Recruiting Needs: Offensive Line

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 offensive line 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?


Brian Bobek: Next man up, following the graduation of four-year starter Mike Brewster. Bobek has all the tools to succed, and he impressed his peers in practice last season. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Sophomore.

Corey Linsley: Has played well in limited opportunities in his career. Linsley could play center or guard, and should be a starter this season. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Junior.


Jack Mewhort: Has been a solid starter and a player that has gotten better with increased reps. Could play tackle if needed, but is best suited starting at guard. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Junior.

Marcus Hall: People forget just how highly-rated he was coming out of high school. Hall's career has never taken off, but this guy playing to his potential would go a long way toward solidifying the offensive line. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Junior.

Chris Carter: Listed as a tackle, but that's a stretch. Would be better suited as an inside player. Still a project at this point, and has a ways to go. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Freshman.

Tommy Brown: Similar to Carter, in that Brown is still a work in progress. Listed as a tackle, but probably fits better at guard. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Freshman.


Reid Fragel: Reportedly has moved to tackle, and will be listed as such going forward. He isn't moving to waste his senior season as a reserve player. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Senior.

Andrew Norwell: Ready to take the next step in his development. Could be an All-Big Ten performer this season. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Junior.

Antonio Underwood: Another young player that is probably suited for guard. Was rushed last season into action, and that is more a commentary on that decision, rather than on Underwood as a player. Jury is still out, and he should not be judged on the Purdue showing. ELIGIBILITY FOR 2012: Sophomore.


Jacoby Boren: Probably starts out at center for Ohio State.

Patrick Elflein: Probably starts out at guard.

Joey O'Connor: Should be a guard, and he would be higher-rated than anyone other than Decker or Bobek in the last two classes.

Taylor Decker: In a class full of big fish, this could be the whale because of the desperate need at tackle.


Kyle Dodson: Will decide on Signing Day, and a pledge to the Buckeyes would be the cherry on top of this recruiting sundae.

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