June 19, 2008

Big weekend on tap for Ohio State recruiting

In less than 24 hours the Woody Hayes Athletic Center will become ground zero for the Ohio State recruiting effort with many top targets coming in between Friday and Saturday and the potential of at least a commit or two is extremely high. Friday marks the second and final Ohio State Senior Advanced Camp and while the first one early in the month ended up netting an offer and eventual commitment for Aurora (Ohio) standout Adam Bellamy the camp on the 20th promises to have more names and more potential for big news on the recruiting front.

This will be the largest group of recruits on campus since the spring game and will be the last big "group outing" of the summer so it will be an important time for the campers to make an impression and in turn the staff to make an impression on some highly decorated targets.

  • Naples (Fla.) running back Carlos Hyde was supposed to make a visit earlier in the week but due to some unforeseen circumstances has pushed things back to Friday or Saturday and is the most likely of all the visitors to leave as a Buckeye. The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder grew up in Cincinnati (Ohio) before moving to Florida and with a solid visit to Columbus there is no reason to think that Hyde won't be a member of this recruiting class. See Hyde in action

  • Staying in the state of Florida is Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas high school star Duron Carter. It is a widely known fact that Duron is the son of former Buckeye great Cris Carter but Duron has made a name for himself and has been rewarded with several big name offers on his own. The 6-foot-3, 183-pounder visited Columbus for the spring game and came away impressed and after looking closely at schools like LSU and Michigan the three star wideout has moved the Buckeyes to the top of his list and it is not out of the realm of possibility that Carter could commit this weekend. See Carter in action

  • Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway high school athlete/cornerback Corey Brown watched teammate Dorian Bell commit to the Buckeyes early in the spring and had hoped that an Ohio State offer would fall into his hands. An offer did follow and Brown immediately started to give Ohio State major consideration despite a trip to the Michigan BBQ and a pledge that the Wolverines were leading for his services. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder is being looked at as a cornerback by the Buckeyes and even though Brown has insisted that he wants to have some time to look around a summer decision is expected by Brown and he is another player that could leave town as a commit. See Brown in action

  • Much has been said recently about Louisville (Ky.) Male high school athlete/cornerback Justin Green and for good reason with the four star making his way into the Rivals100. Justin is the younger brother of former Buckeye Marcus Green and has already made his way to Columbus with his brother to check things out. Green is yet another player who said they would like to wait and check things out and while it is a possibility that Green could commit it is unlikely that he would pull the trigger this weekend. See Green in action

  • Right out of the Buckeye backyard comes Dublin (Ohio) Scioto high school safety Bradley McDougald and the four star 6-foot-0, 180-pounder has seen interest pick up from several schools. McDougald is currently the No. 10 safety in the nation according to Rivals.com and a member of the Rivals250. The Dublin star is familiar with the Buckeye program but will still take the opportunity to check things out. A commitment this weekend might be almost out of the question but with so many defensive backs on the board things might come down to a numbers game. See McDougald in action

  • Glen Ellyn (Ill.) Glenbard West high school star Chris Watt will be in town this weekend but probably won't have the opportunity to work out. The four star offensive guard is high on the recruiting board of many programs including the Buckeyes and why not for the 6-foot-3, 280-pounder. Watt has maintained that he would like to end his recruitment this summer and the Buckeyes seem to be in good shape with him among a list of other top schools. Watt is tight with current Buckeye Garrett Goebel and the incoming freshman has joked that he would work hard to land his friend. See Watt in action

  • Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville high school will be here with the Ginn Bus Tour which means that both Jonathan Newsome and Marcus Hall will be in town. For those new to recruiting Hall is one of the biggest prospects in the state of Ohio at offensive tackle at 6-foot-5, 290-pounds and a mean streak a mile long. See Hall in action. Newsome is a defensive end and the three star checks in at 6-foot-2, 221-pounds and has several offers from around the Big Ten. Both players have had a chance to check out various schools but in the Glenville high school tradition don't expect either of them to come to a quick decision even though Ohio State has a relatively high batting average out of Glenville. See Newsome in action

  • McKees Rocks (Pa.) Montour high school star E.J. Banks is another player with some famous lineage in being the cousin of former Buckeye Joey Galloway. The 5-foot-11, 181-pounder has had an Ohio State offer for a while now and has the Buckeyes anywhere from his top two to top five depending on who you ask. Notre Dame appears to be a major player in this recruitment but like anyone else at the defensive back position it will be a dogfight to see who can lock up the spots in the class. See Banks in action

  • A wildcard in the equation is Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood high school offensive guard John Martinez. The Beehive state has not been known as a strong recruiting ground for the Buckeyes but the 6-foot-4, 265-pounder has mentioned the Buckeyes among the list of schools that he is considering. Martinez is currently a member of the Rivals100 and is being pursued by schools from coast to coast. Odds may be quite long here with the No. 4 ranked guard in his class but a successful visit to Columbus could help even out the playing field some of Martinez comes away impressed. See Martinez in action

  • Canal Fulton (Ohio) Northwest high school center Nate Klatt has quietly amassed offers from the Big Ten, Big XII and the MAC over the past months. The 6-foot-4, 286-pounder has a 4.0 GPA and that is important for a player who is responsible for making the line calls from the center position. Klatt currently does not have an Ohio State offer at this point and the clock is ticking on a player that would like decide by mid July or so. It remains to be seen if Klatt will be able to earn an offer from Jim Tressel and Jim Bollman but it won't be from a lack of effort out of the four star player. See Klatt in action

    The class of 2010 and class of 2011 will also be showcased at the camp with players like Derrick Bryant out of Columbus (Ohio) Brookhaven and Christian Bryant out of Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville there as well as Zac Rosenbauer out of Lima (Ohio) Shawnee high school, Canton (Ohio) South star Jerald Robinson and possible Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier's Matt James.

    There will be plenty of other players in attendance that were not profiled here including several of the current Ohio State commits as well and BuckeyeGrove.com will bring all of the latest happening this weekend from the big recruiting push.

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