Ohio State, ranked in the three spot for 2012 recruiting, hosted two visitors over the weekend, and is still targeting new recruits. Where do things stand after this past weekend?
Jamal Marcus: The North Carolina linebacker product visited with both parents, and said he had a great visit. He did not commit, but that is common for official visits, and one could take place within 48 hours. This one is down to two schools, East Carolina and Ohio State, per Marcus. Do I understand those final two? No. Linebacker and offensive line are positions of need, so Ohio State wants Marcus badly.
Demetrious Cox: Ohio State would love to add another safety to this class, and Cox and Bam Bradley are the top options. Cox had an impressive visit, but did not commit. Unlike Marcus, I expect to see Cox take his remaining visit this coming weekend and decide on National Signing Day. Very tough kid to read, so no predictions from me. I do not see Bradley in this class, so Cox might be the Buckeyes' best chance at landing another safety.
Stefon Diggs: To date, there has been zero reason for optimism, but on Monday, January 23rd, there is a glimmer of hope. Diggs is coming off a great Florida visit, and the Gators are the favorite to land one of the best wideouts in America. Diggs stated via text that he will decide today whether to visit Ohio State this coming weekend. If he visits, there is a chance. If not, this party ends before the music even starts playing.
Reggie Northrup: The Miami commit will be visiting Ohio State this coming weekend, and he represents yet another linebacker in the mix. Meyer is clearly not happy with what he inherited at this position, and they are chasing linebackers, even with three committed. Ohio State has offered, and Northrup's father has paid for his plane ticket already, so there is strong interest. Northrup is fresh off an official visit to Florida State, and there are rumblings he silently committed to Jimbo Fisher on the trip. Regardless, it seems obvious he won't be going to Miami when all is said and done. You have to think Ohio State has more than a puncher's shot at landing their fourth linebacker in the class.
Armani Reeves: Ohio State wants to add a cornerback, but will not reach in 2012 because they will be hitting the motherlode at the position in 2013. Meyer, Luke Fickell and Everett Withers will be making the trip to Massachusetts Monday to visit with Reeves, and this full-court press should make John Wooden smile from above. Looks like Penn State is out, even though Reeves remains committed to the Nittany Lions, and this is reportedly an Ohio State-Michigan battle. Anyone betting against Meyer? Not me.
Joel Caleb: Has taken his final official visit, and will decide between Ohio State, West Virginia and Virginia Tech. I've never seen this kid remark how hard Ohio State is chasing him, and that's certainly not common among high-demand recruits under Meyer. Doesn't seem like the Buckeyes are pushing hard, and I'm not optimistic he signs with Ohio State.
Dalton Santos: The hiring of Sal Sunseri by Tennessee seems to have righted the ship, and I see Santos signing with the Vols. I do not see an official visit to Columbus this coming weekend, but haven't been told that specifically.
Kyle Dodson: His last official is in the hopper, to Michigan State, but there are home visits remaining, including Urban Meyer's. I've felt Dodson would flip to Ohio State for a while now, and I have no reason to go back on that now. I see Dodson signing with Ohio State.
Jordan Diamond: One of the toughest recruits to figure out, and anyone that has him figured out has my respect. The upside for Ohio State would be the fact that he has to sign with someone and the Buckeyes are in the mix, and it's Urban Meyer calling the shots. Meyer has won these types of battles throughout his coaching life, and while he might be the favorite, I wouldn't count him out.
Davonte Neal: This recruitment makes Jordan Diamond's an easy read. There is just no way to predict what might happen with Neal, and his destination might not be known until mid-February. No clue on this one.
SUMMARY: Still guessing that Ohio State lands five more commits in this class, and I'm sticking with Marcus, Dodson, Reeves, Cox and another offensive play-maker. But all five are guesses at this point, and nothing I feel comfortable etching in stone.