OSU offers Dillon Bates, Damien Harris

Ohio State kicked off its bye week by offering two of the hottest underclassman prospects in the country.

It started Saturday evening when 2014 linebacker Dillon Bates (Ponte Vedra, Fla./Ponte Vedra) was offered and continued Monday when 2015 running back Damien Harris (Berea, Ky./Madison Southern) nabbed an offer from the Buckeyes as well.

Bates took an unofficial visit to The Horseshoe on Saturday and witnessed Ohio State’s 52-22 win over Illinois, picking up an offer shortly after the game.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound outside linebacker has offers from more than 15 schools, with the likes of Miami (Fla.), Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas A&M falling in line with the Buckeyes.

The Bates name is no stranger to football as he is the son of former Tennessee standout and Dallas Cowboys safety Bill Bates. His older brothers played Division I football as well; Hunter Bates is in the Big Ten as a senior safety at Northwestern.

Tennessee also has offered a scholarship to Dillon Bates.

Harris picked up his offer Monday as the Ohio State coaching staff continues to comb the country for talent.

Before Harris’ offer from the Buckeyes, the 5-11, 190-pound sophomore had offers from Fresno State, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Syracuse, Tennessee and Wake Forest.

After missing a game because of injury, Harris rushed for 1,778 yards and scored 35 touchdowns in the regular season.