- Brad Bournival, RecruitingNation
Safety Jayme Thompson (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) already knew it. On Saturday, the Class of 2013 Ohio State commit saw it in the faces of some of the uncommitted recruits at the Ohio State-Nebraska game.
Big-game environments can go a long way with those weighing their options between the Buckeyes and others. While no one committed, most left with a lasting impression.
“The atmosphere was great,” Thompson said. “The fan support is always crazy down there. It was an extremely live game the whole time.
“I was really surprised. I definitely think this went a long way with those kids. DeShone Kizer goes to my school. He went to the Michigan State-Notre Dame game and he said this one was way more exciting. That shows you right there that the atmosphere is the best in the country.”
The game even took Thompson aback, though he’s been to The Horseshoe before. The ESPN 300 senior has been to plenty of games, but this one ranked right up there.
“My dad and I were amazed at how the game played out,” Thompson said. “I’ve been to some great games, but I’d put this in the one or two slot.”
BAND-AIDED VISIT: Monster recruits at last weekend’s Ohio State-Nebraska deserved a little more, and the Buckeyes’ band was happy to oblige with a halftime show that has gone completely viral. A video-game themed piece included Space Invaders, Mario Bros., Pac-Man, Halo, Zelda and Tetris, with perhaps the most innovative piece coming when the horse from Zelda ran across the field and reared up to the delight of the 106,102 in attendance. The video can be found here.
FUTURE BUCKEYES BATTLE: Defensive end/linebacker Tyquan Lewis (Tarboro, N.C./Tarboro) and defensive tackle Michael Hill (Pendleton, S.C./Pendleton) will try to one-up the other when the Class of 2013 Ohio State commits do battle in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas at Gibbs Stadium on Dec. 15.
An All-Star Game pitting athletes from either state against each other, the contest will take place in Spartanburg, S.C. Former Ohio State commit Lewis Neal (Wilson, N.C./James B. Hunt) will join Lewis as a member of the North Carolina squad. The defensive end is now a LSU commit.
ON THE TRAIL: Class of 2014 running back Myles Autry (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) and 2013 outside linebacker Skai Moore (Ft. Lauderdale/University School) weren’t the only ones Ohio State had its eyes on this week.
The Buckeyes dipped back into California to offer a tight end out of Ventura. Bryce Dixon (St. Bonaventure) also has offers from Cal, Colorado, Miami and Washington. Class of 2014 linebacker Dwight Williams (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra) is picking up a ton of interest as well, though the 6-foot, 186-pound junior doesn’t have an offer yet from the Buckeyes. Wide receiver K.J. Williams (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) is also garnering interest from the Ohio State.
ROAD WARRIORS: The Buckeyes might be on the road this weekend, but that doesn’t mean interested bystanders won’t be watching. Dominique Booth (Indianapolis/Pike) will see Ohio State for the third time this season. The ESPN Watch List wide receiver saw Ohio State on the road at Michigan State and at home against Cal. Dareian Watkins (Galion, Ohio/Galion) will also be in attendance. The dual-threat quarterback currently has offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Illinois, Northwestern, Ohio and Toledo.
TONY’S TIME: Tony Stevens (Orlando, Fla./Evans) is now back on board with Florida State after going to Twitter last week and announcing he was going to decomit from the Seminoles. That doesn’t mean he’s completely giving up on Ohio State, as he will make an official visit to Columbus on the weekend of Nov. 23 for the Michigan game.
He’s not the only Floridian headed to Columbus as James Hearns (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln) is planning an unofficial visit that weekend as well. The linebacker and Florida commit wants to take an official visit to Ohio State after the season.
WHERE WE’RE GOING: BuckeyeNation will be busy as always this weekend. On the docket is a contest between Westerville South and Westerville Central. Ohio State target Nick Richardson headlines the list for Central, while South counters with tight end Darryl Long and Marcus Ball. Both have Ohio State interest.
BuckeyeNation will also make a stop in Elyria to check on Class of 2013 defensive tackle and Ohio State commit Tracy Sprinkle as his Pioneers take on Stow.
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