Bank Blog: Wrapping Up Summer Recruiting

Ohio State currently has 14 commitments in a class that could go as high as 21 by National Signing Day. The summer camp season is over and the coaching staff will use July for vacations, and for reevaluating their big board. Where do things stand today?

As Ohio State heads into July vacations, they currently have 14 commitments for the 2013 recruiting class. This class could go as high as 21 by National Signing Day.

The next big date on the calendar is July 27th, when Ohio State kicks off fall recruiting with their first Friday Night Lights camp.

Where do things stand today, position by position? And who is line to nab the last 6-7 spots?

QUARTERBACK: They have a commitment from J.T. Barrett, and I see no second quarterback on the horizon. Maybe they shore up the depth by taking two in 2014?

RUNNINGBACK: They have Ezekiel Elliott in the fold and the on-again, off-again, pursuit of Derrick Green is still alive. They could still take Green, who says Ohio State is still recruiting him hard, or pass and save a spot for a position of need. I could see them passing.

WIDE RECEIVER: I would put Laquon Treadwell, Marquez North, James Quick, Robert Foster and Demorea Stringfellow in the "not likely" category. Shelton Gibson seems to be heading into a questionable area, and grades could be the question. A prospect to watch is Devon Allen, and a visit to Ohio State would move this from interesting to one to watch.

OFFENSIVE LINE: I think Billy Price will end up here, whether it's two days or two years from today, and he gets listed with Evan Lisle for this article and going forward. Dennis Finley is The target at this position group right now, and it will come down to Ohio State and Michigan State. A problem could be most of the Cass Tech kids go to Michigan automatically and that staff could be taking heat for that. They might try to sway Finley to Michigan State to lessen the in-state heat. Kyle Meadows could be the PLAN-B in case Finley heads elsewhere.

TIGHT END: They have one of the best in the country in Marcus Baugh, and they would have taken a second tight end in Mike Heuerman. As things stand now, I do not see a second tight end for this class.

DEFENSIVE LINE: Donovan Munger is still lingering out there somewhere, and until he commits elsewhere, I have him as a strong possibility for Ohio State. Hill and Munger would be a great tandem, and pave the way for Price to play guard and provide offensive line depth. I see Munger as a pivotal recruit in this class, and affecting both sides of the line. This might be the key recruit to watch because of how he impacts other positions.

LINEBACKER: Tyquan Lewis sure seems as close to "IN" as any player left on the board right now. A future visit to Columbus with mom will get him listed higher than "strong possibility" going forward. I see Lewis in this class.

CORNERBACK: I believe they would like to add another cornerback, and depth being so thin, they probably need to. But here is where the reduction from 85 to 82 bites them in the butt. Adrian Baker probably is offered and in the commitment column without scholarship reductions. They chose Darron Lee as the multi-purpose athlete. They chose Johnny Townsend as the much-needed punter. There was no way to turn down a Michael Hill. And that puts Adrian Baker back on the "B" list for now. They could still add Baker, or a player similar to him, once they see how a few uncommitted players fall.

SAFETY: Vonn Bell is the one they want, and should they not get him, they could fall back on Baker. They will wait on Bell until the morning of National Signing Day should they need to. I believe they have more than a fighting chance at landing the five-star safety, and two unofficial visits to Ohio State say a lot to me.

Keep in mind this is only a snapshot of where things stand in early July. Friday Night Lights could produce several new names that shake up this list entirely.

With 14 commits heading into July, and currently ranked as the number-four recruiting class in the country, Ohio State is poised to land in the Top-Five once again.

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