Urban Planning: Look at 2013 Offense

Urban Meyer has proven to be a miracle worker in the first month of work since being named Ohio State's head coach. The 2012 recruiting class was saved within two weeks, landing three highly-rated prospects, and locking down Brionte Dunn. There is still work to be done with the current class, but how do things look next year in recruiting?

It's not too soon to begin looking at next year's potential recruiting class, with the caveat that the eventual number will be impossible to predict at this time. Scholarship reductions could be off-set by players leaving the program, a common practice within the first year of a coaching change.

Without delving into numbers at this time, how are things shaping up presently? Understand that with this staff you will see more offers extended, than was previously done by Jim Tressel. Urban Meyer knows to get in the game with some of the national kids you must be among the first to offer, so we will try to determine which offers are "real" and which are just "conversation starters."

Let's look at the 2013 Ohio State recruiting effort, mostly looking at in-state prospects, and the out-of-state players that have an offer and have expressed genuine interest. Here are the offensive possibilities at this time.


Malik Zaire: Offered early by Ohio State. Other offers from Wisconsin and Cincinnati.

TraVon Chapman: Offer from Kent State. Not much contact with new staff to date.

Mitch Trubisky: No offers to date. Put up big numbers at Mentor. Has been invited to Ohio State for home games.


Ty Isaac: Offered by the new staff. A speedster-type.

Derrick Green: Offered by the old staff, and holds offers from everyone. A power-type back.

DeVeon Smith: Holds a Michigan offer. A power-type back.

Chris Davis: Colerain speedster, who suffered a knee injury last season.

WIDE RECEIVER: Need two "true" wideouts.

Robert Foster: Pennsylvania superstar is a definite need.

Shelton Gibson: First junior offered by Meyer at Ohio State.

Kevin Gladney: Offered by Michigan.

Rob Wheelwright: Holds four BCS offers.

Trey Kilgore: Stylish, with good size.

Percy Harvin'S: Need two "hybrids."

Jalin Marshall: Could play the Harvin to a tee at Ohio State.

Argeros Turner: Automatic "NO" by the previous staff, but he gets a look under Meyer.

TIGHT END: Need one.

Jacob Matuska: Notre Dame will be tough to beat.

Mike Heuerman: Fits the Meyer offense like a glove, and has a brother succeeding at Ohio State.

CENTER: Need zero. Plenty on the roster.

GUARD: Need one. Only a true potential starter.

Sean Welsh: Holds MAC offers, plus Cincinnati.

Lovell Peterson: Offered by Illinois. Could play defensive tackle. A big, fast athlete.

TACKLE: Need three.

Alex Gall: Out of Cincinnati Moeller.

Jake Raulerson: Texas strongman, with Ohio ties.

Steve Mathie: Will need to camp.

Evan Lisle: Top offensive line prospect in Ohio.

Kyle Meadows: Great size and one to watch at camp.

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