WTF is going on!??
WTF is going on!??
Johnson has already reaffirmed and said he's signing with Ohio state so we are good there.
I don't wanna say Elliot is a guarantee to reaffirm but many OSU recruiting services have said that the coaches are feeling good he will and if you follow him on twitter last night he was giving shout outs to get other OSU recruits follows and tweeting with the hashtag #buckeyenation
So honestly I think we're good
The Buckeyes just got a verbal from Junior College WR Corey Smith (originally out of Akron Buchtel HS). 6'1" 180 lbs.
Scout.com bio...Smith is a big play receiver with his downfield speed and ability to make a man miss or break a tackle after the catch. He plays bigger and stronger than his listed 6'1/180 making him a weapon on the outside or inside at the slot. Can fight the ball at times and doesn't adjust to the ball in the air as well as some of his peers, but few match his ability once the ball is in his hands - Scott Kennedy
At East Mississippi Community College this past season, Smith had 51 catches, 733 yards, and 9 TDs.
Kind of surprised by this commit...may mean that one or more of the previous commits are no longer expected to fax their LOI on signing day.
I don't think it means that, I think it's more likely we have guys transferring or leaving the team. We have 2 spots available and had I believe 5 scholarship players enroll early which means we can take more than 25 in this class as long as we have the room (which we don't)
The most likely scenario is we are holding 2 spots for Wilson and Bell.
If they stay at Oregon or go elsewhere then we will look back at guys like Timmons, Eldar and others we recently recruited. They probably have non commitable offers right now
Also because Corey smith played 2 years of junior college he only has 2 years of playable eligibility at Ohio state, has to play right away
Look for 5 star RB/WR Dontrel Wilson to flip to OSU tomorrw!! :)
Some of the Eleven Warriors writers made their OSU signing day target predictions:
JAMES CLARK, WR, NEW SMYRNA BEACH (FL)
Clark is supposed to be the first prospect to make his decision on Signing Day morning, announcing his college choice at his school between 9:00-9:30 AM EST. He is down to Ohio State, Florida, and Clemson and has already informed the coaches of the school he is attending that he will be headed there.
ALEX: It looks like Clark is down to the Gators and Buckeyes and I have thought for a while that he would be headed to Florida. I think OSU did all they could on his visit a couple of weeks ago and the speedy receiver was really impressed with the business school in Columbus, but I feel this past weekend's unofficial visit to Gainesville finalized things for him to play for Will Muschamp.
CHAD: Even with a ton of receivers coming in, Clark has a chance to play early and stay close to home at UF. Florida is the pick.
DEREK: Clark values OSU's business school highly in his decision and it was big that he took an official visit to Columbus. I have always thought Ohio State had more of a chance here than some, but I think being close to home wins out in the end. Gators is the pick.
MILES: Clark is from Florida, the Gators got his last visit, and they really want him. I think he ends up in Gainesville with the Bucks finishing second.
VONN BELL, S, ROSSVILLE (GA) RIDGELAND
Bell will make his decision on National Signing Day at 10 AM EST. He shut down his recruitment last Thursday after receiving one final in-home visit from Everett Withers, and is set to decide between the Buckeyes, Alabama, and Tennessee.
ALEX: I have gone back and forth on Bell a few times, but from everything we hear it looks like things are down to Ohio State and Tennessee. The Vols are Bell's "hometown" school and he grew up rooting for them and dreaming of playing in Knoxville one day. OSU has a leg up when it comes to their relationship with Vonn, as he loves Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes staff is in tact from last season, something the Vols can't say. Rocky Top made a strong last push, but I'm saying Bell ends up as a Buckeye.
CHAD: This is a tough one to predict, but you have to like when the OSU staff is feeling confident. Ohio State lands Bell.
DEREK: It appears to be a battle between Ohio State and Tennessee for Bell's services. Tennessee has the emotional appeal, while Ohio State has Urban Meyer, whom Vonn is very close with. I think Urban gets him in the end. Buckeyes land their guy.
MILES: Bell grew up a Vols fan and they got his last official visit, which went really well. I still think the Buckeyes have a chance, but right now I have him going to Knoxville for college.
DONTRE WILSON, ATH, DESOTO (TX)
Wilson's coach told us last night that he will be making his college decision at 10 PM EST tonight. He took a visit to Texas this past weekend and will make a decision between the Longhorns, Ohio State, and Oregon, the school to which he is currently committed.
ALEX: I have felt for a while that Wilson could end up flipping to Ohio State and it appears that moment may finally be here. There have been many recruiting analysts in the last 24 hours saying that he will be a Buckeye, but I wasn't sold until Saturday night when Derek received some solid info about how the staff felt about their positioning with the speedster.
