- Brad Bournival, RecruitingNation
After going over two months without a commitment, Ohio State landed some two big names in big ways last week to highlight a very busy seven days of recruiting as the Buckeyes look to close out the 2013 class strong.
When Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) and Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) gave their pledge to Ohio State Friday and Sunday, respectively, it marked a huge day for the Buckeyes, who now have eight ESPN 150 athletes in their recruiting class.
But Conley, Mitchell and Munger weren’t the only recruits Ohio State went after last week as the Buckeyes closed in on a few and offered scholarships to more as well.
As a sophomore, he came into his own with 95 solo tackles -- 26 for loss -- 18 sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
The news wasn’t all good as Robert Foster (Monaca, Pa./Central Valley) dropped Ohio State from his list, David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech) had to postpone his official visit and Oregon stepped up with an offer to former Auburn commit Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett).
Johnson still has the Buckeyes in his final two, however, so things still look good for the ESPN 150 linebacker.
On Wednesday, the Buckeyes amped up their efforts by making their second in-home visit to Mitchell before the ESPN 150 linebacker came to Columbus.
The weekend saw Conley, Sanders, Mitchell and Munger join Ohio State commits Tracy Sprinkle (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria), Billy Price (Youngstown/Austintown-Fitch), Darron Lee (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany), Ezekiel Elliott (St. Louis/John Burroughs), Cam Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison), Evan Lisle (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville), Tim Gardner (Indianapolis/Lawrence Central) and Jayme Thompson (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) on official visits.