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Monday, December 3, 2012
What a wild recruiting week to review

By Brad Bournival

Sleep? Who needs sleep?

Certainly not Ohio State after pulling in a visitors list of well over 50 recruits for the Michigan game.

The Buckeyes staff wasted no time at all last week in hitting the trail to check in on many recruits either at their schools or with in-house visits. So while it was nice to wow the likes of Martrell Spaight, James Quick, Trey Johnson, Jamarco Jones, Raekwon McMillan, DeShone Kizer, Sam Mustipher, Da’Shawn Hand, Gareon Conley, Clifton Garrett, Donovan Munger, Shelton Gibson, Chris Worley, Darius West, Jimmy Byrne and Kyle Berger, they weren’t resting on the win.

Urban Meyer
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and his assistants are on quite the recruiting trek.
On Monday, the Buckeyes hit the road for visits in Illinois to Garrett and Jones in a week that turned out to be very strong for the Buckeyes. Both were still talking about their time at The Horseshoe when they saw OSU beat the Wolverines 26-21.

On Tuesday, Johnson told Auburn of his decommitment from the Tigers and so did Conley in Michigan. Assistant Zach Smith checked in on Hand, who said the visit was cool.

Wednesday brought an offer to sophomore running back Jacques Patrick out of Orlando Fla. Patrick ran for 2,100 yards this season and collected 31 touchdowns. He’s already nabbed 13 offers and will continue to turn heads. Johnson also received a visit from defensive coordinator Luke Fickell and said it went great.

Thursday might have been the biggest day in terms of progress with Conley. The ESPN 150 cornerback, who is being recruited as an athlete by the Buckeyes with heavy emphasis at the wide receiver slot, had an in-home visit with Urban Meyer.

Defensively, Conley had 25 tackles, a forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries and an interception for a score.

He has made 21 tackles even though teams rarely throw his way. At receiver, Conley led Massillon (Ohio) Washington in catches (50), yards receiving (1,096) and touchdowns (16).

The Buckeyes also offered UCLA commit Kenny Lacy that same evening. Lacy is a 6-foot-5, 260-pound offensive tackle who is considering an Ohio State official visit.

Friday, Meyer and a handful of assistant coaches made their way to Massillon to watch commits Cam Burrows and Jayme Thompson square off in the Division II state final. He was also there to see Kizer as well. Kizer and Thompson took home the title.

Meyer and Co. stuck around Saturday to watch Booker win a state title, too.

Beginning Thursday, Meyer will have some big-name recruits take official visits as he puts the finishing touches on the 2013 class, so it’s likely there will be no rest for the weary again this week.