Young's Buckeye Board: Quarterbacks

Ohio State currently has seven commits to the 2014 recruiting class, and the assistant coaches have hit the road during the spring evaluation period checking out top prospects. Who is on the Buckeye recruiting board? Derek Young takes a look at the quarterback position.

Buckeye Board by Position: Part 1


1- Deshaun Watson.

2- Everybody else.

It is abundantly clear that Urban Meyer and his staff have one primary preference at the position and one only, and it's Gainesville, Georgia product Deshaun Watson. The four-star signal caller remains committed to Clemson but holds other offers from the likes of Ohio State, Georgia, Oregon, Auburn, Florida State, Miami, and Tennessee.

Although claiming that he is still 100% committed to Clemson, Watson has visited Georgia recently and hopes to travel to Columbus over the summer to acquaint himself with the Buckeyes' program. The nation's fifth rated quarterback will be tough to pry away from Clemson but his willingness to visit Ohio State gives Urban Meyer at least a chance, as long as he walks off the plane and onto the campus in Columbus.

The Buckeyes have yet to offer another quarterback and that alone could be a sign they feel they might be turning Watson's head. It also could be their strategy in luring the dual-threat quarterback away from his pledge to Dabo Swinney's Tigers. Part of recruiting a prospect is ensuring him that he is a wanted commodity and the staff's particular choice, and Ohio State and Clemson have both done that by not offering anybody else.

The indicator and the sign to watch for throughout this pursuit will be which program is the first to blink. Both programs will take a quarterback in the 2014 class but only one gets to sign Watson.

Whichever program has to make a move first in offering another signal-caller should tell you a lot about where the 6-foot2, 190 pound quarterback may end up. Right now the best guess is Ohio State will be the school offering a new recruit at the position at the beginning of the fall, but a lot could happen between now and then.

Falling into the next category on Ohio State's wish list is a handful of quarterbacks. Inside the state of Ohio, DeShone Kizer could be a guy the coaches come back around on later. Other prospects that have seen some interest from the Buckeyes are Brandon Harris, Drew Barker, Caleb Henderson, Kyle Allen, and William Ulmer. More names will continue to pop up as well.

Caleb Henderson is already committed, and when Ohio State is prepared to send out another offer it is likely that Kizer, Barker, and Allen will also be snatched up by another program. The catch is that Urban Meyer is the last guy that will worry about a prospect being committed elsewhere, and has a proven track record of coming out on the winning side of that scenario.

One name that is beginning to gather some extra noise recently is Louisiana native Brandon Harris. Giving him the nod of being the lone player at second on the board was not something I was prepared to do as they have yet to see him throw in person like they have most of the other prospects on the board. Ohio State assistant Tom Herman will get his chance to size up Harris before the evaluation period ends.

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