Recruiting Needs: Defensive Tackle

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 tackle 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 TACKLE: This was clearly a strength for Ohio State last season, and everyone returns. They should all be better this season, and that's a reasonable expectation.

Johnny Simon: The only question this season will be first or second team All-American. If he's healthy, he is as good as anyone in America. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Senior.

Johnathan Hankins: Another budding star at defensive tackle, and the only question mark is conditioning, which should be answered by Mickey Marotti. Should take the next step this season. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Junior.

Michael Bennett: A Simon-clone, and a player that needs more time on the field. Ready to blossom as a future star at the position. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Sophomore.

Garrett Goebel: Does all the dirty work, allowing others to clean up and make tackles. A very solid, dependable run-stopper. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Senior.

Adam Bellamy: Another really good player, and a guy that can play different spots. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Junior.

Joel Hale: When this is your number-six defensive tackle, you are as deep as any team in the country. Would like to say he needs more playing time, but at whose expense? ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Sophomore.


Tommy Schutt: One of the deepest units in the country, and Urban Meyer goes out and adds another five-star prospect? Hello domination.


Billy Price: The Austintown Fitch prospect received an early offer from Ohio State.

Greg Gilmore: Four-star out of North Carolina, and he will end up with offers from everyone.

Tashawn Bower: Has camped at Ohio State, and a player with double-digit offers to date.

SUMMARY REPORT: One of the deepest, and more talented, units in America. Adding Schutt only adds to the depth and overall talent. The future is extremely bright at this position group, and they will be able to compete with anyone.

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