Michael’s Sunday Recruiting Rundown
By Michael Chung
(Editor’s Note: This is the latest contribution to the-Ozone for Michael Chung. He has provided OSU recruiting information to several websites in the past, but now will be exclusive to the-Ozone as we look to bring more football recruiting coverage in the coming months. You can follow him on Twitter @MChungOzone, and be sure to check back every Sunday for his weekly Recruiting Rundown piece).
High school football has begun!
This is typically a slower period for recruiting news as players gear up for the fall season. They are generally focused on Friday nights and winning football games, but that did not stop the-Ozone from trying to deliver some up-to-date recruiting information.
Tyquan Lewis (6-3, 225, DE, 2013, Tarboro, N.C.):
In last week’s Recruiting Rundown we discussed rumors Lewis could be a Buckeye around Labor Day. He was asked via text if this we true and his answer was no, but he seems pretty consistent that he will announce before October. On Weds, Aug. 22, it was rumored that he had already made a commitment, another rumor that proved to be untrue.
If Lewis does choose Ohio State, this would be a huge get. Nick Stevens of High School OT.com writes, “Just how good could he be? Tarboro coach Jeff Craddock recalls listening to a conversation between Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and Lewis:
‘I sat there and heard him tell Tyquan that he has seen the speed that Tyquan brings off the edge in four football players that he's coached in college and all four of them were No. 1 draft picks and playing in the NFL,’ Craddock said. ‘He thinks he has the chance to be very, very special.’”
Sounds like Meyer already sees something in Lewis that he has seen four previous times. With Mike Vrabel as the defensive line coach, it will be hard for Lewis to stay away. Look for a decision to come soon and for Lewis to be No. 17 in the 2013 class.
Devon Allen (6-1, 190, 4.5secs, WR, 2013, Phoenix):
Not much has been heard of Devon Allen recently. A speedster out of Arizona, Allen impressed at Friday Night Lights with his quickness and his hands. With schools like LSU, Cal, Michigan, Notre Dame and Arizona State all on his radar, Allen may be a tough one to get. He recently communicated he is still considering Ohio State, may visit in October, and still does not have a No. 1 school.
Erik McKinney of ESPN writes, “But his first official visit will be to an SEC program, as Arkansas will host Allen on Sept. 14. It is the only trip Allen has firmly scheduled, but official visits to Notre Dame on Sept. 21 and Texas on Oct. 5 are also possibilities. . . . “I would like to visit Washington, UCLA and Ohio State hopefully as well,” he said. “I’ve been to Ohio State and Notre Dame already, so I’m not sure which one I’ll go visit again. I’ll have to decide. Notre Dame is showing me a lot of interest.”
Along with a dream to play football, Allen also aspires to run in the Olympics someday. Could a great track program sway him?
Mike McCray (6-4, 230, LB, 2013, Trotwood)
The early bird gets the worm is indicative of Trotwood-Madison’s Mike McCray. After Cameron Burrows was the first to commit for the 2013 class, everyone felt a pipeline would be established from Trotwood-Madison to OSU much like the one at Cleveland Glenville. But Urban Meyer and company waited while Brady Hoke and his staff jumped, offering McCray early. Almost three months after McCray committed, OSU offered, but it looks like the offer came way too late as sources close to McCray do not think he will flip to Ohio State despite being an Ohio State legacy (father played at OSU and was a captain).
Damon Webb (5-11, 170, DB, 2014, Detroit):
A source close to Damon Webb indicated the 2014 cornerback is very high on Ohio State and has formed a close relationship with OSU cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs. Webb attended Friday Night Lights and was really impressed. The four schools that are sticking out so far are: Ohio State, LSU, Michigan State and Michigan. A source indicated that Webb, a native of Detroit, would prefer to play close to home so his parents can watch him. Webb also has family in Baton Rouge, but grew up a fan of the University of Michigan so the Wolverines may have a slight edge.
The source did indicate that visiting schools outside of Michigan has opened Webb’s eyes and expanded his thinking. If other schools like Florida and Alabama get into the mix, the battle could rage even higher to keep Webb in the B1G. When asked where the source felt Webb would attend, indications were all four schools were on an equal plain.
Raekwon McMillan (6-3, 236, ILB, 2014, Hinesville, Ga.):
We aren’t finished with the 2013 recruiting season yet, but McMillan is already rated as one of the top prospects in the nation for 2014. Recently, 247 Sports rated McMillan the No. 14 prospect nationally, the No. 2 inside linebacker prospect, the No. 1 prospect in the state of Georgia, and a 5-star rating to top it off. In 2011, he had 97 total tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 5 forced fumbles, one sack and an interception.
Right now, McMillan’s top four schools are: Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson, and Alabama. He has personally named Ohio State as the current leader with Georgia right behind them. If players like McMillan commit to the 2014 class, it could be a bumper crop year.
Dante Booker (6-3, 210, OLB, 2014, Akron):
Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary high school star outside linebacker Dante Booker is also in the news as of late. A source who knows Booker well believes his top two schools are Ohio State and Auburn.
Being an Ohio player, he is a must get for Ohio State in 2014. 247 Sports already has him as the No. 1 outside linebacker prospect in the nation and the No. 1 recruit in Ohio, with a composite 5-star rating. With the loses of Alex Anzalone and Lewis Neal in this year’s class, obtaining top flight LBs is a must for the Buckeyes in the 2014 class.
Chris Hardeman (5-9, 178, 4.4, DB, 2014, Houston):
The Buckeyes have been reaching into the Lone Star State and have recently offered Houston, Tex. cornerback Chris Hardeman out of Alief Taylor High School.
Hardeman is a current LSU commit that has received an Ohio State offer. He has communicated that he is 100 percent LSU Tiger but in personal interactions, there is a vibe that Ohio State is not out of it for Hardeman.
That’s all for now, but be sure to check back next week for another installment of our Sunday Recruiting Rundown.