Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Top recruiting storylines from 'The Game'
By Brad Bournival
Ohio State might be the leader for Trinity (Louisville, Ky.) senior wide receiver James Quick, an ESPN 150 player.
There were no new commitments following Ohio State’s 26-21 win over Michigan on Saturday, but there were recruits being swayed as much as the flag poles atop The Horseshoe.
After combing over more than 20 storylines from the top-notch recruits attending the game, BuckeyeNation has come up with a top five:
1. Visit brings Ohio State closer for Quick:James Quick almost got caught up in the excitement. Then, he thought better of committing to Ohio State during his official visit. “I had a few times where I thought it was the place for me,” the ESPN 150 receiver from Louisville (Ky.) Trinity said as he and his family drove home on Monday. “But I have to look at other places to make sure I’m making the right decision for me.” Quick is rated the No. 10 receiver in the country and No. 98 prospect overall. “It was fun,” the four-star prospect said of the Columbus visit. “I enjoyed myself." -- Dave Hooker
2. Trey Johnson and Co. enjoy The Shoe: ESPN 150 linebacker Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) did not want to discuss the dismissal of Auburn head coach Gene Chizik. The No. 96 prospect in the country did have nice things to say about his time in Columbus. “I loved the game atmosphere, facilities and the staff,” Johnson said. “My dad liked it a lot, too. Linebacker is their priority and I could play there next year.” Johnson finished his senior season with 139 tackles, three sacks, an interception return for a touchdown and four forced fumbles. -- Kipp Adams
3. Jones still talking about Ohio State trip:Jamarco Jones (Chicago/De La Salle) made another visit to Ohio State this weekend, but this one was his most extensive trip to Columbus yet. The ESPN Watch List offensive tackle arrived in Columbus on Friday and stayed through Saturday evening. Following a campus and school tour and the experience of taking in “The Game,” Jones has the Buckeyes near the top. “They’re pretty high right now,” said Jones, who holds 14 offers, Ohio State among them. “I like them as a program. It just seems like a family-oriented program and I like that, and the coaching staff is great. Everyone on the coaching staff cares about each individual player, not just about what they can do on the field.” The 6-foot-5, 285-pound Jones talked with area recruiter Mike Vrabel, line coach Ed Warinner and Urban Meyer while visiting Saturday. Meyer was excited to see Jones, who last made it to Ohio State for Friday Night Lights on July 27. “I was really impressed with how they played, were moving the ball well on the ground and pushing people over,” he said. “I liked what I saw.” -- Jared Shanker
4. McMillan has OSU cemented out in front: One of the biggest linebackers in the Class of 2014 continued his love affair with Ohio State on Saturday. Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty), who has more than 25 Division I offers already, continues to put the Buckeyes at the top as more colleges come calling every day. “I loved the rivalry and the atmosphere and the game,” McMillan said. “The intensity in which the players played and the coaches coached was just all-around great. It was everything. It was exactly what I thought it would be because it was a big rivalry. It was a crazy atmosphere.” -- Brad Bournival
5. ‘Cool Hand’ Da’Shawn loves trifecta in Columbus:Da’Shawn Hand couldn’t help but be taken aback by the chilly temperatures during his visit to Ohio State. “It was very cold!!!” the junior defensive end from Woodbridge (Va.) said in a text message Sunday after watching the Buckeyes beat Michigan 26-21. “Lol but the stadium was nice. A lot of die-hard fans [and] great tradition.” Hand said meeting with Ohio State coaches was a highlight of the visit. “They were really cool,” he texted. The junior recently named 10 finalists. He is down to Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. -- Dave Hooker