2011 Recruiting Update To Bank On

The 2011 Ohio State recruiting class now numbers 17, or the same number it has been for what seems like months, and in actuality, it is months. Ron Tanner committed to the Buckeyes last July, but since then it's been a dry spell for Ohio State. Are they still looking to add five more, to get to 22? Bill Greene takes another look.

The Ohio State recruiting effort for 2011 has been stalled since last July, when the Buckeyes accepted the commitment of Ron Tanner. With the Buckeyes stuck on 17, and the implied goal was to get to 22, who are the five in target, or will they go lower and save spots for 2012?

The class of 2012 figures to be a smaller class, right now numbering only 13, so there is some merit to pulling back in 2011, to balance out both classes. Where do things stand with the remaining targets on the Buckeye board?

DEFENSIVE BACK:The hope was to add five, and there are three currently committed. Is five still realistic?

Doran Grant: Grant is basically down to two, Ohio State and Michigan State, but him choosing anyone but the Buckeyes would be a shock to me. His father did play for the Spartans and he could probably get on the field quicker at Michigan State, but I see him committing to Ohio State in the next month or so.

Jabari Gorman: Gorman took his official visit two weeks ago, and things went well according to his own words. He is supposed to return for the Michigan game, and is also scheduled to visit Alabama for the Auburn game. Word out of Florida is those two visits might not take place, and he is visiting Miami this weekend for the game with Florida State. Could he commit to the Canes this weekend? Probably not, but it appears Miami is sitting in the driver's seat for Gorman, albeit slightly.

There are no other viable candidates at this time.

LINEBACKER: They want two, but it's not been easy to add one.

Conner Crowell: Crowell has been to Ohio State for the spring game, and took his official visit a few weeks ago. A commitment to Ohio State wouldn't be a shock, but I think he is headed to Penn State.

Ejuan Price: On the surface, the Price recruitment would seem to favor Ohio State, but this is a tough player to read. Seems to be looking for more offers, but that might be political correctness. I believe Ohio State is in good shape with Price, and has as good a chance as any school to land him.

Anthony Wallace: I still maintain that Wallace is probably going to be a Buckeye in the end. He will be visiting for the Michigan game. Had a great visit to Oregon, but I don't see him playing there. Has a visit to Penn State upcoming, and the Nittany Lions have offered his cousin, basketball star Keaton Miles, so maybe Thad Matta can give the football team a little help by doing the same. Wallace is being strongly recruited by Ohio State, and he has genuine interest. I like the chances of Ohio State.

THE GLENVILLE FOUR? These four players will determine how this class finishes.

Aundrey Walker: Big "Dre" will be a Buckeye. In late January, after some sweet trips.

Shane Wynn: Shane is IN. Probably in late January, after some sweet trips.

Andre Sturdivant: Claimed a Buckeye verbal offer last spring, but the written offer has not yet arrived. Is he still in the Buckeye picture? Is there a definite position for him? Hard to see Sturdivant finding his way into this class, but stranger things have occurred.

Cardale Jones: Probably the most interesting prospect left on the Ohio State board, and the one with the most varied popularity among Buckeye fans. Most either love him, or don't want any part of him, and this is pretty much the way college programs see him. Is he worth all the time and effort it would take to get him where you need him to be? Is the upside really all that great? I've got a feeling Jim Tressel IS intrigued by the thought of having Jones in the program, so he just might wander into this class. Still needs ACT work. This could happen VERY late in the process. Or not at all.

STAR POWER?

Jadeveon Clowney: There is no doubt he reached out to Ohio State about visiting. There is also no doubt that getting remotely excited about Clowney is foolish, UNLESS that visit takes place. Even then, it's a huge uphill battle to land this guy. I'm not at all optimistic.

DeAnthony Thomas: "Black Mamba" talked about Ohio State being a school he wanted to visit. IF he visits, I will pay attention. Until then............................

THE REST? There are a few interesting Ohio prospects (projects?) that could be recruited at the drop of a hat, and Ohio State has offered these types before. Usually these types of offers occur at the end of a stalled process, with a few spots not claimed. Is that happening now? Should Antonio Poole, Steven Daniels, Darius Patton, and others stay on the lookout for a Buckeye offer? Let's see what Gorman, Price, Wallace and a few others decide, before going that route.


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