BANK Blog: Urban Momentum Continues

Another weekend at Ohio State. Another four-star commitment for Urban Meyer. And that might not be all that comes out of last weekend's recruiting possibilities. Let's take a quick look at how things went for Meyer and the Buckeyes.

In what is becoming the norm at Ohio State, Urban Meyer hosted several top prospects over the weekend on official visits, and there was good news to celebrate on Sunday evening.

Let's take a look at where things stand currently, and what is upcoming for Meyer and the Buckeyes.

Taylor Decker: Obviously, the big tackle's commitment was the biggest news to come out of last weekend's visits. Landing Decker is the first step in repairing the recent damage done to the offensive line, and Meyer knows he has more work to do. Ohio State needs to add one more highly-rated tackle, and then one more inside player. Meyer recognized where Ohio State was weakest soon after being hired, and has addressed offensive line needs with a vengeance. Decker goes into the two-deep today, and could be a starter in his second season with Ohio State.

Joey O'Connor: Another great visit for Ohio State, and O'Connor fills the need for an inside player. He should be on the commitment list at some point, effectively eliminating Alex Kozan, and O'Connor would be the better player in my opinion. He will red-shirt next season in all likelihood, and look to learn pass-blocking schemes, as he played in a triple option in high school. O'Connor would be considered a higher-rated player than most of the offensive linemen Ohio State has taken in the past two classes, with Decker and Brian Bobek as exceptions. The needs at tackle are greater, but the guards aren't exactly an area of strength going forward.

David Perkins: A candidate to fill one of the two linebacker spots, and Perkins had a great visit. Not sure Ohio State would take his commitment with upcoming visits with Camren Williams and Jamal Marcus, but Perkins is an impressive talent. Six months ago, Perkins would have been a player Ohio State would kill for, but that might not be the case today. Regardless, Perkins doesn't seem to be in a hurry to commit with two visits left, and I don't think Ohio State pushed him for a commitment. In the end, this could work out and Perkins could be in the Ohio State 2012 recruiting class.

Davonte' Neal: While we have yet to speak to Neal, has learned there was no commitment forthcoming. Neal fills the speed need at Ohio State, and would be a welcome addition to the class. The good news is there are always players like this available, whereas offensive tackles do not grow on trees. The offensive line and linebacker positions represent a far greater need for Ohio State, and the Buckeyes are in great shape to land Jalin Marshall next year, so getting Neal would be great, but not critical.


Camren Williams: Will visit Ohio State this Wednesday with both his mother, and a highly-rated teammate. Meyer and the Buckeyes are in great position to land this four-star linebacker, and he would be the number-one linebacker target on the board. This will be the second trip to Columbus for Williams, and the first for his mother. Ohio State should be considered the favorite to land Williams, even though he is technically still committed to Penn State. I do see Williams making the Penn State visit on January 27th, and announcing soon after.

Armani Reeves: This one is far more than just a tag-along visit with Williams, and Reeves plays a position that is suddenly a need for Ohio State. Adding a speedy cornerback is now a must for Ohio State, and the four-star Reeves fills that bill perfectly. Brent Williams, the father of Camren and a former NFL player, is also the god-father to Reeves, and there is much reason to believe both players will end up at the same school. Giving Urban Meyer 48 hours with a prospect is almost unfair, and I expect to see the Buckeyes make a great impression on Reeves.

Jamal Marcus: A confirmed visitor for next weekend, and a player Ohio State covets very much. Marcus fills the need for speed off the edge, and would be a player they would take in a second, should he be willing to commit. Marcus falls under the heading of "once they visit anything is possible." I would not have Ohio State as the favorite, but at this point are YOU willing to bet against Urban Meyer? I'm not.

Jameis Winston: Will try to get clarification today on whether Winston will make the trek to Columbus this coming weekend or not. The chances of Meyer signing Winston aren't high, but they are at zero without another trip to Ohio State. Getting him on campus gives you a shot, and there's nobody better than Meyer at pulling recruits at the last hour. One to watch going forward IF the visit takes place.

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