Recruiting Needs: TE and WR

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 wide receiver and tight 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?

WIDE RECEIVER: Although the position was inconsistent last season mainly due to inexperience, the wideouts as a group are very talented. Will a different coaching philosophy and another year of maturity make a difference?

Corey Brown: Philly has had an up-and-down career at Ohio State, but he has a skill that cannot be denied. He absolutely can get open against any coverage thrown at the Buckeyes. He needs to be more consistent catching the football, but Brown and Meyer are a match made in heaven. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Junior.

Devin Smith: Showed signs of star potential as a true freshman, and should blossom under this offensive staff. Smith is another that fits Meyer's system like a glove. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Sophomore.

Evan Spencer: The argument can be made that he should have received more playing time last season. Should get every opportunity to show his talents in the spring. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Sophomore.

Chris Fields: This spring and fall will make or break his career at Ohio State. He needs to establish himself as a starter, or risk being buried behind others. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Junior.

Tyrone Williams: Although still young, it could also be make or break time for T.Y. There have been transfer rumors, but as of today, he is still a Buckeye. Needs to get better at every facet of the game.ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Sophomore.

Verlon Reed: Earned a surprising starting spot last season, before suffering a serious knee injury. Will he be healthy this season? ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Sophomore.


Mike Thomas: Somewhat of an unknown after coming to Ohio State from Fork Union. Will have the advantage of enrolling early and going through spring football.

Frank Epitropoulos: Seems like a sure-fire redshirt candidate this season. Could also factor in as a punter.

Ricquan Southward: Another potential redshirt candidate, but you never know how an out of state kid will respond.


Shelton Gibson holds an offer, and Jalin Marshall could factor in as well. There should be others in the mix.

SUMMARY REPORT: A lot of "if's", but the coaching situation will be far more conducive to these players maximizing their potential. Most of these guys were made to play in a wide-open offensive attack.

TIGHT ENDS: Following a lost decade for this position, Urban Meyer will make this group pass-catchers, rather than glorified tackles. Although the move of Reid Fragel to tackle seems inevitable, there is still plenty of talent on hand.

Jake Stoneburner: He has to be the happiest person in America now that Urban Meyer is the Ohio State head coach. Was wasting away in the previous offensive scheme, but could catch more passes next year than he has since his arrival. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Senior.

Jeff Heuerman: Impressed last season as a true freshman, and will get every opportunity to start this coming season. Will be an even better blocker as he adds strength, and he showed good hands when throw to. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Sophomore.

Nick Vannett: The arrival of Meyer makes this guy's NFL future go up dramatically. Vannett should see meaningful minutes this season, and could be a factor in the passing game. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Freshman.


Blake Thomas: Other than injuries to the three listed above, Thomas should be able to redshirt this season, and move in as the third guy next year.

PROSPECTS FOR 2013: Mike Heuerman and Jacob Matuska are two to start with, and both will be highly rated.

SUMMARY REPORT: The hiring of Meyer changes this position group more than any other on the team, and it should be evident early. There is great talent, and they should be used to their fullest in this system.

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