Sixteen Names For '16

The newly released Scout 100 contains quite a few players being pursued by OSU. Here's a list of 16 of the nation's top 100 players that are among the many prospects who could end up in Columbus.

Ohio State will have a good chance to procure the nation's top class in 2016, and what could be a historically great class will have to start at the top. Here's a look at 16 Scout 100 players in the class of 2016 that could become Buckeyes.

No. 1 Rashan Gary

The Buckeyes have their work cut out for them when it comes to landing the nation's No. 1 overall prospect, especially since rival Michigan recently hired Gary's high school football coach. Ohio State has done well in New Jersey under Meyer, landing cornerback Eli Apple, "H" Noah Brown, defensive end Darius Slade and offensive tackle Kevin Feder.

No. 6 Nicholas Bosa

You might have heard of Bosa's older brother, who happens to be a unanimous All-American defensive end for the Buckeyes. Amazingly, Nick has been described by some as a better prospect than Joey was at that age -- and was also the bigger Ohio State fan growing up. He's being chased by a handful of prominent southern schools, including Florida State and Alabama, but the smart money sees him following Joey to play in Columbus.

No. 13 Kareem Walker

It's not often that landing a five-star prospect becomes an afterthought on the day it happens, but Walker announced his commitment to the Buckeyes at halftime of Ohio State's win over Oregon in the CFP National Championship. There were some concerns about whether the departure of running backs coach Stan Drayton might affect him, but those doubts were put to bed when the nation's top running back released a statement saying he was still committed to Ohio State and looks forward to playing for new running backs coach Tony Alford.

No. 18 Levonta Taylor

The five-star cornerback has already visited Ohio State once and he'll soon be back in Ohio for a tournament with his 7-on-7 team, so there's a chance he visits Ohio State during that trip. He recently told Scout.com recruiting analyst Michael Clark that he plans to release a top 10 or top 15 sometime in the next month and will commit during his senior season. Ohio State figures to make that initial list but will have its work cut out to land him this fall.

No. 39 Brandon Jones

Ohio State made the cut for Jones' top 10, a list that was released Dec. 1, 2014. In order to sign him, the Buckeyes will have to beat out Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Southern California, Texas and Texas A&M. His home state of Texas only adds to the degree of difficulty.

No. 43 Prince Sammons

The Nigerian-born prospect didn't play football until his sophomore year of high school but has shot up recruiting rankings since making his debut on the gridiron. His recruitment is different than that of most of his peers, as Sammons' father once expressed his son's displeasure with the extreme amount of mail he was receiving on a daily basis, calling it wasteful. He earned an Ohio State offer during a three-day summer visit and figures to be a good shot to end up as a Buckeye.

No. 55 Liam Eichenberg

Eichenberg's recruitment will come down to Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan, and for much of the 2014 season the Buckeyes appeared to be on the outside looking in. In September he mentioned the Irish were sticking out the most for him, but the success of OSU's offensive line during its championship run has recruiting analysts predicting that this one could swing back to the Buckeyes. He comes from a school that has sent Kyle Berger and Dre'Mont Jones to Ohio State over the past two years, which doesn't hurt.

No. 56 Jared Mayden

Mayden is down to three schools, so his interest in Ohio State is more than just a token mention despite the distance from his home state of Texas. He's long had the Buckeyes among his top schools, and he recently told Scout.com recruiting analyst Greg Powers that he's really close to cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs and safeties coach Chris Ash. As of now, the Buckeyes have a good chance to hold off TCU and Oregon to land the four-star cornerback. He plans to announce his decision at Nike's The Opening camp in early July.

No. 60 George Hill

Considering he's been committed to Ohio State since mid-June, it's hard to imagine Hill winding up anywhere else but OSU. Although he spent his first three years behind Michigan State signee L.J. Scott on his team's depth chart, Hill is thought to be the better college prospect of the two Hubbard running backs. He grew up an Ohio State fan, and his commitment was a no-brainer once he got an offer from the home-state team.

