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Notebook: A busy OSU recruiting week

9/19/2012

The quarterback carousel continues this weekend as far as unofficial visits go.

After housing Drew Barker (Hebron, Ky./Conner) on opening weekend against Miami (Ohio) and Joey Duckworth (Louisville, Ohio/Louisville) two weeks ago against UCF, Ohio State is at it again in a big way.

DeShone Kizer (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) highlights the list of recruits who will make the trip to Columbus on Saturday to watch the Buckeyes take on the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Though he doesn’t have an offer, Kizer is one of a handful of junior quarterbacks the Buckeyes have their eyes on, and he remains high on their radar.

He is in constant contact with the coaching staff and has Ohio State high on his list.

ARMY STRONG: Ezekiel Elliott (St. Louis/John Burroughs) is showing just how strong Ohio State’s 2013 recruiting class is after accepting an invitation to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 5. In doing so, he joins Evan Lisle (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) and Eli Woodard (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern) on the roster.

Cam Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison), Joey Bosa (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas), Jalin Marshall (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) and Marcus Baugh (Riverside, Calif./John W. North) are slated to play in the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 4.

ALLENS OUT? Quarterback Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) planned on taking an unofficial visit to Columbus for the Oct. 6 game against Nebraska, but has said that he wants the recruiting process to slow down a bit. Allen is still high on the Buckeyes, who haven’t offered yet, but is more in a wait-and-see mode.

After visiting with UCLA, Devon Allen (Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy) has named the Bruins the favorite and will return to campus Nov. 16 to watch UCLA play USC. The wide receiver also has official visits lined up for Texas (Oct. 5) and Notre Dame (Oct. 12).

His father Lou was a pitcher for the Buckeyes, and Devon participated in July’s Friday Night Lights at The Horseshoe.

SHERMAN STRONG: Kenton (Ohio) graduated Mr. Football’s Maty Mauk last season, but appears to be just fine without the Missouri quarterback. The new general for the Wildcats is Grant Sherman and what he did last week in a 66-42 win over Shawnee has those around Kenton saying Maty who?

Sherman was 44-of-53 for 684 yards and nine touchdowns. Sherman’s nine TD passes matches the state record, while his total passing yards unofficially breaks the mark. He’s got interest from Ohio State, Akron and Toledo.

STEALING AUBURN, AND MAYBE USC? Ohio State hasn’t given up on Auburn commit Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinett), and the Buckeyes will apparently get their shot at the 6-foot-1, 215-pound outside linebacker. Johnson, who is also being recruited heavily by Florida State as well, is planning an official visit to Columbus for the Nov. 24 contest against Michigan.

The Buckeyes are still very high on USC commit Sebastian LaRue as well, and the 5-11, 185-pound wide receiver likes the Buckeyes as he’s planning an official visit to Columbus and hoping to catch a game as well.

STEALING THE U: In picking up Kameron Williams (Baltimore/Mount St. Joseph’s), Thad Matta took a page out of Urban Meyer’s book. A heavy lean to go to Miami, Williams took in the Ohio State-Cal football game last weekend, saw what he liked and committed on Tuesday. Williams is deadly from the floor, hitting a 53 percent clip. He’s also 48 percent from behind the arc.

WHERE WE’RE AT: BuckeyeNation will get the latest on James Quick (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) when the wide receiver travels to Indiana to take on Indianapolis Cathedral on Friday. We’re also headed to Elyria to watch the Pioneers (3-1) and Ohio State commit and defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle play North Royalton. Behind Division-I prospect Travis Tarnowski (850 yards passing, 10 Tds, 262 yards rushing, 8 TDs) and Carl Lint (437 yards rushing, 286 yards receiving, 6 TDs), the Bears are off to a 4-0 start. There are also tentative plans to watch the St. Edward-Youngstown Ursuline game on Saturday.