Thursday, November 15, 2012
The recruiting week that was/will be
By Brad Bournival
There is more than just an outright Big Ten Leaders Division title at stake this weekend for Ohio State (10-0, 6-0) when the Buckeyes take on Legends leader Wisconsin (8-2, 5-1) on Saturday.
The game also provides a chance to impress some big names, as ESPN Watch List juniors Dominique Booth (Indianapolis/Pike), Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South) and Kyle Trout (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) are planning on making trips to Camp Randall Stadium to take in the game.
Of the three only Garrett has an offer, but the Buckeyes are very familiar with the other two, as both are expecting an Ohio State offer to come soon.
The biggest name that will be in attendance, however, comes from the senior class in Skai Moore (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School).
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound outside linebacker will definitely be in Wisconsin and that could prove vital for the Buckeyes. Right now, the three-star senior has Ohio State, Rutgers, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin in his final four.
The Badgers and Buckeyes are relative newcomers to his list, while the Scarlet Knights and Commodores have been there for awhile.
Bowl watching: There’s no doubt Ohio State coaches will have their eyes on Pasadena, Calif. this weekend and it has nothing to do with plans on future trips to the Rose Bowl.
Well, not directly anyways.
ESPN 300 defensive tackle Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) remains the only defensive linemen the Buckeyes are going after, as the 6-3, 280-pound senior travels to UCLA for an official visit this weekend.
He’ll be joined by another hot commodity in junior offensive tackle Marcelys Jones (Cleveland/Glenville), who was recently invited to the Under Armour Combine in January.
Redfield redux: Ohio State fans shouldn’t get that excited just yet about Max Redfield’s decommitment from USC.
While the ESPN 150 safety listed the Buckeyes as a possible destination to take an official visit, Redfield still maintains a top three of Oregon, USC and Notre Dame with the Fighting Irish very high on the list.
He’ll take his official to Oregon this weekend.
Scarlett fever: Moore isn’t the only one the Buckeyes are watching at University School, as they’ve offered his teammate Jordan Scarlett as well.
The running back is no stranger to Ohio State nor the end zone apparently as the sophomore has put together solid back-to-back seasons.
This season, he’s rushed for 663 yards and has scored 14 touchdowns on 90 carries -- he has 16 total touchdowns.
As a freshman, he toted the ball 56 times for 568 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Winners welcome: Ohio State’s 2013 recruiting class continues to impress at the high school level as 10 of the commits are still alive in the playoffs.
The list includes J.T. Barrett (Texas Class 4A, Division II), Joey Bosa (Florida Class 7A), Cam Burrows (Ohio Division II, Region 8), Ezekiel Elliott (Missouri Class 3), Tim Gardner (Indiana Class 5A), Taivon Jacobs (Maryland Class 4A), Darron Lee (Division II, Region 7), Tyquan Lewis (North Carolina Class 2A), Jayme Thompson (Division II, Region 6) and Eli Woodard (New Jersey Group 5).
Of the 10, Elliott and Gardner are in their state’s semifinal round.
You can’t make this up: Last week, Buffalo commit Tim McVey (Cleveland/St. Ignatius) scored seven first-half touchdowns in a 56-0 Division I, Region 1 semifinal over North Royalton.
North Carolina commit Mitch Trubisky (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) rallied his team from a 21-point deficit to beat St. Edward 63-56 in the other Region 1 semifinal.
Trubisky finished 36-of-48 for 478 yards and 4 touchdowns and rushed 25 times for 98 yards and two scores.
The two square off for the right to play in the semifinals on Saturday.
Ohio State targets wide receiver Brandon Fritts, who caught 14 passes for 243 yards and 4 scores last weekend, and defensive end Kent Berger represent Mentor.
Offensive tackle Jimmy Byrne, who has Buckeyes interest represents St. Ignatius.
BuckeyeNation will be there.