Top Recruits Visiting Ohio State Buckeyes' 2014 Spring Game Weekend
The Ohio State Buckeyes wrap up spring camp Saturday with annual spring game festivities, which begin at 1:30 p.m. ET and are broadcast live on the Big Ten Network. Plenty of attention in the Horseshoe will be focused on the scrimmage, but a big element of the event takes place off the field.
Head coach Urban Meyer and his staff are set to welcome several standout members of the 2015 recruiting class, along with younger prospects. Though the goal of a spring game is to iron out details and make in-roads toward solving position battles, the Buckeyes will be busy attempting to secure commitments from potential stars of the future.
4-Star OT Sterling Jenkins (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Sterling Jenkins might be the most pivotal prospect set to spend time in Columbus this weekend. He narrowed his choices to Ohio State and Penn State last week, leaving the pair of Big Ten opponents to compete for his commitment.
The 6'8", 305-pound prospect left several teams out of his final consideration, including Ole Miss, Michigan and Pittsburgh. He is slated to visit Columbus on Friday before heading to Happy Valley for Penn State's spring game.
A decision could arrive shortly, perhaps as early as Sunday. Jenkins, rated No. 6 nationally among offensive tackles in 247Sports' composite rankings, visited the Buckeyes last season.
He saw Ohio State trounce Indiana during a late November matchup.
2016 OT Tommy Kraemer (Cincinnati)
Elder High School sophomore Tommy Kraemer has quickly risen among the top offensive linemen in Ohio. The 6'5", 305-pound prospect picked up an Ohio State offer earlier this month.
His offer list already includes Kentucky, Cincinnati and Illinois. He visited Vanderbilt in March, though the Commodores haven't submitted a formal scholarship to this point.
Kraemer could provide a tremendous building block for the Buckeyes' 2016 recruiting efforts. He quickly returned interest after receiving an offer by lining up this visit to Columbus.
4-Star DE Dre'Mont Jones (Cleveland)
Dre'Mont Jones received an Ohio State offer in February; however, the Buckeyes have plenty of company in this pursuit. Iowa, Michigan State and Michigan have also offered, creating a Big Ten showdown.
He told ElevenWarriors.com reporter John Brandon that he doesn't plan on announcing a commitment until at least after he visits the Spartans in East Lansing. Still, his presence in Columbus presents another chance for the Buckeyes to further build a healthy relationship with this top in-state target.
Jones is rated No. 13 nationally among strong-side defensive ends in 247Sports' composite rankings.
4-Star LB Sh'mar Kilby Lane (Hallandale, Fla.)
Linebacker Sh'mar Kilby-Lane makes Columbus the latest stop in a busy spring campus tour. The 6'2", 215-pound Hallandale High School junior recently visited Miami and Florida State.
Florida extended an offer in January, giving Kilby-Lane his pick of in-state powerhouses. However, Meyer doesn't back down from challenges in the Sunshine State, where he once reigned supreme with the Gators.
Ohio State already holds commitments from 2015 Florida defensive backs Ben Edwards (Jacksonville) and Jamel Dean (Cocoa). Kilby-Lane, rated 11th nationally among outside linebackers in 247Sports' composite rankings, would add to a defensive unit that continues to transition under new co-coordinator Chris Ash, who directed the Arkansas defense last year.
Kilby-Lane named Ohio State a favorite in February, so Buckeyes fans hope he follows through on those feelings and heads back to Florida as the team's newest commit. He finished the 2013 season with 115 tackles, five sacks and four interceptions.
2-Star LS Liam McCullough (Columbus, Ohio)
Long snappers don't get much love from a publicity standpoint, but a commitment from homegrown prospect Liam McCullough would still be key for Ohio State. The Worthington Kilbourne High School standout has spent significant time on campus since receiving an offer in February.
McCullough, rated the nation's No. 1 long snapper in 247Sports' composite rankings, also holds offers from Michigan State, Kentucky and Wisconsin. The Buckeyes aim to lock him up this time around.
2017 ATH Richard LeCounte (Hinesville, Ga.)
McMillan is already on campus as an early enrollee, and his presence on the team undoubtedly helped draw LeCounte to Columbus. The 5'10", 170-pound playmaker already holds several scholarship offers despite limited high school snaps.
Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Georgia are among his early suitors. His visit gives Meyer another opportunity to pitch the Georgia standout on the pluses of leaving SEC territory.