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Monday, February 18, 2013
Ohio State recruiting: The week that was

By Brad Bournival

There was a commitment -- in basketball -- for Ohio State, of course there was a decommitment as well -- in football -- in what can only be deemed a crazy week for the Buckeyes.

Urban Meyer -- or Thad Matta for that matter -- never sleeps in the recruiting world as evidenced by yet another rough-and-tumble seven days.

Sunday brought news of running back Jonathan Hilliman planning a visit to Columbus, Ohio, while Cleveland John Hay wide receiver Deon Colvin said he loves the Buckeyes.

Cleveland Benedictine running back Jerome Baker also hinted he likes Ohio State and that team up north after a solid sophomore season.

Midwest recruiting coordinator Jared Shanker caught up with ESPN Watch List juniors Clifton Garrett and Malik McDowell. Both videos can be found on BuckeyeNation’s home page.

After a rare quiet day on Friday, Parris Campbell Jr. lit up Ohio State’s world by posting a 4.42 laser-time 40-yard dash at the SPARQ Combine in Massillon, Ohio, and hinted that he’s working on a certain big-name teammate to join him as a Buckeyes pledge.

On Thursday, an offer went out to in-state wide receiver Derek Kief, while Joe Mixon, who picked up an Ohio State offer earlier in the week, continued picking up interest from other schools.

Wednesday, the Ohio State dream team defense was revealed with some surprising names, while ESPN Watch List cornerback D'Andre Payne put the Buckeyes in the mix among his favorites.

Watch List safety Todd Kelly Jr. reflected back on his Ohio State visit and Chris Lammons added an offer from the Buckeyes, as did Saeed Blacknall.

Defensive tackle Chris Williams became the 16th junior from Georgia with an Ohio State offer.

But the biggest news of the day, happened just before midnight when defensive end Lawrence Marshall gave his decommitment to Ohio State.

On Tuesday, BuckeyeNation revealed its dream team offense among 2014 recruits with offers, while looking at the reason Ohio State has offered only DeShaun Watson.

Monday, Matta picked up what he hopes is a sleeper in junior power forward/center David Bell, who has been tearing it up for the Garfield Heights (Ohio) Bulldogs.