Welcome to the Bucknuts OSU football recruiting Quick Read. This is a
one-stop reference where you can come to get the latest summary on Ohio State
football recruiting and where the Buckeyes stand with various in- and
out-of-state prospects. In this feature, we will list the top ten remaining
uncommitted prospects from both inside and outside of the state of Ohio, as well
as a summary of each position and the latest on the players who currently stand
as recruiting possibilities for the Buckeyes. Also included will be staff
commentary from Steve Helwagen, Gary Housteau and Duane Long as they give their
current thoughts on the state of OSU football recruiting.
This feature will be updated every two weeks and more as needed as the
recruiting season starts to heat up. This week, we talk some about OSU's new
commitment, the end of the high school career of a great running back, plus much
The following is a compilation of the opinions of the Bucknuts staff and does not represent the Ohio State football program.
10 Uncommitted Prospects (w/OSU interest)
on Scout.com Rankings
Thaddeus Gibson, LB *
2. Ray Small, WR*
3. Robert Rose, DL*
4. Jeff Cumberland, WR
5. Bryant Browning, OL *
6. Mark Jackson, OL, Col. Brookhaven
7. Derrell Johnson, ATH
8. Bill Nagy, OL
9. Robert Williams, CB
10. Jahmal Brown, RB
|1. Ryan Hill, CB *
2. A.J. Wallace, CB*
3. David Ausberry, WR*
4. Mark Johnson, LB*
5. Elijah Fields, S
6. Bryan Thomas, WR*
7. Navorro Bowman, LB*
8. Brian Whitmore, DE*
9. Mister Alexander, S
10. McKenzie Mathews, DE *
* - denotes a reported OSU offer
was some good news this past week as Dana Point, Calif., defensive back
Grant Schwartz committed to the Buckeyes. He is the son of former
Buckeye Brian Schwartz.
Grant Schwartz became OSU's ninth commitment in a
class that could number as high as 17 or 18 players by signing day. His
worth could come in any number of areas. Schwartz is a two-way player
for his high school squad. He played mostly at quarterback as a junior,
but got a chance this season to shine on both sides of the ball.
There are some who believe Schwartz is one of the best
kept secrets in southern California. And, from OSU's perspective, they
are getting a bright kid who understands and truly appreciates the
tradition of the Ohio State football program. He will join a number of
legacies on the OSU team, including Shaun Lane, Stan White Jr. and
was proud and privileged to witness the end of an era of greatness this
Chris Wells played his last high football game at
Akron Garfield High School and he went out with a bang. The OSU verbal
definitely may have saved his best game for last against the playoff
bound Buchtel Griffins.
Wells needed 220 yards to reach the 2,000-yard mark on
the season and he easily smashed the milestone by picking up 370 yards
on 37 carries, according to my unofficial count.
I thought it would be quite a while before I saw
another high school running back the likes of Maurice Clarett, but it
didn't take very long at all actually.
He's the best ever in my book and I think a lot of
Ohio State fans who have yet to catch a glimpse of this amazing physical
specimen might feel the same way in just a couple of years. And as a
testament to his character, Wells stayed all four years at Garfield High
School even though he could have easily transferred to any open
enrollment power and be guaranteed a spot in the playoffs in his senior
Wells will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on
Jan. 7, 2006, before enrolling at Ohio State in time to play spring
football for the Buckeyes.
I can't wait till you all get to enjoy watching him.
NCAA's new APR rules are really having an impact on recruiting this
year. The recruitment of two of the top 100 players in the country are
clear evidence that Jim Tressel is not going to put himself in a
situation where he risks losing scholarships down the line when these
rules reach full implementation. The recruitment of both Thaddeus Gibson
and Jeff Cumberland are in neutral right now. Neither has an official
visit with the Buckeyes scheduled, and it does not look like that will
happen in the near future. Both are difference makers, they are at need
positions, and both like the Buckeyes -- in particular Gibson.
