- Brad Bournival, RecruitingNation
Penn State travels to Ohio State on Saturday in what is a very important recruiting weekend for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State will have many commits on campus in an attempt to sway some of the biggest names to the Buckeyes. Here’s a list of the prospect who are likely to be at The Horseshoe this weekend:
Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen): The 6-foot, 196-pound cornerback was a late addition to the official visitors list largely because Tom Herman never gives up on a prospect and the 13th-ranked player in the nation isn’t any different. Brown’s sister runs track at LSU, so the Tigers likely have the inside track, but getting Brown on campus isn’t a bad thing at all.
Avery Gennesy (Southaven, Miss./East Mississippi Community College): The 6-4, 315-pound defensive end has a top four of Ole Miss, Ohio State, Tennessee and Texas A&M and will be on an official visit. He’s already gone on official visits with the aforementioned three schools. His former teammate is 2013 Buckeyes signee Corey Smith.
Jalyn Holmes (Norfolk, Va./Lake Taylor): The Buckeyes have nothing to worry about with their 6-5, 235-pound defensive end commit. He went to Twitter this week to debunk rumors about possible interest in Florida State and said he is 100 percent committed to Ohio State. This will be his official visit with the Buckeyes. He is ranked 159th in the ESPN 300.
Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp): The 6-2, 191-pound wide receiver will be in town on an official visit after taking trips to Georgia and Tennessee and with one remaining to Florida State. With Tim Hinton pushing for the ESPN 300 senior -- he’s ranked 99th -- the Buckeyes are very much a player in his recruitment.
Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County): The 6-2, 249-pound McMillan has said Ohio State is his leader, but the inside linebacker still has official visits lined up with Alabama, Clemson and Florida. The Buckeyes, who are hosting the 14th-ranked player in the nation on an official visit, can give themselves a leg up with a good visit.
A.J. Stamps (Scooba, Miss./East Mississippi Community College): The 6-foot, 185-pound safety doesn’t have an offer from Ohio State, but the Buckeyes don’t waste official visits so there is obviously interest in Stamps. He has offers from Kentucky, Mississippi State and Western Kentucky.
Kelly Bryant (Piedmont, S.C./Wren): The 6-3, 200-pound quarterback doesn’t have an offer from Ohio State, but camped with the Buckeyes over the summer and is intrigued by Urban Meyer and the quarterbacks he’s produced during his coaching tenure. He’s ranked 272nd in the ESPN Junior 300.
Minkah Fitzpatrick (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep): The 6-foot, 183-pound cornerback has an offer from the Buckeyes, but also has tremendous interest in Notre Dame after the Fighting Irish offered him earlier this month. He was one of the select few juniors invited to The Opening over the summer. He is ranked 38th in the ESPN Junior 300.
Jauan Jennings (Murfreesboro, Tenn./Blackman): The 6-4, 185-pound Jennings is strong at both at safety and quarterback, but Ohio State is looking at him as a quarterback. He has said the Buckeyes will be a player in his recruiting and likes how Meyer uses Braxton Miller in the offense. He is ranked 172nd in the ESPN Junior 300.
Anthony McKee (Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Ridge): The 6-foot-2, 190-pound outside linebacker is fresh off an unofficial visit to Illinois and has an offer from the Buckeyes. This isn’t his first trip to The Horseshoe as he’s seen the San Diego State and Wisconsin tilts. He is ranked 193rd in the ESPN Junior 300.
Lorenzo Nunez (Kennesaw, Ga./Harrison): The 6-2, 184-pound quarterback camped at Ohio State in July after picking an offer up from the Buckeyes a month earlier. Ohio State has made no bones about its interest in Nunez as he is one of its top prospects in the 2015 class. He is ranked 199th in the ESPN Junior 300.
Jacques Patrick (Orlando, Fla./Timber Creek): The 6-2, 200-pound athlete has been on Ohio State’s radar for quite some time now. He would like to name a top 10 soon, and with a trip to Columbus in the works, it looks like Ohio State would make that cut. Auburn could be the team to beat in the long run. He is ranked 231st in the ESPN Junior 300.
Larry Scott (Hubbard, Ohio/Hubbard): The 6-1, 217-pound running back released an early top three in August of Michigan State, Ohio State and West Virginia. He’s no stranger to the frenzied atmosphere in Ohio Stadium after visiting for last season’s game against Michigan. Scott is ranked 244th in the ESPN Junior 300.
Shy Tuttle (Lexington, N.C./North Davidson): The 6-3, 295-pound defensive tackle is one of the most sought-after linemen in the 2015 class and is fresh off a visit to Tennessee a few weeks ago. He has also visited Clemson this season and wants to check out South Carolina and Georgia. There isn’t a favorite as of yet and there might not be for some time. He is ranked 21st in the ESPN Junior 300.
Brandon Wimbush (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep): The 6-2, 195-pound quarterback just picked up an offer from Penn State where his mother went to school. That said, he’s being chased by a lot of schools, but the Buckeyes are in constant contact with him. His recruitment will most likely continue well past this high school season. Wimbush is teammates with Fitzpatrick and is ranked 74th in the ESPN Junior 300.
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