In the football world, it's going to be a huge weekend. The NFL kicks off and even more importantly to Ohio State fans, the Buckeyes will square off with USC on Saturday night in a much talked about national television battle. Putting aside the obvious impact the game could eventually have on the National Championship race, the game is a huge recruiting event.
And it's not just a big weekend for the football team either. Thad Matta and his coaching staff have put together an impressive list of weekend visitors who will be in town to tour campus, play some pickup and take in the clash of football heavyweights.
Not surprisingly, the Buckeyes entire 2010 recruiting class will be on hand as Jared Sullinger, J.D. Weatherspoon, Aaron Craft, Lenzelle Smith, Jordan Sibert and DeShaun Thomas will be in town. Of course, those guys are already in the fold so for them it's just about getting together with their boys, getting in a few runs and enjoying a great football game.
However, it's the group of 2011 visitors where Ohio State can make a real impression. With that in mind, Buckeyesports.com takes a look at the undecided guys who will be in attendance.
Brad Beal- The #10 prospect in the class of 2011 and 2nd highest rated shooting guard, this will actually be Beal's second time in Columbus for a game after he watched his brother play against the Buckeyes for Northern Illinois a few years back. However, Beal is now in the thick of the recruiting process and this is OSU's chance to make an impact. Generally considered to be favoring Florida, Kansas and Illinois (in no particular order), Beal may be coming close to ending his recruitment. An effortless scorer with a high skill level, he's a potential impact player for any program.
Quinn Cook- There's no question that the Buckeyes would like to pluck a point guard out of the class of 2011 and they'll get their chance to make an impression on the steady Cook – who teamed with Beal on this summer's gold medal winning USA Basketball 16U squad. Solid in every way, the well coached Cook can get to the rim and score or set up teammates. Currently, Scout.com rates Cook as the #31 player in his class nationally.
Amir Williams- Most likely, Matta and his staff would like to land at least two big men from the class of 2011 and Williams is definitely a guy that they've taken an early shine too. A mobile shot blocker who has some skill as a scorer on the block, Williams hails from one of the top high school programs in the country and projects as a guy that should be ready to help sooner than later in college. The center is currently ranked the #36 prospect nationally.
Cody Zeller- After visiting North Carolina last weekend, the 6-foot-9 power forward makes the trek to Columbus. A long and mobile insider with skill, he's looking to follow in the footsteps of both his older brothers Luke and Tyler who were McDonald's All-Americans before heading on to Notre Dame and North Carolina respectively. Rated #50 nationally by Scout.com, Zeller is being actively courted by the likes of Indiana, Purdue, Florida, North Carolina, and several others in addition to the Buckeyes.
Chasson Randle- Ranked #56 in the class of 2011, Randle rounds out this weekend's group of visitors. A smooth combo guard, Randle is a deadly mid-range scorer with good length and athleticism. He's got an offer from the Buckeyes already and is a guy who has seen his stock skyrocket over the last six months. Others prominently involved include Illinois, Purdue and Wisconsin.