Bank Blog: Recruiting Math

Ohio State will only be able to have 82 players on scholarship this season, and things could be sticky with the numbers. How will things shake out this recruiting season?

- Starting out, Ohio State has only 19 spots open for this class, and there are 17 commitments currently in the 2013 class.

- The numbers could alter depending on if Jordan Hall returns and Johnathan Hankins leaves. Right now, it appears that will happen for both players, so we will stick with 19 as the operable number.

- How many linebackers can they take of the guys left on the board? I would guess three will be the total, but they have four on the line. Mike Mitchell, Trey Johnson, Skai Moore and Christopher Worley are in the mix. My guess is there will be three, and I think it will be Mitchell, Johnson and Worley.

- With the wide receivers, there are five now in the mix, and they would be James Quick, Shelton Gibson, Corey Smith, Ryan Timmons and Gareon Conley. How many of this group will they take? The guess here is three, and I'm calling for Quick, Gibson and Conley.

- Ohio State is also chasing the likes of Vonn Bell, Donovan Munger, Daniel McMillan, Matrell Spaight, Auston Johnson, De'Niro Laster and David Dawson. Of this group, I only see Bell as a possibility, and the others have either eliminated Ohio State or are pure PLAN-B types.

- What to do about quarterback? They have J.T. Barrett, and that's going to do it apparently. The numbers problem of being at 82 wipes out the second quarterback in this class, and probably the 2014 class as well. The 2014 class will probably be smaller in number than the current class.

- With only Evan Lisle and Tim Gardner as offensive line commits for 2013, and David Dawson and Dorian Johnson fading off the charts, what will Ohio State do? I see two options, with the first being the switch of Billy Price to guard, and the second option being recruiting another lineman. If they go about adding another offensive lineman it only adds to the numbers problem, which is already WAY over budget. You do the math.

- In the end, this is going to be another highly-ranked class, and I think the candidates are pretty cut and dried. If big-timers like Quick or Mitchell fall through, they will turn to the likes of Timmons and Moore. If things fall the way they have planned, the class is basically in stone at this point.

- Who takes the final spots? As of late November, I'm calling it Mitchell, Worley, Johnson, Quick, Conley and Gibson. If Bell falls into their lap, they obviously grab him. And then there is the offensive line issue, and we have to wait and see if they just move Price, or go on another lineman.

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