School in the News: Ohio State

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4Dec 2018
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School in the News: Ohio State

Zach Harrison

It was announced today that Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is “retiring” after the Rose Bowl. (Afterward, he will probably take off a year, let people forget how he housed a domestic abuser, and then take a job as the head coach at Penn State or Florida State.)

Regardless, OSU will be led by 39-year-old offensive coordinator Ryan Day going forward. Day was 3-0 as the interim head coach during the beginning of the 2018 season, when Meyer was suspended for being a big jerk.

On the recruiting front, I doubt many committed prospects will start to jump ship, because the continuity is going to be there. I would imagine Day will keep most of the staff, even if the ax falls on defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. But since this is a site so heavily centered on recruiting, it’s worth taking a look at the Buckeye commits with Michigan offers:

  • 4-star S Jordan Battle
  • 3-star LB Steele Chambers
  • 4-star ATH Ronnie Hickman
  • 3-star OT Ryan Jacoby
  • 4-star C Harry Miller
  • 4-star DE Noah Potter
  • 4-star LB Cade Stover
  • 4-star WR Jameson Williams

Of those prospects, Michigan was only highly involved with Chambers. For a while it looked like Chambers, a Georgia native, might be a Michigan lean. I really like Cade Stover (a Ben Gedeon clone) and Ronnie Hickman, too, but Stover is a native Ohioan and Hickman never paid Michigan a ton of attention.

Most significantly, the departure of Meyer may push defensive end Zach Harrison harder toward Michigan. There have been varying rumors in the past couple weeks, some that he was leaning toward Michigan and some that he was leaning toward the home-state Buckeyes. Harrison is a 5-star prospect and a top-notch athlete. Of course, the possibility has been out there for a while that Meyer might be on his last legs at Ohio State, but the slight uncertainty of a first-time head coach might be enough to settle the issue once and for all in Harrison’s mind that he wants to pick Michigan.

30Apr 2018
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Recruiting Update: April 30, 2018

Steele Chambers (image via MDJonline)

I’m not expecting much in the way of positive news right now, since Michigan’s team and coaching staff are visiting Paris and Normandy at the moment. So here’s a list of mostly bad news:

OFF THE BOARD

Roswell (GA) Blessed Trinity linebacker Steele Chambers committed to Ohio State. Chambers, a running back/linebacker ranked as the #29 ATH in the 247 Composite, visited Ohio State and then Michigan on a northern swing in late March.

Atlanta (GA) Marist safety Kyle Hamilton committed to Notre Dame. The 6’3″, 188-pounder had also taken a recent visit to Michigan before committing; Hamilton had been in town for Michigan’s “spring game” weekend that did not involve a spring game.

Gibsonia (PA) Pine-Richland offensive tackle Andrew Kristofic committed to Notre Dame. Is this another guy who took a visit to Michigan in the past month? Yes. Yes, it is.

Malvern (PA) Malvern Prep linebacker Keith Maguire, Jr. committed to Clemson. Maguire was offered in mid-March and never made a trip to Ann Arbor.

Homerville (GA) Clinch County linebacker Trezman Marshall committed to Georgia. A guy from Homerville, GA who didn’t pick an in-state school would be kind of a dick.

Allen (TX) Allen offensive guard E.J. Ndoma-Ogar committed to Oklahoma.

Mansfield (OH) Lexington linebacker Cade Stover committed to Ohio State. I knew Stover wouldn’t come to Michigan, but he was one of my most desired prospects in the 2019 class. He can do a lot of different things for the Buckeyes.

Austin (TX) Lake Travis wide receiver Garrett Wilson committed to Ohio State. He never showed any interest in Michigan.

31Mar 2018
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Visitors: March 30-April 1, 2018

Steele Chambers (image via MDJ Online)

2019

Spencer Brown – OT – Walled Lake (MI) Western: Brown is a 6’6″, 295-pounder who has been committed to Michigan State since July of 2017; he also has offers from Iowa, Miami, Michigan, and Pitt, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #42 offensive tackle, and #401 overall.

Steele Chambers – LB – Roswell (GA) Blessed Trinity: Chambers is a 6’2″, 215 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ohio State, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #30 athlete, and #340 overall. As a junior in 2017, he had 198 carries for 1,301 yards and 23 touchdowns; he also made 70 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, and 1 interception.

Lance Dixon – LB – West Bloomfield (MI) West Bloomfield: Dixon is a 6’3″, 195-pounder with offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Penn State, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #18 outside linebacker, and #286 overall. Right now 83% of the Crystal Ball picks are for MSU.

Dontay Hunter – DE – Westerville (OH) Central: Hunter is a 6’4″, 228 lb. prospect with offers from Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, and Pitt, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #36 strongside end, and #509 overall. He claims a 4.72 forty. There are 9 predictions for Kentucky, which are the only Crystal Ball picks so far.

Adisa Isaac – DE – Brooklyn (NY) Canarsie: Isaac is a 6’5″, 210 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Florida, LSU, Michigan, and Penn State, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #26 strongside end, and #304 overall.

