Sunday Night Recruiting Update

It was another busy week in Buckeye-Land, with the coaches hitting the road in the opening phase of the spring evaluation period. There were some notable moments, including Poona Ford receiving his Buckeye offer. Here is a summary of the past week in Ohio State recruiting.

NEW OFFERS:

Christian McCaffrey – The talented running back has eight or nine schools near the top of his list this far, and it includes Ohio State. He plans to visit all of the schools before making a decision. The space left in the class will determine if Ohio State can make a run at him.

Nick Ruffin – The four-star cornerback prospect has a group of schools standing out that does not contain the Buckeyes. Ohio State is sitting pretty with a handful of other targets in the secondary making Ruffin a long shot to be in the class. Alabama could nab the Atlanta native.

Poona Ford – The Hilton Head product picked up a Buckeyes offer and will be in Columbus during the month of June. Ford is definitely a prime candidate to sign with Ohio State in February.

Mattrell McGraw – The three-star safety from Louisiana is a prospect on the rise. Several new offers have come in within the last month for McGraw. He took an unofficial visit to Oregon this past weekend and they may be the team to beat.

Derrick Nnadi – The Virginia Beach (VA) Ocean Lakes defensive tackle is also a prospect that could surge up the rankings. College programs are beginning to take notice of the four-star prospect as he continues to rake in more offers.

COMMITMENT WATCH:

Derek Kief – He visited Ohio State's spring game instead of Kentucky, who was hoping badly to have him in Lexington. The Buckeyes are in good shape.

Chase Winovich – Ohio State and Michigan both had him in on visits and offered the linebacker. The Buckeyes are in position to add Winovich but he may want to jump on the boat soon to assure his spot.

Dante Booker – It is possible he could pick up the phone and commit to Urban Meyer at any moment. At the same time, he made a return visit this past weekend to Notre Dame. The Irish are the only other school to bring him in on multiple visits other than Ohio State. The pursuit for Booker has potential to get interesting but the Buckeyes have been out front for quite a while.

RECENT VISITOR:

Mark Andrews – In a span of three days Andrews visited Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Michigan. He was very impressed with the Buckeyes' coaches and the trip to Oho State was one of his better visits.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Lonnie Johnson - He re-affirmed to Scout that Ohio State is the leader for his services. As long as he gets some off the field issues solved, he will sign with the Buckeyes.

Clifton Garrett – Things are trending away from Ohio State when it comes to one of the nation's top middle linebackers. The Buckeyes had been the front-runner for Garrett for quite a while, but his focus has now shifted to the south. Ole Miss and LSU have turned his head and Alabama could be a player for him as well after he received an offer from Nick Saban on his most recent visit.

Tony Brown – The five-star defensive back has strong ties to LSU but his adamant he is wide open in his recruitment. The Buckeyes may host Brown on a visit over the summer.

Curtis Samuel – The Brooklyn, New York running back has an offer from the Buckeyes and he probably will have to camp at Ohio State to give it some legitimacy. He recently told Scout that Ohio State was one of five schools he was in contact with the most.

Austin Roberts – The bigger wide receiver out of Indiana visited Ohio State for the Spring Game and told Scout that the visit had exceeded expectations. Roberts has since sped up his timetable and plans to announce in May. Ohio State and Miami are the two top suitors. His dad played for the Hurricanes and won two national championships for the school back in the 1980's.

Juju Smith – The top safety in the country told Scout that his top five currently is USC, Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and UCLA. If he visits, the fun starts.

Jermaine Eluemunor – The junior college offensive lineman has no favorites but talks to the Ohio State staff frequently. He expects to visit Columbus next month.

Chad Mavety – He is another prospect in the junior college ranks and has offers from many of the heavy hitters. Ohio State assistant Ed Warinner evaluated him on Thursday, and then went on to rave about him to his coach. Mavety should be visiting the Ohio State campus in June.

Montae Nicholson – The four-star safety has an offer from the Buckeyes and likes Ohio State. He plans to narrow it down a bit to around 12 schools soon. At this point Ohio State does not expect there to be room for him.

Jabrill Peppers – The five-star defensive back recently told Scout that Michigan was his leader after visiting Ohio State, Michigan, and LSU. The Buckeyes, LSU, and Stanford will still be considered but the Wolverines are in a terrific spot.

Derrell Scott – The multi purpose running back out of North Carolina came out with a top three, in order, of South Carolina, Florida State, and Ohio State. He may visit Columbus soon.

Deshaun Watson – The only quarterback in the nation with an Ohio State offer told Scout he is still 100% committed to Clemson. He does hope to make a trip to the campus in Columbus over the summer and stays in contact with the Buckeyes' coaching staff.

Dewayne Hendrix – He holds an offer from Ohio State and has family that lives in Columbus. The Illinois native plans to visit the Buckeyes but does not have a specific date in mind.

Daniel Helm – The four-star tight end does not hold an offer but visited the Buckeyes a day before the spring game. The visit was not a favorable one but that has more to do with the lack of clarity on the scholarship offer situation. He has a top group but Michigan could be adding him soon.

Petera Wilson – The linebacker from Tennessee has an offer from Ohio State and many of the SEC powers. Outside of the SEC, the Buckeyes are the top suitor. All the linebacker spots could be taken before he wants to decide.

Garrett Dickerson – Ohio State made the top five for the New Jersey prospect, along with Northwestern, Stanford, Michigan, and Alabama. He could play tight end or defensive end. He's a fan of Urban Meyer but another visit will be needed before it gets too serious.

David Sharpe – He has an offer from Ohio State and wants to get to their campus over the summer. Sharpe has been to Florida a few times already and they may be tough to beat. It will depend on the possible visit to Columbus on whether to watch this one closely.

POSSIBLE NEW OFFERS?

Lamont Gaillard – The four-star defensive tackle from North Carolina will receive a visit from a member of the Ohio State staff sometime this week. He already has an impressive offer list and could be adding another.

Daniel Cage – The Winton Woods product received a visit from the Buckeyes in the past week. He is a candidate to receive an offer from Ohio State.

Derek Barnett – The Tennessee native holds offers from many BCS programs, including the in-state schools, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Ohio State is expected at his school on Tuesday to check him out.

OFF THE BOARD:

Dallis Todd – The wide receiver, who held an Ohio State offer, committed to Oklahoma after visiting the campus unofficially.

Sam Mustipher – He was a top offensive line target for the Buckeyes and had visited the campus multiple times. Notre Dame surged back up front after he visited South Bend once again, and committed to the Irish soon afterwards.

C.J. Reavis – The Virginia standout was always thought to be a Virginia Tech lean, and had visited the campus several times. He attended Ohio State's Friday Night Lights camp last July and had just received an offer from Everett Withers, but has chosen to end the process and commit to the Hokies.

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