Buckeyes Are At The Wire

It's time for another weekly look at the 2011 Ohio State recruiting class, and surprisingly, there are still several candidates left on the board that are uncommitted recruits. In the past week, Ohio State hosted one official visitor, JaJuan Story, and will bring in three more this weekend.

It's hard to believe, but National Signing Day is only little more than a week away, and Ohio State still has several candidates in the mix to be members of the 2011 recruiting class. Where do things stand with the Buckeyes at this point in time?

Ejuan Price: Could possibly visit Pittsburgh this weekend for an official, and a switch to the Panthers wouldn't be out of the question, but I don't expect that to happen. There has been dialogue between Price and the new staff at Pitt, and there's no doubt they are recruiting him harder than the previous regime. I know he's considering a visit for this weekend, and we will monitor that situation.

James Vaughters: Totally committed to Stanford, and I do not expect any final hour funny business at all. Ohio State made a great run, but Stanford wins out.

JaJuan Story: Will he, or won't he? Story remains committed to Florida, but has visited Ohio State and Oregon recently. Pre-Urban Meyer's retirement, it never looked good if you were neck and neck with Florida heading to Signing Day, but those days are over in Gainesville, and opposing recruiters have spotted blood in the Gator water. I give Ohio State more than a fighting chance to flip Story to the Buckeyes, but that's certainly not a done deal. Check the fax machine next Wednesday, regardless of what is said over the next week or so.

Curtis Grant: Recently visited North Carolina, and still has Virginia left, which is great because he's not going to either school. This is another Florida vs. Ohio State battle, but once again, Urban Meyer isn't walking back through the Gainesville recruiting room door. I do not believe Grant truly knows where he will play his college football, but I believe Ohio State might be sitting in command position to land this linebacker.

Aundrey Walker: Is USC a threat? Florida State? Michigan State? Wisconsin? Please.

Bryce Haynes: Don't sleep on the long-snapper, and if Notre Dame is truly having numbers issues, this one could also fall to the Buckeyes, but right now I don't see it. With arithmetic problems of their own, it's hard to believe Ohio State is pushing hard for Haynes, but we should know his destination this week.

Darius Jennings: I've had him in the "OUT" column ever since I spoke with him in Orlando at the Under Armour practices. Could I be dead wrong? Certainly, but the pursuit of Story might mean they know Jennings is headed elsewhere. He would be considered a surprise to me if he signed with the Buckeyes.

Cardale Jones: I'm not sure if he signs with Ohio State on National Signing Day, but I see him eventually playing football for the Buckeyes some day. Red-shirt? Gray-shirt? Fork Union? Hargrave Military? I don't have that answer, but he's visiting next week, and that means Buckeye someday.

Andre Sturdivant: See above Glenville player. Why would Ohio State bring Tank in for a visit on his last weekend? They know him. He knows them. There is no reason to spend a weekend in Columbus, unless it is to firm up his future with Ohio State.

Keith Wells: According to Wells, he is on his way back to Columbus, and his reinstatement process is under way. Unless Wells is delusional, or a bold-faced liar, there is no other way to interpret his recent statements. I have him coming back on my list.

Duron Carter: The saga continues, and although Miami might be his next stop, I'm not ruling out Columbus just yet. If this recruitment rolls on through May, and he walks out of Palm Beach Community College with his AA degree, I'm calling him to the Buckeyes. But, June is a long time from late January.

Kion Williams: No chance he gets offered, says the recruiting analyst that predicted the Bears and Jets to win yesterday.

There you have it, and as you can see, a lot can change in only a week. Watch out for everyone on this list, because they're all possibilities. Except for Walker. He's a Buckeye.

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