Buckeyes Still Looking For Five?

What was once a locomotive racing down the tracks has nearly come to a standstill as the momentum has slowed for the 2011 Ohio State recruiting class. Since landing commitment number 17 in July, the Buckeyes have hit a dry spell. Is Ohio State still looking to fill five more spots, and if so, who's the most likely to pull the trigger? Bill Greene takes a look.

Since landing four-star safety Ron Tanner in June, the Ohio State recruiting effort has stalled, in their attempt to fill the 2011 class, and the Buckeyes are stuck on 17 commitments.

Is Ohio State still looking to add five more players, to get to the desired number of 23? Are any prospects getting close to making their decisions, and are any favoring the Buckeyes?

Three Lead-Pipe, Stone-Cold Locks

Doran Grant. Grant is off to a fast start for Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, and the star cornerback is in the process of setting up official visits. He could end up taking all five, but in the end, Grant will be signing with Ohio State. With the departures of Devon Torrence and Chimdi Chekwa, Grant could be in a position to battle several returnees for extended playing time, as this five-star athlete has the skills needed to play early.

Shane Wynn. Another one who is off to a great start in 2010, Wynn has personally made plays that have turned possible losses into victories. All you need to know about Wynn came in a kickoff return against Palm Beach Dwyer, where he put the ball in the end zone from long distance, making 21 other players seem like they were wearing cement shoes. Track speed, or game speed, Wynn has both, and he will be a welcome addition to the Buckeye roster.

Aundrey Walker. Big "Drey" is also having a fine start to his season, although the downside is he's proving to be a guard at the next level. And Ohio State has a bunch of those already committed. Walker will take his five visits, and each one will get to spend seven days as his "leader." Then he will sign with Ohio State on national Signing Day. Take THAT to the Bank.

Two That Are Moving Toward The Good Guys

Jabari Gorman. Gorman seems to leaning more and more toward Ohio State, if his words can be taken as truthful, and not pure gamesmanship. Gorman is a player Ohio State targeted early in the process, and they have recruited him as aggressively as humanly possible. Major props to assistant coach Paul Haynes, who has the Buckeyes squarely in the mix for Gorman.

Anthony Wallace. Wallace is a player I've gotten good vibes about since I broke the story on his Buckeye interest, back in May. Miami is out of it, and it probably comes down to Oklahoma and Ohio State. Gotta get him to C-Bus for a visit, and let the Jim Tressel magic take over. Wallace fills the most glaring need left on the board, linebacker, and the Buckeyes want two. They might have to settle for one, hopefully not zero.

If You Offer........They Will Come

Cardale Jones. Oh what to do with Cardale? Is he better than any quarterback they could bring in next year? Did they promise Braxton Miller he would be the only quarterback? Would Jones delay signing and come in under 2012? Lots of questions, but not many answers, although if they offer, he's a Buckeye. Bank That. Still needs a test score, and that's a good thing, because it buys Ohio State more time to decide what to do.

Andre Sturdivant. Cannot play linebacker, and that's too bad, because they need two and are having a hard time landing one. Probably not a defensive end either, and Ohio State already has two tackles, Joel Hale and Michael Bennett, and a possible third in Chase Farris. In the end, there's probably no room at the Inn for Sturdivant, but if they offer, he comes running.

What's Up With You Guys?

Conner Crowell. Crowell visited last week but did not commit, and is headed for Penn State next weekend. Probably also headed to Penn State on Signing Day as well, as there just seems to be negative momentum for the Buckeyes in this one. His high school is extremely pro-Penn State, and I think that gets them the nod here.

Ejuan Price. The Woodland Hills linebacker made a surprise appearance for fall camp, but did not commit, and has since gone underground, stating "I'm really just concentrating on my team right now." Also, he put Pittsburgh back on his list, after eliminating them earlier in the spring. Tough one to call, but he does seem depth-chart conscience, which should prove to be beneficial to the Buckeyes. Related to Dorian Bell, which shouldn't hurt things either.

Kevin McReynolds. Why in the world is he back on this list? For one reason, and one reason only: He was told by his head coach that Ohio State would be in Steubenville this Friday night for Kevin's game. Do I really think Ohio State is still wanting to see McReynolds? Ask me on Saturday morning, after I find out if they were indeed in Steubenville Friday night.

There you have it, as up to date as humanly possible. Remember one thing: Ohio State recruiting under Jim Tressel usually can be counted on to uncover a hidden gem late in the recruiting process, so be on the lookout for a new name, or two, popping up on the Buckeye radar in the next month or so.


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