Call the Ohio State-Cal game the weekend of the wide receivers in term of unofficial visits.
Thaddeus Snodgrass (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield) is hoping the third time is the charm as he was derailed the two previous weeks in terms of unofficial visits.
Shelton Gibson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights) was trying to make the trip as well, but still hasn’t firmed up plans.
BELL CURVE: 2013 safety Vonn Bell still has Ohio State, Tennessee and Alabama in his top three and has tentatively planned a visit to The Horseshoe for the Oct. 6 game against Nebraska. The four-star ESPN 150 safety took in last weekend’s Alabama-Western Kentucky game and met with Nick Saban before and after the game. He’s going to try to go to the Alabama-Texas Tech game as well, but insists there’s no clear-cut favorite right now.
GEORGIA (TECH) ON MY MIND: Read into it however you want, but Georgia Tech is making a strong effort to put a hole in the pipeline from Cleveland Glenville to Ohio State.
All three are planning on making the trip with offensive coordinator Tony Overton to the Sept. 22 Georgia Tech-Miami game.
GET IN LINE: Jimmy Byrne (Cleveland/St. Ignatius) isn’t the only Ohio State target moving around the country on unofficial visits. Byrne has an unofficial visit lined up for the Sept. 22 Notre Dame-Michigan game. Kyle Trout (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) will travel to East Lansing to watch Michigan State take on the Fighting Irish this weekend.
THE GAME: It’s way too early to speculate, but there are some big names at least trying to make visits to Ohio State for the Nov. 24 game against Michigan.
WHERE WE’LL BE: BuckeyeNation is headed east this week. After catching up with wide receiver Robert Foster (Monaca, Pa./Central Valley) and where the Buckeyes stand on his short list on Wednesday, we’ll head out to Belle Vernon, Pa., to check on offensive tackle Dorian Johnson to see where Ohio State is in his land of three schools Friday. The former Penn State commit has the Buckeyes, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech in his final three.
We’re hurrying home after catching up with Johnson, so we can check in on big Ohio State target Gibson, Buckeyes recruit De’Niro Laster. Saturday, it’s a trip to Shaker Heights where Joe Henderson and Donovan Munger look to improve to 3-1 against Parma. Munger is very much on Ohio State’s radar as is Henderson, who is fighting for an offer.