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tBBC Heard Around the ‘Shoe – 8/8/2016

Discussion in 'News' started by Ben van Ooyen, Aug 8, 2016.

  1. Heard Around the ‘Shoe – 8/8/2016
    Ben van Ooyen
    via our good friends at Buckeye Battle Cry
    Visit their fantastic blog and read the full article (and so much more) here

    Welcome to your tri-weekly look at all things Ohio State recruiting. Let’s get started!

    Trevon Grimes Update:

    While all things continue to point toward Ohio State signing Grimes come February of next year, Grimes is still not showing his hand as to where he is going. He has set up a visit to Miami this week, and continues to keep things interesting. While I don’t expect that visit to do anything to sway the Buckeyes chances, it still gives Mark Richt and company a chance to put the full court press on Grimes and try and keep him in state. Grimes is set to make his college decision on August 24th and still all signs point to the Buckeyes.

    Another 2019 Offer Out in Florida:

    The Buckeyes continue to search the country for top end talent, and it seems that Florida is the top spot for Urban Meyer and company to go. The Buckeyes offered defensive back Patrick Surtain Jr., who is the son of former All-Pro cornerback Patrick Surtain Sr. Surtain lists 30 offers already as a sophomore, and is high on LSU, Florida State, Alabama, Clemson and Florida. The Buckeyes offered Surtain’s teammate Tyson Campbell last week.


    Leonard Taylor Flip?

    Many were surprised when Springfield, OH’s Leonard Taylor committed to Michigan earlier this year. I would venture to guess that his commitment is far from over, as he has been attending quite a few Buckeye events and has more scheduled in the future. According to Bill Kurlic at 247, Taylor is planning on coming to the Buckeyes games against Indiana (Oct. 8th) and again against Michigan (Nov 26th). He is also scheduled to be at Penn State when the Buckeyes travel there on October 22nd. Sounds like Taylor will be getting a lot of face time with the Buckeyes and their coaching staff. Taylor did not make the trip up north for the much talked about Michigan BBQ, and the tea leaves seem to point toward Taylor flipping at some point to the Buckeyes.

    Speaking of the Michigan BBQ:

    Michigan’s much talked about BBQ took place over the weekend and many Buckeye targets were in attendance. Darnay Holmes, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Jaylen Kelly-Powell and Markquese Bell all attended the event, and none of them committed while there.

    Darnay Holmes still plans on visiting Ohio State for a game this season, and UCLA and Nebraska still remain the leaders for his services.

    The Buckeyes should be set at WR if Tyjon Lindsey and Trevon Grimes come on board the 2017 class, but would they turn down Peoples-Jones if he wanted in? I don’t think they would, but I also don’t think he will end up in Columbus. I think he stays at home and attends Michigan along with Jaylen Kelly-Powell.

    We talked a bit about Markquese Bell last week, and while he is planning on visiting the Buckeyes later this year, I don’t really see room for him in this class, and expect him to stay on the east coast at Rutgers.

    Perhaps the biggest news coming out the the BBQ was that Michigan did not receive one verbal commit during the whole weekend. The one prospect that was projected to commit possibly was defensive lineman James Hudson. He will be announcing his commitment today, and per sources it looks like he will pick the Michigan State Spartans.

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