Ohio State Recruiting Update

Ohio State has been on a recruiting roll lately, and the Buckeyes currently sit at number-five in the current rankings. What's next for Ohio State? Derek Young and Bill Greene take a close look.

Ohio State jumped up to the number-five spot in the recruiting rankings this week, with the commitment of Detroit Cass Tech four-star runningback Mike Weber.

The Buckeyes have been on a roll lately and do not appear to be slowing down, even with limited spots available. Where do the Buckeyes go from here?

QUARTERBACK:

YOUNG: This is a great class with Joey Burrow and Torrance Gibson, and you have Braxton Miller, Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett returning. Burrow might not have been a national guy, but he fits their system. GREENE: Having three quality quarterbacks returning, and bringing in another good one in Burrow, could be the impetus for Gibson to realize his future is at wide receiver. He has to move to that position somewhere down the line to play in the NFL. Why not now?

RUNNINGBACK:

YOUNG: Weber is a great get for Ohio State, and I don't think they really had a pecking order between the three they chased. They're done here. GREENE: They went after all three, and wanted one, so this is a success. Any of the three between Weber, L.J. Scott and Damien Harris is a win.

WIDE RECEIVER:

YOUNG: They don't want Brian Cole, and I'm not sure things are all that good with Lawrence Cager. It doesn't look like he's ready to decide soon, and Ohio State probably wants to know now. They could always find another guy going forward, or be content with what they have. GREENE: Not ready to give up on Cager to Ohio State just yet. I think this one can work out. If not, they could get in on a big time wideout three weeks before Signing Day.

TIGHT END:

YOUNG: Ohio State is figuring out what they want to do with Kyle Penniston, and I think they can get him if they want him. He always wanted to play in the Midwest, so this can happen. GREENE: They are getting two, maybe three, next year, so I think it's time to pass the position.

OFFENSIVE LINE:

YOUNG: I think they're done, and they have to be ecstatic about the five they have landed. GREENE: I would second that, and think this offensive line haul is just what the doctor ordered. They brought in a bunch of true tackles, and they're being coached by Ed Warriner, so it's a win. Taking five might seem like a lot, but I think one from last year is headed elsewhere. No name from me, but I don't think it will hurt the talent or depth at all.

DEFENSIVE LINE:

YOUNG: They absolutely need one defensive tackle, but would take two if it's the right two. I think they have a shot at Terry Beckner. Christian Wilkins is visiting soon, and Neville Gallimore has already visited. Two of those would be unbelievable, and one would be great. GREENE: There are also in-state PLAN-B guys to consider, such as DaVon Hamilton (Kentucky) and Robert Landers (West Virginia).

LINEBACKER:

YOUNG: They are bringing in Porter Gustin for a visit, so you never know at this position. GREENE: Gotta see if he visits. He could be a defensive end.

DEFENSIVE BACK:

YOUNG: They have Juwuan Briscoe in the picture, and they already have three other cornerbacks committed. I think they're getting Briscoe. GREENE: The switch to Chris Ash only increased the need for cover cornerbacks, and they are addressing that need in this class. Briscoe would fit in with Eric Glover-Williams, Denzel Ward and Joshua Norwood.


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