We've seen all of these kids and many more that could crack the list, but at this early point in time, this is how we see things. This list will expand and change many times over the next year and a half, but here's a quick look:
1. Jalin Marshall
QB/WR - Middletown
Marshall is a special athlete with open field ability and speed to spare. He's a good high school quarterback and throws a good ball, but his height will keep him from being a high BCS prospect at that position unless it's in a spread/zone-read type scheme. That said, he could be a receiver, running back or defensive back for any team in the country. He currently holds offers from Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and others.
2. Dymonte Thomas
S/RB - Marlington
Thomas is a well built kid who could play either side of the ball at the next level. We like him equally on both sides of the ball, but the upside may be a tad higher at safety. He's physical, has good closing speed, and seems to have good instincts for finding his way to the ball. Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, and others have offered and are in contention.
3. Cameron Burrows
CB - Trotwood-Madison
The top three were our candidates for #1 and Burrows is right in that mix. He's a bigger corner who showed us this summer that he has the hips and athleticism to remain at corner. On tape, he makes plays on the ball and is good in run support. Ohio State offered and is believed to be the leader, but UCLA, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Illinois and others have extended offers as well.
4. Alex Gall
OT - Cincinnati Moeller
Call this a projection. The 6'5, 285-lb offensive tackle does not have any offers yet, but we believe that he will have many by this time next year. Dave Berk says he may be the best player in the Cincinnati area for next year, and that's saying something. He was one of the top performers at Ohio State's camp recently and more of the same should raise his profile to where we believe it should be.
5. Ben Gedeon
OLB - Hudson
He came from virtually nowhere to emerge this summer. He was excellent when we saw him in camp settings and his film verified what we had seen in shorts and t-shirts. He is a well built kid at 6'3, 215-lbs and moves very well at that size. He has offers from Michigan, Tennessee, Penn State and more, and the list of schools interested is growing by the day.
6. Lovell Peterson
OC - Huber Heights Wayne
A varsity starter since his freshman year, Peterson is an explosive player who will play center or guard at the next level. He's not just a great athlete, but also a technician. He will step in in two years as a college ready freshman who could potentially play early if need be. Illinois has offered.
7. Billy Price
DT - Austintown Fitch
By the end of this year, Price could potentially be a kid that contends for the top spot. He looks great on tape, and he physically, is ahead of many kids his age. Ohio State and Notre Dame have offered along with others. We believe the Johnny Simon comparisons may be a little premature, but there is no doubting that he is a great prospect.
8. Taco Charlton
DE - Pickerington Central
He is a fantastic athlete in a 6'7 frame. Just based on upside and athleticism, he could rate higher, but we want to see him do it a little bit more on the field before we push him any higher. Several schools (Cincinnati, Purdue, Syracuse, UCLA) have offered already and another good season should bring more.
9. Caleb Day
CB - Hilliard Darby
He's a pure athlete and his natural skills earned him an Ohio State offer at camp. The upside is there and he had a good sophomore season, but we think he has still barely scratched the surface of what he could be. He could be a corner or a safety, but right now, we project him on the outside.
10. Steve Mathie
OT - Canton Glenoak
Mathie is a kid that we think is being slept on. He's not mentioned a lot when people talk about top 2013 prospects, but UCLA has already offered and he more than held his own against Steve Miller and Se'Von Pittman last year. At 6'5, 270-lbs, he could be a guard or tackle, but he was largely responsible for many of the holes Brionte Dunn was running through last year.
11. Evan Lisle
OT - Centerville
This could be a similar situation to Ifeadi Odenigbo this year, where all of a sudden, Lisle blows up and a ton of offers come. He's a great athlete and plays with a mean streak, and this will be the year that he is a full time starter. Those close to the program believe he is a high BCS prospect, and we agree.
12. Kyle Meadows
OT - Lakota West
A lot of potential in the 6'6. 285-lb Meadows. He's added weight in the offseason, so we'll see how he moves with the added weight in the fall, but on tape from last season, he moved and bended like a big time prospect. He also finished his blocks and throw in that he's still raw and learning, and his upside is scary.
13. Jacob Matuska
TE - Columbus Bishop Hartley
Matuska is a good sized, 6'5, 230-lb kid with solid upside. He's a good blocker and has good natural receiving skills, despite not necessarily seeing a high volume of balls come his way. He has a couple offers now, but we think a lot of schools are waiting for this season, and he will keep adding to that list.
14. Rob Wheelwright
WR - Walnut Ridge
Following in the footsteps of his brother Ernie, a very productive college receiver, Rob is a great prospect in his own right. Not as big as his brother, but more athletic, Wheelwright is a great return man and dangerous after the catch. At 6'2, 170-lbs, he has a good frame. Wisconsin has offered and others should be on their heels.
15. Ross Douglas
CB - Avon
Douglas is a fantastic cover man who has done it at camp after camp and game after game. His size keeps him from being higher on the list, but he's a great player. Several schools, including Tennessee and Connecticut have already extended offers.
16. Jayme Thompson
S - Toledo Central Catholic
Thompson is a big, 6'2, 190-lb safety who shows athleticism on the offensive side of the ball and as a return man.
17. Sean Welsh
OG - Springboro
Welsh blew us away at the Michigan State camp, and he had a similarly strong performance at Ohio State. He's definitely an inside guy despite playing tackle in high school, but we think he's a BCS prospect and a kid that will see his first offer come soon.
18. Jake Butt
DE - Pickerington North
Long and lean at 6'6, 225-lbs, we liked what he did on tape and at the Ohio State camp. UCLA and others have already offered.
19. Trey Williams-Brown
DE - Trotwood-Madison
He may not have the hype some of his teammates do, but we love his upside. He's 6'4, 225-lbs and a smooth, athletic pass rusher that did well on tape and at Ohio State's camp. Remember this one. He has a chance to really blow up this year.
20. Kyle Kempt
QB - Massillon-Washington
We still need to see more of him this year, but he did well last year and at the Columbus NIKE Camp, and his upside is considerable. A 6'5 pocket passer, Tennessee has seen enough to offer and others could be close behind.
WR Kevin Gladney (Akron Firestone), WR/LB Deniro Laster (Shaker Heights), RB/CB Argeros Turner (Akron Copley), LB Mike McCray (Trotwood-Madison), WR Trey Kilgore (Cincinnati St. Xavier), RB Deveon Smith (Warren Howland), RB William Houston (Dublin Scioto), LB/DL Darrien Howard (Dayton Chaminade Julienne), RB Donovan Wilson (Dublin Jerome)