Ohio State is still holding at two commits for the class of 2015, but that number will surely make a surge in the coming months. One area that still remains unclear is the quarterback situation.
It has been widely known for a while that the Buckeyes had targeted three or four prospects early on, while also showing interest and offering a few others. Scout takes a look and gives a rundown of the current state of the search for offensive coordinator Tom Herman's next signal caller.
First, a few Ohio State quarterback targets have already chosen to play their college football for another program.
Brandon Wimbush. The four-star prospect from St. Peter's Prep in New Jersey flirted with the Buckeyes for nearly a year. Ohio State was in prime position to land the dual-threat quarterback but James Franklin and his staff did a terrific job at making up the ground right away when they took over. Wimbush's mother attended Penn State, and he already had established a relationship with Franklin and his staff while being recruited by them at Vanderbilt.
Jarrett Stidham. Another four-star high on the Buckeyes' wish list but he never gave Ohio State all that much consideration. The Stephenville, Texas native elected to stay in the state and play for Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech.
Lorenzo Nunez. The Kennesaw (GA) Harrison signal caller recently decided to give his verbal pledge to South Carolina over North Carolina State and Ohio State. He earned an offer at a Buckeye camp last summer, but the interest between the two sides fizzled out over time.
Kelly Bryant. He was one of the top performers at last summer'S Friday Night Lights camp in Columbus, along with Wimbush. The Buckeyes never offered offered despite his interest in the program. Bryant has since made his commitment to Clemson.
Drew Lock. Ohio State offered the Elite 11 finalist from Lee's Summit (MO) over the Spring but interest between the two sides never really blossomed past that. The Missouri legacy decided to follow his father's footsteps and give his pledge to the in-state Tigers.
DeAndre Johnson. The three-star Jacksonville native has been committed to Florida State for a considerable amount of time. His status has remained solid to the Seminoles despite his very early choice.
AVAILABLE TARGETS ALREADY OFFERED
Torrance Gibson. The five-star Florida standout is rated as the nation's third best quarterback for the class. The Buckeyes are in the mix for his services but it will be important for him to show up on campus for a visit in the summer for their chances of landing him to be significant. Auburn and Florida State are the other top suitors involved.
Kyler Murray. The Allen (TX) signal caller has been a lean to Texas A&M for a long time and I don't expect that to change. He should be an Aggie, as the Buckeyes were never a threat to reel him in.
Deondre Francois. The four-star sunshine state star recently transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. His recruitment could be one to follow closely as he admits to the Buckeyes being one of the schools recruiting him the hardest at this point in time, along with Florida State, Oregon, Auburn, Tennessee, and Florida. With all the other teams on his list pursuing other top targets on the board, his recruitment could really shape how the dominoes may fall.
Kai Locksley. The 6-foot-4, 180 pound athlete from Baltimore (MD) Gilman has several top programs in pursuit of him. He continues to hear from Urban Meyer and the Ohio State staff and is another prospect who's decision could shape how and where other players at the position land.
Dwayne Lawson. Another standout signal caller in Florida, Lawson added a Buckeye offer months ago. It'll be interesting to see if either him or Francois show up to camp at Ohio State sometime over the summer. Another factor will be who the Gators seek at the position with he and Francois still available.
Lamar Jackson. The Boynton Beach (FL) native was offered by Ohio State last week and a strong camp performance will likely be required for him to become a viable option.
TARGETS NOT YET OFFERED
Travis Waller. The California four-star may not have an offer but could plant himself at the top of the board with a strong showing tomorrow in front of Tom Herman. The Buckeye assistant will be at Servite to evaluate him. Once thought to be a lean to Oregon, Waller is a prospect who has been recruited very hard by Ohio State the past couple months and that has had an impact on him.
Tommy Stevens. The Indianapolis native is probably lower on the list of likely candidates to end up at Ohio State but they have showed some more interest of late. A strong camp performance will be needed from Stevens for him to become a stronger option.
Sheriron Jones. Like Waller, Jones is a four-star quarterback out of California and will have Tom Herman at his school to see him throw tomorrow. His performance will dictate what direction the contact between he and Ohio State goes from there.
Joey Burrow. He will need to camp at Ohio State and blow them away but the door is still open and communication is still ongoing between Burrow and the Buckeyes.
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