The arrival of camp season can always shed light on what direction a certain coaching staff may go in. That is no different in terms of the Ohio State coaching staff. There are a few positions being recruited currently that don't possess a ton of clarity. The months of June and July could distinguish the approach and provide a sense of what the staff wants to do.
The Buckeyes' staff places a lot of emphasis on the camps over the summer. A few 2014 prospects will be given an opportunity to deem themselves worthy of an offer, and it will be a chance for 2015 prospects to put themselves on Ohio State's radar.
Here are five situations to watch entering the busy months of the summer.
1- Additional 2014 offers?
Last year it was New Albany product Darron Lee that showed up to camps in June and was offered soon afterwards. Is there an attendee that could follow in his footsteps?
Many in-state offensive linemen will make the trek to Columbus in hopes of becoming just that. However, I see the chances being pretty grim with whom the Buckeyes could possibly land at the position. The one in-state possibility could be Daniel Cage if he chooses to camp. He's a top ten player in Ohio with offers from top BCS programs but Ohio State has yet to budge.
There are a few out of state players that will be bringing their talents to camp at Ohio State that could be in line for a scholarship offer. Tennessee defensive lineman Derek Barnett may be at the top of the list. The Buckeye legacy has in-state offers from Tennessee and Vanderbilt but has had his eyes set on the Ohio State camp. His lack of a Buckeyes' offer at this point tells me that they felt comfortable he would be coming to Columbus regardless. He's certainly one to keep an eye on.
Another prospect in Ohio State's crosshairs is Indianapolis wideout Terry McLaurin. The Indiana speedster registered the top SPARQ score at a recent NIKE camp and could be on the verge of breaking out with major offers. Ohio State could be a school in the mix pending his camp performance on June 9.
2- Quarterback Situation
A bit of clarity was received days ago at the position when Scottsdale (AZ) Desert Mountain signal caller Kyle Allen named a top five that included the Buckeyes, along with a visit at the end of June. The Buckeyes and Allen are on the same page and understand the situation clearly. Neither side has set that visit date to waste each other's time. That visit was scheduled to do business.
Two potential hiccups could arise to interfere with the setup Allen and Ohio State have aligned. The first being the Buckeyes' interest in another prospect, Brandon Harris. The Louisiana native has Ohio State in his top seven and is set to take in the Buckeyes' campus this weekend. He has a decision date set for July 18 but it could speed up if he is made aware of Ohio State's situation and knows he has a timeframe to work in if he wants to be a Buckeye, and if they're willing to bring him in.
The second centers on Kyle Allen's interest in another school. He visits Notre Dame next weekend and there is a possibility he could leave South Bend as a committed prospect and cancel his trip to Columbus.
3- Big Visitors
The month of June should be kind to Ohio State. A massive amount of high-caliber prospects are expected on campus during the month. Just a few to name are Da'Shawn Hand, Derrell Scott, Jalyn Holmes, Kyle Allen, Poona Ford, Chad Mavety, Brandon Harris, Brandon Dawkins, and Cortez McDowell. Other possibilities that could arrive on campus are Elisha Shaw and Quincy Wilson.
The summer could get wild around Columbus in terms of prospects set to arrive at Ohio State and check out the campus and speak with the coaches.
4- 2015's to watch
The first that comes to mind is Virginia defensive lineman Tim Settle, whom has scheduled an unofficial visit for this weekend. He's a premiere prospect in the next class and will be sought after by all the major programs, and already has to an extent. He grew up a Buckeye fan and this early of a visit is a great indicator where his interest lies.
Another national 2015 prospect will be on campus in the middle of June in Orlando running back Jacques Patrick. He has more offers than most running backs in the class of 2014 already. He will visit Ohio State during a Midwest swing that will also see him check out Michigan, Michigan State, and Notre Dame. Patrick is a prospect the Buckeyes could be in it for until the end. He is discussing a possible visit to Ohio State for the fall to take in a game already. The visit will be key in setting the table.
Bill has already alluded to some of the in-state talent to keep a close eye on. A few include Eric Glover-Williams, Matt Jones, L.J. Scott, Jerome Baker, Hjalte Froholdt, Chris Green, Rob Dowdy, Andrew and David Dowell, Shaun Crawford, Darrin Hall, and Matt Draper.
5- Commits on the horizon?
Last week's edition focused on possibilities of who could be the next to commit. To that I say, buckle up. It will be a long ride over the next two months.
As mentioned previously, the quarterback in the class could be found. Offensive lineman Chad Mavety could fall in love on his visit to Ohio State June 15 and make the call. The same could be said for Cortez McDowell, Poona Ford, and Jalyn Holmes.
The newly offered prospects could jump at an opportunity. June and July is a very good time to be locked in on the site to see how it all could unravel.