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Monday, December 10, 2012
Commits happy to help recruiting process

By Brad Bournival

Urban Meyer might be calling Cam Burrows, Ezekiel Elliott, Tim Gardner, Darron Lee, Evan Lisle, Billy Price, Tracy Sprinkle, and Jayme Thompson his elite eight by the time they get to campus.

Ezekiel Elliott
Ezekiel Elliott was one of eight Ohio State commits that took official visits this weekend and helped convince Gareon Conley and Donovan Munger to join the Buckeyes.
Either that or the octet might have bright futures as recruiting coordinators, as they were a big part of an incredible weekend for Ohio State.

ESPN 150 wide receiver Gareon Conley and outside linebacker Mike Mitchell took official visits, as did ESPN 300 defensive tackle Donovan Munger and junior college linebacker Tommy Sanders.

Conley and Munger committed, Mitchell called his visit incredible and Sanders loved his time in the state’s capital as well.

All three had the eight pledges with them on official visits as well in case they had questions that they didn’t want to ask the coaches.

“It was a good time,” Elliott said. “What we all tried to do was show them how much they could contribute to the team.

“We tried to show them what they could bring to the table. That was two big commits this weekend.”

While all three came at various times -- Conley left Friday, Munger arrived Saturday and Mitchell was there Friday through Sunday -- the already-committed Buckeyes acted more as an extension of the coaches and university.

“It was a great feeling,” Sprinkle said. “We all went down there knowing about the campus itself and everything and knowing what would basically bring them there. We knew talking to the coaches, talking to us and talking to the players and how bright the future was would sell itself.”

They also left with a sense of accomplishment in growing the recruiting class from 17 to 19.

“They saw the same vision we saw and what Coach Meyer means and how they could be successful,” Gardner said. “It made me happy for them -- one, because they became Buckeyes and two, because they’ll spend the next four years with me. It was special for me.”