The announcement time is odd and the late visit to Texas might be even stranger, but I am ignoring all that and predicting that Dontre Wilson ends up committing to Ohio State later tonight. You are all on "gray box" alert.
CHAD: Wilson wants to play for a championship and get some early playing time. Ohio State can offer both and I think they get another playmaker for this class.
DEREK: On Saturday night I received some pretty good information that the Buckeyes were very confident that they were going to land Dontre Wilson. I have to stick with that pick, although a very late Monday night announcement is puzzling. Ohio State gets their guy once again.
MILES: Wilson is announcing later today and I'm sticking with my pick from a few weeks ago that he'll be playing his college ball in Columbus. Ohio State gets another playmaker for their spread offense.
EZEKIEL ELLIOTT, RB, ST. LOUIS (MO) JOHN BURROUGHS
Ezekiel Elliott committed to Ohio State back on April 1 and has been all Buckeye ever since. At least he was until he had Buckeye Nation going mad over the last couple of weeks following an official visit to Missouri, the school that both of his parents attended.
On top of that, Elliott went quiet when it came to talking to the media and hasn't "reaffirmed" his pledge to the Buckeyes since returning home from the trip. He is set to let the world know where he will be going at around 4 PM EST on National Signing Day, although the fax could get to whatever school he chooses earlier than that.
ALEX: Once Elliott decided to visit Missouri I started working my contacts hard to get every scoop I could. All the information that came back to me said he would be sticking with Ohio State, despite weird developments such as going quiet to the media and not coming out to reaffirm his decision.
In the end, I have to go with what I'm hearing and that is that "EzE" will stick with the Buckeyes.
CHAD: While Missouri was a legitimate threat, Elliot does not follow James Quick or Stefon Diggs and pick his hometown team. Ezekiel stick with Ohio State.
DEREK: The information we have received on Elliott is that he is solid to Ohio State. At this point, I have no reason not to believe that and think he sticks with the Bucks.
MILES: I went back and forth on this before finally deciding on Ohio State. Something about this situation doesn't make me feel good, but in the end I think OSU is a better fit for him than Missouri. I wouldn't rule out changing this pick, however, and we'll have to all hold our breath a bit until we find out which way this goes.
TREY JOHNSON, LB, LAWRENCEVILLE (GA) CENTRAL GWINNETT
Johnson committed to the Buckeyes at the Under Armour All-America Game and it looked like he was in the bag, but a late visit to Tennessee changed that thought a bit. Not only did Trey go check out Rocky Top, but he purposely tried to deceive the media, and more importantly, the staff.
Since the visit, Johnson's coach has come out and said he will sign with the Buckeyes come Wednesday, but you can't be sure, especially with his close relationship with Tommy Thigpen. Thigpen recruited Johnson at Auburn when he was committed there and is now on Butch Jones's staff at UT.
ALEX: This was definitely a sneaky move by Johnson, but from what we are hearing he is still a Buckeye. I think the visit was more than a courtesy to Thigpen and if Trey was "wowed" on his visit to Knoxville things could have gotten interesting.
I don't believe that happened and I know he likes the chance to play early in Columbus. I'm sticking to my guns here and saying he stays with Ohio State, although I'm not going to bet my life on it. Watch this one on Wednesday, but be confident for now.
CHAD: Johnson covertly checked out Tennessee, but I think he stays with Ohio State.
DEREK: Not being forthcoming and trying his best to deceive the public and the Ohio State staff about his official visit to Tennessee is concerning for Urban Meyer. Out of the three commits to take official visits elsewhere, Johnson seems most apt to leave the class, but the Buckeyes are still my pick until I hear something otherwise.
MILES: I don't think the visit to Tennessee was too much to worry about. His coach has come out and said Trey will sign with OSU and I think that's what will happen.
DONOVAN MUNGER, DL/OL, SHAKER HEIGHTS (OH)
Munger committed to Ohio State in December, but had fans worried just a month or so later when he took an official visit to Florida State without telling the OSU staff of his intentions.
Urban Meyer and Mike Vrabel did an in-home with Munger and his mother shortly after the trip and it appears all is well between the two parties, but the Seminoles continue to recruit the Cleveland-area star and he's not exactly telling them to go away.
ALEX: I personally think Munger just doesn't know etiquette when it comes to recruiting, such as telling the staff you're committed to that you're planning a trip to Tallahassee, or telling the FSU staff to stop recruiting you once you've reaffirmed to Ohio State.
I'm not really worried at all that a Signing Day flip will happen here and I think the two-way lineman signs with the Buckeyes.
CHAD: I feel that Munger stays with Ohio State after briefly flirting with FSU.
DEREK: He reaffirmed his commitment to Ohio State already, but Florida State keeps coming by. You never know, but OSU is the safe pick.
