|West Virginia Shooting Guard Sean McNeil|
Sean McNeill (twitter) was a guard for the West Virginia Mountaineers of the NCAA Division I men's basketball team. McNeil, a former Cooper High School standout guard, has spent three seasons with the West Virginia Mountaineers under head coach Bob Huggins. He was born on August 17, 1998, in Union, Kentucky, and measures 6'3 inches tall and weighs 205 pounds. Because of his recent decision to finish his NCAA basketball career with the Ohio State Buckeyes, this 23-year-old basketball player is making the rounds in the NCAA circuit. Sean McNeil of West Virginia is a terrific basketball player, but who exactly is he? Let's have a look.
West Virginia Sean McNeil
Sean McNeil played for the West Virginia Mountaineers for three seasons, with his finest season coming in 20-21, when he averaged 12.2 points per game and shot 37 percent from behind the three-point arc. McNeill's rookie season at WVU is also worth noting, as the gifted athlete averaged 5.5 points per game while playing in 28 games.
McNeil Coming out of High School
247Sports ranked him as the 24th best overall prospect in the country, the 11th best shooting guard prospect in the country, and the first best overall prospect in Kentucky during the 2019 recruiting cycle. His performance was also given an overall score of 0.8628 out of a possible 1.
Prior to his time at West Virginia, McNeil was a decorated and accomplished basketball player, earning National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II First Team All-America accolades and being awarded the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) Player and Freshman of the Year. He was racking up points and dropping bucket after bucket, scoring more than 30 points a game 15 times and more than 40 points per game six times.
McNeil Visits Ohio State
Sean McNeill visited Ohio State on a weekend visit after three seasons with the West Virginia Mountaineers, which convinced him to join the Buckeyes and play for one season. McNeil chose Ohio State over Cincinnati, Louisville, Indiana, Texas Tech, and Virginia, among other schools. McNeil enrolled in the NCAA transfer portal on March 28, committing to the Ohio State Buckeyes following three seasons with the West Virginia Mountaineers.
McNeil Added to the Ohio State Roster
Sean McNeil, who has been added to the Ohio State Buckeyes' roster, is looking forward to proving himself and exceeding expectations in his final season of eligibility. During McNeil's three-year career with the West Virginia Mountaineers, the Union, KY native scored 900 points in 89 games. Sean McNeil was a key component in the Mountaineers earning a 3-seed in the NCAA Tournament in 2021.
|4/27/2022 10:21:41 AM|
|Malik Hartford Class on 2023 Safety|
The 6'3'' 175 lbs. West Chester, Ohio Lakota West football prospect is spending March of 2022 visiting some of the colleges that have offered him a scholarship for 2023. Malik Hartford recently visited Ohio State and Cincinnati and plans to see Michigan State this coming week. He is ranked as a 4 Star, the 11th best Safety in the country, and the 4th best overall in Ohio.
Who's Recruiting Malik Hartford
Colin Hitschler is recruiting Hartford for Cincinnati, Jeff Myers for Iowa State, Vince Marrow for Kentucky, Matt MacPherson for Northwestern, and Perry Eliano for Ohio State. Tweet of Hartford dancing with Eliano can he found here.
Offers and Favorites
Hartford has 23 scholarship offers including Cincinnati, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, and Vanderbilt. Ohio State and Cincinnati are his favorites at this time.
Malik Hartford College Visits
Hartford went to Kentucky on 9/11/21, Louisville on 9/26/21 , Cincinnati on 9-12-21 and 9-4-21 and March 5th, 2022, Vanderbilt on 9/25/21, Ohio State on March 10th, 2022, and Michigan State on 1/29/22 and March 15th 2022.
Crystal Ball Predictions
Bill Kurelic has Hartford going to Ohio State with medium certainty.
|3/12/2022 4:15:02 PM|
|Cedrick Hawkins Safety 2023|
Cedrick Hawkins committed to play for Ohio State in 2023 on January 1st 2022 during the half-time break of the Rose Bowl. Out of Titusville Cocoa Florida High School. At 6'0" 175 lbs. Hawkins is considered a four star prospect, 20th best safety in the country, and the 40th best recruit from Florida. Follows Sonny Styles as a top safety for 2023 going to the Buckeyes. Of course Styles reclassified to 2022 and will be on campus a year earlier than 2023 recruits.
Who's Recruiting Cedrick Hawkins
Tony Alford recruited Hawkins for Ohio State, Chris Marve and Marcus Woodson for Florida State, Darlin Hinshaw Kentucky, JaJuan Seider for Penn State, Chad Scott for West Virginia, Kevin Smith for Mississippi, and Cam Aiken for South Florida.
Offers and Favorites
He has 21 scholarship offers including Penn State, Florida, and Florida State.
Cedrick Hawkins Visits
Hawkins visited September 18th to Florida, July 25th to Florida State, and June 5th and June 9th he was at the Florida State Seminoles camp. Made a trip to Ohio State in June of 2022 with a number of other Florida players.
