Bank Blog: Recruiting Update All-Star Style

As Ohio State prepares for their Orange Bowl game with Clemson, there is still recruiting news in the air even though this is a recruiting dead period. What is the latest?

- The big news of the week is Cleveland Glenville safety Erick Smith talking about postponing his announcement scheduled for this Saturday. I do expect him to sign with Ohio State in February, but an official visit to Michigan could be in the works within this month. There has been a LOT of dialogue recently between Smith and Michigan assistant coach Roy Manning, and all of it has been initiated by Smith. Could Manning be successful in not only getting Smith to not announce Saturday, but can he get him to take that official visit? Can Michigan actually land Smith?

- Glenville cornerback Marshon Lattimore is still expected to announce during the Army Bowl, and it appears Ohio State is the choice. How will this decision affect Smith? Could the Army folks twist Smith's arm into going ahead with the announcement? They CANNOT be happy he is postponing his nationally televised decision, and they won't take that change in plans lightly.

- Ted Ginn arrives in San Antonio today, and it's great he gets to walk in on the storm Smith created Thursday. Take it to the Bank that Ginn gets an absolute earful from the Army folks about Smith's possible cancellation, and I'm cautiously optimistic he might still announce for Ohio State Saturday, but take his visits later this month. Still could be more drama to follow.

- Marcelys Jones has been in daily contact with Kentucky, and since he signed as mid-year agreement with them, the normal contact rules do not apply. He is supposed to be at Ohio State next Monday to begin classes, but whether that happens or not is anybody's guess. He could delay entry until June, or he could still go to Kentucky, which begins classes later this month.

- I do not see Solomon Thomas signing with Ohio State, and think Stanford lands the big-time defensive end. Should Stanford deny him entry, not likely, Ohio State and Texas would then fight it out for Thomas. He did grow up a huge Texas fan, and the firing of Mack Brown helps the Longhorns with Thomas. If Stanford allows the official visit to take place, this game is over.

- Derrick Nnadi just doesn't seem all that thrilled with Ohio State, and I think the big defensive tackle ends up at Virginia Tech.

- Malik McDowell is all over the board right now, and I think he is truly an uncommitted recruit. I would think he ends up at Michigan, and they want him badly, but Ohio State will get a visit. Once they learn Solomon Thomas' decision, the Buckeyes could decide to go all-in on McDowell and just might have a fighting chance.

- Ohio State is way behind on offensive lineman Roderick Johnson, and I do not see this one happening. I'm also not feeling too good about Frank Ragnow committing to Ohio State, even if they would start to push for him today, which they haven't yet. A more logical option would be Brady Taylor, who is a lower tier project, but a player that might be interested in switching from Virginia Tech to Ohio State. Stay tuned on this front.

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