OSU Recruiting: Looking For Ten

Ohio State has been stingy with offers to in-state 2015 prospects, but issued one this week to Cleveland St. Ignatius defensive end Dre'Mont Jones. With Urban Meyer wanting to take at least ten in every class, who are the candidates from Ohio that could end up in this class?

With Urban Meyer stating previously he would love to see at least ten in-state players in every recruiting class at Ohio State, who are the candidates at this time to be in the 2015 class?

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Eric Glover-Williams: Athlete. Canton McKinley. Landed an offer over a year ago and committed last summer. IN.

Dre'Mont Jones: Defensive end. Cleveland St. Ignatius. Landed his offer this past week. A commitment is forthcoming. IN, at some point in time.

James Daniels: Center. Warren Harding. Landed an offer a few months ago. The son of former Buckeye lineman LeShun Daniels. Like the way this one is looking. Probably IN.

Jerome Baker: Linebacker/tailback. Cleveland Benedictine. What originally looked as an Ohio State lock is now not looking so locked up. Would still have the Buckeyes in the lead, but it would not be a wide one. Penn State could be the major threat, but Michigan State did well with a recent visit.

Justin Hilliard: Linebacker. Cincinnati St. Xavier. Ohio State is in the game for Hilliard, but would not be considered a favorite at this time. Notre Dame could be the top dog, but this one appears wide open at this time.

Shaun Crawford: Athlete. Lakewood St. Edward. Committed to Michigan, and although he has flirted with Ohio State, I see him staying with his Wolverine choice.


Nick Conner: Linebacker. Dublin Scioto. Obviously, Baker and Hilliard are ranked higher at this time, and there are no eye-popping offers in his column yet. I see Conner being offered at some point, and Ohio State would move to the front by offering.

L.J. Scott: Tailback. Hubbard. Landed "wow" offers from Auburn and Alabama recently, and Ohio State was on the phone with him the very next day. The Buckeyes want him to visit at some point, but Scott might want an offer in hand before doing that. Michigan State is in great shape at this point in time, and it's unclear what an Ohio State offer might mean to Scott.

Denzel Ward: Athlete. Nordonia. Has the raw speed Meyer covets, and could play either side of the football at cornerback or wide receiver. A relative unknown in Ohio, but a player that's going to blow up over the next few months and add more offers.

Darrin Hall: Tailback. Austintown Fitch. As other runningback prospects start to fade, could either Scott or Hall find themselves with Buckeye offers? Damien Harris would be the wild card here, and Ohio State could get by with taking only one back. They would seem to be willing to Chase Harris for a while, so nothing may be happening soon. A Buckeye offer would mean a lot to Hall.

C.J. Conrad: Tight end. Keystone. There hasn't been much in the way of contact at this point in time, but Ohio State needs one, possibly two, tight ends in this class. They could chase out of state studs for a while, then fall back to Conrad. An Ohio State offer would be tough for him to turn down.

Anthony McKee: Linebacker. Columbus Walnut Ridge. Just seems to be behind a lot of other linebackers, including Ohio guys. Four-star prospect, and a heck of a talent, but he might be looked as another tweener by the Buckeye staff.

David Dowell: Wide receiver/cornerback. Lakewood St. Edward. This presents a tough spot for Ohio State because twin brother Andrew might not be rated as highly. Would they offer one, and pass on the other? It's no secret the players want to be at the same school, and maybe Northwestern ends up with both?

Alex Stump: Wide receiver. Lakewood St. Edward. Might be the most underrated prospect in Ohio, and overlooking him would be a mistake. Might need a great camp showing to get offered, but Stump can play at the Big Ten level.

Rob Dowdy: Offensive tackle. Westerville South. Showed great improvement in body type, quickness and overall talent two weeks ago in Indianapolis at the Best of the Midwest Combine. Might be another that would need a camp blowup.

George Brown: Offensive tackle. Cincinnati Winton Woods. Worked out at defensive end last summer at Ohio State's camp, rather than offensive tackle. Has received little to no interest from Ohio State, but holds several top offers. Would he camp again at offensive tackle?

Ian Leever: Offensive tackle. Loveland. Another impressive lineman, and a player that showed in the playoffs he can play at a high level. Another that would need to camp, and then impress greatly.

Elijah Taylor: Defensive tackle. Cincinnati Moeller. He plays a position of need and Ohio State has seen him play a lot, being that he's the teammate of Sam Hubbard. Is he what they're looking for on the defensive line?

Andrew Dowell: Tailback. Lakewood St. Edward. One of the better backs in Ohio, and not all that far behind Scott and Hall. Not much of a secret that to get one Dowell you will need to take both, and several top BCS programs will do that. Talented enough to play at the Big Ten level.

Reggie Rogers: Athlete. Massillon. Could factor in as a safety or wide receiver, and Ohio State is showing interest. Would more than likely need to come to camp and prove his speed is legit.

Da'Von Hamilton: Defensive tackle. Pickerinton Central. Just now starting to blow up after a great camp at the Best of the Midwest in Indianapolis. His junior film is at offensive tackle, but his skill set translates to the defensive line. Would definitely need a big camp showing, but he has the body type and quickness Ohio State is looking for on the defensive line.

Matt Jones: Guard. Hubbard. Recently committed to West Virginia, and Ohio State had been showing a lot of interest. Will the Buckeyes move on after the commitment, or continue to stay in contact?

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