Crystal Ball Predictions
Sam Spiegelman predicted Hawkins would select Ohio State on 1-1-2022.
|2/4/2022 8:49:17 PM|
|Safety Tanner McCalister transfers to Ohio State|
Ohio State has a new safety for the 2022 season. Former Oklahoma State safety Tanner McCalister announced on Wednesday he'll transfer to Ohio State and play for the Buckeyes, marking the second player out of the transfer portal to make the Buckeyes his destination.
After being granted his release from Oklahoma State, former 'Pokes safety Tanner McCalister will transfer to Ohio State. An Texas native, McCalister is a former three star prospect that played in 24 games over four seasons (2018-2021) at OSU.
McCalister will have one year of eligibility remaining when he joins the Buckeyes in 2022. He was a 3 star member of the Cowboys' 2018 recruiting class, ranked as the No. 57 safety in the country according to 247Sports.com's composite rankings.
Defensive Coordinator Jim Knowles
Now in his first day on the job, Jim Knowles continued to add depth to Ohio State's defensive with the addition of safety Tanner McCalister, who played for Knowles at Oklahoma State. Literally coming from the heart of Longhorn country, McCalister will bring a wealth of knowledge of recent OSU football after starting each of the last two seasons for Knowles' defense.
Tanner McCallister as a Recruit
Tanner McCalister was a three-star prospect, the country's 57th ranked cornerback and 618th overall player in the 2018 recruiting class, per the 247Sports Composite, out of Rockwall-Heath High School in Rockwall, Texas. He picked Oklahoma State over offers from Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi State, Missouri, Washington State and others.
|1/7/2022 3:19:40 PM|
|Cameron Brown Returns for 2022|
On Twitter Thursday night, Cameron Brown announced that he will be returning for his senior season at Ohio State. The Junior cornerback had a small break in the 2021 season due to injury but still was one of two outstanding corners on the roster. He finished 2021 with one interception, 21 tackles, and 7 pass breakups. 2022 will feature Brown and Denzel Burke at corners, a position they had some trouble recruiting this last cycle. Other corners to watch include Jakailin Johnson, Jordan Hancock, and Sevyn Banks (who is also considering a move to the NFL at this time).
Cameron Brown talks about upcoming decision to return to OSU or not, prep for Rose Bowl
|12/17/2021 10:27:47 AM|
|Austin Stogner Oklahoma Transfer for 2022|
Austin Stogner is leaving Oklahoma as head coach Lincoln Riley leaves for USC. The product of the Prestonwood Christian High School in Plano, Texas has spent the last three years with the Sooners, being the third tight end on the depth chart after coming out of high school as a top 3 recruit at the position.
Stogner is 6-6 235 lbs. and was a four star player when he left high school. The 3rd best tight end in the country and the 19th best prospect in Texas according to recruiting services.
Currently Ohio State and South Carolina are recruiting him to transfer to their programs.
Austin Stogner Crystal Ball Prediction
Trey Scott came out first with a prediction that Stogner would end up in South Carolina. This week Bill Kurelic and Chris Hummer both put in predictions that he was headed to Ohio State.
All American Bowl Roster
Stogner was on the Army All American Bowl roster in 2019 and the Opening Finals roster the same year.
As a freshman Stogner had 7 catches in 14 games for 66 yards and a couple of touchdowns. In 2020, he had 26 receptions for 422 yards and 3 touchdowns. 2021, saw a drop in production as he caught 14 passes over 12 games for 166 yards and 3 touchdowns.
|12/11/2021 9:07:58 PM|
|Zion Branch 2022 Safety Prospect|
Safety prospect Zion Branch currently plays high school football for Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas Nevada. Branch is 6'2" and 195 lbs. He is considered the 6th best safety in the country, 44th best overall prospect and the best recruit in Nevada. Alabama has Holmon Wiggins and Charles Kelly recruiting him. Kerry Combs from Ohio State is recruiting him. And Craig Naivar and Donte Williams for USC.
Zion Branch College Visits
Zion Branch has taken many visits to Columbus, Ohio during his prep career. The 6'2, 215 pound Safety prospect started Ohio State off with a visit to the Buckeyes stadium on June 4th of this year. Branch spoke about his experience, "That was an amazing visit. I love the energy around the stadium and the love the fans have for their team. I was also able to see how Coach Meyer handles himself and managing all of his players. I loved it.”
Branch visited Alabama on November 6th of 2020, then Clemson on November 12th. More recently has gone to Ohio State on June 4th, Oklahoma on June 18th and USC on June 25th and again on November 21st.
Zion Branch Scholarship Offers
Branch has over 40 offers with USC, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Clemson and Alabama his top five. His great uncle is Raiders stand-out wide receiver Cliff Branch. Ohio State is also after his younger brother Zachariah.
Crystal Ball Prediction
Greg Biggins, Bill Kurelic, Steve Wiltfond, and Scott Eklund all have Branch going to Ohio State with varying degrees of confidence from medium to high. Chris Trevino and Gerard Martinez see him going to USC and medium certainty.
