Recruiting Needs: QB and RB

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 quarterback and tailback 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?

QUARTERBACK: When you start a freshman quarterback, like Ohio State did last season, the hope is that you have your starter locked up for the next few years. That is certainly the case for the Buckeyes.

Braxton Miller: The future is now for Miller and the Buckeyes, and the quarterback position should be the one position noticeably upgraded by the recent coaching additions. Miller should take a huge leap forward this season under the direction of Tom Herman. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Sophomore.

Kenny Guiton: Never got a chance to show what he could do last season, and that probably is something Meyer would love to have on film. Guiton starts off as the backup to Miller. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Junior.

Cardale Jones: Will be interesting to watch the development of the freshman under Herman. Jones has talent, and the hope is that the year at Fork Union will aid in the maturation process on and off the field. Should compete with Guiton for the backup job. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Freshman.


Malik Zaire: Already holds a Buckeye offer.

TraVon Chapman: Will battle Zaire for the number-one ranking in Ohio.

SUMMARY REPORT: Ohio State having only three quarterbacks on scholarship next season leaves them thin at the position. Will they target two in the 2013 class?

TAILBACK: Last year, Ohio State got a lot of mileage out of this group, but most of the yardage was gained by departing senior Boom Herron. The three returnees all had their moments last year.

Carlos Hyde: Although there were flashes last season, Hyde needs to take the next step from backup to full-time starter. Will he improve on last season, or is that who he is? ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Junior.

Jordan Hall: Could really see his value go up in a Meyer-directed spread offense. Should see more touches on swing passes, screens, draws and sweeps, rather than between the guards behind the fullback. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Senior.

Roderick Smith: Has been an enigma from the day he reported, and the hope is that this multi-talented athlete can put it together. If he has the light come on, he has only the freshmen at his talent level. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Sophomore.


Brionte Dunn: Has a chance to see regular playing time next season by coming in early. Was strongly encouraged to enroll early by Meyer, and it wasn't so he could have someone to talk to. They want him ready to go.

Warren Ball: Probably headed for a redshirt season, to space out the classes. Had Ball reported early instead of Dunn, he would be looking at playing early himself. He just might be too good to keep on the shelf for a year.


Ty Isaac: Out of state star with an offer.

Derrick Green: Another out of state prospect with an offer.

DeVeon Smith: Possibly the top tailback prospect in Ohio.

SUMMARY REPORT: There is talent returning, but there is better talent coming in with the freshmen. Landing Ball and Dunn is a coup, and if they can pick up another stud in 2013, there are no depth or talent worries at all.

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