- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Two ESPNU 150 members visiting Ohio State
New Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has been burning up the phone lines since being named head coach almost two weeks ago, and Meyer will have his first chance to land a couple of commitments from an ESPNU 150 player.
Jordan Diamond, ranked No. 103 in the country, will make his first official visit when he travels to Columbus on Friday. Diamond is wide open but is excited about meeting Meyer. Diamond previously visited Ohio State in the spring, so this trip will center around his meeting with Meyer.
Fellow ESPNU 150 lineman Tommy Schutt decided to officially visit earlier this week. Schutt will be making his first visit since committing to Penn State in August. Schutt is a strong candidate for a decommitment considering the ongoing saga at Penn State.
Joining those two will be a number of Buckeyes commits, so they will be joining the staff in recruiting those two.
Kiel could end commitment this weekend
ESPNU 150 quarterback Gunner Kiel is visiting Notre Dame this weekend, and it could signal the end of his recruitment.
Kiel, ranked No. 20 overall, decommitted from Indiana in October and visited the Irish for their game against USC two days later, and it appears the Irish lead for the nation’s No. 2 quarterback.
Kiel visited LSU and Vanderbilt last week, but the Irish’s top competition appears to be LSU.
An early enrollee, a commitment to the Irish could come this weekend or soon thereafter.
Coaching change down south affecting Midwest recruits
Even though Ole Miss is miles from the Midwest, the coaching changes at both schools are causing some changes among the region’s prospects.
Three-star tackle Jake Meador is an Ole Miss commit but is looking around after the Rebels fired Houston Nutt. Meador said as of Wednesday he had not spoken to new Rebels coach Hugh Freeze or anyone from the staff, except for a call from a graduate assistant, who just told him the news of the hire.
Two-star linebacker Ike Spearman is also looking around though he remains committed to the Rebels as well.
Missouri could make big impressions on two Indiana recruits
Meador is visiting Missouri this weekend after an unofficial visit in November. That weekend, however, coach Gary Pinkel was not around after being suspended for a DWI arrest.
Meador said much of this visit will be about getting to know Pinkel on a football and personal basis.
Four-star former Notre Dame commitment David Perkins is also visiting Missouri this weekend. Since decommitting from the Irish at the end of October, Missouri has been near the top of Perkins’ board, along with LSU.
Michigan State with chance to make big splash with Madaris
Four-star Cincinnati Moeller receiver Monty Madaris has not talked much recruiting since the start of his senior season, but Madaris liked Florida State and Michigan a lot and were two of his favorites.
As classes start to fill, though, the Seminoles or Wolverines might not have the space for Madaris.
That means the Spartans, who will get Madaris’ first official visit, have the ability to make a huge impression this weekend. Madaris was arguably the state’s top senior playmaker along the outside, averaging a whopping 20 yards per catch.
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