Lucky Number 13 is….

Well as we told you all week there would be some real excitement at Friday Night Lights the annual recruiting camp put on by OSU to showcase everything OSU has to offer. There has never been an actual commitment at this event in its history but that all ended tonight when Olathe, Kansas 3 star TE Josh Moore committed to play for the Buckeyes in 2015.

Josh Moore is a 6’5″ 250 lbs Tight End who brings a lot of athleticism to the position and fills a real hole for OSU. After missing on many of the TEs they coveted this year Josh took his time and waited for this event to showcase to the staff what he can bring. He may not be the only TE to commit from this event as CJ Conrad the UK commit is still there working out and trying to earn his offer.

TE Recruiting Class of 2015

Tight End recruiting has been rather difficult the past couple of recruiting classes for Ohio State.  Well, the 2013 recruiting class had one of the nation’s best tight ends in Marcus Baugh, but his Buckeye career has gotten off to a rocky start.  This past class, Urban put all of his eggs in one basket, trying to court Mike Gesicki to don the Scarlet and Gray.  Gesicki ultimately spurned Ohio State, after many thought he would choose the Bucks, to play for James Franklin and Penn State.  Now this current recruiting class.  The top of their board was Chris Clark.  They jumped on the Clark bandwagon early and thought that would pay dividends.  It did not as Clark chose Michigan while on his visit just days ago.  Clark did want to love Ohio State, but just could not get over Michigan.  So where does Ohio State go from here now that they have whiffed on their top TE target?  I break down the recruits who I think could be next to get courted by Urban Meyer and staff.

1. DeAndre McNeal-Mesquite, Texas

I absolutely love this kid.  After dominating the recent Ohio State camps, I have been just gushing over his abilities.  I have heard from many people that he could be the next Tight End they put the full court press on.  I think that he is trending very much so in Ohio State’s favor.  He loves everything about Ohio State.  He was not ready to commit at the camp, and is going to take a couple more visits.  He has confirmed with me that he is going to be at Alabama on July 13th, and that he is going to the West Coast to visit UCLA today.  He told me that Ohio State is recruiting him at Wide Receiver right now but is not reluctant to playing a different position, saying, “Whichever helps the team, I’m down with.”   I think he projects more as a tight end at the next level, although he told me that him and Urban have not talked about that.  He is planning a September decision and does not know when he is going to be back at Ohio State.  I like the Buckeyes chances here very much.

2. Jake Pickard- Millburn, New Jersey

Being a New Jersey resident myself, I always root for the New Jersey players.  Jake Pickard is a very good talent.  He has a very impressive offer list including the likes of Oregon, Boston College, Louisville, Rutgers, and more.  Ohio State is an offer that he really wants.  He camped at Ohio State this past weekend but did not come away with an offer.  He told me that if Ohio State were  to offer, they would shoot up on the list to join his top group of schools.   He did love Ohio State and everything they had to offer, but cannot do much else because he does not have an offer from them.  He is visiting Oregon in July and possibly Ohio State again for Friday Night Lights.  He does not want to wait too long on the Ohio State offer though and if he is not offered by Ohio State before FNL, he could be an Oregon Duck.   His visits in July to both Oregon and possibly Ohio State, should give us a better understanding of his recruitment. If Ohio State offers, I like the Buckeyes chances very much.

