Ohio State: In-State Recruiting

Ohio State is off to an uncharacteristically slow start in recruiting, and the Buckeyes have two commits in the 2015 recruiting class. The lifeblood of the program has been the success in keeping the in-state players from leaving Ohio. How are the Buckeyes doing in Ohio currently?

Ohio State had great success during the Jim Tressel era, and their recruiting tended to favor the in-state players, and much was made of Tressel "building a fence around Ohio."

With 2015 recruiting moving at a slower pace, and with only two current commitments on board, how is Ohio State faring within the state?

Last year, Ohio State ended up signing nine players from inside the state, and Urban Meyer has said he would like a minimum of ten each year. Who holds offers right now, and what are the chances of them becoming Buckeyes?

Justin Hilliard. Cincinnati St. Xavier. Linebacker. FOUR-STAR. The Buckeyes are definitely in the game for Hilliard, but it would be a stretch to call Ohio State the leader at this point. He seems to be very much a wide-open recruit at this time, but Notre Dame could be in the top spot. OUTLOOK: Possible.

Jerome Baker. Cleveland Benedictine. Linebacker. FOUR-STAR. Even though he has taken several unofficial visits, and more could be on the horizon, I have the Buckeyes as the top choice for Baker. I could see a commitment coming before the end of summer, but this could stretch into his senior season. OUTLOOK: Highly Probable.

L.J. Scott. Hubbard. Runningback. FOUR-STAR. This one definitely has trended away from Ohio State, and the only remaining hope is to get him on campus one more time and make the case again. Scott seems to be a near done deal to Michigan State, and there might not be any way to stop the Spartans right now. OUTLOOK: Unlikely.

Shaun Crawford. Lakewood St. Edward. Defensive back. FOUR-STAR. Committed to Michigan, and all seems solid on that decision. Should the Wolverines falter this season and coaching rumors start swirling, things could open up between Crawford and Ohio State. The lines of communication were established late last fall. OUTLOOK: Unlikely.

Eric Glover-Williams. Canton McKinley. Slot receiver. FOUR-STAR. Still committed to Ohio State, but off the field issues have his spot in jeopardy. Glover-Williams wants to be a Buckeye, but we have to wait and see how it shakes out. OUTLOOK: Possible.

Hjalte Froholdt. Warren Harding. Defensive end. FOUR-STAR A borderline in-state prospect, because he returned to native Denmark for his junior season. Possibly coming back to the United States for his senior season, but it could be at IMG Academy in Bradenton (FL). Committed to Arkansas. OUTLOOK: Unlikely.

Elijah Taylor. Cincinnati Moeller. Defensive tackle. FOUR-STAR. Ohio State is definitely in the mix for Taylor, and the competition appears to be Michigan State and Notre Dame. Would probably favor the Fighting Irish right now, but the Buckeyes are definitely fighting this one out. OUTLOOK: Possible.

Dre'Mont Jones. Cleveland St. Ignatius. Defensive end. FOUR-STAR. It's really hard to see Jones going anywhere but Ohio State, but Michigan and Notre Dame are in this one also. He has visited Ohio State and Michigan, with a trip to Notre Dame on the horizon. A summer commitment is expected. OUTLOOK: Highly Probable.

James Daniels. Warren Harding. Center. THREE-STAR. The son of former Buckeye LeShun Daniels, and that legacy factor will have to make the difference in this recruitment. Loved his visit to Auburn, and his dad was impressed as well. Has an older brother at Iowa, and the Hawkeyes are definitely in this one as well. OUTLOOK: Probable.

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