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Monday, May 13, 2013
Recruiting week in review: Good and bad

By Brad Bournival

You win some, you lose some.

One day after losing former Ohio State commit Lawrence Marshall (Southfield, Mich./Southfield) to Michigan, the Buckeyes landed their eighth commitment of the 2014 class.

It was a week of ups and downs, but one filled with Ohio State news, good and bad.

Here’s what happened in another busy week:

On Sunday, Lonnie Johnson ended a six-month courtship and became the latest to give his commitment to the Buckeyes. Johnson’s first order of business is to start recruiting for his new team. Big-time target Chase Winovich visited Michigan over the weekend and gave his take on his visit. He plans on taking a trip to in-state Pittsburgh before making a decision. Sophomore running back Soso Jamabo talked about his future and what really mattered in his college decision-making process.

On Saturday, Marshall brought bad news to Ohio State when he committed to Michigan.

On Friday, an offer went out to a big freshman offensive lineman in Erik Swenson. The 6-foot-6, 280-pound Swenson becomes the fourth athlete out of the Class of 2016 with an offer from the Buckeyes.

The Buckeyes reached out to junior Noah Brown with an offer on Thursday. The versatile back is exactly what Ohio State is looking for in its reformed running back position. Offensive coordinator Tom Herman’s search for a quarterback took him to Georgia where he checked in on Stephen Collier. An offer went out the night before to 2015 Florida State commitment De'Andre Johnson as well, and he broke down what it meant. As has been par for the course, two more Georgians picked up offers as well. They explained what it meant a day later.

On Wednesday, Dante Booker finally went on record and said Ohio State was his leader, and three more offers went out, as well. Jonathan Hilliman also reshuffled his top group. The Buckeyes, of course, are still there.

On Tuesday, Dravon Henry revealed that his recruitment is getting much harder as more schools come calling. Malik Hooker picked up an offer, as well.

On Monday, 2015 running back/linebacker Jerome Baker broke down his Sunday visit to the Buckeyes to kick off what was a crazy week for Ohio State and its fans.