Bank Blog: 2012 Recruiting Overview

Ohio State is heading down the stretch with 2012 recruiting, and there is plenty of optimism that head coach Urban Meyer can pull off another fantastic finish. The Buckeyes are poised to close well over the final three weeks, with several top recruits still considering Ohio State.

Urban Meyer gained the reputation of being an amazing recruiting closer during his stint at Florida, and Ohio State fans are hoping the magic continues as the Buckeye head coach.

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.

Thomas Johnson: Dallas Skyline star wide receiver has de-committed from Texas. Keep an eye on this one. Under Armour All-American.

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.

Kyle Dodson: Has visits still left on the table, including USC, and either Michigan or Michigan State. In the end, I believe he signs with Ohio State on Signing Day.

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.

Camren Williams: The Penn State commit will visit unofficially in two weeks with his mother. Is she coming to check out his future home? I think so.

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.

Joseph Jackson: The North Carolina commit has been visited and offered by Everett Withers, and he says he will visit Ohio State in the future. The Jacksonville product is one to keep an eye on.

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.


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