Sunday Recruiting Rundown Oct. 20
By Michael Chung
This is another “calm before the storm” weekend for OSU recruiting in the sense of quantity (but definitely not quality). Not too many visitors graced the OSU campus but that will all change come next weekend for Penn State.
Two targets and one verbal for 2014 were scheduled to watch OSU beat Iowa: OL Frank Ragnow, DL Thomas Holley, and 2014 commit Curtis Samuel (who is nursing a hurt leg from reports). Four players from 2105 were also scheduled to visit: Brandon Tiassum, LaCairo Davison, George Brown and Reagan Williams and one for 2016: Nick Bosa.
But this past week in recruiting was more like a storm. The big news was the commitment of Mike Gesicki to Penn State. Many recruiting analysts were confident Gesicki would go Scarlet and Gray but an official visit to Penn State for the Michigan game sealed the deal for Gesicki. Rather than waiting, he made it official on Thursday a little after 7 p.m. Eastern Time that he would officially commit to Penn State.
Given Gesicki’s diligence in researching and visiting various schools, I will be surprised if he flips anywhere as National Signing Day is still almost 4 months away but with recruiting and Urban Meyer, anything can happen.
Another target who had Ohio State in his top 5, DL Myles Garrett, made it official and chose Texas A&M over Alabama, Florida State, TCU, and the Buckeyes.
It is homecoming week and the Buckeyes are hoping to bring a few more commits home.
Thomas Holley (6’5” 290 DL, 2014, Brooklyn, NY)
The big news of the weekend is the official visits of New York superstars Curtis Samuel and Thomas Holley. Samuel is already committed for 2014 and both visited together after their respective teams clashed on the gridiron. His good friend, Khendell Puryear aka Larry, tweeted twice about Holley’s visit and from his tweets, it sounds like Holley is having a great time: “thomas just texted me, he at OSU now. He having crazy fun, I'm like I guess u missing practice tomorrow...haha.” In another tweet, Puryear tweeted, “My boys Thomas Holley & Curtis Samuel out at Osu. Thomas just texted me saying the energy was crazy at the game.”
The source that I talked to indicate that he felt Holley had a great time and is leaning Buckeye. Another source revealed to me that at the very least, OSU is in the top 3, but the source did mention something about Florida, which I have never heard in reference to Holley’s commitment. Tune in for further developments. He and Curtis Samuel want to play together so right now, advantage Buckeyes.
Frank Ragnow (6’6” 290, OL, 2014, Victoria, MN)
Ozone reported way back in July that Ragnow was on the Ohio State radar. Even back then, coach Ed Warinner had his eye on Frank, talking to him multiple times a day. He has been offered and reportedly visited this weekend. With Gesicki choosing Penn State, another scholarship is freed up and OSU may use it on Ragnow. They originally wanted Ragnow to come to Friday Night Lights but he did not attend. After almost three and a half months, Ragnow has an offer. Where would this leave Chad Mavety if he committed? OSU probably will only take 5 OL this class so it could signal the end for the offensive line.
The source I talked to was not familiar with the name when I asked if he was there. So I have nothing to report on the weekend for Ragnow because the source I talked to did not have any interaction and was not familiar with him when I asked.
Mike Gesicki (6’6” 237, TE, 2014 Manahawkin, NJ)
As stated above, Gesicki semi-shocked the world by choosing Penn State over the Buckeyes, though everyone, including myself, who picked OSU as Gesicki’s destination, predicted with a qualifying statement that it was really close but it appears it was not as close as one would think. Gesicki did not have his official to Ohio State scheduled until late but always planned to have Penn State as his last visit. This should have tipped analysts off as to where Gesicki was leaning. He kept things pretty private and was not easy to get a hold off. My thanks to him for messaging me the few times that he did but it was not easy to get Gesicki to tip his hand and in the end, he tipped to Bill O’Brien and Penn State.
As hotly as Gesicki was recruited, Rivals and Scout only had him as a 3-star recruit. Ultra Recruitniks will be happy to have his scholarship open for players who have higher rankings and star power.
Mike Rogers (6’1” 185 ATH, 2014, Smyrna, GA)
Currently a verbal commit to Central Florida, Mike Rogers recently has been offered by the Ohio State Buckeyes. Why would they want to offer this three star prospect out of GA who is already committed to another school? John Bednarowski of the Marietta Daily Journal can probably shed some light on the situation, he writes: “If you haven’t gone to see Campbell’s Mike Rogers play in a game yet this season, you are missing out.
"The 6-foot-1, 184-pound Rogers is having one of those seasons that just isn’t supposed to happen anymore in the state’s highest classification. He is currently leading Class AAAAAA in rushing with 1,147 yards and 17 touchdowns. He is seventh in Cobb County in tackles with 63. His three interceptions is one off the county lead, and he has already returned a kickoff for a touchdown, too.”
If history repeats itself then do not be surprised if Rogers ends up in this class. Not too long ago, another GA high school superstar—Bradley Roby—was also committed to another school, Vanderbilt, but de-committed to play for the Buckeyes. Roby also hails from GA and was also a three star prospect by some recruiting services. Could Georgia lightning strike twice?
We will have much more this week for the-Ozone recruiting. Tune in to find out what is in store.