Buckeye Recruiting Update

Ohio State landed their eigth commitment of the 2013 recruiting class Tuesday, when tight end Marcus Baugh made his pledge to the Buckeyes. Ohio State should be looking at a class that numbers around 20 by National Signing Day. Who else is in the mix?

Ohio State now holds eight commitments for their 2013 recruiting class, with Tuesday's addition of tight end Marcus Baugh. In a class that should number around 20, who else is in the mix at this time?

QUARTERBACK: TWO. They could obviously go with only one, but I see two being needed with the lack of depth on the roster.

Mitch Trubisky: The in-state prospect was offered earlier this winter, although he must come to camp and prove his worth.

J.T. Barrett: The Texas signal-caller has visited Columbus on his own, and now he must be evaluated in person at his school.

Aaron Bailey: The Illinois dual-threat has also visited Ohio State, and may just be waiting for the OK from Urban Meyer to issue a commitment. Most of his film shows him running the football, so seeing him throw in person would be crucial.

TAILBACK: TWO. The commitment of Ezekiel Elliott gives Ohio State their "speed" back, and now they will look for a power runner.

Derrick Green: Right now, this looks to be the next option for Ohio State. Other names could pop up, but Green should complete the tailback position.

TIGHT END: TWO. The commitment of Baugh leaves one spot open, and the senior status of both Adam Homan and Zach Boren means this position will double up at fullback in certain packages.

Mike Heuerman: Still sticking with this one as the guy to fill out the position. Heuerman will be committing within the next two weeks, so things will shake out quickly.

Josh McNeil: Not sure they would take his commitment today, and he might be the Plan-B backup.

OFFENSIVE LINE: THREE. Already have Evan Lisle in the hopper. Still looking for two big-timers to add to last year's haul.

Ethan Pocic: Probably one of the key recruits left on the board, because of the importance of the position. A commitment from Pocic eases all offensive tackle concerns for this year's class.

Kyle Meadows and Lovell Peterson could be fall-back, in-state options. They can also continue to look national for a third guy, assuming Pocic commits.

WIDE RECEIVER: THREE. The saga of Robert Foster complicates things, but there are candidates in the mix. For now, Foster will not be listed, but will wait to see if things change going forward. Jalin Marshall probably figures in here for Ohio State's thinking.

Shelton Gibson: Will make his commitment in late June, and all indications the four-star prospect will choose the Buckeyes.

Laquon Treadwell: Did his recent Ohio State visit put the Buckeyes in the game? A late decision gives Ohio State time to recruit this four-star.

Marquez North: Ohio State is probably a longshot at this point, but things can change.

Devon Allen: An interesting speed athlete, and although he plays high school football in Arizona, his father attended Ohio State. One to watch.

Jordan Cunningham: Kind of a longshot, because he holds offers from everyone, but he has been talking Ohio State lately. Let's see if he visits.

DEFENSIVE LINE: TWO. Tough call at this spot, mainly because of the impressive haul from last year. I could see three if a superstar wants in. Billy Price is in.

Joey Bosa: Leaning toward Alabama, but a spring game visit is upcoming for this five-star athlete.

Donovan Munger: In the mix, but probably needs a strong camp performance.

Tracy Sprinkle: Recently offered, but is probably in the same boat as Munger.

Tashawn Bower: Was offered by the former staff, and has been to Ohio State for camp.

LINEBACKER: THREE. They could go with only two, especially after taking five last year. The loss of Ben Gedeon probably opens up a spot for another player. Anzalone and Smith probably tip the scales from three to two, if they go elsewhere.

Jaylon Smith: One of the top prospects in the country, and a player always looked at as a Buckeye lock in the past. That is certainly not the case today, and Ohio State is chasing Notre Dame for this five-star.

Alex Anzalone: Another one high up on the recruiting board, but this one looks like Florida could be the winner. He could be a Gator commit before the Ohio State spring game.

Courtney Love: There is some question of whether Ohio State would take his commitment, or not, but I have him in the OFFER category. I see Love in this class.

Tim Kimbrough: A Plan-B option, and Gedeon, Smith and Anzalone all going elsewhere probably gets him his offer. If offered, I see a commitment to Ohio State.

Devaris Brunson: This is one to watch going forward, especially now that his academic performance has turned for the better. Will not be at the spring game as planned, but will camp at Ohio State. A great athlete, with a very high ceiling.

DEFENSIVE BACK: FOUR. Landing two top cornerbacks, and following that up with safety Jayme Thompson, means this spot is almost closed.

Vonn Bell: The Georgia five-star has visited on his own, and that's always a great sign. I don't see an early decision, so you never know.

Su'a Cravens: Talks about visiting Ohio State, but until he does there's not much reason for optimism.

Dymonte Thomas: After some early buzz that he might be looking to switch, that appears to have died down considerably. Until he actually visits, and there is no reason to think he will, there's not the reason for optimism that existed last winter.

Leon McQuay: Was offered by the former staff, and visited Ohio State last fall for the Wisconsin game. Is this staff as high on McQuay?

Darron Lee: An in-state prospect that is a longshot for an offer, but a good camp performance could open some eyes.


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