Bank Blog: OSU 2016 Recruiting Class Update

It's back to work for the Ohio State team after the open week, but the coaches spent their off week concentrating on recruiting. What should Buckeye fans look forward to in the coming weeks?

-WIDE RECEIVER: The position is already a huge success with Austin Mack and Demario McCall. Of the two, Mack should be the one to see the field earliest because his skills are developed further. The Buckeyes are also the leader for outside receiver Binjimen Victor, and they would take him in a heartbeat. Sam Bruce is in the game more than people think. He has visits remaining, and a lot will depend upon who Miami hires. I would have Donnie Corley as a huge longshot to sign with Ohio State, and Nate Craig as a no-shot. Regardless, just landing Mack and McCall makes this a win for wide receiver recruiting. Anyone else they add would be gravy. 

-DEFENSIVE BACK: First off, there is a reshuffling of the deck occurring with this position group. It does not look like Ohio State will be getting two of their early targets, Jordan Fuller or Damar Hamlin. They already have two cornerbacks committed in Kareem Felder and Wayne Davis, but they still want to add a safety to the mix. There will be new names popping up over the coming weeks, as Ohio State wants one more defensive back and would take two if it were the right two prospects. In-state options Tony Butler and A.J. Rose appear to be outside looking in. Nigel Warrior is a name to keep in mind, and Ohio State is definitely in the mix for him. Another point to keep in mind is that Ohio State already has 2017 commitments from Shaun Wade and Marcus Williamson. I believe 2017 commits Isaiah Pryor and Brendon White could both be linebackers, but that's not etched in stone at all. Either could play safety. Ohio State is also strongly in the mix for Darnay Holmes, Richard LeCounte and Lamont Wade for 2017, with LeCounte and Wade being near locks. They brought in a lot of defensive backs in 2015, and 2017 is going to be a haul, so adding one more for 2016 would be fine.

-DEFENSIVE TACKLE: This is definitely an area of concern, but Ohio State has a player they like very much in Malik Barrow already committed. They are chasing Antwuan Jackson and Rashard Lawrence, and I would have Jackson as the stronger possibility of the two. Jackson should be back at Ohio State for the Michigan State game, and Auburn is the main threat. Lawrence has already visited for Penn State, and while the visit scuttlebutt seemed positive for Ohio State I'm not buying it at all. See Lawrence signing with LSU, and not Ohio State. Regardless, Jackson would be a high priority and they need to add another defensive tackle. Jerron Cage is committed for 2017, but they need to add one this class. 

-OFFENSIVE LINE: Not 100% certain they're satisfied with the four committed in Jack Wohlabaugh, Tyler Gerald, Michael Jordan and Gavin Cupp. I don't think adding another offensive lineman is a high priority, and their overall numbers are high at the position, but I could see Ohio State adding one more lineman. I think it will have to be one of the best in the country, and not another filler type recruit, or they will just sit tight with what they have and look to 2017 where they already have Josh Myers and Jake Moretti in the fold. 

-LINEBACKER: I just don't think the current depth on the roster will alow them to sit tight with only Tuf Borland as the single recruit. I believe they will add at least one more linebacker to this class, and names should start popping up soon. Mique Juarez and Daelin Hayes are two they are looking at very closely right now. Do not see any in-state candidates. 

-TIGHT END. QUARTERBACK. RUNNINGBACK. DEFENSIVE END: Things should be set at these position groups, with only Kareem Walker providing drama. They are protected with Anotonio Williams if he bolts, but will take him if he wants in. 

-SUMMARY: The coaching carousel is spinning, and there are going to be 25 jobs opening up this year. Ohio State is scanning commitment lists right now looking for potential flip candidates. They have proven in the past that they can jump in on top recruits late in the game and land the fax on National Signing Day. I still think there will be new names popping up, and we will see surprise visits in December for bowl practice and in January. I still Ohio State finishing with a Top-Three class when the dust settles. 


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