Gameday Notebook: Recruits At Game, More

Ohio State welcomed roughly 15 prospects in for unofficial visits for the San Diego State game. Plus, we have notes on prospects who made visits elsewhere and a key basketball prospect on campus this weekend.

We have a number of notables today as Ohio State was hosting San Diego State. They include:

* Prospects at the Game: OSU hosted roughly 15 prospects on unofficial visits for the San Diego State game.

Verbal commitments at the game included Jake Ballard, Kurt Coleman and Connor Smith.

Others in attendance included Canton South junior Devon Torrence, Hilliard Darby's Taylor Price and Dewyan Allen, Tuscrawas Valley OL Jake Miller, Clayton Northmont junior QB Clay Belton and Chagrin Falls' Andrew Robiskie.

Players from Cleveland Glenville at the game included OL Bryant Browning, QB Arvell Nelson, DB Royce Adams and junior DB Jamelle Hines.

* Visiting Elsewhere: Several key top-10 Ohio prospects were making visits elsewhere this weekend.

Cleveland Glenville DE Robert Rose and WR-DB Ray Small were on an official visit to USC, where the top-ranked Trojans were hosting Arkansas tonight at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.

And, Cincinnati Princeton OL Aaron Brown is visiting Notre Dame this week. He has already made visits to Auburn and OSU and will still see Virginia Tech and Purdue.

* Video Coming: We hope in the days (or weeks) ahead to share senior video of OSU verbal Chris Wells of Akron Garfield as well as Euclid LB Thaddeus Gibson. We shot video of Gibson in his team's 10-7 win at Bedford last night.

* Basketball Developments: OSU is welcoming Canton McKinley power forward standout Raymar Morgan for his official visit this weekend. He was spotted with OSU guard Jamar Butler. Morgan visited Michigan last weekend and still has trips set with UConn and Michigan State the next two weekends.

And we have learned that Upper Sandusky junior Jon Diebler spent time late this week with his brother, Jake, at Valparaiso. Jon Diebler used two days this past week when Upper Sandusky was off to school to visit Valpo, where he has already issued a commitment. However, Jon Diebler is still considering offers from OSU, Michigan and N.C. State.

* Moment Of Silence: There was a moment of silence prior to the game to honor the memory of Jessica Beck, an Ohio State synchronized swimmer. She died Thursday in Columbus from what appear to be natural causes. Beck, 21, a native of Richmond, Va., would have been a senior this school year.

"The Ohio State family is doing everything it can to support Jessica's family, her teammates and her coaches," Gene Smith, Ohio State Director of Athletics, said. "We would appreciate your support in keeping the Beck family in your thoughts."

"Jessica was a ray of sunshine in our lives," Linda Lichter-Witter, OSU head coach, said. "In her short 21 years, she gave and received more love from her family, boyfriend, teammates and coaches than most people experience in their lifetime.

"The synchronized swimming family appreciates all the support the department of athletics has given us at this difficult time."

* Postgame Show: Be sure to watch Buckeye Football Fever on WSYX-TV (Ch. 6) and WKEF-TV (Ch. 22) in Dayton at 7 p.m. I will be appearing with Clay Hall at the beginning of the show to recap today's game.


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