Posted: 2:41 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013
By Charles Doss
For both the Ohio State football and basketball teams, Saturday was easily the biggest recruiting weekend of the year so far. Over 50 commits and top class of 2014, 2015 and 2016 recruits made their way to Columbus to check out the campus, mingle with coaches and check out the Buckeyes take on the Badgers of Wisconsin underneath the stars in Ohio Stadium.
You might be curious as to what the recruits thought about their time in Columbus; we've got you covered. Keep checking back over the next few days as the Land-Grant Holy Land recruiting team brings you visit recaps from many of the Buckeyes weekend visitors.
We begin with Ohio State's "The Dream 14", the class of 2014 commits set to take college football by storm next season:
2014 Ohio State commit, quarterback Stephen Collier:
"The atmosphere in The Shoe was unlike any that I'd ever been a part of. Not only was the game phenomenal, but the fans were also. The chants gave me chills and I can't wait to be a part of something like that."
2014 Ohio State commit, defensive back Malik Hooker:
"It was a great atmosphere at The Shoe and it was awesome that the Buckeyes got the win. I got to hang out with some of my future teammates, so that was really cool as well. Overall, it was a great night in Columbus and I can't wait to call it my home. Go Bucks!"
2014 Ohio State commit, kicker Sean Nuernberger:
"The environment was unlike anything I've ever seen before. Seeing all of our commits and some other recruits was awesome, too."
2014 Ohio State commit, linebacker Sam Hubbard:
"There were a lot of us at the game, which was cool. We all met up and went to the pregame speech by LeBron and Coach Meyer, which was awesome. We all then got to walk into the stadium with the team and just hung out and got pictures together. The atmosphere was amazing and I really enjoyed the game."
2015 4-star linebacker and Ohio State target Anthony McKee:
"The game was off the hook. I had a lot of fun. The crowd was crazy, The Shoe was rockin. It was really different from the last I game I went to. I talked to Coach Fickell; he's a stand up guy. We talked about the school. Ohio State played a good game; it's a real strong school."
2015 3-star safety Reggie Rogers:
"It was amazing. I liked the atmosphere and all the die hard fans. I talked to Coach Pantoni and some other coaches in the locker room and they said they were pushing closer and closer to an offer. It would mean a lot to me. Growing up in Ohio automatically made me an Ohio State fan since I was a little boy."
2015 3-star linebackerNick Conner:
"The visit went great; it was a good time. Going into the locker room after the big win and talking to some of the coaches and just the atmosphere of The Shoe really stood out. The game was really good. They played hard and beat a good team. The crowd was huge and it was a great thing to be a part of. I talked to Coach Fickell but we didn't really say much. We just touched base and he wanted to see how things were going and make sure I'm healthy."
2015 linebackerMarkus Bailey:
"The visit was great. I thought it was nice that two of my guests were allowed field and recruit room access. It was pretty cool to see LeBron pretty close in front of me too. I loved the intensity of the game and the insane fan base amplified it even more. I couldn't believe how loud it was and how many fans were there."
2015 3-star offensive tackleNoah Listermann:
"It was fun. I got to experience the students [being at the game] a bit more. It was also cool to talk to the recruits more, too. I talked to Coach Warinner for a bit. He just said congrats on the season and all that. The crowd was insane. It just consumes you."
2015 4-star tight endJackson Harris:
"It was great, I loved the atmosphere. It's one of those things you just have to see in person. I talked to Coach Hinton. He was real excited that I came up to the game. He said he's going to try to come down to my school during their bye week. It would be huge, if OSU offered. I have always been a big Urban Meyer fan."
Adam Waters contributed to this report.