January 13, 2012

Another big visit weekend for Ohio State

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With National Signing Day less than three weeks away it is officially 'crunch time' on the recruiting front. Ohio State is set to host a group of outstanding prospects this weekend on official visits as well as a pair of highly touted juniors for unofficial visits on Sunday.

The slew of four-star prospects starts with Windsor (Colo.) offensive lineman Joey O'Connor. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound prospect is the only senior visitor that does not currently hold an Ohio State offer but that could change this weekend. O'Connor is scheduled to visit Cal on January 28th and could also make a visit to Iowa next weekend. O'Connor's future plans could depend heavily upon what happens this weekend in Columbus. If O'Connor leaves Columbus with an offer, his recruitment could end in short order. If he doesn't, Cal and Iowa become the clear leaders for his services.

Another prospect from out West is scheduled to visit in Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral wide receiver/athlete Davonte Neal. Neal is a versatile athlete that is being recruited as a wide receiver/kick returner but can also play corner. There is no question that Meyer and his staff would love to add a receiver that can really stretch the field and Neal fits that bill.

South Bend (Ind.) Washington athlete David Perkins is another talented prospect that is on campus for the weekend. Perkins has an offer from the Buckeyes as a linebacker and lists Ohio State in his top five. While the vibes weren't as strong with Perkins as some other targets coming into the weekend, early returns seem to be positive with Perkins already tweeting about having a great time in Columbus. While Ohio State looks to be in the driver's seat for four-star linebacker Camren Williams, it appears that the staff would be interested in taking another linebacker in the class on top of Williams if the opportunity presents itself.

On Thursday evening, word started spreading that four-star offensive tackle Taylor Decker out of Vandalia (Ohio) Butler would possibly be making a last minute official visit to Ohio State. That visit now appears to be a reality and it could not come at a better time for the Buckeyes as offensive tackles are sorely needed on the current roster. Assuming things go well with Decker over the weekend, it would not be a surprise to see the big tackle make a switch now that his former future position from Notre Dame, Ed Warinner is now at Ohio State.

Rounding out the weekend will be a pair of big-time junior prospects from outside the state of Ohio. Peoria (Ill.) Manual offensive tackle Logan Tuley-Tillman is one of the top prospects in the Midwest in the 2013 class and will arrive on Sunday for the Men's basketball game against Indiana. Tuley-Tillman could be tough to pry away from early leader Michigan, but the unofficial visit is certainly a good sign for Ohio State fans.

The second junior that is expected on Sunday is Woodbridge (Va.) C.D. Hylton linebacker E.J. Levenberry Jr.. The 6-foot-3, 226-pound prospect is one of the nation's top junior linebackers and will be a key target for Ohio State over the next 12 months. Like Tuley-Tillman, it won't be easy to grab a player like Levenberry Jr. given the outstanding offer list but the willingness to make an unofficial visit should be taken as a good sign for the Buckeyes.


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