The Buckeyes have no immediate need of defensive
tackles but with a senior and four juniors on the roster you don't want
to wait until next year to restock. It is not a strong year in state or
nationally but the Buckeyes have not talked to one of the better
defensive tackles in the country, Alex Dekle, for a couple of months. He
is said to favor Ohio State. Greg Mathews would be rated one of the top
receivers in the country if he were qualified. I think he will be but
for now he is not. He was coming in for a visit. It was pushed back
until he puts up a qualifying score.
A lot of fans are upset at the decision not to offer
the not-yet-qualified a visit. Wait a year or two when other schools are
losing scholarships, along with the other penalties the NCAA has
mandated. You will not be happier that Tressel and OSU's athletic
officials had the foresight to institute the changes now.
here for the latest recruiting features from Bucknuts and Scout.com network
(Commitments and Possibilities, listed in alphabetical
indicates updated info since last quick read
- Antonio Henton, Peach County, Ga. *
Verbal to OSU -- 6/28/05. Will likely be lone QB in this
- Arvell Nelson, Cleveland Glenville
Ohio's top QB prospect. Has stated OSU would be at the top if
- Isiah Williams, Chicago, Ill. *
Soft verbal to Illinois. Has said he would like
to visit Ohio State. Also interested in visiting Tennessee, North Carolina, and Penn State. Scout.com's No. 5 QB prospect.
- Commentary: With Henton's commitment, Ohio State is likely done with
recruiting the quarterback position this year.
- Chris Wells, Akron, Oh. Garfield*
Verbal to OSU -- 2//6/05. Scout.com No. 1 RB prospect. Will
likely visit other schools, including USC and Michigan, but is
expected to stick with his OSU commitment. Had
a dynamite final game on 10/28, logging (unofficially) 370 yards on
37 carries to finish the season with over 2,000 yards. Garfield
missed the playoffs so Wells's high school career is done.
- Jahmal Brown, Cleveland Benedictine
May be Ohio's top remaining uncommitted running back but OSU
interest does not seem high. Lone offer is from Toledo.
- Travis McBride, McKeesport, Pa.
Running back has had consistent interest in Ohio State
throughout the recruiting process. Will likely visit.
- Norman Whitley, Rockingham, N.C. Richmond
Three-star RB/DB showing consistent interest in OSU.
- Commentary: Some felt the Buckeyes might try
to land two running backs this season, but Wells will likely be the
- Josh Chichester, West Chester, Oh. *
Verbal to OSU -- 7/1/05. Big receiver is having a solid
- David Ausberry, Leemore, Calif. *
OSU Visit -- 9/23/05 (Iowa game). Top 100
receiver. Has also visited Nebraska; Huskers and Buckeyes are in his
top four along with USC and Georgia. Ausberry
has been a tough player to get a hold of, per Scout.com reporter
Allen Wallace, so updates may be hard to come by.
- Jeff Cumberland, Columbus, Oh. Brookhaven
Big, athletic receiver/ATH reportedly needs a boost academically
for OSU. Has shown heavy interest in Miami, Minnesota and
others. Updated academic info makes
it look like Cumberland might be a long shot for Ohio State.
- Jamere Holland, Woodland Hills, Calif. Taft *
Scout.com No. 12 receiver
told DawgsBite.com that Ohio State was in his top ten but not in
his top four. Buckeyes have reportedly offered.
- Derrell Johnson, Youngstown, Oh. Mooney
Excellent athlete who is listed here as a receiver but could
play several positions. Injury will have him out at least until the
start of the playoffs. Prime in-state candidate for a Buckeye
offer. Offers from Penn State, Iowa, North Carolina,
- Wes Lyons, Pittsburgh, Pa. Woodland Hills*
Visit - 10/14. Brother of OSU WR Devon Lyons. Also considering Miami (Fla.),
West Virginia, Louisville, and Boston College. Visited Ohio
State for MSU game and had positive things to say about the
- Damon McDaniel, Virginia Beach, Va. Landstown *
Most recent update has Ohio State in his final five, along with
LSU, Florida State, Florida, and Virginia Tech.