All American Bowl Roster
Branch has been selected to play on the Polynesian Bowl Roster for 2022. The bowl takes place in Hawaii January 22nd in Kunuiakea Stadium. Ohio State commit CJ Hicks is also on the roster of high school all-stars. Branch turned heads at the UCLA Rising Stars Camp this past summer where he earned MVP honors after posting an impressive 4.32 40-yard dash time.
|11/22/2021 5:49:46 PM|
|Brice Sensabaugh 2022 Small Forward|
Lake Highland Prep Orlando Florida standout Brice Sensabaugh committed to Ohio State at the end of September adding to their already highly rated class. Sensabaugh played AAU basketball with Each 1 Teach 1, and got noticed by the college scouts with his performance.
Brice was one of the top performers on day 1 at the Under Armour All America Peach Jam. He had a good showing and pulled in a number of offers and increased his stock significantly.
Brice Sensabaugh Biography
A Small Forward at 6-6 240 lbs., he was rated a 4-Star recruit, 75th nationally, and the 21st small forward in the country.
Brice Sensabaugh, an Orlando Florida standout, committed to Ohio State at the end of September, adding to the Buckeyes' already strong recruiting class.
Offers from some of this year's best schools including Ohio State, Xavier, Ole Miss, Virginia, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Florida, Clemson and more.
Brice Sensabaugh Selecting Ohio State
Sensabaugh selected Ohio State over Alabama, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, and Clemson. Sensabaugh received an offer from Ohio State in August, but the Buckeyes quickly surged to the top of his list because his father is an alum and he grew up rooting for the team.
His connections with instructors Jake Diebler and Chris Holtmann have become stronger, thanks in part to their openness with him. “I think I’m a good fit for this team because I can really fill the small forward position,” said Sensabaugh. “Coach told me they were looking for someone to team up with the point guard. I think I can really help this team out. They welcomed me into their home and made me feel part of their extended family.”
Brice Sensabaugh Visits
Sensabaugh made three official visits before deciding on a college destination. He visited Georgia Tech on August 27th, Alabama on September 10th, and Ohio State on September 18th. He committed on the 28th to the Buckeyes by announcing live on Instagram and Twitter.
|10/4/2021 9:30:53 AM|
|Palaie Gaoteote, OSU Linebacker, Has had his Black Stripe Removed|
Palaie Gaoteote IV is a transfer from the University of Southern California that ended up in Columbus Ohio to fill a need the Buckeyes have at linebacker in 2021.
Gaoteote, a five-star prospect from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, switched from USC to Ohio State this off-season and started working out with the team while awaiting NCAA eligibility approval.
Since joining the program in June, Gaoteote had been practicing with the Buckeyes. According to at least one recruiting agency, he was rated as one of the top overall prospects in the country for the Class of 2017.
The NCAA has cleared Gaoteote to play.
Gaoteote expressed his dissatisfaction with the length of time it took for him to learn of his candidacy. "I'm simply relieved it's finished." He said when finding out their final decision.
Gaoteote will have three years of eligibility remaining, according to the NCAA now that they have approved his immediate eligible status.
Palaie Gaoteote Was a Standout High School Athlete
His most recent season at Bishop Gorman was his greatest, both in terms of statistics and all-state honors. He finished with 77 tackles, 12 for losses, five sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception. In 2015, his contributions helped Bishop Gorman to a 15-0 record win the Nevada Division I state championship.
First Ohio State announced Wednesday that the NCAA denied Gaoteote’s request and that he would not be eligible to play for the Buckeyes this season. Then, after a long couple of days, including head coach Ryan Day saying his request was denied on Thursday, Gaoteote was ruled eligible on Friday and played in the loss to the Oregon Ducks.
|9/16/2021 11:11:12 PM|
|Cornerback Terrance Brooks Joins Ohio State 2022 Class|
Little Elm Cornerback Terrance Brooks committed to Ohio State at the end of June after making all five official visits to college campuses. The 4 star prospect is the 8th best cornerback in the country and the 13th best player in the state of Texas. He joins Texas recruits quarterback Quinn Ewers and wide receiver Caleb Brown in the 2022 Ohio State Class.
Terrance Brooks Offers
At 6’1” and 195 lbs. the Little Elm star had offers from 40 schools including Ohio State, Alabama, Florida, Texas and Oregon.
Brooks is considered to have a good build for the position with great length. He is a ball hawk on the field, and has shown the ability to make something happen with the ball after an interception. Ran track in high school so he has good speed with the ability to stay with receivers.
He was recruited by defensive backfield coach Kerry Coombs at Ohio State and was given an offer just two weeks before making a decision. Ohio State had been looking at Toriano Pride who selected Clemson for this college destination.
Terrance Brooks Visits
Brooks made official visits in June to Oregon, Florida, Texas, Ohio State and Alabama in that order.
Brooks dad, Chet Brooks, played for the San Francisco 49ers after being a Safety at Texas A&M.
Ohio State’s 2022 class now has 15 recruits and continues to be ranked as the best in the country. Cornerbacks in the class include Jaheim Singletary, Jyaire Brown, and Ryan Turner in addition to Brooks. The class could be on the small side (21 recruits) in comparison to other classes in the top 10.
|7/2/2021 10:27:35 PM|