Ohio State Buckeyes: Florida recruiting

LB Trey Johnson chooses Ohio State

January, 4, 2013
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- For months, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and his staff have made the No. 2 inside linebacker prospect in the country a recruiting priority.

Their patience paid off tonight when Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) committed to Ohio State during the Under Armour All-America Game, live on ESPN.

Johnson chose Ohio State over Florida and Tennessee.

A longtime Auburn Tigers commitment, Johnson happened to be returning from his official visit to Ohio State on Nov. 25 when Auburn fired coach Gene Chizik. That time on the Columbus, Ohio, campus helped the No. 2 inside linebacker get a better feel for the Buckeyes.

“When I took a visit up there it was different,” said Johnson, a starter in the UA Game. “I kind of like the feel up there, the depth chart. And there are many factors that make it a good fit there.”

The addition of Johnson gives Ohio State 20 commitments, nine of those being members of the ESPN 150, and boosts what is already the No. 4 recruiting class in the ESPN rankings.

Johnson, who made 140 tackles, three sacks, and one interception as a senior, is the first linebacker commitment for the Buckeyes in the 2013 class. They are still working to add linebacker and ESPN 150 prospect Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian Academy), and are in the mix for another standout in the Peach State, Under Armour All-American safety Vonn Bell (Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland).

USC commit Jason Hatcher making visits 

September, 25, 2012
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Louisville (Ky.) Trinity defensive end and Jason Hatcher committed to USC two months ago and is adamant that he is solid to the Trojans, but the ESPN 300 prospect wants to take all five of his official visits.

Hatcher, ranked the nation's No. 288 overall recruit by ESPN, committed to USC over Florida, Louisville and Tennessee, and he plans to visit two of those other programs. One more school is definitely in the running, and he is looking for a fourth to complete his five visits, with USC getting the last one.

"I've been talking to Florida. I know I'll probably go up to Ohio State. I know I'm going to USC. Those are the only ones I know for sure," he said. "I'll probably go to Tennessee as well."
CINCINNATI -- This summer, Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School) spent time making visits to schools outside of Florida. During the fall, his early plans are to keep it in state, and he has one school in mind that he might visit.

“Maybe Florida, but I haven’t really gotten into any of that,” the 2014 cornerback said. “I’ve always had interest in Florida. I know a DB there, Cody Riggs.

A fellow Fort Lauderdale product, Riggs was a 2010 Under Armour All-American and has played in every game at Florida since his freshman season. Of those 26 games, 13 were starts, including three as a freshman.

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ESPN 150's Marquez North focuses on fall 

August, 21, 2012
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Shortly after dropping the season opener 27-6 to Butler on Friday night, ESPN 150 wide receiver Marquez North (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek) had little interest in talking about colleges coming after him or listing favorites. In fact, he said he has put recruiting on the back burner and is focusing on helping his Mavericks return to the playoffs.

“I am still not into the recruiting thing,” North said. “I am just trying to get better with my teammates and work on the season. I have not even decided yet on any official visits. It has been a while since I spoke to a college coach. I cannot even remember.”

Following Friday’s game, North mentioned North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee as schools recruiting him the hardest. His father, Ramondo North, also mentioned Ohio State but cautioned that distance could play a factor in his son's decision.

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ESPN 150 cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) disclosed his list of top five schools Friday via Twitter.

"Top 5 ) 1.Florida 2.Clemson 3.Vanderbilt 4.Miami 5.Notre Dame , USF is not in my top 5 but still considering !" Hargreaves wrote.

Hargreaves also holds offers from Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, USC and numerous others.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound cornerback is the No. 4 player in the nation and No. 1 at his position.

See video of Hargreaves at ESPN RecruitingNation.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Wide receiver Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake), a 2014 prospect, was one of the top wideouts to compete at the Jimbo Fisher Camp on Thursday. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound athlete says he has enjoyed his experience in Tallahassee.

"I love it," Scott said. "It's a home town, it's in Florida, they have the best weather and I love the facilities. I'll probably be back to see some games this year."

Scott picked up an offer while camping at Florida in June and said he will likely visit UF for a game this year as well.

"I love the coaches at Florida," he said. "Every time I go I could just see myself there. I like Florida, I like how they fit me -- I just liked it. I'll probably go see some games at Florida too and maybe UCF."


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Levonte Whitfield talks about his top 6 

July, 7, 2012
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ESPN 150 athlete Levonte "Kermit" Whitfield (Orlando, Fla./Jones) has named a top six but said he has no plans of making a rushed decision.

Whitfield, a 5-9, 170-pound athlete, said he's looking at West Virginia, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State, Clemson and Florida. Whitfield, who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds at The Opening, claims more than 20 offers.

"I like the schools, and I'm going to do what I've got to do," Whitfield said. "They're all good programs. I'm looking for playing time and the chemistry with players and coaches."

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Donte Williams is taking it all in.

The tailback from Durham (N.C.) Hillside has scholarship offers from Clemson, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Ohio State, Syracuse and Minnesota. He said three schools stand out among the pack.

“I would have to say Ohio State, Florida and Clemson,” Williams said. “It's just exciting. Very exciting. Once you get that first one, you're like, 'Where is the next one coming from?' Then, They just keep coming. It's big excitement.”

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