Recruiting Board: Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

A lot more is still set to happen at the wide receiver and tight end position in the 2015 class. It will look a lot different in a few months than what it looks like now.


The Buckeyes lose two, potentially three receivers off this year's squad. They have loaded up at the position in Meyer's first few full classes but the 2015 class should look to take at least three more, including at least one tight end, possibly two. With the loss of Blake Thomas, and Heuerman and Vannett getting close to graduating, the tight end position will be a need for the 2015 class.

To remember, Eric Glover-Williams is already in the fold.

TOP TARGETS: Brian Cole, DaMarkus Lodge, Devante Peete, Christian Kirk, and Preston Williams

The tight end position does not contain any top targets at this time because only two have been offered in Hale Hentges and Garrett Williams and it is not clear what direction Ohio State will pursue at the position.

Lodge, from Texas, and Peete, from Florida, are national recruits at the position but are being pursued by the Buckeyes. They both have expressed interest in Ohio State but should prove to be tough pulls from their regions of the country.

Lodge has a lot of connections to Texas and Oklahoma, but is familiar with Ohio State as well. Peete has all the southeast schools chasing him, making it a difficult process to win, but he does hail from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, the same school that was the home of current Buckeye Joey Bosa, and 2016 recruit Nicholas Bosa, who also likes Ohio State.

Christian Kirk is a standout athlete from Arizona who plans on visiting Columbus in the offseason. He's another national recruit that will be a tough pull but showed extra excitement when Ohio State came through with an offer.

Preston Williams, though committed to Tennessee, is still open to other schools, including Ohio State. He has had an outstanding junior campaign and may be the top wideout in the class for 2015.

Brian Cole is the top target in the midwest region for Ohio State at the time. The Buckeyes trail Michigan for his services but are trying to make a push.

OTHER TARGETS: C.J. Sanders, C.J. Conrad, John Burt, and Juval Mollette

It's probably easy to see but it's a position with a lot of uncertainty still. The picture will become clearer during the spring during the evaluation period. More definitive decisions can be made by the coaching staff and they'll have a better idea of what directions to go in and what prospects to pursue. For right now, it's still in the beginning stages.

C.J. Conrad could end up being the top tight end on the board but they're going slow with the in-state prospect. He was impressive during the camp circuit and will be able to send out a full season of film soon. They can then evaluate further in the Spring. They'll probably have a decision on him by then.

C.J. Sanders is an Ohio State legacy and camped in Columbus over the summer. His offer list has grown since that time but the interest from Ohio State hasn't. Sanders has admitted he's heard very little from the Buckeyes since that visit.

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