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Monday, December 10, 2012
OSU wraps up great recruiting week

By Brad Bournival

After going over two months without a commitment, Ohio State landed some two big names in big ways last week to highlight a very busy seven days of recruiting as the Buckeyes look to close out the 2013 class strong.

Gareon Conley
Gareon Conley was part of a big recruiting weekend for Ohio State.
When Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) and Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) gave their pledge to Ohio State Friday and Sunday, respectively, it marked a huge day for the Buckeyes, who now have eight ESPN 150 athletes in their recruiting class.

Conley brings raw talent to the mix and is an incredible asset to an already strong secondary in the class.

Munger is a wide body that will plug the line quite well.

Incidentally, ESPN 150 linebacker Mike Mitchell tagged along and called his official visit crazy, awesome and great.

But Conley, Mitchell and Munger weren’t the only recruits Ohio State went after last week as the Buckeyes closed in on a few and offered scholarships to more as well.

On Monday, the Buckeyes dipped back into Phoenix Ariz. and offered two more Mountain Pointe athletes in Jalen Brown and Natrell Curtis. They had offered teammate and offensive tackle Kenny Lacy.

Tuesday brought great news as ESPN Watch List junior Jonathan Haden (Washington D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy) said he planned on making a trip up to Columbus, Ohio for an unofficial visit.

Ohio State also added another offer, but this one was vested for three years from now as class of 2014 defensive tackle Shy Tuttle nabbed the Buckeyes interest.

As a sophomore, he came into his own with 95 solo tackles -- 26 for loss -- 18 sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Last weekend’s official visit list grew by one when junior college linebacker Tommy Sanders indicated he would make the trip as well despite not having an offer.

The news wasn’t all good as Robert Foster (Monaca, Pa./Central Valley) dropped Ohio State from his list, David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech) had to postpone his official visit and Oregon stepped up with an offer to former Auburn commit Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett).

Johnson still has the Buckeyes in his final two, however, so things still look good for the ESPN 150 linebacker.

ESPN Watch List offensive tackle Jimmy Byrne (Cleveland/St. Ignatius) also chose Notre Dame over the Buckeyes.

Shelton Gibson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights) shifted his top five, but has Ohio State still way out in front.

On Wednesday, the Buckeyes amped up their efforts by making their second in-home visit to Mitchell before the ESPN 150 linebacker came to Columbus.

There were also offers to offensive tackles Jack Keeler (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) and Denzel Ward (Chicago/Hales Franciscan), but the Wisconsin and Michigan commits, politely declined.

On Friday, the Buckeyes prepped for a busy week of official visits by tendering an offer to 2015 super athlete Eric Glover-Williams, who was on hand on an unofficial visit.

The weekend saw Conley, Sanders, Mitchell and Munger join Ohio State commits Tracy Sprinkle (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria), Billy Price (Youngstown/Austintown-Fitch), Darron Lee (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany), Ezekiel Elliott (St. Louis/John Burroughs), Cam Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison), Evan Lisle (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville), Tim Gardner (Indianapolis/Lawrence Central) and Jayme Thompson (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) on official visits.