- Greg Mathews, Orlando, Fla. Edgewater
Miami leads. Also wants to visit Ohio State and Michigan. Will
be in attendance at OSU-UM game in Ann Arbor.
- Tamarcus Porter, Pahokee,
WR/DB prospect to keep an eye on.
Considering Ohio State and says the Buckeyes may be in his top five.
Will probably visit. Also likes BC, Iowa, Maryland, Pitt, and
Florida. Has officially visited BC and Pitt already.
- Devin Parrish, Miami (Fla.)
Has consistently listed
Ohio State near the top of his list. Conflicting reports as to
whether or not the Buckeyes have offered. Cousin of NFL player and
ex-Miami Hurricane Roscoe Parrish.
- Bryan Thomas, Zephyrhills, Fla. *
Last update listed Ohio State right behind Florida at the top of
his list. Has also shown interest in and received offers from
Tennessee, South Carolina and West Virginia.
- Commentary: A solid group of wide receivers
showing strong interest in Ohio State. Ausberry and Lyons have already visited,
and it would not be a surprise to see each of these receivers take
an official visit to Ohio State.
- Jake Ballard, Springboro, Oh. *
Verbal to OSU --6/2/05. Scout.com No. 4 TE prospect. Picked OSU over
Michigan, several others. Team is having excellent season, one of
the top teams in Division II.
- Konrad Reuland, Mission Viejo, Calif. *
Blue-chip TE prospect has Ohio roots, but may be a long shot to wind
up at OSU. Most recent update states Reuland
has cut his list to six and OSU was not included.
- Commentary: Ballard will likely be the only
tight end in this class.
- Connor Smith, Cincinnati, Oh. Colerain *
Verbal to OSU -- 7/31/05. Scout.com No. 5 OL prospect. Five-star
prospect, rated by Scout.com as tops in the Midwest.
- Bryant Browning, Cleveland, Oh. Glenville *
Was recently offered by Ohio State, making the Buckeyes the
favorites to land his signature. Also interested in Indiana,
- Jake Miller, Zoarville, Oh. Tuscarawas Valley
Sleeper, diamond-in-the-rough OL prospect that the Buckeyes are
- Bill Nagy, Hudson, Oh.
Two-way lineman is a candidate for a Buckeye offer in the coming
- Joe Thomas, OL, Lakewood, Oh. St. Edward*
High school teammate of OSU lineman Alex Boone. Committed to
Pittsburgh in the summer but was offered by Ohio State after his commitment. Has
checked out an OSU football game but told Bucknuts reporter Gary
Housteau that he was 100 percent committed to
- Commentary: Buckeyes would like to take more
than one OL this year, but lack of interest from out-of-state
prospects does not help. Two of top three in-state prospects, Aaron
Brown and Justin Boren, have committed elsewhere.
- Jason Adjepong, Cartaret, N.J. *
Most recent update mentioned Ohio State in his list of schools
under consideration. Says he is trying to keep away from recruiting
interviews, so information may be hard to come by.
- Walter Dublin, Sarasota, Fla. *
Ohio State is solidly in his top five. Will likely visit. Looks
like he will be heading north to play football. Recent update from
HawkeyeNation.com lists Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio State as three
schools of focus along with West Virginia, Northwestern and
- McKenzie Mathews, Syracuse, N.Y. Christian
Brothers Academy *
Lists Ohio State, Michigan, others. Visited Ohio State
10/14-10/16 and enjoyed the trip. Has said he will wait until signing day to
- Bryant Miller, Miami (Fla.)
Lists Buckeyes as one of his favorites along with Miami, Florida
State, Ole Miss, and Auburn. Interested in visiting OSU but may be
tough to get out of the south.
