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Thursday, December 13, 2012
Notebook: Detroit trio wants package deal

By Brad Bournival

Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty), Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South) and Dante Booker (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) might not be the only package deal Ohio State is looking for in the class of 2014.

The Detroit Martin Luther King junior trio of Jalen Embry, Carl Fuller and Avonte Maddox has talked about it and wouldn’t mind staying together in college as well.

And the early talk is that they wouldn’t mind it if Ohio State threw them an offer.

“We’ve been thinking about Ohio State a lot,” said Embry, who is being recruited as an athlete. “If we get the offer that would be good. Basically, we’re trying to do a package deal. That’s what we’re calling it: Me, Carl and Avonte Maddox.”

The trio started thinking about it more after the Ohio State-Michigan game. While the three live up north, they came to The Horseshoe and were impressed by the atmosphere and game.

Fuller even joked about the Buckeyes fans’ ravenous support and walked away overwhelmed by how driven the Ohio State players were.

“We had to stand up the entire game,” said Fuller, who plays linebacker. “At Michigan, we’d be [sitting down]. They’re clutch. Big games like that, they come out and defeat. That’s the type of team I want to be with. There wasn’t an empty seat when we were there.”

Another factor for the trio was Urban Meyer's emphasis on grades and extracurriculars as well as what they do on the football field.

Meyer's reputation doesn’t hurt either.

“When he was at Florida, his teams were real good,” Fuller said. “They were fast. When he left, it went down a little bit.

“When he got to Ohio State, they’ve had a good record. I can trust him that he’ll win this amount of games and he’ll coach me this way. I can put my faith into him and trust him to teach me the game.”

Checking in: Ohio State has done a lot of that this week. The Buckeyes have scheduled a visit to see Tommy Sanders (Cordele, Ga./Butler Community College) on Thursday. They stopped in to see Christopher Worley (Cleveland/Glenville) and no doubt tipped their hats to teammates Marcelys Jones and Marshon Lattimore while they were at it on Wednesday.

The Buckeyes were also in Michigan to see offensive guard David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech) and Co., and in Georgia to see 2014 defensive back Christopher Murphy and ESPN 150 linebacker Trey Johnson.

The interesting name that keeps popping up is ESPN 150 running back David Williams (Philadelphia/Imhotep), however.

His recruitment long thought to be dead in the water, it picked back up when Ed Warinner popped in to say hello, though it’s thought the ESPN 150 senior is a South Carolina lean. Ohio State is one of Williams' three finalists.

Quarterbacks were a hit among the Buckeyes as Drew Barker (Hebron, Ky./Conner) and Reggie Bonnafon (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) received how-do-you-dos from Ohio State brass.

And yes, the big names you’ve all been reading about got their usual looks as well.

That’s a peach, hun: All "Caddyshack" references aside, it might be easy to run into an Ohio State coach this weekend at the Georgia Dome.

Buckeyes brass will be watching the Peach State's high school state finals intently.

With ESPN 150 safety Vonn Bell, ESPN Watch List juniors Myles Autry, Lorenzo Carter, Korie Rogers and DeShaun Watson playing in title games, the Buckeyes will be very interested in the outcomes. All five have offers from Ohio State and are being heavily recruited.

QB one: Lost in all the news of commitments and offers was news that Luke Morgan (Lebanon, Ohio/Lebanon) accepted preferred walk-on status with Ohio State, according to his coach Shawn Lamb.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Morgan had preferred walk-on status from Cincinnati and an offer from Bowling Green as well but chose to become a Buckeye. As a senior, he threw for 2,245 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushed for 832 yards and 11 scores for the Warriors this season.

The Greater Western Ohio Conference MVP also holds every passing record at his school.

-- Tom VanHaaren contributed to this report