Ohio State is hosting an event to celebrate the football team’s 12-0 season tonight, and the university is expecting a sold-out crowd of over 13,000 to pack the seats inside St. John Arena.
Meanwhile, Urban Meyer and the Ohio State coaching staff will be hosting another huge recruiting weekend as some of the top high school seniors are headed to Columbus for their official visits.
With the recruiting dead period just a week and a half away—a time when coaches can’t contact recruits for two weeks—this is a huge opportunity for Meyer to make a lasting impression on some of the top uncommitted prospects in the country.
After numerous failed attempts, 4-star linebacker Mike Mitchell from Plano, Texas will finally make his way to Columbus for an official visit.
A commitment from Mitchell is one of the coaching staff’s highest priorities, if not the highest priority, because of their lack of depth and playmakers at the linebacker position. Mitchell has the kind of size (6’4, 216 pounds) and speed (4.4 40-yard dash) to be a dominant player at the collegiate level.
The Buckeyes have led the recruiting battle for most of the way, and it wouldn’t be surprising if Mitchell pulled the trigger and committed to Ohio State after his visit.
Another big prospect making his way to Columbus is 4-star cornerback Gareon Conley.
Conley was committed to play for Brady Hoke and the Michigan Wolverines, but he recently de-committed and reopened his recruitment. Landing the Massillon, Ohio cornerback would be a huge steal for Meyer, literally, because he was one of the prized defensive recruits in Michigan’s 2013 class.
Conley’s recruitment is expected to come down to the wire because Michigan is still an option. Hoke has apparently abandoned his rule of rescinding scholarship offers to kids who initially committed to Michigan, then later decided to look elsewhere.
Another former-Michigan commit, 4-star offensive guard David Dawson, is taking a hard look at the Buckeyes. Dawson de-committed from the Wolverines in October and was rumored to have a desire to play in the SEC before Ohio State and Michigan State emerged as his favorites.
Then Nick Saban and Alabama came along.
Bama is gonna be here today— David Dawson (@D3_FutureLegend) December 4, 2012
Dawson could wind up at any of the three schools listed, but he’ll be on the receiving end of Urban Meyer’s best pitch this weekend in Columbus.
Five prospects that have already committed—Ezekiel Elliot, Cam Burrows, Jayme Thompson, Tracy Sprinkle and Jalin Marshall—will also be in Columbus, and you can bet that group will be doing a bit of recruiting themselves.
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