Bank's Buckeye Recruiting Blog

Ohio State has certainly been through a public relations nightmare the past few months, and there's no doubt recruiting has taken a hit. Where do things stand currently in their pursuit of a top 2012 recruiting class? Who could be the next commit? Who might be slipping away? Let's take a look.

In what used to be a very easy column to write, it's time to venture out and take a look at the Ohio State 2012 recruiting class. NCAA issues and the removal of former head coach Jim Tressel has made this look nearly impossible at this time, but where do things stand today?

Next Offer and Commit? How about Pickerington Central wide receiver Roger Lewis? He plays a position of need, has shown well throughout the various camps and combines, and is right under their nose. Ohio State wants Lewis to visit unofficially in the next few days, and they are bringing him in for a reason, which should be to offer. I think he gets the offer, and accepts it, very soon. He could be on the commit list by early next week.

Se'Von Pittman: There has been some hope that the Canton McKinley defensive end would re-open his recruitment and start looking around, but I don't see that happening. High school teammate Jermaine Edmondson just committed to the Spartans, and Pittman was instrumental in recruiting him to East Lansing. Another teammate, Kevin Mills, is also being recruited by Michigan State, and reportedly Pittman is pushing them to offer. I think Pittman is a solid Spartan.

Adolphus Washington: I see the tide swinging back toward Ohio State in the recruitment of the top prospect in Ohio, and Washington would be a huge get for the Buckeyes. Had Ohio State not fallen into the current messy situation, I believe Washington would have been committed by now. I don't see him venturing too far from home, even though he may visit Alabama and/or Miami. Ohio State is in great position to land Washington.

Ifeadi Odenigbo: This one seems to be trending the exact opposite way of Washington, and Ohio State appears to be nearly out of the running for the Centerville defensive end. Stanford and Notre Dame have shot to the top of his list, and his strong Catholic faith, combined with his affection for Brian Kelly and the Irish staff could have him headed to South Bend. Notre Dame has done a great recruiting job recently with Odenigbo, and his recent visit and meeting with Kelly might have put the Irish over the top.

Brionte Dunn: In the process of visiting two Big Ten schools this week (Penn State and Michigan), but I think as time goes on Ohio State looks better and better to Dunn. This will be a hard pull for any school, even though I expect official visits in the fall, including Miami. On National Signing Day next February, I expect Dunn to be a Buckeye.

Mike Thomas: Has definite interest in Ohio State, but I think the Buckeyes will need to see 2011 game film before offering. Thomas played in the Under Armour game last January, and did not impress. Reportedly, he is much bigger and faster today, which could get him an offer. Last year's Thomas was underwhelming to say the least, but a year can make a difference.

Corey Smith: At Grand Rapids Community College, trying to establish his academic career successfully. Will look to sign with a Division-I school next February, and he mentions Ohio State, Michigan State and Tennessee. If he can gain his eligibility this one could get interesting, and that's the key for Smith.

Bam Bradley: Certainly not a lock for Ohio State, but his mom favored the Buckeyes strongly back a while ago. Ohio State will need to aggressively recruit Bradley, especially after ignoring him totally for months, but this is a winnable battle for the Buckeyes. Head coach Moe Douglass is a strong influence, and that's a plus for Ohio State.

Jordan Diamond and Evan Goodman: Not optimistic on either prospect choosing Ohio State, but neither has eliminated the Buckeyes. Pulling one of these two studs would be cause for celebration, so you keep recruiting them both until they tell you to stop. Hard to see either committing to Ohio State, to be truthful.

Nick Davidson: The mystery man in recruiting circles, because he hates doing interviews. He says he has an offer, and it's nearly impossible to see how there could be miscommunication between the staff and a legacy recruit, so I'm going with the thought that he DOES have a Buckeye offer. Not coming to camp raises a huge red flag in his recruitment, but an official visit in the fall wipes that concern away. Have to think Ohio State has a great shot with Davidson, but there is no inside information tagged to that guess.

Abraham Garcia: Reportedly is nearly 100% healthy and looking for a strong finish to his senior season. A lot of schools have backed away, but Ohio State could get involved with 'Nacho.' He will probably decide late in the process, so this one might not have any traction for a few months. An official visit would spark conversation, that's for sure.

Alex Pace and Trae Clark: Defensive tackle is a need, and Ohio State can forget Tommy Schutt and Ondre Pipkins. Odds are good that either Pace or Clark lands an Ohio State offer with strong senior film, and good early classroom work. Both players would favor the Buckeyes, and although both are projects, they do have some skill and ability.

Offensive Line: Right now, it looks like Ohio State will chase Diamond and Goodman for a while, and possibly turn their attention to rising seniors who have shown great improvement over their junior tape. With Patrick Elflein and Jacoby Boren in the fold, the emphasis must be on the tackle position, especially adding size.

Linebacker: Luke Roberts takes the inside spot, and the Buckeyes will sit tight unless they can add speed on the outside. Forget Daysean Rippy, and I do not see any other prospect on the radar currently. A speed rusher could pop up during the season, but they might be content to sit tight and wait for next year at that position.

Defensive Back: Forget the out of state prospects, T.J. Davis and Jordan Diggs. Not optimistic on Demetrious Cox. There is an in-state guy that's getting a lot of attention, Xenia's James Sanford, and he's a nice looking player. I could see Ohio State offering Sanford with some good early film, and he's definitely one to watch.

Chris Wormley: Could be committing to Michigan this weekend.

Kyle Kalis, Tom Strobel, Greg McMullen and LaTroy Lewis: No need to be mentioned by Ohio State fans. They're gone and not coming back. And ALL would have been Buckeyes, had the bottom not dropped out.

Kyle Dodson: A lot of smoke about him reconsidering his decision, but I'm sure not getting that vibe at all. Not putting him in the above group, but I see no reason for optimism at all.

Dwayne Stanford: Another tough one to read, especially with the confusion over whether he truly has an offer. An offer to Lewis could mean Stanford is history, but maybe they would take both? Stanford's recruitment has been a puzzle from the start. Will make for an interesting finish.

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