Buckeye Recruiting Blog: Thursday

It's less than one week to National Signing Day, and Ohio State is hoping for a big finish. The Buckeyes already look to be poised to land a Top-5 class, and there are a few prospects left on the board that could push the final ranking even higher. Bill Greene takes another look.

Alright, let's cut to the chase and get to the bottom of the 2011 Ohio State recruiting class. Things are changing daily, and there has been significant movement on several fronts, so let's get busy and take another look.

There will be two official visitors this week, and possibly three, as the Buckeyes try to cover all the bases in their attempt to put together a great class. Who will be coming in this weekend?

Cardale Jones: This could be Carlos Hyde 2.0, in that all indications are that Jones will be heading to a prep school for 2011. This enables him to improve academically, while distancing himself from Braxton Miller for a year. Jones is nowhere ready to play for Ohio State, but a prep year followed by a red-shirt year could help get him up to speed.

Kion Williams: No clue on this one, and it makes no sense to bring in Williams, but Jim Tressel is always one to go against the grain. The two-star tailback is the son of former NFL runner John L. Williams, and I have no idea why that might be relevant.

Andre Sturdivant: The odds are very, very slim that Tank gets brought in, but he has a meeting scheduled with Ohio State on Thursday, so who knows? If he's qualified, it could be Ohio State, Michigan State or Penn State as his final destination. If not, it's off to Toledo.

THE BIG GUNS:

Aundrey Walker: We all love recruiting chatter, and the chatter on Walker is that he's off to USC, with teammate Shane Wynn, as a package deal. Do I believe the chatter? No. Walker is a Buckeye until proven otherwise.

Curtis Grant: Reportedly, Florida is not too thrilled with how the recruitment of Grant has gone for them, which would be consistent with the cluster-mess put together by Will Muschamp and friends so far. I'm ready to call Grant to Ohio State, but want to hang in there a little while longer on this desired recruit.

JaJuan Story: Not sure how to take his comments, and I know better than to even read recruiting comments, so let's stick with Story staying to Florida. Although another Gator botch would not be surprising at all, and would send Story into Jim Tressel's waiting arms.

Bryce Haynes: Is Ohio State really pushing for the long-snapper, and he is a dead-lock to Notre Dame? Right now, I do not see Haynes in this class, but it wouldn't be shocking.

Darius Jennings: I haven't had him in the final number since speaking with him in Orlando a few weeks ago. No reason to change now either. Not a Buckeye.

Drew Kaser: If a spot opens up, the Walsh Jesuit punter would de-commit from Texas A&M and sign with Ohio State. The Buckeyes could not guarantee a spot, so he committed to A&M, but a call on Wednesday morning would flip him to Ohio State.

ALREADY COMMITTED:

Ejuan Price: Reaffirmed to the Buckeyes last night, when he talked with Ohio State assistant Luke Fickell. Also sent me a text that he will not visit Pitt this weekend. So, all is great, right? Not to me, and I think the Pitt visit could still take place, albeit under the cloak of secrecy. Look for the fax on Ejuan Price, because I'm not sold at all that he won't flip to the Panthers.

Stan Drayton: This is a nice development, because it brings an Ohio coach back home, and it adds a top-flight Florida recruiting expert to this staff. Paul Haynes and Luke Fickell do great work in Florida, and Drayton can easily replace Darrell Hazell on the recruiting field. I like this hire a lot, and include him in the new commits.


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