of the nation’s top uncommitted prospects participated in Saturday’s
Ohio State Nike Football Training Camp in Columbus. Bucknuts caught up
following the event. Here’s what they had to say…
of the nation’s top uncommitted prospects participated in Saturday’s
Ohio State Nike Football Training Camp in Columbus.
following the event.
Bradley: The 6-foot-1, 185-pound safety from Dayton (Ohio)
Trotwood-Madison has offers from the likes of Boston College, Illinois,
Kentucky, Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Stanford
and Syracuse, and one school is standing out.
“I won’t lie, Pittsburgh has the main edge because they just
signed my brother to go there this year,” Bradley said. “I’d say they
have the edge over everyone else, but it’s still wide open. I’m not just
looking to follow where he’s going. I’m looking to make my own decision
and go to school where I want to go.”
Bradley says he’ll camp at Pittsburgh on June 11, and that he’s
also looking to schedule trips to Vanderbilt, Northwestern and Illinois.
He plans to take all five official visits before making a decision, and
named Stanford as one of his probable destinations.
***De’van Bogard: The Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville safety checks in
as the nation’s fifth-ranked safety and 89th-best prospect overall, and
three schools appear to have the inside for the 6-foot, 190-pound
“Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, that’s a good three,”
Bogard said. “They’re all in the Big Ten and I like the Big Ten.
“Ohio State is my home school,” he continued. “They were like the
second ones to offer me. Michigan was third. I like the defense they
run and where they want me to play. I like the Wolverines a lot.
Michigan State, it’s a great coaching staff. I love their coaching
staff. They’re energetic.”
The 5-foot-11, 205-pound running back from Youngstown (Ohio) Fitch has
gotten close to a few of the coaching staffs recruiting him.
“I have a great relationship definitely with Pittsburgh,”Mahone
said. “I feel like I made a great relationship with them. Penn State,
Michigan State, I talked to a lot of the coaches from there and I feel
like I have a great relationship with them. Other than that, I need to
get more information on the other schools.”
This summer, Mahone says he’ll camp at Boston College,
Northwestern, Michigan State and a few other places, and that he’s
looking to make a decision before the start of his senior season.
***Se’von Pittman: Ranked as the nation’s 20th-best outside
linebacker and 196th-best prospect overall, the Canton (Ohio) McKinley
standout has three schools that have made a significant impression.
“I would have to say Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, they’re
all great programs,” Pittman began.
“Just for the fact that they’re taking the time to look at me,
and they’re great programs, and the coaches stress how important I can
be for their program, and how they care about my academics.”
235-pound Pittman visited each of those campuses this spring, and says
he’s also interested in Alabama, Auburn, Nebraska, Miami and Ole Miss
among others. He’s hoping to visit those schools this summer.
Pittman says he’ll make his college decision during his senior
Stanford: Ranked as the nation’s 28th-best receiver and 228th-best
prospect overall, the four-star Cincinnati (Ohio) Taft standout appears
to be nowhere close to narrowing down his list of suitors.
“I definitely like Ohio State with me being here,” Stanford
began. “I really like Michigan too. USC, I like them as well. I like
Alabama with Nick
Saban down there. I like LSU because the wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales,
he’s going to provide me the best opportunity to get better and go to
the NFL. I like Miami, Florida because they’re Miami, Florida, and I
like Florida State because they have great tradition there. There’s a
lot of schools I like, and I can’t narrow it down now.”
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Stanford’s only scheduled visit is to
Michigan this coming weekend. This summer, he plans to visit many of the
schools he mentioned.
Washington: Ranked as the nation’s ninth-best weak-side defensive
end and 98th-best prospect in the country overall, the Cincinnati (Ohio)
Taft product has a distinguished list of scholarship offers.
Five of those offers have made a significant impression.
“I got Ohio State, Alabama, Michigan, Kentucky and the University
of Miami,” Washington started.
“Ohio State, that’s my personal favorite. Michigan is recruiting
me pretty hard and they’re willing to play young talent so I like that.
Miami, they have good defensive linemen down there and they also like to
play young talent. Alabama, that’s like going to another home because
my Dad and family are from Alabama. Kentucky, because it’s close and
it’s in the SEC and my family would be able to come and support and
The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Washington will visit Michigan with his
teammate Stanford next weekend, and is also looking to get to Kentucky
on either June 10 or 17.
***UCLA is the latest program to offer
Youngstown (Ohio) Fitch athlete Chris Davis, who also holds full-rides
from the likes of Arkansas, Boise State, Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa,
Kansas State, Minnesota, Oregon State, Purdue, Vanderbilt and West
“I like the coaching staff, Coach (Rick) Neuheisel,” Davis said.
“He seems like a straight-up guy, doesn’t lie at all.”
Davis doesn’t have any future visits scheduled, and he and his
twin brother Demitrious
Davis are looking to attend the same school. They plan to soon
release a top 10. Demitrious did not work out on Saturday because of the
***Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central sophomore linebacker Tim Kimbrough
was asked to stay after the camp and meet with the Ohio State coaches.
The Buckeyes are one of the many schools showing interest, with Florida,
North Carolina and Cincinnati as a few of the others getting themselves
in the mix.
“I’ve always been wanting to play there,”Kimbrough said. “They
always win championships, and I’ve always liked them from growing up and
watching them on TV.”
***Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville defensive end Alex Pace has
roughly 10 scholarship offers, with two standing out.
“Toledo and Illinois right now,” he said. “Toledo is just a
standout program. The staff feels like a family. They treat people
right. The team looks hype when they practice. Illinois is just a good
program overall. It’s the Big Ten, it’s a nice program and they need
d-tackles. I talked to my recruiting coach and I feel a trust, and I
could do well in that program.”
Pace said he wants to camp at Tennessee and Mississippi State
among other places this summer.
Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward junior defensive
Render has 10 scholarship offers, and Pittsburgh, West Virginia,
Iowa and Louisville appear to be the early standouts. Also showing
interest is North Carolina and Vanderbilt. …Carmel (Ind.) High junior
defensive end Langston
Newton holds offers from Indiana, Arkansas State, Grambling State
and Western Kentucky. This summer around his busy track schedule, Newton
looks to visit LSU and Kentucky, where his older brother Morgan is a
quarterback. …Dayton (Ohio) Trotwood-Madison sophomore cornerback Cameron
Burrows holds offers from Cincinnati, Illinois and Missouri.
…Middletown (Ohio) High sophomore athlete Jalin Marshall
is arguably the top prospect in the state and has offers from
Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. Ohio State, Florida and UCLA are a few of the
many others that are very interested. …Dayton (Ohio) Chaminade-Julienne
sophomore linebacker Darrien Howard
was offered by Cincinnati after his freshman season. Ohio State,
Michigan State and Nebraska are showing early interest. …Louisville
(Ky.) Trinity sophomore defensive end Jason Hatcher
is reporting a slew of offers from the likes of Louisville, Kentucky