The Buckeyes now have 19 commitments to a class that should number near 23 when the final tally is realized. Who is left on the board, and where do things stand with each prospect?
Ejuan Price: One of the toughest recruits to try to predict, and he's gone underground recently with the media. Price has been to Ohio State often, has a cousin there (Dorian Bell), and also took an official visit. RESULT: I don't know how to view this one at all, but it's hard to see another school holding the edge. He'd better hope Curtis Grant doesn't want to be a Buckeye, because if Grant commits first, Price would be on the outside.
Aundrey Walker: Has taken two official visits, to Ohio State and Michigan State, with a few more on the horizon. Ohio State wants to add another offensive lineman, and they never pulled the trigger on Chris Bryant, so Walker appears to be their guy. RESULT: Walker becomes the only Cleveland Glenville player in the 2011 Ohio State recruiting class.
Jadeveon Clowney: Probably will not visit Ohio State. Definitely will not sign with Ohio State. RESULT: Will re-visit the subject ONLY if the plane lands in Columbus.
Darius Jennings: Jennings had an excellent trip to Columbus for his official, and his coach (Stan White) has huge Buckeye ties. Jennings has taken an official to Virginia, and has three officials remaining, with none of the schools "out-profiling" Ohio State. The Buckeyes want to add a wide receiver, and Jennings is the only candidate right now. RESULT: Unless he's scared off by the depth chart, or the size of the school, have to think the Buckeyes are in this one to the end.
Bryce Haynes: Have to believe the Notre Dame offer tips the scales toward the Fighting Irish, as that was his dream offer. Haynes has taken officials to both Notre Dame and Ohio State, and he is continuing to add offers. RESULT: Seems like this one will be heading to South Bend to play his college football.
Byron Moore: A highly desired JUCO defensive back, and Moore enjoyed his Buckeye official visit. He has to be attracted to the depth chart, but there are several top schools chasing Moore. Can Ohio State woo him to play college football in the Midwest? RESULT: In the end, I do not see Moore selecting Ohio State, but that is purely a guess.
Doran Grant: Lots and lots of chatter coming out of Akron that Grant has decided to attend Michigan State. Is his choice starting to trickle out, or is this Grant creating drama for the Under Armour announcement? RESULT: I've ALWAYS seen Grant at Ohio State, and I'm not changing now. Buckeye.
Jabari Gorman: Ohio State has recruited this kid as hard as any south Florida player in recent memory, and they aren't backing away at all. Move the campus 1,000 miles south, and the Buckeyes land Gorman. RESULT: Going to stay in-state, I believe. This one is a Miami-Florida battle, with the Buckeyes finishing third.
Curtis Grant: Ohio State actually has far more than a puncher's chance at landing Curtis Grant, and do not discount Ryan Shazier's influence. Grant had a GREAT Buckeye official visit, putting Ohio State right there with the five-star linebacker. RESULT: This one has now moved into a virtual coin-flip, and the Gators need to blow him away on his official visit to Gainesville, or risk losing another star linebacker to Ohio State.
JaJuan Story: Late news that Story will take an official visit to Ohio State in early January, and the current Florida commit was an early Buckeye target. RESULT: Hard to judge where things might be at this point, but getting the visit is huge for Ohio State.
Duron Carter: No official word yet, but it seems the sun is setting in the west on Carter's chances of making it back to Columbus. The commitment of Shazier took away a potential open spot, making the numbers even tighter. RESULT: Not writing this one off yet, but it does not appear Duron Carter will be returning to Ohio State.
Keith Wells: Wells keeps stating he's coming back, and the reinstatement process is under way, which is in direct contrast to Carter's situation. RESULT: Have to think we will see Keith Wells in a Buckeye uniform in 2011.
The Glenville Threesome: The commitment of Shazier took away the last wild-card spot for this class, and probably eliminates any chance of Shane Wynn, Andre Sturdivant, or Cardale Jones being in this class. If any of them get an official visit extended, it would seem like there is a window of opportunity, but to date that isn't happening. RESULT: Walker is the only Tarblooder in the 2011 Ohio State recruiting class.
Room for only four more prospects, so who fills out the class? Who makes up the final four?
Today, I'm calling it Doran Grant-Aundrey Walker-Keith Wells, and I'm holding open the fourth spot for either Ejuan Price or Curtis Grant. But, it's ALWAYS subject to change.