The All-Star games are over, and recruits are turning their attention back toward finding the right school. Who is in the picture for the Buckeyes? This report will deal mainly with players that have scheduled official visits, hold firm offers, or both.
Let's take a look at position groups as well as individual players. Keep in mind that even though scholarship reductions are NCAA-mandated, there will be transfers coming and numbers should not be a problem at all.
QUARTERBACK. Need: Zero.
Jameis Winston: Says he will visit officially on January 20th, sandwiched around visits to Stanford and Florida State. Other than the official visit itself and the Meyer factor, there isn't much reason for optimism. This would be classified as a miracle if it happens. Think 1969 Mets, or the 1980 USA hockey team.
TAILBACK. Need: Zero.
WIDE RECEIVER. Need: One speedster.
Davonte' Neal: He is a recruiting game-player, so no statements are operable going forward. Tells different tails to different people, coaches included. He has talked of visiting this coming weekend, and if that does occur, jump him way up on the list of possibilities. He WILL sign with someone.
Bralon Addison: Sugarland, Texas speedster. Uncommitted recruit, and a U.S. Army All-American. Watch to see if this progresses.
TIGHT END. Need: Zero.
OFFENSIVE LINE. Need: Two. Three if the right three.
Jordan Diamond: See above on Neal. He WILL sign somewhere.
Joey O'Connor: Will visit this coming weekend. If he gets offered, he accepts on the spot. Period.
DEFENSIVE LINE. Need: Zero. Already have the Block-O defensive version coming in.
LINEBACKER. Need: Two.
Jamal Marcus: Not as optimistic, but if he visits you never know. Looks to be a kid that will stay in the South, probably with Florida. I'm not at all optimistic he ever comes to check out Ohio State.
David Perkins: Another one who is all over the board with his statements, so a tough read. Does he truly want to play tailback? Will he definitely show up this week in Columbus? Stay tuned.
Dalton Santos: This one is looking more and more like a definite possibility. Will visit Tennessee this coming weekend, and he either reaffirms to the Vols on the spot, or he isn't going there. Has visits to Arkansas and Ohio State remaining, and if he takes those visits, he will be attending one of those schools. I give Ohio State the edge if Urban and Luke Fickell push for a commitment.
DEFENSIVE BACK. Need: One.
Demetrious Cox: Is he considering Ohio State? Has he dropped Ohio State? Will he sign with Ohio State? Will he visit Ohio State? I do not see Cox in this class, but an official visit would put him in the game.
Bam Bradley: Was supposed to announce at the Semper Fi game, but did not do that. What does that mean? The supposed Ohio State lock might be stalling to meet the new Pittsburgh staff, which is probably the school he wants to play for. I've had Bam as IN since his official, but putting off his decision looks like he listened to Pitt and respected their wishes. I would have him as a Pitt lean and probable commit once he goes and visits that staff. Stay tuned on Bam.