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Class of 2014 amped for OSU/UCF contest

9/5/2012



Ohio State’s game with Central Florida has the eye of the junior class.

Keeping an eye extra close on the game will be wide receiver Thaddeus Snodgrass (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield), quarterback Joey Duckworth (Louisville, Ohio/Louisville), offensive guard Nathaniel Devers (Massillon, Ohio/Washington), safety Darius West (Lima, Ohio/Central Catholic), offensive tackle Kyle Trout (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) and wide receiver Marcus Whitfield (Massillon, Ohio/Washington), as they have scheduled unofficial visits.

Of the six, Snodgrass is the only one with an offer, but it’s a big one as the 6-foot, 174-pound wide receiver is arguably the star of this weekend’s visitors.

With offers from Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Purdue, Toledo and Wisconsin along with the Buckeyes and interest from Michigan and Illinois, Snodgrass warrants attention.

He confirmed his visit with BuckeyeNation late Wednesday evening.

LEWIS LANDING: What’s a week without a Tyquan Lewis (Tarboro, N.C./Tarboro) update? The hybrid defensive end/linebacker told BuckeyeNation on Sunday that he will make his decision between Ohio State, North Carolina and LSU on Sept. 20. Now, he’s got a time as the tentative plan is to announce at 4 p.m. ET. Tarboro is on a bye that week, so look for the choice two weeks from now right after school lets out.

THAT’S A PEACH DEAR: Ohio State hasn’t rested on the state of Georgia in the least bit. When access to juniors was made easier on Saturday, the Buckeyes wasted no time at all in going after some big name targets.

Safety Nick Glass (Atlanta/St. Pius X Catholic), a Georgia commit who still has strong interest in Ohio State, now counts Stan Drayton, Mark Pantoni, Kerry Coombs and Everett Withers as friends on his Facebook page. Linebacker Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville/Liberty County) went to Twitter to illustrate the love he’s received from the Buckeyes in this picture, showing 76 letters from various colleges (note the number of scarlet and grey envelopes).

The Buckeyes aren’t just limiting their invasion to juniors as senior safety Vonn Bell (Rossville/Ridgeland) is still very much on their radar.

The 6-foot, 190-pound Bell has Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Texas and Vanderbilt in his final seven, but the feeling is it’s a battle between the Buckeyes, Volunteers and Bulldogs. Bell is an ESPN 150 safety and is ranked No. 60 overall and fifth at his position.

He came to Ohio State’s Senior Advanced Camp on June 10 and blew away virtually everyone there.

WHERE WE’RE AT: Ohio State targets will become BuckeyeNation targets this weekend as we plan on getting out to four contests. Thursday, Midwest recruiting writer Jared Shanker heads over to the Keystone State to take in the Montour/Central Valley contest.

Ohio State target Robert Foster (Monaca, Pa./Central Valley) narrowed his list of colleges to seven -- Pittsburgh, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Oregon and USC -- and has plans to visit Columbus. He’s the second-ranked wide receiver in the nation and is No. 26 in the ESPN 150.

On Friday, Brad Bournival takes over the bus and will be in Twinsburg to see the Tigers play Lancaster. The Golden Gales are led by Trout. Trout has offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Ohio University and Toledo and plenty of interest from the Buckeyes.

After that, it’s a double dip on Saturday when Howard D. Woodson takes on Lakewood St. Edward. D’Andre Payne (Washington, D.C.) leads Woodson and has offers from 27 schools including, Ohio State. Illinois commit Darwyn Kelly and Penn State commit Jordan Smith also play for Woodson. Iowa commit Solomon Warfield is the big name for St. Edward.

The nightcap pits Mentor at St. Ignatius in a rematch of last year’s Division I Region I final, where St. Ignatius beat the Cardinals 23-17 en route to its 11th state title.

North Carolina commit Mitch Trubisky leads Mentor, while Brandon Fritts and Kent Berger -- both with Ohio State interest -- add flavor.

St. Ignatius’ defense -- with Division I talent everywhere -- will rely on Dameon Wills Jr., who has Ohio State interest, to slow down Trubisky. Last week, St. Ignatius saw Michigan’s best and held Shane Morris to 104 yards and no touchdowns in a 49-13 win over De La Salle.