though.

Johnson (6-3, 227) is ranked as the nation's 10th-best linebacker and No. 67 prospect overall, according to He has a visit set to LSU Oct. 15. He is also looking at Miami (Fla.), Cal, Michigan and Tennessee.

McDaniel (5-11, 192, 4.5) also has a visit set Sept. 23 at LSU. There is a report that he will instead visit Florida this weekend. He is also looking at Florida State and Miami (Fla.).

Hornsby (6-4, 195, 4.5) is ranked as the nation's No. 3 wide receiver prospect and 19th-best prospect overall by He is also looking at Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Michigan and USC.

It was or is also possible that two of OSU's verbal commitments – Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach County quarterback Antonio Henton and Clayton (Ohio) Northmont defensive back Kurt Coleman – could also visit. Henton's team plays Houston County Friday night. Coleman's team hosts Centerville.

Many more key prospects are due to visit the game on at least an unofficial basis.

Two of them may be Cincinnati Colerain offensive lineman Connor Smith, an OSU verbal, and his teammate, linebacker Tyler Moeller. Moeller is still reportedly trying to decide between OSU and Iowa. Virginia Tech and Tennessee were also in his thinking, although it was not believed that Tennessee had offered.

Smith and Moeller will be in Columbus Friday night as their Colerain team takes on Tyler (Texas) Lee in the Kirk Herbstreit Ohio vs. USA Challenge at Crew Stadium. That game is part of a doubleheader with Westerville South-Westerville North, which begins at 5:45 p.m. The Colerain game will be televised on ESPNU.

* Basketball Prospects -- According to sources, all four of OSU's verbal commitments for 2006 – Indianapolis Lawrence North's Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr., Dayton Dunbar's Daequan Cook and Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph's David Lighty – are due to attend the game. It is possible that Lighty may be on an official visit; the others have already visited unofficially.

Upper Sandusky, Ohio, junior Jon Diebler was due to attend the Notre Dame-Michigan game at noon in Ann Arbor. But he may also come down to Columbus for the night game.

Also, Solon, Ohio, junior center Dallas Lauderdale is due in for an unofficial visit. It was also possible that Canton GlenOak forward Kosta Koufos would also make an unofficial visit.

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