Buckeye Recruiting Blog

Ohio State recruiting has been nothing short of fantastic from the day Urban Meyer was hired in November of 2011. Although the Buckeyes are still in line to land a highly-rated class, recruiting has hit a few bumps in the road lately.

It was inevitable that Ohio State recruiting could not continue at the breathtaking pace Urban Meyer established since taking the job last fall.

Although Ohio State currently has an impressive group of commits, and no reason to think they won't end up with another highly-rated class, there hasn't been a lot of positive news in the past few months.

Putting the recent defections of Lewis Neal and Alex Anzalone aside, and looking past the disappointment of Ethan Pocic committing to LSU, where do things currently stand with Ohio State recruiting?

Ohio State has 11 commits, and there is probably room to add ten more prospects, maybe more. How do things look by position?

QUARTERBACK: The depth is not good, but the addition of J.T. Barrett is a great start on fixing it. At some point Ohio State will need to add two quarterbacks, either in 2013 or next year. Not sure a second will be added in this class, but looking down the road they must get to the point where they have four or five scholarship quarterbacks. The possibility exists that Braxton Miller could take a huge leap forward in the Meyer offense, and leaving early needs to be considered. Is Cardale Jones viable? No reps in the jersey scrimmage or spring game might be telling.

TAILBACK: Does bringing in a Derrick Green type make sense? Aren't there too many big backs on the roster now? Why repeat what you already have? I could see passing another back, especially with Ezekiel Elliott in the hopper. They might look to add an all-purpose player with great speed.

WIDE RECEIVER: Still have to think they will add two more playmakers at the position. After seeing Jalin Marshall work out as a wide receiver at the Nike Camp, they already have a major impact wideout. Shelton Gibson has speed to burn and size, and Ohio State is in great shape to land him. Robert Foster is still lurking around. James Quick is a real candidate. Marquez North and Laquon Treadwell are still around. I see Ohio State taking two more receivers, including Gibson.

OFFENSIVE LINE: Landing Taylor Decker, Kyle Dodson and Evan Lisle instantly cleaned up the poor offensive tackle depth issue. Losing Pocic hurts, but isn't critical. They could take two more linemen in this class, but one would suffice. Do not discount the possibility of Billy Price playing guard either. There are Ohio candidates that need to come to camp and battle for an offer. Alex Gall, Kyle Meadows, Sean Welsh and Lovell Peterson could receive an offer with a great camp showing. I do not see Khaliel Rodgers as a better prospect than any of the above, and not a viable candidate for an offer.

TIGHT END: Adding Mike Heuerman was a luxury, not a necessity, so I don't see a second tight end added unless it's a star. Adding Marcus Baugh to Blake Thomas, Nick Vannett and Jeff Heuerman gives them four players with a ton of eligibility left.

DEFENSIVE LINE: I can see Price playing guard at Ohio State, with two more defensive tackles being added for 2013. Darius Latham, Donovan Munger and Michael Hill are all possibilities. Defensive end is a huge strength, with Joey Bosa added, so that position could be closed.

LINEBACKER: The soap opera continues at this spot, with two in-state players (Ben Gedeon and Courtney Love) going elsewhere, two de-commits (Anzalone and Neal) in one week, and the best linebacker in the country, Jaylon Smith, having a brother on the team, but favoring Notre Dame. Do they punt the position and look to 2014, where there are potential studs looking like real solid leans? Not at this point, it would appear, especially with a recent offer to Michael McCray. Ohio State will continue to recruit Anzalone, Neal and Smith until told to stop, so you never know what might happen there. Two offer possibilities are Devaris Brunson and Darrien Howard, with the latter being an interesting possibility. Howard would probably commit soon after being offered.

CORNERBACK: The depth is not good, with Travis Howard being a senior, and Bradley Roby being draft-eligible. Only Doran Grant and incoming freshman Armani Reeves are viable backups at this point. With only two commits (Eli Woodard and Cameron Burrows) in the fold, it wouldn't be surprising to see another corner added. They have shown interest in star Vernon Hargeaves III, and two other Florida prospects, Rashard Robinson and Adrian Baker. In-state players Darian Hicks and Caleb Day will be camping looking to earn offers. If they see Burrows as a safety, I could see them taking two more in this class.

SAFETY: Gotta fight it out for stars Su'a Cravens and Vonn Bell, but realistically, neither will be easy to land. With Jayme Thompson in the fold, and Burrows a possibility to play the spot, the position is not critical. Both Najee Murray and Devan Bogard are promising incoming freshmen.

PUNTER AND KICKER: Ben Buchanan will be a senior next season, and someone will need to punt the football in 2013. Do they take a star punter in this class? Kicker can wait, with Drew Basil having two seasons of eligibility left.

Ohio State was active in the spring evaluation period, and it will be interesting to see who shows up at the many camp dates scheduled in June.

Also, keep in mind the fact that Urban Meyer has been a master at landing prospects very late in the recruiting process, something Ohio State was not successful with under Jim Tressel. Meyer proved it once again last year with his first recruiting class as the Buckeye head coach.

The current recruiting class is very highly-rated, and there is no reason to doubt Meyer will be able to add ten more top prospects to what he already has. There could be several new names popping up this month, and it will be interesting to see if anyone surprises with a camp appearance.

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