First Look at Buckeye 2013 Recruiting

Of course it's impossible to look at Ohio State's recruiting of the 2013 prospects at this stage in time, especially realizing these players have not played a down as high school juniors to date. But that's never stopped us in the past, so let's proceed once again. Several prospects currently hold offers and others have established themselves as players to watch.

The two-day junior camp at Ohio State is always looked at as a coming-out party for underclassmen and this year was certainly no exception. Several players walked away with offers, pretty impressive considering they have two full seasons of high school football to play.

Numbers are an impossibility to project this far out, but currently Ohio State will have 14 openings for the class of 2013, but that number should end up at around 20 with attrition over the coming two years.

It's also evident that new head coach Luke Fickell is going to be far more aggressive targeting players for early offers than Jim Tressel was in that area. Rather than waiting on junior film, Fickell's approach seems to be: "I've seen him. I like him. Let's offer him now."

Who has hit the radar for Ohio State at this early stage of recruiting? Let's take a look by position, knowing full well that there are several others going to be on this list as their talent surfaces in the coming months.

QUARTERBACK: Standard procedure calls for taking one every year, and there are candidates in the mix already, as several have visited for games and been to camp.

Kyle Kempt: Massillon. Has been to camp and is receiving attention from all the Big Guys.

Kyle Stahl: St. Henry. Showed well at Elite-11 and at camp.

Brogan Roback: Toledo St. Johns. Definite Division-I recruit.

TAILBACK: Another position where you need at least one every year, maybe two.

Derrick Green: Richmond Hermitage. Ohio State is the clear leader in the clubhouse.

David Williams: West Philadelphia Catholic. Super-stud who favors the Buckeyes early on.

Deveon Smith: Warren Howland. Similar to Green. A true power-running tailback.

WIDE RECEIVER: A definite position of need in recruiting.

Rob Wheelright: Columbus Walnut Ridge. A definite star-power type receiver at this stage.

Kevin Gladney: Akron Firestone. Another tall, long wideout with unlimited potential.

De'Niro Laster: Shaker Heights. A big, physical, sure-fire Division-I recruit.

TIGHT END: Ohio State usually looks to take one in every class.

Jacob Matuska: Columbus Bishop Hartley. Love everything about this kid and he will be a national recruit. Leaning to Notre Dame.

Mike Heuerman: Naples (FLA) Barron Collier. Brother, Jeff, is on the Buckeye roster.

OFFENSIVE LINE: At the current pace, maybe EVERY member of this class better be an offensive lineman. They need both quality and quantity at this point in time.

Steve Mathie: Canton GlenOak. Should be receiving a Buckeye offer at some point. Showed well at camp. Likes Ohio State and Penn State currently.

Xzavier McCallister: Canton McKinley. Another one who impressed at camp. Keeping his weight down is the key for 'X.' Leaning Ohio State's way.

Evan Lisle: Centerville. Not sure if he plays offense or defense at the college level, but he's going to be a top recruit. I like him as an offensive lineman.

Billy Price: Austintown Fitch. Similar to Lisle, in that he plays both sides of the football, but I like him on offense best. Stud.

Lovell Peterson: Huber Heights Wayne. The best center prospect in America for 2013? Unlimited potential for a true athlete on the offensive line. Could play any position asked of him. Favors Ohio State.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN: Once again, a tremendous amount of talent, especially at the defensive end position.

Jake Butt: Pickerington North. An impressive combination of good strength and quick feet, and a player that will attract numerous offers.

Taco Charlton: Pickerington Central. Extremely high ceiling, as he has been splitting time between football and basketball. He knows his future is on the gridiron. Similar to Se'Von Pittman.

Jaylon Smith: Fort Wayne Bishop Luers. Brother of Buckeye Rod Smith, and an amazing athlete in his own right. Going to get bigger and be similar to Nathan Williams as a player.

Antoine Miles: Canton McKinley. Could end up a tackle, where his quickness and strength remind some of Johnny Simon as a high school junior.

Donovan Munger: Shaker Heights. Love this kid on either side of the football, but I like him as a defensive tackle best.

Tashawn Bower: Somerville (NJ) Immaculata. Stud defensive end prospect who is showing interest in Ohio State.

Tre Williams-Brown: Trotwood-Madison. Love this kid's upside, and I might have him as the best prospect in this group by Signing Day of 2013. Quick, long and aggressive.

LINEBACKER: Some interesting prospects are standing out.

Michael McCray: Trotwood-Madison. Son of a former Buckeye star, and an interesting prospect.

Jaquintin Victrum: Miami Northwestern. Has Ohio State on top, and a sweet looking athlete.

Tim Kimbrough: Warren (IND) Central. Very similar player to Victrum, and teams are always looking to add speed to the edge.

Ben Gedeon: Hudson. One of the top big athletes in the state, and a player that will attract a lot of recruiting attention.

DEFENSIVE BACK: Ohio State always finds athletes to match up at these spots.

Caleb Day: Hilliard Darby. Came to camp, blew the coaches away, received his offer.

Artie Burns: Miami Northwestern. Probably a longshot, but Burns lists Ohio State as a favorite and the overall talent is too strong to ignore.

Ross Douglas: Avon. Fits the mold of what Ohio State looks for in a cornerback and an offer down the line would not surprise.

Shaquille Wiggins: Tyrone (GA) Sandy Creek. See Caleb Day. I like Wiggins a lot.

Eli Woodard: Voorhees (NJ) Eastern. See Day and Wiggins for explanations. Excellent cornerback prospect.

Dymonte Thomas: Marlington. Could project at any number of positions, but I see him as a strong safety at the next level. Certain national recruit, and possibly Ohio's best prospect for 2013.

Cameron Burrows: Trotwood-Madison. Another one who will contend for Ohio's top player honors, and a player Ohio State will be very tough to beat in landing.

Jayme Thompson: Toledo Central Catholic. Impressed at camp as a long, physical safety prospect. Will be a heavily recruited athlete.

Marcus McWilson: Youngstown Cardinal Mooney. An interesting athlete, and a player to watch in this class.

ATHLETE CATEGORY: Not sure where to play these guys, but they will all be heavily recruited prospects.

Jalin Marshall: Middletown. 'Mr. Excitement.' Enough said. Put the ball in his hands and watch the numbers change on the scoreboard. Serious Buckeye lean.

Argeros Turner: Copley. Speed to burn, and appears to be a football player running track, not the opposite.

Chris Overton: Cleveland Glenville. Another speedster that probably projects as a slot receiver at this point in time.

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