Ohio State Buckeyes: Jeb Blazevich

As the tight end positions changes, so has the high school athlete. Mentor (Ohio) coach Steve Trivisonno talked at length in Tuesday’s feature piece about what the future will look like at tight end.

Here are the top five ranked tight ends in the nation and what they’ll bring to the their future teams:

1. Tyler Luatua (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada)

Position: TE-H

ESPN 150 rank: No. 37

Ohio State can’t win them all, even in April. While it’s still very early in the process, the Buckeyes lost a couple recruiting battles last week when Michigan picked up tight end Ian Bunting and wide receiver Maurice Ways.

Still the scarlet and gray made its share of waves in the recruiting ocean with offers and movement in the ranks.

Here’s what has gone down in the past seven days:

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ESPN 150 tight end Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Christian) went flying off the board to Georgia on Tuesday. Ian Bunting (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) followed suit to Michigan, and Nic Weishar (Chicago/Marist) took his talents to Notre Dame.

With all three committing -- and holding scholarship offers from Ohio State -- what does it all mean for the Buckeyes?


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RN Top 10: Atlanta NFTC 

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The RN Top 10 will appear throughout the camp and combine season and rank prospects based strictly on their on-field performance at that particular event. It does not reflect what their overall prospect ranking will be when the 2014 rankings are unveiled this spring.

BUFORD, Ga. – With 276 players taking part in the Atlanta Nike Football Training Camp on Saturday, there were dozens of prospects in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 classes who had already been offered by FBS programs. Six of the participants were awarded invitations to the The Opening later the summer.

10. Terronne Prescod
Lithonia (Ga.) Columbia |OG|6-foot-4, 320 pounds


The offensive linemen at the Atlanta NFTC were not an overly impressive group, but Prescod stood out, not just because of his hairstyle. He locked up and drove back multiple defensive tackles and showed an impressive base.

Prescod is approaching 10 offers, and has scholarship opportunities with Missouri, Ole Miss and Virginia. At the moment, Prescod says Missouri is standing out. Watch out for Auburn if they offer, as they seem to be the school he feels most at home with right now.

Craig Haubert’s take: “Prescod did a nice job in the offensive line group that was not among the strongest at the NFTC this year. He showed good bend and strong punch and he has outstanding size, both in height and bulk.”


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Call it the calm before the storm.

Last week, Ohio State recruiting was relatively quiet with just a few targets taking visits and not a ton of breaking news coming from any of it.

This week should be much different with a gaggle of visitors slated to come to Columbus, Ohio.

That doesn’t mean the Buckeyes didn’t make news or sway some targets into rethinking about Ohio State as coaches once again stayed busy in the recruiting front.

Here’s a look at what went on in front of -- and behind -- closed doors as the Buckeyes continued to try and make themselves a better football team both today and in the future:


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Why Jeb Blazevich fits at Ohio State 

March, 27, 2013
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It all started for Urban Meyer at Ohio State as a tight ends coach.

While the tight end isn’t a big position of need in Meyer’s spread offense, Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) might be a perfect fit for the Buckeyes.


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As the 2014 recruiting class comes more and more into focus following what was another strong national signing day for Urban Meyer, BuckeyeNation is taking a position-by-position look at the juniors.

Today, we examine the tight end position. Though it’s still a fairly deep position on the depth chart, there are six offers out to juniors already.

Here are the six tight ends of 2014 not committed somewhere else who have an offer from Ohio State.


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It’s going to be one heck of a busy month for Ohio State as unofficial visitors pour into Columbus, Ohio, for a look at the Buckeyes.

We’ve already talked about many of the big names set to visit the Horseshoe, but the visitors keep coming.


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OSU Mailbag: Of RBs, OGs, LBs and TEs 

March, 14, 2013
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It’s time to dip into the BuckeyeNation recruiting mailbag and answer some of your questions.

We’ll try to give everyone a chance to get their questions answered.

We encourage you to send your questions by Twitter at @bbournival, e-mail at brad.bournival.espn@gmail.com or by posting a question in the Horseshoe Pit forum.

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It’s the quiet period for recruiting, but Ohio State never takes a break. While contact with prospective pledges isn’t as easy, the Buckeyes are doing as much as they can to keep themselves in the forefront of recruits’ minds.

This week wasn’t any different, with offers dished out and pledges giving their two cents about visits to other schools.

One particular junior put out a top three and then changed his mind when Ohio State came calling with an offer.

