Who's coming in this weekend, and what are Ohio State's chances of landing each prospect on National Signing Day? Let's take a close look at what has transpired so far this week.
Cornelius 'Tank' Carradine: This one never passed the smell test, and Carradine committing to Florida State just seems right. It was surprising to see Ohio State on his list, but no surprise to see him blow off the Ohio State official visit. The less said the better, but this is potentially a great player, and an instant-impact defensive end.
Akise Teague: Committed to Cincinnati this week, which is a perfect fit for a player with his skill set. Teague decided not to wait on Ohio State, but with the relationship his head coach, Dan Reardon, has with Ohio State, he could have gotten an official word from the Buckeyes there was no room.
Ryan Shazier: Shazier heads for home Friday morning, and will announce his selection Friday night, at his graduation party. I've got Shazier sticking with his earlier commitment to Florida, and this one swung toward the Gators after a home visit from new head coach Will Muschamp. Getting a Florida commit to visit with his dad only weeks before early enrolling speaks volumes about the Ohio State recruiting effort in the Sunshine State, and lets everyone know the Buckeyes will continue to spend serious time and effort in the area.
Curtis Grant: Rumored to be visiting Ohio State this coming weekend, but as of now it is unconfirmed. Getting Grant on campus is a major development for the Buckeyes, and they will know their fate on Shazier within 24 hours, if they don't already. Grant could be the linebacker Florida loses to Ohio State, and the Buckeyes have 48 hours to convince him Columbus is the right place to take his talents.
Doran Grant: There are no "must-gets" in the 2011 recruiting class left on the board, but Grant comes close. Despite all the happy-talk, I feel this one is down to only two, Michigan State and Ohio State. I see no more visits coming, and a decision made public at the Under Armour game. Everyone in the Grant camp sees this one as a coin flip, from teammates to family members, but I think it's recruiting drama to build a big announcement hype. I'm sticking with Grant to Ohio State until I hear something different from someone I trust. Grant has also confirmed he will be visiting this weekend.
Ejuan Price: Supposed to be at Ohio State this coming weekend, but there has been no confirmation from Price to date. Price has taken his recruitment underground recently, and this seems to be a battle between Iowa and Ohio State, and you have to wonder if the recent Hawkeye troubles will tip the scale toward the Buckeyes. Could Pitt be a player with the coaching change?
Bryce Haynes: Confirmed that he is visiting Ohio State this weekend, and is currently at Notre Dame. Have to see the Irish as the favorite to land the country's top long-snapper, but Ohio State will take their swings this weekend, and try to lure Haynes. This kid's recruitment has really taken off in the past month, as news of his talent has reached the college coaches.
Byron Moore: One of the top JUCO defensive backs in America, and another confirmed visitor for this weekend. If he chooses to leave California, Ohio State has as good a chance as anyone, with an inviting depth chart and the reputation of putting defensive backs in the NFL. Going to put the "weather factor" to the test over the next few days as well.
This will be the end of the official visits, but they will pick back up after the first of the new year, and there are several other top prospects Ohio State will try to convince to visit.
Most of the big names are serious long-shots for Ohio State, so would they reach on a few Ohio prospects, or bank scholarships for 2012? Stay tuned, as things should be a lot clearer on Monday than they are now.