3. CJ Conrad-  Lagrange, Ohio- Kentucky Commit

Ah, the story of CJ Conrad is one of the most interesting recruiting stories of this class.  Urban Meyer loves his tight ends and he did not have to search far and wide for one of the nations best.  CJ Conrad is from the Buckeye State and he was all Ohio State if Urban Meyer offered.  I think that he would have committed on the spot had he been offered.  He has visited Ohio State, dominated NFTC’s and camps, and even was invited to the opening, the most prestigious summer camp, held on Nike’s Campus in Oregon.  He was heavily recruited by many schools and ended up choosing Kentucky.  Because they recruited Clark so heavily, they did not offer Conrad.  He did feel kind of slighted I am sure because he grew up loving Ohio State.  Now that they have whiffed on Clark, maybe they go after Conrad.   He has been in contact with Ohio State and he says that they want him to camp.  He refuses to camp there because, he has shown them enough and his accolades speak for themselves.  He told me that his heart is always going to be with Ohio State, but that Kentucky was the best school and choice for him.  I asked him straight up if there was any chance that an offer from the school his heart belonged to, Ohio State, would cause a flip in his committment, and he responded with, “Nope, not a chance.”  Do I believe him?  Yes.  Do I believe him a lot? Not really.  I think that ultimately, it would be hard for Conrad to turn down an offer from his love.  I am not saying that he would flip, I’m just saying that with the passion and love he has for Ohio State, an offer from them might make him second guess his choice with Kentucky.  I’ m not sure that he is going to get an offer if he does not camp, so this is becoming a chess match almost between Conrad and Ohio State.  Stay tuned for this as if he gets offered things could heat up.


MotSaG Chat with CJ Conrad

3star_recruit_iconCJ Conrad is everything CFB fans and coaches love about Ohio HS football players. CJ is big and strong and fast. CJ also happens to have a good head on his shoulders and doesn’t play the recruiting game. He puts education as high in his importance list as sports if not higher. He is a the kind of TE Coach Meyer loves but also could develop if his body keeps growing into an excellent OT much like Reid Fragel did under Urban’s coaching. CJ isn’t ranked by any recruiting services yet but after his great showing at FNL last month you can expect that and more offers to happen soon. Here is the interview I had with him hope you enjoy it.


SYR- If you could please tell us about your home life… Parents, brothers and/or sisters, where you were born, Have you always lived in in the same place?

CJ- I have 1 Brother Austin who will be a Sophomore this year and my sister Mackenzie will be a Sophomore at Univ of Akron. She plays Softball for them. I have lived in this area my whole life.

SYR- Can you give us your current stats such as height, weight, 40 yard time, bench press, etc?

CJ- 6’5″ 220 Lbs. My 40 time is a 4.79. My bench is 315

SYR- Tell us a little bit about your HS FB team such as record and offensive style.

CJ- Last year we were 5-5. We have almost everyone back and we are looking to have a great year.

SYR- What are your goals for the upcoming season?

CJ- To win a conference championship and make the playoffs. Both would be firsts in my schools history. I would like to be all Ohio again this year.

SYR- What college football team did you grow up being a fan of and why?

CJ- I am a fan of College football. I try to watch whenever I can. But I grew an Ohio State fan with out a doubt.

SYR- Who would you say is your personal hero and why?

CJ- My Mother and Father. They have provided me with such a great life and are incredibly supportive of me!

SYR- If you were going to die tomorrow what would your final meal be?

CJ- Steak and Potatoes

SYR- You recently received your first 2 offers how did that feel?

CJ- I actually now have received 4 offers. Toledo, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. This summer has been fantastic. It is such an honor to receive an offer. I am truly blessed.

SYR- How do you feel you performed at Friday Night Lights?

CJ- I felt like a had a great night. The best part was competing against some of the best players in the country. I feel like that brings out the best in me.

SYR- Describe the atmosphere at Friday Night Lights, is it what you expected?

CJ- Electric! Stadium, tradition, players, competition, coaching staff and Alumni made the event off the charts.

SYR- What was your favorite part of the FNL camp?

CJ- Listening to the alumni talk about there experiences at OSU. Very motivational.

SYR- What 5 schools would you like to get an off from the most?

CJ- It is way to early to tell. I am just enjoying process and preparing for my Junior season.

SYR- Do you have a dream school that if they offered you would commit on the spot?

CJ- As I said earlier I grew up an OSU fan. But there are a lot of factors that going into making that decision.

SYR- Do you know when you would like to announce your commitment, if yes, when?

CJ- Still not sure.

SYR- What would you like Buckeye Nation to know about you that they most likely don’t already know?

CJ- I have played varsity basketball since my freshman year. I have been playing since I was 7. Love the game. My family, friends are incredibly important to me.

You can follow CJ on twitter by clicking @cjconrad1