Ohio State Visitor List Comment Count

Brandon Brown November 25th, 2013 at 8:26 PM

There are several lists circulating around out there so I decided to reach out to as many prospects as I could to confirm either that they will be in attendance or that they won’t be. Every name below I have personally confirmed their presence or absence. These lists are of course always quite fluid and even from places like Rivals or 247 there are constantly changes. I will post updates as the week progresses.


2014 Commits
WR-Freddy Canteen
LB-Jared Wangler
TE-Ian Bunting
WR-Moe Ways
WR-Drake Harris
OL-Mason Cole
LB-Chase Winovich
LB-Michael Ferns
QB-Wilton Speight
DB-Brandon Watson

2014 Targets
QB-Giovanni Rescigno
WR-Kendric Mallory
S-Jason Alessi

2015 Commits
DB-Tyree Kinnel

2015 Targets
QB-Jimmy Fitzgerald
QB-Alex Malzone
DT-Josh Alabi
LB-Justin Hilliard
LB-Darrin Kirkland Jr.
DB-Kei Beckham
LB-Reagan Williams
TE-CJ Conrad
OL-Sterling Jenkins
ATH-Brian Cole
S-Mykelti Williams

2016 Commits
OL-Erik Swenson

2016 Targets
ATH-Daelin Hayes
LB-Dele’ Harding
DT-Michael Onwenu
QB-Messiah DeWeaver
LB-Brendan Ferns


I have contacted each prospect below as well but they couldn’t commit 100% to being in Ann Arbor Saturday. Some of them were still waiting on transportation to come through and some just had other plans to weigh considering the holiday weekend.


2014 Targets
RB-Vic Enwere

2015 Targets
QB-Tyree Jackson
LB-Anthony McKee
QB-Kyle Kearns
QB-Nick Johns
ATH-Trevon Avery

2016 Targets
RB-Kentrail Moran
WR-Demetric Vance


The following recruits each responded to me and confirmed that they will not be in attendance for The Game. This list is going to look rather lengthy simply because I reached out to any contact I thought had an outside chance of going. Some of these guys are still playing in their state playoffs and others just couldn’t get travel plans in place during the busy week and weekend.


2014 Targets
LB-Kyle Rachwal
DE-Jhonny Williams
LB-Nile Sykes
DB-Marshon Lattimore

2015 Commits
DB-Shaun Crawford
OL-Jon Runyan Jr.

2015 Targets
OL-Anthony Herbert
LB-Anthony Wheeler
TE-Anthony Rush
DT-Bryce Witherspoon
WR-Carl Tucker
QB-Zach Gentry
OL-Evan Mallory
DB-Iman Marshall
ATH-David Dowell
LB-Cameron Townsend
RB-Andrew Dowell
WR-Juwan Johnson
LB-Josh Corcoran
QB-Brandon Wimbush
QB-Riley Neal
LB-Tanner Muse
QB-Drew Lock
QB-Sheriron Jones
TE-Cole Chewins
QB-Keaton Dunsford
ATH-David Edwards
QB-Kevin Dillman
RB-Nasir Bonner
DB-Daivon Ellison
WR-Joeviair Kennedy
LB-Osa Masina
DB-Minkah Fitzpatrick
OL-David Moorman

2016 Targets
TE-Isaac Nauta
RB-Elijah Holyfield
TE-Naseir Upshur
WR-Asantay Brown
RB-Toks Akinribade
WR-Tyrece Speaight
DB-Patrice Rene

Obviously the list will change and it has the potential to include notable commits such as George Campbell and Damien Harris. Coveted targets Malik McDowell, Jashon Cornell, Mike Weber, and Tyrone Wheatley Jr. have been reported as potential visitors, among others as well. This game will forever bring talent into the the stadium and this weekend is no different.



November 26th, 2013 at 2:52 AM ^

After over-reacting, I urge others not to over-react, as well. I think this may fit the bill. 

However, I am very afraid we won't play well, will get in a big hole, and the fans -- our fans -- will boo our team loudly in front of the players and all these recruits. I'm afraid that is a very real possibility. And that could have consequences.


November 26th, 2013 at 6:49 AM ^

IMO most of the 2014s have their heart set on UM and in their mind have been Michigan recruits and identify themselves with the school now, so whatever happens happens.   Maybe there is 1 or 2 decommits but that happens most any year.

Where the real damage is, is in 2015 and 2016.   The selling point for this staff is RR era was an exception, we are turning this thing around - and you saw what we did in 2011, and 2012 can be explained away by playing the top 3 ranked teams etc.   But this year was a major regression - not so much in record but what is happening on the field. 

There is no way to calculate what the damage is for 2015 and 2016.  Which recruits don't give UM a chance at all, which recruits would have put them on their top 10 list giving Hoke a chance to pitch the team, and which would have committed if the team looked like a viable football team rather than a sandlot offense.

That said I really don't see any excuse for the staff even if they lose out on 4-5 targets.  We are not currently asking for an Alabama brand of football here - which is where losing out on player #42 and settling for player #287 may matter.  We are asking for a functional product on offense.   You can do that with classes in the 50s or 60s. Wisconsin and MSU recruit in the 30s most every year (if not 40s) and Stanford has a lot of years in the same area.  Those are league championship level teams.   There is no excuse even if you are recruiting in the 20s not to have a viable well run team that can challenge for a league title - none.  You see that in EL, Madison, and Palo Alto.  If this staff can only create a good looking football team with top 10 classes every year than its a very average staff.

so bored at work

November 25th, 2013 at 9:09 PM ^

To show how passionate our fanbase is and how electric an atmosphere the Big House can be even when things are at their ebb? No offense to you personally, but y'all need to stop with this emo whininess. Have some pride in the program, in the players who are still laying it on the line out there, and in yourself as a fan and/or graduate of the University of Michigan. Let's do our part to show these kids why they should want to wear the Maize and Blue.