- Jamil Paris, Sebastian, Fla. Sebastian River
Visit - 12/9. Tall (6-7, 225) DE prospect did not play much football as a junior due
to hurricanes and injuries. Has solid interest in OSU but Florida
seems to have a good lead.
- Robert Rose, Cleveland, Oh. Glenville *
One of Ohio's top line prospects and a U.S. Army All-American selection.
Has officially visited USC and will visit Ohio State. Other schools
of interest include LSU, Florida and North Carolina.
- Steven Wesley, Bartow, Fla. *
Visit - 9/9/05 (Texas). Ohio State is among his top three. Also
interested in Mississippi, Maryland, Alabama, and Florida. Wesley
was recently offered by Miami (Fla.), which will make it much more
difficult to get him out of the Sunshine State. Still mentions OSU
near the top of his list with more visits to come. Has also visited
- Brian Whitmore, Chesapeake, Va. Oscar K.
Scout.com No. 22 DE. Has shown solid interest in Ohio State, but
the Buckeyes could be facing an uphill battle behind Miami (Fla.)
and Virginia Tech.
- Commentary: Several talented ends are
interested in the Buckeyes. Many expect Rose to eventually pick Ohio
State, and the Buckeyes should be able to get at least one more out
of the above group.
- Dexter Larimore, Merrillville, Ind. *
Offered by Ohio State in September and a Michigan offer came
quickly after. Has been to games at OSU and UM and will likely
officially visit both. Rated as the nation's top heavyweight wrestler. Most
recent update states Larimore has not decided between football and
wrestling. Is focused on OSU, UM and Indiana for football.
- Alex Dekle, Statesboro, Ga. *
Lists offer from OSU and consistently mentions the Buckeyes
among his favorites. Also likes Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State.
- Byron Isom, Lovejoy, Ga.
No. 48 DT prospect. Has shown interest in OSU. Reported offers from Auburn,
NC State, Florida, South Carolina. Good academics (1250 SAT and
wants to retake!)
- Johnnie Troutman, Browns Mills, N.J. Pemberton
Talented DE /DT who is out for the season due to an ACL injury.
Ohio State is among many who have offered. Is expected to take an
- Commentary: Buckeyes could use some
defensive tackles in this class but the list is short, especially
with a very thin year for DTs in Ohio.
- Ross Homan, Coldwater, Oh. *
Verbal to OSU -- 2//7/05. Scout.com No. 9 LB prospect. Solid commitment to
Ohio State. Is having a strong senior season and is a Mr. Football
- Tyler Moeller, Cincinnati (Oh.) Colerain *
Verbal to OSU -- 9/14/05. Scout.com No. 20 LB. Having a
fine year as Colerain is in position to defend its Division I state
title. Had several big plays in nationally televised win over Tyler
- Tommy Becker, Plymouth (Minn.) Wayzata
High school teammate of current Buckeye linebacker James Laurinaitis. Interested in OSU along with Iowa State, Minnesota, and
- Navorro Bowman, Forestville (Md.) Suitland *
No. 17 linebacker has OSU in his top four. Visited
10/14. Has also visited Penn State and will visit Virginia Tech and
- Thaddeus Gibson, Euclid, Oh. *
Top remaining uncommitted recruit in Ohio. One of the best
defensive prospects in the Midwest. Ohio State, Iowa, and Penn State
are among his schools of interest. Academic situation could be a
concern. Still consistently listing Ohio
State in recent updates. Will visit Michigan for the OSU game.
- Hunter Haynes, St. Augustine,
Linebacker who is under
the radar; missed last season due to injury. Recent scout.com report
quotes Haynes as having OSU interest. Reports 17 offers.
- Mark Johnson, Los Angeles, Calif. Dorsey*
West Coast standout who has consistently shown interest in OSU. Has
already visited LSU and has one set up to Cal. Florida and Ohio
State are also remaining on his list of schools he'd like to
- Colin McCarthy, Clearwater, Fla. Central
Visit - 9/24. Outstanding athlete who visited for Iowa weekend. Has roots in Pa. Recently
narrowed his field to seven: Ohio State, Miami, Penn State, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Indiana, and South Florida.
