Ohio State hosts Penn State on Saturday in what will be the final night game of the year in the Horseshoe. Urban Meyer has already shown his recruiting prowess as head coach at Ohio State, and he will be looking to continue that success this weekend as many top prospects from around the country will be in attendance. I have listed the major prospects expected to make the trip below, including current 2014 Buckeye commitments. This list is tentative and subject to change, but for a complete and up to date list on this weekends visitors, be sure to check out Eleven Warriors.
Kyle Berger – OLB (Cleveland, OH)
Kyle Trout – OL (Lancaster, OH)
Terry McLaurin – WR (Indianapolis, IN)
Lonnie Johnson – WR (Gary, IN)
Dylan Thompson – DL (Lombard, IL)
Sean Nuernberger – K (Buckner, KY)
Jalyn Holmes – DL (Norfolk, VA)
Raekwon McMillan – MLB (Hinesville, GA)
Josh Malone – WR (Gallatin, TN)
Trevion Thompson – WR (Hillside, NC)
Avery Gennesy – JUCO OL (East Mississippi Community College)
Minkah Fitzpatrick – DB (Jersey City, NJ)
Brandon Wimbush – QB (Jersey City, NJ)
Lorenzo Nunez – QB (Kennesaw, GA)
Jacques Patrick – RB (Orlando, FL)
Jauan Jennings – ATH (Murfreesboro, TN)
C.J. Conrad – TE (LaGrange, OH)
Anthony McKee Jr. – MLB (Columbus, OH)
L.J. Scott – RB (Hubbard, OH)
Shy Tuttle – DT (Lexington, NC)
Jamel Dean – DB (Cocoa, FL)
Isaac Nauta – TE (Buford, GA)
Richard LeCounte – ATH (Hinesville, GA)
Arguably the most important visit of the weekend is that of 2014 middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan. He has already taken multiple visits to Ohio State, and plays a position of great need for the Buckeyes. I like where the Buckeyes stand at this point, especially considering his upcoming visit, but the competition is fierce for the stud linebacker as Georgia, Clemson, and Alabama are fighting hard to keep him South. McMillan will be making the trip with his high school teammate Richard LeCounte, who despite only being a freshman in high school already has an offer from Ohio State among others. This weekend’s visit will be pivotal in the recruitment of both players, and Raekwon is a guy that Urban wants badly in the 2014 class. Sealing the deal on his visit and eventually landing McMillan would be a huge victory for the program going forward, and with seven current Buckeye commits visiting this weekend, it is safe to assume that they will be in his ear.
Another notable story-line will be the quarterback prospects in attendance. I tend to think that Ohio State will take two quarterbacks in the 2015 class. Some names to keep an eye on include Lorenzo Nunez, Brandon Wimbush, Jauan Jennings, and Kelly Bryant. These quarterbacks will be visiting for the game, and although I don’t foresee anyone committing soon, don’t be surprised if one or two of these guys become Buckeyes in the future. Nunez and Wimbush are likely at the top of the quarterback board for the staff, so this weekend will be a great opportunity to impress both prospects. Wimbush will be making the trip with his teammate Minkah Fitzpatrick, one of the top rated cornerbacks in the 2015 class.
The Buckeyes are looking to extend their winning streak to 20 games against Penn State and impress many top targets in the process. While a commitment is not expected from any particular player this weekend, you can never count it out with Urban Meyer, especially after a night game at the Horseshoe. It is evident that the game on Saturday is not only a huge game on the field, but a huge game for recruiting as well. Ohio State has a great opportunity to position themselves at the top of the list for a lot of elite prospects moving forward.