Posted: 5:45 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013
By Austin Kemp
Late Monday night, Myles Autry tweeted that he had set up a visit to Ohio State. Autry, who can play running back or defensive back, has good speed and excellent hips. Pound for pound, Autry has to be considered one of the top athletes in his class, checking in at 5'9", 175 pounds. Hailing from Georgia, Autry has a brother who plays for Georgia Tech and even though 247Sports has him as a crystal ball lock to Florida State, the Yellow Jackets will be tough to beat, being from the home state and having family ties.
The real question is, if the four-start athlete were to choose the Buckeyes, would Ohio State have enough room? Already with 18 commitments, Ohio State is sitting pretty with Marshon Lattimore, Erick Smith, Raekwon McMillan, and Thomas Holley. Couple those in with real possibilities for Chad Mavety or Damian Prince and it looks like their numbers will be going through the roof. If Autry truly wanted to be a Buckeye, you would have to figure he would need to jump on the ship early before it's too late.
Another prospect who has set up an October visit to Columbus is 2015 cornerback Daivon Ellison. From the prestigious Don Bosco Prep High School, Ellison has started to blow up his junior year and should continue to do so throughout the fall. Listed at 5'10", Ellison has visited Virginia Tech, Penn State, and Michigan within the last year, but Ohio State is starting to catch his eye. "It's obviously a great program, lots of history behind it. I'm not familiar with the academics but I have heard that they are very good in that area. Urban Meyer is a great coach that sends many players to the NFL." Thus far, the only visit Ellison has planned for the fall is a trip to Ohio State. The Buckeye's haven't offered Ellison yet but if they did, they would make a leap to be a serious contender, though he wasn't specific about who his current leaders were. "Yes, they would definitely be at the top if I were to have a list. I wouldn't be able to give you a top 5 because I do not have enough knowledge of all the colleges." Ellison is a ball hawk, plain and simple. When asked about who he tries to emulate on the field, he responded, "Tyrann Mathieu definitely. My nickname is the Honey Badger when I'm on the field."
The closer we get to it, the more it looks like October will be a huge recruiting month, visit-wise, for all sports involved with Ohio State. Also setting up a visit was basketball prospect Myles Turner, a center in the class of 2014.
Turner needs no introduction. Standing 6'10", the five-star Texan has the choice to go anywhere in the country. With Kansas as the early favorite, Thad Matta needs to keep dragging this recruitment out to give the Buckeyes a better chance to land the all-everything player. With the visit scheduled for the 19th, the atmosphere around campus will be at a high, as the football team hosts Iowa on homecoming weekend. The stage is set for Matta and if he were able get a commitment from Turner, it would blow the top off of an already top-tier 2014 class. Remember, over the summer Myles Turner said that he would love to play alongside of current Buckeye commit D'Angelo Russell.
Back to football, 2015 linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. received some mail from Ohio State on Tuesday. The Indiana native has yet to gain a Buckeye offer, but Kerry Coombs has hit this one hard to put Ohio State in a position to land the four-star prospect if an offer were to eventually come. Athleticism is the name of the game when it comes to Kirkland as he's constantly active and excellent against the pass. He's not just a cover guy, though. Last season, as a sophomore, Kirkland recorded 138 tackles.