Recruiting Updates

Duane Long has been chatting with the recruits lately, and he has posted several updates over the past few days. Below are the updates he has accumulated.

Dublin (OH) Coffman WR Chinedum Ndukwe (6-3, 200, 4.56) has been a player who has been seeing his stock rise over the past few months, and Duane Long reports it continues to rise.  Duane wrote: "Top drawer Ohio WR Chinedum Ndukwe has been offered by Notre Dame after attending the recent Fighting Irish football camp. 'Notre Dame just offered me today, I feel very honored since they really haven't offered to many people. They Fed Exed me a letter.'"

That's a big-time offer indeed for Chinedum, who also boasts offers from Penn State, Purdue, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin, and Iowa (among others).  He's risen to become one of the Midwest's top receivers.

However, there's another wide receiver in Ohio who Duane thinks is even better -- Thomas Worthington's Bryan Williamson (6-3, 200, 4.5).  Duane reports "Thomas Worthington WR Bryan Williamson is reaping the rewards of a strong showing at the Michigan State Nike camp where he came out rated the # 2 receiver in the Midwest. Purdue, West Virginia, Cincinnati and Bowling Green have come in with offers. Bryan will camp at Ohio State, Tennessee, West Virginia, Maryland, Louisville and Bowling Green. I think we will see more offers for this underrated prospect when he is done with his camp run this summer."

Williamson is another player whose stock is on the rise, and both he and Ndukwe are scheduled to be at Ohio State camp this week, along with the in-state WR OSU has offered, Massillon Washington's Devin Jordan.  That competition should be intriguing.

Another area where we'll see plenty of competition at the OSU camp is offensive line, and one of the favorites to get an OSU offer -- Cincinnati Anderson's Ty Hall (6-6, 280, 5.1) -- just received an offer from another school.  Duane reports: "Pitt is the latest to come in with an offer for top Ohio offensive lineman Ty Hall. No offensive lineman in in Ohio has a more impressive offer list than Hall. He will camp at Ohio State and the Buckeyes lead."  Among the other schools on that offer list are Georgia Tech, Boston College, Vanderbilt, Illinois, Clemson, Purdue, and South Carolina. 

Moving out-of-state, Duane recently had a chance to talk with Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas star LB Tavares Gooden (6-2, 220, 4.5).  Tavares told Duane that he has some interest in Ohio State, and he also has some big interest in being a thespian.  "I always ask recruits what they want to major in. Tavares Gooden wants to major in acting. I had to ask him again. 'Yes, I want to major in acting,' he answered again. He has now been offered by Ohio State and lists the Buckeyes as well as Miami, LSU, Michigan State and Oklahoma as the schools he would visit if he had to make a decision right now. He ran track this year and threw the shot and discus as well as ran the 100M which speaks volumes about what kind of athlete he is. He is now up to 220 lbs and had to get off the phone to go workout."  

Tavares comes from the same school as DB Nate Salley, who signed with OSU in February.  The Buckeyes have really hit the Ft. Lauderdale area hard over the past couple of years, and the trend looks to continue this year.  Tavares is a top 100 caliber player and will probably be able to go anywhere he chooses (although I was checking out the Miami site the other day and they seem confident that Tavares will be a Cane).

At least one Texas prospect is showing interest in the Buckeyes, and it is a good one -- CB Ashton Youboti (6-1, 185, 4.38) from Klein, TX.  Duane reports "I spoke to top Texas corner Ashton Youboti last night and my timing was perfect. He was packing to come to Columbus for the Ohio State camp. I asked him for a top 5. "I don't have a top 5. I have a top 6. Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Alabama, Oklahoma and LSU. Oklahoma and LSU are paying the most attention." I asked him about coming up and playing in cold weather since half his list is north of the Mason-Dixon line. 'It won't be a problem. I am originally from Philadelphia.'"

Ashton is rated as the #24 CB prospect in America by  He has some impressive offers, including Oklahoma, Texas A&M, LSU, and Colorado.  The Buckeyes have not yet offered, but they remain high on his list. 

Finally, Duane got the chance to talk to another player from the Lone Star State - LB TaTa Thompson (6-3, 228, 4.58) from Garland, TX.  TaTa doesn't sound interested in Ohio State... or anyone besides Texas A&M for that matter.  Duane reports "I spoke to TaTa (pronounced Tay-Tay) Thompson last night and found a young man who seems pretty clear about what he intends to do. " I have only visited Texas A&M for junior day. I haven't visited any other schools. Texas A&M is my leader. I am open on the rest of my schools." After talking to Thompson I think he will remain open on those other schools. He is not in a hurry to commit but it would not surprise me at all if he didn't visit anywhere else."

Stay tuned for more recruiting updates coming soon, especially now that camps are in full gear.

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