December 16, 2011
Weekend at Urban's Part II
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The sequel is rarely as good as the first one but this recruiting weekend still has a ton of potential. Despite the list of names not being nearly as long, what it lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in quality. Just to review, last week Urban Meyer and his staff hosted a dozen members of Ohio State's 2012 class and used those commits to help seal the deal on a pair of big-time defensive linemen in Canton (Ohio) McKinley product Se'von Pittman and four-star tackle Tommy Schutt out of Illinois.
While this weekend doesn't hold as much promise of landing a verbal commitment in the immediate future, it could set the table for a pair of early January commitments if things go well.
The visit that seemingly every Ohio State fan has been waiting for is that of Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt defensive end Noah Spence. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound prospect is rated a five-star prospect by Rivals.com and the No. 9 overall player in the nation. Landing Spence would be the cherry on top of what would have to be considered the top defensive line class in the nation this year.
Before Spence makes it to Columbus, however, he has some business to attend to in Central Pennsylvania. Spence and his Bishop McDevitt squad are playing for the PIAA Class AAA state championship on Friday in Hershey.
For those hoping for a quick commitment over the weekend from Spence, that is not likely to happen as Spence is scheduled to make his college decision on January 5th at the Under Armour All-American Game. Ohio State right now is considered the front-runner in this race and could all but ensure that Spence picks the Buckeyes with a good visit over the weekend.
The other big name that is expected to make an official visit this weekend is Trotwood (Ohio) Madison safety Bam Bradley. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound three-star prospect wasn't originally expected to make an official visit to Columbus but things have changed on that front and Bradley will arrive in Columbus presumably on Friday night after his basketball game.
Bradley has long been thought to be a Pittsburgh lean and while the Panthers will still be tough to beat in this race, the uncertainty at the head coaching position could give the Buckeyes a big enough window to sneak in and steal Bradley's commitment.
Like Spence, it is not anticipated that Bradley would commit this weekend even if things go perfectly as he is scheduled to make his decision on January 3rd at the first annual Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
Bradley isn't the only Trotwood star expected to be on campus at some point during the weekend as junior stud linebacker Mike McCray is supposed to come up on an unofficial visit to meet with the coaching staff. McCray is Ohio's top junior linebacker and does not yet have an offer from the Buckeyes. McCray is a legacy recruit and few juniors in Ohio were as productive on the field this fall so an offer to McCray in the near future would certainly not be a surprise.
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