Urban Meyer’s first two full recruiting classes at Ohio State couldn’t be going much better.
Urban Meyer has gained commitments from 36 four-stars or better the last two years and is looking for more.
Another four-star jumped into the boat for the Buckeyes on Monday night when Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII Top247 athlete Noah Brown gave his pledge to Meyer and his staff a day after returning home from his official visit to Columbus.
Brown became the 18th commit for Ohio State in the class-of-2014, and the 14th that ranks four-stars or better.
In stockpiling four-star talent the last two years, the Buckeyes signed the nation’s No. 2 ranked recruiting class according to247Sports in 2013, and currently hold the same position in the 2014 national recruiting rankings.
Of the 24 commits Ohio State signed in 2013, 22 ranked four-stars or better.
Very dominant numbers when comparing to the rest of the Big Ten Conference.
In the same time, Michigan is the closest to bringing in the same amount of talent as Ohio State, with 19 of 27 in 2013 being four-star or better, and eight of 16 in 2014 holding at least a four-star ranking.
Looking at the rest of the league...
-Michigan State signed six in 2013 and currently have six committed in 2014.
-Nebraska had nine in 2013 and currently two in 2014.
-Penn State inked five of four-star status or better in 2013 and have four four-stars in the fold in 2014.
-Wisconsin scored four four-stars in 2013 and have four already committed in 2014.
-Northwestern has four four-stars committed in 2014 after signing two in 2013.
-Indiana had four in 2013 and zero thus far in 2014.
-The Illini signed one four-star in 2013 and have a four-star JUCO commit in 2014.
-Iowa has two four-star commits in 2014, a year after they went without signing one in 2013.
-Purdue has one four-star commit in 2014 after failing to sign one in 2013.
-Minnesota did not sign a four-star player in 2013 and do not have a four-star prospect committed yet in 2014.
Five-star DE Da'Shawn Hand was part of the NCAA record crowd at Michigan on Saturday.
Obviously Meyer and Ohio State are not done adding to the talent pool in 2014. Blue-chippers like five-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan, five-star offensive tackle Damian Prince, five-star defensive tackle Thomas Holley, Top100 cornerback Marshon Lattimore, JUCO offensive tackle Chad Mavety, Top247 tight end Mike Gesicki, four-star safety Erick Smith and four-star offensive tackle Brian Wallace are among targets that could eventually end up pulling the trigger for the Buckeyes.
Michigan In On More Major Talents
Among the NCAA record crowd of 115,109 people that attended the Michigan-Notre Dame game in Ann Arbor were a few prospects the Wolverines covet.
Rohan Blackwood is another big, long defensive lineman headed to Wisconsin.
Michigan’s next major recruiting weekend comes over Thanksgiving weekend for the Ohio State game. Wouldn’t be a surprise to see everyone listed here back at The Big House for that showdown, including Hand who is set to give his college commitment on his birthday, Nov. 14.
Spartans & Badgers Add To Their Class
-Berrien Springs (Mich.) High offensive tackle Nick Padla was originally expected at the Illinois game on Saturday, but instead he made the short drive over to East Lansing and landed the scholarship offer he wanted. The 6-foot-7, 280-pound Padla jumped on the opportunity given to him by Mark Dantonio and the staff, giving his pledge to Michigan State while at the South Florida game. Padla became the 15th commit for the Spartans in 2014, joining fellow offensive lineman Brian Allen and Chase Gianacakos.
-Brooksville (Fla.) Nature Coast Tech defensive end Rohan Blackwood pulled the trigger for Wisconsin after his official visit to Madison. The 12th commit for the Badgers in 2014, he is the fourth defensive lineman, joining Craig Evans, Billy Hirschfeld and Conor Sheehy. Wisconsin is putting together another nice defensive line group, with all four prospects being listed at 6-foot-3, or taller. Blackwood chose the Badgers over a nice offer list that included Nebraska, Louisville, Miami and Rutgers.
This Week’s Top Recruiting Destination
Purdue is currently in line to host the biggest recruiting weekend in the Big Ten.
With Notre Dame coming to town, the Boilers are bringing in several of their key prospects.
Purdue is trying to hold off Notre Dame for in-state commit Drue Tranquill.
The biggest name on the list is Drue Tranquill. Currently a soft commit to Purdue, the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Carroll standout is also considering Notre Dame and will visit South Bend the following weekend. Tranquill will be joined in West Lafayette by his brother Justin Tranquill, a Boilers target in the class-of-2015.
Three rising seniors that could eventually earn an offer from Purdue are Wheaton (Ill.) St. Francis running back James Butler, South Bend (Ind.) Adams athlete Shaq Vann and Edgar (Wis.) High tight end David Kornack. Both Butler and Vann are having big years and camped with the Boilers during the summer.
Lone Star State commits in receiver Trae Hart and quarterback David Blough will take their official visits this weekend. Fellow pledges Denzel Ward, Kirk Barron, Gelen Robinson and Austin McGehee are also expected on campus.
Look for the list of prospects to grow, especially in 2015, as Saturday draws closer.
Around The Conference
-Nebraska was able to make an impression on all four of their official visitors last weekend in quarterback Quinton Flowers, Washington receiver commit Erik Brown, running back Madre London and defensive back Joshua Kalu. The Huskers are the favorite to land London and Kalu, and after this trip they could be for Flowers as well. With Brown, he’ll continue to go through the process but the Huskers will be a factor moving forward.
With the early kickoff time for this Saturday’s game against UCLA (11 a.m. local), it prevents the Huskers from having another big recruiting weekend. Two official visits are scheduled, as Nebraska will try and make a move on Virginia Tech for four-star defensive tackle Ricky Walker, and Miami athlete commit Brandon Powell will also be in.
-Besides Blackwood, Wisconsin could ultimately land the other three official visitors from this past weekend. The Badgers are battling Florida State for four-star tight end Ryan Izzo. He takes an official to see the Seminoles this weekend. Wisconsin is the 247Sports Crystal Ball favorite for Jesup (Ga.) Wayne County teammates, defensive tackle Jeremy Patterson and receiver Krenwick Sanders.
-Michigan will have a much smaller group on campus for this weekend’s Akron game. Faces in the crowd will include 2016 targets Robert Washington and Connor O’Donnell of Huntersville (S.C.) Southlake Christian and 2017 linebacker Josh Ross from Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary’s.
-Columbus (Ohio) Walnut Ridge four-star linebacker Anthony McKee tells 247Sports he’ll be in East Lansing for Michigan State’s game against Youngstown State. New Haven (Ind.) High receiver Jordan Hogue may also be in town and the senior could be in-line for a late offer from the Spartans.
-Miami (Fla.) Coral Gables running back Gregory Howell will take his official visit to Minnesota this weekend, and Gophers soft commit Jeff Jones plans to be at the Western Illinois game as well. Two in-state unofficial visits of note in 2015, linebacker Josh Corcoran and running back William Rains.
-Illinois should have a nice turnout from Chicago-area prospects for its game against Washington on Saturday at Soldier Field. Niles (Ill.) Notre Dame senior running back Chris James says he’s trying to make it for the game. Current commits, offensive lineman Nick Allegretti, quarterback Chayce Crouch, receiver Mike Dudek, running back Matt Domer, linebacker Austin Roberts, defensive tackle Tito Odenigbo, receiver Malik Turner and athlete Julian Hylton are all expected to attend. A pair of Windy city juniors in Glenbard North quarterback Brett Gasiorowski and Naperville Central linebacker Bobby McMillen will also be on-hand.