Recruiting Needs: Defensive End

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 the defensive end positions?

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?

DEFENSIVE END: While last year might have been a transition year at the defensive end spots, the future is as bright as can be. This year, Nathan Williams returning to full-health is the biggest key, but there are others that need to step up.


Nathan Williams: His loss early last season killed any hope of Ohio State being able to provide outside pressure on opposing quarterbacks. All signs point to a 100% healthy Williams next season, and if so, look for a monster year. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Senior.

Steve Miller: Reportedly started to come on near the end of the season, and in bowl practice. Slated to be the starter opposite Williams this season. Another potential pass-rusher. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Sophomore.

J.T. Moore: Was an early-season starter last year, but couldn't hold the job. Will need to step up his game to hold off the younger players. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Sophomore.

Ken Hayes: Redshirted last season, and could take a huge leap this spring. The talent is there, and he could contend for playing time. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Freshman.

Chase Farris: Will battle Hayes, Miller and Moore for playing time opposite Williams. Could he be an offensive line candidate? ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Freshman.

Darryl Baldwin: Another player that could be switched to offensive tackle, to help shore up that problem area. Appears to be totally buried at defensive end. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Sophomore.


Noah Spence: The nation's top defensive end prospect, and an absolute blur coming off the edge. This five-star stud should see action as a third-down pass rusher. "Beep-Beep", see you later.

Adolphus Washington: Another five-star prospect, and he could see action this season as well. It will be tough to keep Adolphus off the field this year, as his talent projects to playing early.

Se'Von Pittman: Imagine being the number-nine rated defensive end in all of America, but only the third best in your recruiting class? You have to think he redshirts this season, but that might not be etched in stone. Pittman has more raw talent than Moore, Baldwin and Farris, so he might jump them right off the bat.

PROSPECTS FOR 2013: It doesn't matter, as Urban will bring in one or two high-rated studs, and he could go national and try for the best. He could skip defensive ends and be fine.

SUMMARY REPORT: It's hard to imagine a deeper, more talented group in America, especially adding three star freshmen. There is both quality and quantity, and this position is set for the next four years. You want to compete with the SEC? Get every position group up to this level of talent.

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