Ohio State is on the road, but that doesn’t mean the Buckeyes don’t have a chance to impress this weekend.
Inside linebacker Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South) is planning an unofficial trip to East Lansing, Mich. to see the Buckeyes play Michigan State on Saturday.
Garrett confirmed his trip Wednesday and is very much on the radar of Ohio State.
The 6-foot-2, 218-pound Garrett is considered one of the best in the class of 2014 and was on hand for the Friday Night Lights camp in July. He has already received an offer from the Buckeyes and is making his second visit to a university in as many weeks after catching the Notre Dame-Michigan game last week.
He’ll also watch the Irish play Miami (Fla.) at Soldier Field on Oct. 6.
COME ON OVER: Tight end and 2013 Ohio State recruit Marcus Baugh (Riverside, Calif./John W North) might be coming to Columbus sooner rather than later. The 6-4, 229-pound senior is making one official visit and one visit only and it’s to the Buckeyes. He hasn’t set a date yet, but is looking at a trip to either the Nebraska game (Oct. 6) or Michigan contest (Nov. 24). Safety Holland Fisher (Midlothian, Va./Manchester), a Virginia Tech commit, is also planning to make it over to Columbus for the Michigan game.
RAEKWON A HUGE FAN: Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) has over 15 offers and has become one of the hottest prospects in the junior class, yet the 6-3, 225-pound linebacker always has his eyes on Ohio State.
McMillan hasn’t missed watching a game yet this season and is in constant contact with the Buckeyes. He’s already made the trip from Georgia to Columbus twice this year and is planning an unofficial visit to The Horseshoe for the Michigan game. Ohio State and Georgia are currently tied atop his list of favorites.
McMillan has 67 tackles and six sacks already this season.
MATTA MATTERS: An offer to class of 2016 forward VJ King (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) wasn’t the only news coming from the hardwood, as Thad Matta was out watching Keita Bates-Diop (Bloomington, Ill./University) this week. The 6-7 power forward boasts offers from DePaul, Illinois, Kansas State, Marquette, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Purdue, Stanford and Wisconsin and interest from Louisville. The junior is ranked 29th in the ESPN 60 for the class of 2014. He averaged 13.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game as a sophomore.
Also of note is Beejay Anya (Gaithersburg, Md./DeMatha Catholic). The center -- ranked 30th in the ESPN 100 -- has official visits set for Oct. 5 at Ohio State and Indiana Oct. 19. The No. 2 center in the nation has a top five of Ohio State, Indiana, NC State, Pittsburgh and Syracuse.
NOSE TO THE BALL: Tracy Sprinkle (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria) is certainly showing he belongs in Ohio State’s plans. The 6-3, 260-pound defensive tackle has been tearing it up to say the least through the first five games as his stats read more like video game numbers. Sprinkle has 51 tackles -- 41 solo -- 10 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 20 quarterback hurries.
One play in particular last week showed just how strong Sprinkle is playing when he recorded a quarterback pressure 5 yards behind the line of scrimmage and then made the tackle on the same play on a 7-yard pass reception.
WHERE WE’RE AT: BuckeyeNation heads to Brunswick on Friday to watch Nick Roberts and the Blue Devils take on Mentor. Roberts currently has interest from Kent State, Pittsburgh and West Virginia. The Cardinals are led by North Carolina commit Mitch Trubisky at quarterback with wide receiver Brandon Fritts and defensive end Kent Berger offering support. Fritts and Berger both have Ohio State interest.
We’ll also take in the Cathedral Prep-Youngstown Ursuline game. Michigan State commit Damion Terry leads the way for Cathedral Prep, while Ursuline boasts quarterback Chris Durkin with offers from Illinois and Toledo and interest from the Buckeyes.
On Saturday, we’re headed to Byers Field in Parma, Ohio to watch St. Ignatius take on Glenville. Jimmy Byrne has an offer from Ohio State and the Buckeyes are one of three favorites for the junior offensive tackle from St. Ignatius. Safety Dameon Willis Jr. also holds interest from Ohio State for the Wildcats.