Sam Johnson III – QB – Walled Lake (MI) Western: Johnson is a 6’3″, 195-pounder with offers from Boston College, Indiana, and Michigan, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #20 pro-style quarterback, and #670 overall. He’s a teammate of Spencer Brown (see above). Many thought he would commit to Michigan after the offer, but Cade McNamara may have beaten him to the punch and stolen his spot. Regardless, 61% of the Crystal Ball picks are in favor of Michigan at this point.

George Karlaftis – DE – West Lafayette (IN) West Lafayette: Karlaftis is a 6’5″, 260 lb. Purdue legacy who committed to the Boilermakers in October of 2017; he also has offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Penn State, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #13 strongside end, and #171 overall.

Tre Mosley – WR – West Bloomfield (MI) West Bloomfield: Mosley is a 6’2″, 175 lb. prospect with offers from Boston College, Indiana, Michigan, and Michigan State, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #91 wide receiver, and #679 overall. He’s a teammate of Dixon (see above), Paige, and Wheeler (see below).

Gabe Newburg – DE – Clayton (OH) Northmont: Newburg is a 6’5″, 230 lb. prospect with offers from Cincinnati, Michigan, Michigan State, Rutgers, and some MAC programs. He’s a 3-star, the #53 weakside end, and #799 overall. In the wake of his visit – which resulted in an offer – he is now favored to go to Michigan with 100% of the 247 Sports Crystal Ball picks.

Brandon Smith – LB – Mineral (VA) Louisa: Smith is a 6’5″, 215 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, and Virginia Tech, among others. He’s a 5-star, the #1 inside linebacker, and #19 overall. Some people have pegged him for defensive end, but he says he wants to play a linebacker, and Michigan is recruiting him as a linebacker. He’ll be visiting on April 3.

Dylan Wright – WR – Mesquite (TX) West: Wright is a 6’3″, 192-pounder with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Oklahoma, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #31 wide receiver, and #185 overall.

Hit the jump for several 2020 visitors.

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25Nov 2017
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Visitors: Michigan vs. Ohio State

Nicholas Petit-Frere (image via Bulldawg Illustrated)

2018

Eyabi Anoma – DE – Baltimore (MD) St. Frances: Anoma is a 6’5″, 230 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Maryland, and Michigan, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #3 weakside end, and #41 overall. His head coach, Biff Poggi, says that Anoma is the best player he’s ever coached, and that includes a bunch of a high-quality players from his days at Baltimore (MD) Gilman. Anoma also visited for the BBQ at the Big House. All six Crystal Ball picks have him going to Alabama. This is his official visit.

Michael Barrett – RB – Valdosta (GA) Lowndes: Barrett is a 5’11”, 215 lb. dual-threat quarterback who projects to running back in college. He’s a 3-star, the #61 athlete, and #706 overall with offers from LSU, Maryland, and Michigan, among others. This is his official visit. UPDATE: Barrett is no longer visiting.

Ja’Marr Chase – WR – Metairie (LA) Archbishop Rummel: Chase is a 6’2″, 190 lb. prospect who recently decommitted from Florida. He’s a 4-star, the #12 wide receiver, and #69 overall with offers from Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, TCU, and Tennessee, among others. TCU has taken the Crystal Ball lead with 76% of current predictions. Michigan just recently offered, so that relationship is still new, but it’s a positive sign that he scheduled a visit to Ann Arbor so quickly. This is his official visit.

Hit the jump for several more visitors.

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21Apr 2017
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Visitors: April 17-23, 2017

Shayne Simon (image via NJ.com)

UPDATE: Posting has been light over the past couple days due to unforeseen difficulties. Thanks to Michael for his spring optimism post yesterday (LINK). Also, we’re up to 43 avatars uploaded, so once 7 more of you attach a picture, I’ll be doing a $50 Amazon gift card drawing. Also also, you might want to keep an eye on the message board, as umbig11 is posting tidbits there about the MSU troubles (LINK) and other developments.


2018

Gemon Green – CB – DeSoto (TX) DeSoto: Green is a 6’2″, 165 lb. prospect with offers from Colorado, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, and TCU, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #32 cornerback, and #341 overall. UPDATE: Green committed (LINK).

German Green – CB – DeSoto (TX) DeSoto: This Green is a 6’2″, 168 lb. prospect with offers from Colorado, Houston, Michigan, and Oklahoma State, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #84 cornerback, and #932 overall. He has six predictions in right now, all for Michigan. Gemon and German Green are twins, and Brandon Brown of The Wolverine has been warning of the potential for both of them to commit to Michigan soon. UPDATE: This Green committed, too (LINK).

Shayne Simon – S – Jersey City (NJ) St. Peter’s Prep: Simon is a 6’3″, 210 lb. prospect with offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, and Stanford, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #9 outside linebacker, and #179 overall. He has just two picks in right now, both for Michigan.

 

2019

Steele Chambers – LB – Roswell (GA) Blessed Trinity: Chambers is a 6’0″, 210 lb. running back/linebacker with offers from Michigan, North Carolina, and Vanderbilt.

This was originally posted on April 18, 2017.

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