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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Two more prospects plan OSU visits

By Brad Bournival

Ohio State will be busy hosts in the next few weeks as recruits file in to Columbus, Ohio, on unofficial visits.

Offensive guard Braden Smith (Olathe, Kan./Olathe) isn’t the only one headed to The Horseshoe to check in on the Buckeyes as Ohio State has a big junior day planned for the end of the month.

One of the bigger names scheduled to come March 28-30 is Jonathan Hilliman (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peters).

The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Hilliman has offers from Arkansas, Boston College, Cincinnati, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Stanford, Tennessee, UCF, Vanderbilt, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

It’s a list that will likely to continue to grow after a junior season when Hilliman carried the ball 123 times for 1,408 yards -- a 11.4-yard average -- and scored 21 touchdowns.

Even with junior tailback Parris Campbell Jr. (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) already in the fold at a loaded position, Hilliman still has strong interest in Ohio State. He’s coming to Columbus for different reasons, however.

“That’s the OSU clinic, so I’ll get to see how the coaches coach in certain situations,” he said.

The other big name scheduled to visit will be defensive end Dylan Thompson (Lombard, Ill./Montini Catholic), who is planning to visit March 22-23.

A 6-5, 270-pound junior, Thompson has offers from Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Purdue and Syracuse.

“I want to see all their academics and what they’re good in as far as majors,” he said. “I want to see the weight room, the locker room. I’m hoping to put on a jersey.

“I love the Ohio State colors. It’s the only way to go. They have really cool uniforms. I’ve seen the video of their weight room. It’s really cool how they did it.”

Former Ohio State nose tackle Garrett Goebel is a Montini Catholic graduate.