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Miller Safrit/ESPNESPN Watch List TE Jeb Blazevich has Ohio State in his final six.
Here’s the week in review:

  • BuckeyeNation checked in on the latest regarding Deshaun Watson and gave news on 29 other athletes in the recruiting mailbag. The Buckeyes, along with Alabama, put out an offer to Kendall Gant to close the weekend.

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OSU Mailbag: The promise of 2014 

March, 1, 2013
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It’s time to dip into the BuckeyeNation recruiting mailbag and answer some of your questions.

We’ll try to keep to five questions a week to give everyone a chance to get their answers.

We encourage you to send your questions by Twitter at @bbournival, e-mail at brad.bournival.espn@gmail.com or by posting a question in the Horseshoe Pit forum.

Here’s the latest installment.


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videoEach week this spring, RecruitingNation will take a closer look at some of the nation’s top Class of 2014 prospects from the ESPN Watch List. This week we kick things off with Charlotte (N.C.) Christian tight end Jeb Blazevich.

Few people -- well, other than astute recruiters -- knew who Jeb Blazevich was last summer.

Then the offers started pouring in.

Blazevich was a self-described average receiver before he started eating -- a lot. The tight end from Charlotte (N.C.) Christian went from peanut butter sandwiches to hamburgers then chicken strips to bulk up to 240 pounds. And the hamburgers were for breakfast, while the chicken strips were an in-class snack.

It clearly worked, as Blazevich is now considered one of the top tight end prospects in the nation and is being recruited by some of the country’s top programs. Blazevich recently listed Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Alabama, Notre Dame and Ole Miss as his finalists.

"It's really crazy," Blazevich said of his recruitment. "When you think about it, I'm just a normal kid. I go to church on Sundays. I go to school during the week. I do my work like anybody else. It's just crazy to have these accolades.

"It really humbles you to realize that, wow, God gave me this ability. He could have given this to anybody. It's a really humbling experience. I'm very grateful for it but it is a little bit crazy."

Blazevich is likely a better prospect than he was as a rising junior last year when he was receiving all of these scholarship offers. He's lost some of the fat he picked up when he decided to bulk up. Once too small, a bigger Blazevich is now determined to be big and lean.

"I'm eating a regular diet," he said. "I took about a 20 pounds off. Now, the theory is lighter and faster. I'm just trying to get stronger and keep a healthy diet and maintain more of slow weight gain."

When asked what drives him to such dedication, Blazevich said: "I'm my biggest critic. I keep reminding myself that I need to keep working to get where I need to go."

Blazevich's recruitment shouldn't last much longer. He said he’ll announce his decision by June 1, if not earlier. He said he's determined to get to know his chosen school and its coaches after the recruiting salesmanship has worn off. For now, publicly at least, he's not offering any hints.

"I feel like I can be successful there and that's where God is calling me to go," he said about the schools he is considering.

Until he announces, Blazevich knows he'll have to continue to field calls from recruiters hoping to sway him and reporters looking to get new information from him. Like his weight, he seems to have recruiting under control as well.

"It's been really crazy," he said. "I'm very thankful for it but it's one of those things that you have to manage well. It can consume you. You have to stay humble. It's definitely a great experience, but it's challenging too."

Ohio State offer humbles 2014 TE 

February, 27, 2013
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Just as soon as Ian Bunting (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) released a top three, he is reconsidering.

Of course some of that might have had to do with the fact Mike Vrabel and Ohio State offered the 6-foot-6, 200-pound tight end on Tuesday night.


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Assessing the 2014 tight end position 

February, 21, 2013
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Ohio State hit a home run in the recruiting class of 2013 when it landed tight end Marcus Baugh (Riverside, Calif./John W. North).

Now, the Buckeyes will try to make it two seasons in a row at the tight end position.


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Ohio State's 2014 Dream Team: Offense 

February, 12, 2013
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With the 2014 recruiting class now in full swing, BuckeyeNation wondered what it would be like to create a dream team.

There are stipulations.

The team has to mirror that of the Buckeyes’ offense. That means there aren’t 11 wide receivers or running backs on the squad, just one standout at each position.

To be fair, tackles could move to the guard slot, but they couldn’t be centers. That was the only place this superstar team was allowed some wiggle room. One other thing, if a player was committed -- be it to the Buckeyes or somewhere else -- he was disqualified. The individual also had to have an offer from Ohio State.

Here’s what we came up with:


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