BANK Blog: Update On "Great Eight"

Urban Meyer certainly hit the ground running within hours after being named head coach at Ohio State. The Buckeyes added three highly-rated recruits soon after Meyer was hired, and also firmed up the commitment of Brionte Dunn. Who else is on the radar for the Buckeyes?

Back on December 12, we listed eight prospects Ohio State was targeting for the 2012 recruiting class, including Brionte Dunn, who was committed but anything but solid to the Buckeyes.

Fast forward two weeks and let's take another look at the Ohio State 2012 recruiting class. Where do things stand with the "Great Eight", and who else is now in the mix?

1- Tommy Schutt: Following an official visit, Schutt did indeed commit to Ohio State.

2- Kyle Dodson: The Wisconsin commit DID visit Ohio State officially, which was Step-One. Securing the signature on National Signing Day is still a work in progress.

3- Se'Von Pittman: Committed to Ohio State following an official visit, after being committed to Michigan State since last summer.

4- Noah Spence: Committed to Ohio State following an official visit.

5- Camren Williams: Visited Ohio State with his father, and while still committed to Penn State, the Buckeyes feel good about landing this four-star linebacker.

6- Joel Caleb: The first official visitor of the Meyer era, and this four-star wide receiver is still very much in the picture.

7- Jamal Marcus: Will take an official visit to Ohio State in January, and this one will probably come down to North Carolina, Florida and the Buckeyes.

8- Brionte Dunn: Was listed originally because he was taking visits and appeared to be headed to Michigan. Meyer firmed up Dunn's Buckeye commitment following an official visit.

OTHERS IN THE MIX:

Jordan Diamond: Had a great official visit to Ohio State, but will take all five trips. Probably will be a National Signing Day decision, but the Buckeyes are very much in the running for the five-star offensive tackle.

Davonte' Neal: Will visit officially in January, and Ohio State would definitely like to add one wide receiver to the class. Neal would fit Meyer's lust for speed perfectly.

Bam Bradley: Took an official visit to Ohio State, and has not commented on his trip to the media much at all. Will be making his decision at the Marine Bowl Game in the next week or so. Ohio State and Pittsburgh figure to be the two finalists.

Joey O'Connor: The four-star guard will visit in January, and while the position might not be a huge need, getting great offensive linemen is. Ohio State should be able to land O'Connor if they offer and push for a commitment.

David Perkins: While Ohio State wants to add another linebacker, Perkins would fall in the third spot, behind Williams and Marcus. Ohio State could probably land him with an aggressive push, but that hasn't happened to date. Has a January visit upcoming.

Jameis Winston: Right now, Winston falls into the "no-chance" category, and stays there unless he schedules a visit.

Stefon Diggs: See above.

As Ohio State and the other programs have just finished the recent phase in recruiting, things will pick back up after the New Year. Although Ohio State has never fared well with late signing decisions, that has been an Urban Meyer specialty.

Look for new names to pop up if the prospects listed do not give positive signs to the Ohio State staff. There is still room to add five or six more prospects safely, maybe even more.


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