November 25th, 2013 at 10:19 PM ^

A win in this game and in the bowl game would change the trajectory of this year and next.  A win in this game would be similar to what Tressel did when he came into Ann Arbor in his first year to beat a higher ranked Michigan team.  



November 26th, 2013 at 8:09 AM ^

Knew this was still a rebuilding year. The worse thing you so-called fans can do is boo or not go to the game. Be an example not a damn baby. That being said, Hoke needs to address the offense. Also, if we are seeing these posts next year, Hoke may need to be addressed .... if we see little improvement.


November 26th, 2013 at 12:01 PM ^

It's only depressing if they are right.  If our team comes out fired up, plays their asses off and makes it a great, close game, then win or lose it is not depressing. 

What would be depressing is if we come out completely flat, get run off the field and our home stadium is filled with boos.


November 25th, 2013 at 9:08 PM ^

Peppers not on either list.  Unforgiveable. 

Seriously though when is his state championship game?  Was really hoping he'd put the press on some guys this weekend, namely Cornell.


November 26th, 2013 at 10:53 AM ^

Paramus Catholic’s Jabrill Peppers and Juwan Bushell-Beatty play against St . Peter’s Prep at 8:00 PM Friday at MetLife Stadium in a New Jersey State High School playoff game.  It would be unfair to expect them to make it to Ann Arbor for the Ohio State game, because the only flight they could take to make it to Ann Arbor in time for the game leaves from Newark at 7:40 Saturday morning.

Considering that (a) they are coming off their school's first win ever against Don Bosco Prep in last week's playoff game, (b) they'd probably want to be celebrating with their high school teammates if they win on Friday night, and (c) other than it being a "rivalry game" in which Ohio State has won 11 of the past 15 games and is expected to win by a substantial margin on Saturday, there probably isn't any reason for them to be at The Big House on Saturday.

Of course, if Michigan pulls off an upset that might be compared to what happened at The Big House on September 1, 2007, then they'll probably be upset that they missed having to share in THAT celebration.


November 26th, 2013 at 11:15 AM ^

I'm talking about recruits and visitors, as that is what this post is about. I don't want them to see Urban Meyer screaming at his third-string offense to push their final score to 42 points.

As for Michigan fans, it's just the opposite. Anyone who sells a ticket to an OSU fan is a scumbag.

And yes, I went to U of M and sat every goddamned game in the stands as a student while RR crashed the plane into the 3-9 mountain. I've seen plenty of crap football in the Big House and I'm apathetic by now.


November 26th, 2013 at 12:03 PM ^

good thing that you logged in here and clicked on the thread to inform all of us that the post wasd too long for you, that you didn't bother to read it and that you don't want recruits to attend our biggest rivalry game.  


November 26th, 2013 at 1:04 AM ^

Thanks for the work. 


Looks like Weber and Cole are going to MSU Nov 4 for a MSU practice and then the MSU bball game vs UNC.   Cole sure has an interesting list of teams as supposed leaders, 2 fallen giants (Tenn and UM) and MSU.   Weber supposedly is close to making up his mind.  I cannot tell how hard UM is recruiting him at this point, but not confirmed for this game makes me think if he is close to committing and not going to the game, he won't be a Wolverine. 

As for Malik if he does not bother to go this game if Cass Tech is not playing, makes me think he is SEC bound.  You'd think even if he is going to OSU he'd bother. 


November 26th, 2013 at 6:30 AM ^

If this were a list of old UM guys (deceased and alive) who were planning to attend. When I first saw the picture, that is what I thought it was. Recovery from this year's trauma is going to take years of therapy.


November 26th, 2013 at 9:27 AM ^

Some people on the blog bitch to much.. Our season is less than perfect, I agree.. But the crying about how Ohio is gonna stomp us before the game has started is a bit ridiculous.. When we beat Ohio the fair weathers are gonna come in droves.

always support the Team


November 26th, 2013 at 9:54 AM ^

some of you guys are bigger dissappointments than Al Borges.

Don't ever, ever, ever, act like a recruit visiting is a bad thing. 

This place is getting more pathetic each and every moment with each and every tear you babies shed...




November 26th, 2013 at 12:10 PM ^

The comment threads in this blog have gotten unbearable, and are really bringing down the quality of the discussion that used to exist here. 

People act like we are going to go 3-9 this season.  Guess what people?  We have 7 wins, with 2 left to play.  Do I expect to win this weekend?  Sadly, no, but that's why they play the games.  I do, however, think that with those 16 practices to work on the young OL and blocking fundamentals (things that are tough to address during the season), we will win our bowl game, regardless of who we face (obviously, we are not going to be facing to best of the best in whatever bowl we end up in).  So we are looking at an 8-win season.  For a team starting perhaps the youngest, most inexperienced OL in D1, in its first season running a new offense, with a first-year starting QB who was playing WR for more than half of last season, that is thin at key pieces of its offense such as TE and receiver (Gallon, converted TE Funchess and a bunch of "just a guy"s), and which as 62 freshmen and sophs on its roster, our 7-8 wins is not all that bad.  Also, while the offense is struggling, our defense - almost all of which returns next year and many for the next 2 - is top 20.