With a full year to fill the 2013 class, Meyer is expected to once again put together a star-studded group, and they are off to a great start with five highly-rated commits.
This weekend, Meyer and the Buckeye staff will host several top 2013 prospects, including some that are at the top of the recruiting board at their respective positions. Who is headed to Columbus, and what are the Buckeye chances of a commitment?
Ethan Pocic: Offensive tackle. Lemont Twp. (ILL). Pocic is at the top of the Ohio State recruiting board at this key position, and is a player they would take a commitment from today. SUMMARY: I would make Ohio State the favorite, and a commitment would not at all be shocking this weekend.
Marcell Lazard: Offensive tackle. Bloomfield (NJ). Another massive prospect at the tackle position, and a player they would probably take if he wanted to commit. SUMMARY: Meyer wants tackles, simply put, and was appalled at what he found waiting for him at Ohio State. Lazard and Pocic are more of what he wants to go to war with.
Jaylon Smith: Linebacker. Fort Wayne Bishop Leurs. The top linebacker prospect on Ohio State's board, and long thought to be a Buckeye lock, with his brother (Roderick) on the roster. Notre Dame has seemingly moved into the lead for Smith, and this visit will be huge. SUMMARY: To cut to the chase: It's Go-Time for Urban Meyer. Will be interesting to see how this visit impacts Smith's recruitment.
Alex Anzalone: Linebacker. Wyomissing (PA). If Smith is #1 on the linebacker board, Anzalone is #1A. Seems the Buckeyes are right squarely in the mix, but possibly trailing Florida at this time. SUMMARY: Anzalone is supposed to be with his mother on this visit, and she is also expected to join him on his return trip to Gainesville shortly. Another player that this visit is crucial, to keep pace with the Gators.
Christopher Worley: Safety/Linebacker. Cleveland Glenville. This is exactly the type of athlete Meyer made a living off of in the SEC. Worley could play multiple positions at Ohio State, and is an impressive athlete. SUMMARY: Does Glenville still have clout at Ohio State? Under Tressel, this kid would be an automatic take.
Aaron Bailey: Quarterback. Bollingbrook (ILL). Quarterback is another crucial need for the Buckeyes, and they will probably take two in this class. Highly-rated J.T. Barrett visited earlier this week, and he is a distinct possibility. SUMMARY: Although Bailey could be favoring Ohio State at this time, I do not see Meyer accepting a commitment before seeing him throw in person.
Chavas Rawlins: Quarterback. Monessen (PA). No offer to date, and would be pretty far down the list of quarterback candidates. SUMMARY: PLAN-B or C.
Darian Hicks: Cornerback. Solon. Another one pretty far down the list of defensive back candidates. SUMMARY: PLAN-B or C.
Raekwon McMillan. Linebacker. Hinesville (GA). A 2014 prospect, but a possible five-star linebacker. SUMMARY: Meyer setting the table for next year's recruiting class.