- Commentary: With a need for linebacker, Ohio
State has several possibilities to go with their current
commitments, but they will be in a fight for each.
Needs: 1 or more
- Kurt Coleman, Clayton, Oh. Northmont
Verbal to OSU -- 6/26/05. Scout.com No. 12 CB prospect. Outstanding
athlete; listed over 40 offers. Plays WR and CB exceptionally
- Royce Adams, Cleveland Glenville
Solid all-around athlete who has been high on OSU's list since a
fine camp performance. Is a candidate for an offer. Committed
to Purdue per Cleveland Plain Dealer, 10/21.
- Ryan Hill, Tallahassee, Fla. Rickards *
Outstanding prospect who has recently added the Buckeyes to his
list and seems to want to visit. Will be very tough for OSU to get him out of Florida.
Miami could be the team to beat.
- Taylor Price, Hilliard, Oh. Darby
Super-fast prospect who emerged out of nowhere by running
blistering 40 times during camps. OSU is said to be keeping an eye
on him this season.
- Ray Small, Cleveland Glenville *
The latest in a long line of electric Glenville football
players. Can play WR or CB in college. Plans to announce in January.
Could be between OSU and USC.
- A.J. Wallace, Pomfret, Md. McDonough *
Visit - 9/9. OSU is near the top of his list with Florida State,
whom he has visited. Will also visit Nebraska and is considering
several others for his final two visits.
- Robert Williams, Cincinnati, Oh. Withrow
An underrated prospect who should see his offer list increase
with qualifying academic scores. Has always
liked OSU, but recent information suggests that the Buckeyes may be
- Commentary: With Coleman already on board
and most of the above prospects very interested, there's a very
strong chance that the Buckeyes could come away with the talent they
are looking for at CB this year.
Needs: 1 or more
- Grant Schwartz, Dana Point, Calif. Dana
Fine athlete and the son of ex-Buckeye Brian Schwartz. Is
waiting for an offer from Ohio State and is expected to commit if it
comes. Committed to Ohio State on 10/27,
not long after receiving an offer. Chose the Buckeyes over Oregon
- Mister Alexander, Houston, Tex. Eisenhower
A report last week said OSU has offered
and that he lists the Buckeyes in his top three, but he is very high
on Florida State. Big (6-3, 188) safety prospect, rated No. 21
at his position by Scout.com.
- Elijah Fields, Duquesne, Pa.
Four-star prospect who has been consistently listing Ohio State. Also
showing interest in Penn State and West Virginia.
- Armand Robinson, Reynoldsburg, Oh.
Prospect who has received interest from Ohio State throughout the
recruiting process. Offers from North Carolina, Minnesota and
- Commentary: Schwartz becomes the most likely
player to join the class as a safety. News of Alexander's interest
surfaced recently although Ohio State does not appear to have
By Steve Helwagen
There is no evidence to show where Ohio State has already offered any of
Ohio's top juniors. But as the regular season wraps up, we have a chance
to take a look at some of the key names there. The No. 1 overall
prospect in the Class of 2007 may be Cincinnati LaSalle defensive end
Ben Martin (6-5, 225). However, there are reports that say Notre Dame
may be the team to beat there.
Some of the other key names around the state include Canton South RB-DB
Devon Torrence, South Point QB Chris Smith, Cincinnati Colerain DB
Eugene Clifford, Clayton Northmont QB Clay Belton, Canton McKinley RB
Morgan Williams and the Massillon Washington duo of RB Brian Gamble and
LB Andrew Dailey. Williams had 40 carries for 234 yards and four
touchdowns in McKinley's 38-8 win over rival Massillon on Saturday.
Although many of the top players will be in playoff action over the
next five weeks, it will be interesting to see which underclassmen rate
invitations to OSU's last two home games against Illinois and
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