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Monday, December 24, 2012
OSU Recruiting: A look back at the week

By Brad Bournival

Ohio State didn’t get another commit out of the class of 2013, but that didn’t mean the Buckeyes went into the dead period without continuing to amp up efforts to land some big names.

From recruits scheduling visits to others setting announcement dates, here’s a look at how things shook out last week.

Ohio State began the week just hours after hearing Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) and Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) were set to announce their college choices at their respective all-star games. The Buckeyes also found out Orlando Brown Jr. (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) put them in his top eight.

Three-star offensive guard Dylan Wiesman (Cincinnati/Colerain) gave Cincinnati his decommitment and hinted that he’s trying to hammer out plans to make an official visit to Ohio State.

On Monday, 2014 wide receiver Lonnie Johnson (Gary, Ind./West Side) set an announcement date of Friday where it was expected he would announce the Buckeyes as his college of choice. On Tuesday, however, the budding talent postponed his announcement to let the seniors at his school take the spotlight.

Vonn Bell (Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland) set official visit dates for Alabama, Ohio State and Tennessee, while Drew Barker (Hebron, Ky./Connor) picked up two more offers not named Ohio State.

Tommy Sanders (Cordele, Ga./Butler Community College) had his coach confirm that he would sign a letter of intent on Wednesday and then the top-ranked junior college linebacker in the nation chose Texas A&M.

The Buckeyes also joined Ole Miss in offering junior standouts Kalvarez Bessent (Kingsland, Ga./Camden County) and his teammate Chris Williams.

On Wednesday, ESPN Watch List tight end Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) talked about his top six and had glowing things to say about Ohio State, while Thursday brought an in-depth look at the Buckeyes’ rising interest in recruits out of Georgia.

Defensive tackle Jaleel Fields (Aliquippa, Pa./Aliquippa) talked about schools escalating their interest in him with Ohio State near the forefront of the movement. An offer also went out to Dan Skipper (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley).

ESPN 300 offensive tackle Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial) talked official visits and wanted to make Ohio State part of the mix even though he is still committed to California. Here’s a video of what he had to say as well.

But one of the most touching stories had to be the fact Eli Woodard has changed his name to Eli Apple in honor the man that has raised him.