MILES: Pretty confident his letter of intent is faxed to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, barring any last second shocker. Ohio State is the pick.
CORNELIUS ELDER, ATH, NASHVILLE (TN) ENSWORTH
Elder is likely to take his recruitment past Signing Day, as he weighs an impressive list of high-level football scholarship offers against a small list of high-level basketball scholarship offers.
For football he will decide between Ohio State, UCLA, Auburn, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt. For basketball, Purdue is the biggest school that has offered to date, although Memphis could be close as well.
ALEX: I am not sure what Elder is going to do, but I don't think he will be playing for the Buckeyes. I can easily see him committing to a school for football and trying to play hoops for that school as well or I can see him jumping on the Purdue scholarship for basketball, and certainly Memphis if they're interest increases.
For the sake of making a pick, I'll go with Elder committing to Matt Painter and the Boilermakers on the hardwood.
CHAD: Would have been a Buckeye in a different year, but I think Auburn's late push is enough to land his services over Purdue for basketball.
DEREK: I don't think enough space was available for Corn Elder in Ohio State's class. Maybe in a world of 85 scholarships he's a Buckeye, but OSU doesn't have that luxury. With him waiting until after Signing Day I think he plays basketball for Purdue.
MILES: Elder's true love is basketball and he finally got a big-time basketball offer from Purdue. I think he decides to play hoops in college and jumps on this offer.
RYAN TIMMONS, ATH, FRANKFORT (KY) FRANKLIN COUNTY
Ryan Timmons has been a prospect on Ohio State's radar for a long time, but it appears the on-again, off-again saga has finally come to a close.
Urban Meyer was supposed to make an in-home visit with the Franklin County athlete last week, but never made it down to Kentucky. That seems to certainly be a sign that the Bucks have moved on, leaving Timmons to decide between Kentucky, Florida, and Illinois tomorrow.
ALEX: Even when Ohio State offered Timmons a scholarship on January 23, I always felt it was one that was on OSU's terms. The way this recruitment played out, he was clearly a backup option and both the cancelation of his official visit in the beginning of January and the canceled in-home last week back that up.
Timmons was in Gainesville this past weekend checking out the Gators, but I don't think there's room for him at UF either, especially since I think James Clark ends up there. That basically leaves Illinois and Kentucky, so I think Timmons stays home and plays for Mark Stoops at UK.
CHAD: Kentucky snags Timmons after Ohio State's slow play. It just wasn't meant to be.
DEREK: With Clark going to UF and Ohio State dropping out in pursuit, Kentucky is the likely destination for Timmons.
MILES: I think Florida takes Clark, leaving no room for Timmons, which defaults him to Kentucky.
ALEX: The Buckeyes end up with Vonn Bell and Dontre Wilson, while also keeping all three commits that looked around to close out their 2013 class with 25 members.
CHAD: Ohio State finishes strong with Vonn Bell and Dontre Wilson. They also hold on to Elliott, Munger, and Johnson.
DEREK: The Buckeyes retain "the wandering trio", while also securing commitments from Vonn Bell and Dontre Wilson.
MILES: Urban Meyer keeps Elliott, Munger, and Johnson and lands Dontre Wilson later tonight. He strikes out on Signing Day with Vonn Bell and James Clark, finishing 2013 with 24 commits.
Reportedly OSU wants Wilson as a slot WR and Elliot as a running back. I think that's the best way to do it if w can pullin both, hopefully Elliott stays strong like it sounds like he is. Especially since we will use 5 wide recivers more often this year than last.
Can you guys imagine having
And other combinations of guys all out on the field at the same time? It won't even be fair for competition lol
Did you forget about Carlos Hyde??? And don't forget about Rod Smith, Warren Ball, Jordan Hall, Corey Brown and Evan Spencer. As excited as I am about the incoming frosh...I am hoping that we don't have to count too heavily on the likes of Marshall, Elliot (fingers crossed), and Wilson (sounds like tonight's the night)...5-10 snaps per game would be great for each.
and Dontre Wilson picks?????????????????????????????????
THE Ohio State University. Urban has to coach these kids up on how to commit, not the University of Ohio State dammit!!
That's great that he chose us, and I'm thrilled, but that was painful waiting for his decision. Why exactly was he picking his team at 10:45 at night? :laugh2:
oh happy day:)
Many people feel that Elliot OSU solid.
Vonn bell is leaning buckeye many experts think
Taivon Johnson has reopened his recruiting and is down between Maryland and Ohio state- everything indicating Maryland (would see his daughter much more, don't blame him at all)
James Clark is reportedly leaning to Ohio state, one source even reported he will sign with OSU.
So best case scenario tomorrow is:
We get Bell, Elliot reaffirms to ohio state, we get Clark and Johnson decommits (don't have the space for him and Clark I don't think)