Recruiting Needs: Cornerback

As National Signing Day approaches, it's time to look at how Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is filling needs at each position group. Where do things stand, today and for the future, at cornerback?

As recruiting approaches the finish line, with National Signing Day one week away, how has Ohio State filled its needs at each position group?

Urban Meyer has done an amazing job in his first two months on the job, but where do things stand specifically with specific player needs?

CORNERBACK: This became Meyer's first instant problem area, with the dismissals of Dominic Clarke and DerJuan Gambrel due to disciplinary reasons. Other area of need were known the day Meyer was hired, but within a few hours this group went from a strength to thin. How do things look at cornerback for Ohio State?

RETURNING:

Travis Howard: Certainly did not have the year that was expected in 2011, and starting the season being suspended for two games wasn't exactly a resume enhancer. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Senior.

Bradley Roby: Without question, Ohio State's best cover talent in 2011, and a chance to be an All-American in 2012. If he has a huge season, could Roby leave early? ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Redshirt Sophomore.

Christian Bryant: Not exactly a pure cornerback, but will he be the "nickel" in obvious passing situations? Would he fill in at corner would a starter go down? ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Junior.

Doran Grant: Will he be ready to play significant minutes this year? Will he need to play significant minutes in 2012? Does he play ahead of Bryant? Lots of questions that need answered early. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Sophomore.

INCOMING:

Najee Murray: Probably better suited to play safety, with his height (5-11) and skill set. A comparable talent to Christian Bryant coming out of high school. Will he be forced to play cornerback because of depth concerns? ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: True freshman.

POSSIBILITIES FOR 2012:

Davonte' Neal: Wants to play offense at the next level, but would he be forced to start out at cornerback if he comes to Ohio State? Lots of receiver candidates, but not as many cornerbacks.

Armani Reeves: Definitely one of the top targets left on the board, and a player Ohio State will battle Michigan to sign.

POSSIBILITIES FOR 2013:

Cameron Burrows: Already in the fold.

Eli Woodard: Should be a Buckeye. Maybe soon, as in days?

Caleb Day: See above.

SUMMARY OUTLOOK:

2012: Solid starters in Roby and Howard. Depth with Grant and Bryant is thin.

2013: If Roby leaves, it could be thin as ice. With Roby returning, it's still thin and possibly dependent upon freshmen.

2014: Problem solved with all the newcomers having a year under their belts. And talent coming behind them.


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