Ohio State Recruiting: Offense

This coming weekend promises to be a big recruiting time for Ohio State. Friday's camp features several big-name prospects, while others are on campus for unofficial visits. Here is a look at recruiting on the offensive side of the football.

Quarterback: The Buckeyes will take a quarterback in this class but who that becomes is still a bit of a mystery. Deshaun Watson will continue to be chased by the staff and they'd love to land Brandon Harris on July 18.

If Harris chooses to go elsewhere, like we suspect, Brandon Dawkins of California could be next in line. He worked out in front of the Ohio State coaches at camp on Tuesday and was one of the better signal-callers the Buckeyes' staff has hosted at camp thus far.

Running Back: Ohio State has already received a commitment from Akron (OH) St. Vincent-St. Mary's Parris Campbell. The Buckeyes may take another prospect at the position and are in great position to land New Jersey native Jonathan Hilliman. He had a fantastic visit nearly two weeks ago and told Scout that Ohio State was now the leader for his services.

Another player on the Buckeyes' radar is Derrell Scott of Havelock, North Carolina. He was thought to be leaning towards South Carolina but Florida State seems to have taken the edge. Ohio State hosts Scott on an unofficial visit this weekend that will prove crucial in their chances moving forward. Myles Autry of Georgia is another running back that has called Ohio State his "dream school" and has said will visit.

Wide Receiver: Ohio State has landed Gary (IN) West Side receiver Lonnie Johnson already and I expect them to take two more at the position. Dallis Todd, Demarre Kitt, Derek Kief, and Drake Harris have all gone elsewhere but the Buckeyes' staff will push forward and nab at least two more to their liking.

Two that have expressed great interest in Ohio State to this point are Austin Roberts and Curtis Samuel. Roberts will visit the Buckeyes' campus on Saturday and could be one to watch. He received his coveted offer from USC not too long ago so it will be interesting how that impacts his recruitment heading into the future. Samuel hopes to make a decision in the fall and the Buckeyes will need to host the speedster on a visit before it is time to get too excited.

Saeed Blacknall and Mark Andrews appear to be long shots, and I'm not optimistic at all in Ohio State's chances to reel in Trevion Thompson unless he does, in fact, step foot on the Buckeyes' campus another time.

Offensive Line: Ohio State picked up early commitments from Cleveland (OH) Glenville's Marcelys Jones and Lancaster (OH) offensive tackle Kyle Trout. Both have showed steady improvement throughout the off-season. I can see the staff taking three more prospects along the offensive line, considering the position that they are in with a few of the top prospects in the country.

Junior college offensive tackle Chad Mavety visited the Buckeyes about a week ago and enjoyed what he saw. I do not get the sense Ohio State is in command position for the four-star prospect but they are where they need to be. Damian Prince has talked about visiting Ohio State but has yet to do so. They will need to thoroughly impress the four-star tackle on his visit if indeed it does happen, and if so, the Buckeyes could be a player for his signature on the third Wednesday in February.

Demetrius Knox will do what he can to keep people guessing for the entirety of his recruitment process and the important date to pay attention to in the pursuit of the Texas lineman will be the last one of the 2014 recruiting cycle. At the end of the day, I think Ohio State has a great shot to land him, but it won't be without a little drama along the way.

Jamarco Jones should pull the trigger for a school before any of the uncommitted prospects left at the top of Ohio State's board. He will announce his college destination on June 27 and the Buckeyes feel good about their chances. He has yet to show his cards but Ohio State has hosted him on several visits and has been in great position for Jones for over a year.

It is not a total certainty but Ohio State should sign an excellent haul along the offensive line when all is said and done.

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