No. 67 Brendan Ferns

Ferns has one of the most impressive offer lists in the country, and with good reason -- he's one of the most coveted and talented linebackers out there. His older brother's initial choice of Michigan (Michael Ferns has since transferred to West Virginia) never appeared to affect his chances of coming to Ohio State, and the Buckeyes still look like one of the favorites to land him. With that being said, Ohio State doesn't offer a degree in his preferred field of petroleum engineering, and there's a chance that a southern school takes advantage of that and lands him.

No. 74 Austin Mack

It's quite likely that Mack will end up as a Buckeye when he commits on June 7 along with fellow four-star prospect Auston Robertson, and he'd be a huge pickup for the Buckeyes if that does end up occurring. The talented high school junior visited Columbus a handful of times during the 2014 season, and all signs point to OSU being an overwhelming favorite in his recruitment. He also visited Ohio's capital city for a game of his own last fall, catching a pair of second-half touchdowns against Columbus Bishop Hartley on a cold and rainy night. He'd be a welcome addition to an OSU receiving corps that will likely lose Michael Thomas in addition to Corey Smith and Jeff Greene after the 2015 season.

No. 82 Mike Williams

Williams comes from the same high school as Ohio State true freshman Demetrius Knox and also plays guard, so that connection could pay off for the Buckeyes. Williams told Scout.com on Feb. 11 that Ohio State is one of his top schools along with Stanford, TCU and Texas, and the Buckeyes are also one of the schools that Williams is hearing from most at this time. He plans to make a decision before the start of his senior season.

No. 84 Jake Hausmann

Hausmann's commitment to Ohio State was a big win for the Buckeyes, who had to fend off Notre Dame to earn the four-star tight end's pledge. The Buckeyes' depth chart situation was a big help in landing him, as Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett will both be gone by the time he enrolls. He had an impressive showing at the Columbus NFTC camp last June despite being a year younger than many of the participants. Hausmann comes from the same high school as true freshman defensive end Sam Hubbard, the only five-star prospect that Ohio State has landed in the last two years.

No. 86 Binjimen Victor

Victor's coming-out party, at least to Ohio State fans, came at the program's Friday Night Lights camp at Ohio Stadium in late July. Victor spent the night torching opposing defensive backs in one-on-one drills and made a handful of impressive grabs that drew applause from the crowd of about 10,000 fans. He's been hearing from a number of schools other than Ohio State, including Miami (Fla.), Georgia, Michigan, Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Ole Miss and Notre Dame. He doesn't expect to make a decision until after his senior season.

No. 88 Auston Robertson

Robertson, like his fellow Fort Wayne resident Austin Mack, appears to be an overwhelming favorite to don the scarlet and gray for his college career. An elite defensive end, he could be part of a legendary class at that position considering Ohio State is also in a favorable position with Nick Bosa and Prince Sammons. His decision will come on the same day as Mack's, at the Redefining Athletic Standards football camp on June 7.

No. 90 Demario McCall

McCall is an intriguing prospect, especially for an offense like Ohio State's where athleticism is especially valuable. He's listed as a running back by Scout.com but could end up at a number of positions if he commits to OSU, including running back, wide receiver, "H" or cornerback. He earned rave reviews when he camped at Ohio State in June and could continue to rise on recruiting boards with another impressive summer. Ohio State was one of the first two schools to offer him and at this time appears to be in good position to land commitment.

BONUS NAME

No. 101 Jonathon Cooper

Cooper just missed making the Scout 100 but all indications point to that not being the case by the end of his senior season. After his performance at the Best of the Midwest scouting combine, Scout.com recruiting analyst Bill Greene mentioned Cooper as a guy who might be a borderline five-star prospect when all is said and done. Given that he is committed, it seems safe to assume that he'll be in Columbus after one more year of terrorizing high school offenses.


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