Bank Blog: OSU Recruiting Update

Ohio State is still looking to add recruits to their number-one ranked 2016 recruiting class. With the dead period approaching on December 15, the Buckeye staff will use the remaining time left to see where they stand with the few needs on their board. There is probably room to add 5-6 more prospects.

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DEFENSIVE LINE: There are two defensive tackles they are currently chasing, and Ohio State will have concluded home visits with both Rashard Lawrence and Antwuan Jackson by this weekend. I think the outlook is drastically different for both. I think the Buckeyes are the favorite to land Jackson, and with him listing so many decision dates, who knows when he might announce? I know Lawrence is saying all the right things, but I don't see Ohio State landing him in the end. 

LINEBACKER: There is really one target in the scope right now, and it's Daelin Hayes. I think Notre Dame is the possible destination, but the Buckeyes have closed the gap significantly. Hayes choosing Ohio State would not be all that surprising, and this one could best be filed as a coin flip. 

DEFENSIVE BACK: This is one position group where things have not gone well in 2016. Ohio State is still chasing Damar Hamlin and Nigel Warrior, but they aren't getting either of those guys. Brandon Burton is saying the right things, but it's hard to pull from California. Myles Dorn is going to announce Friday, and it's not going to be Ohio State. Patrice Rene remains an interesting fallback option, and it's looking like he's not going to sign with Rutgers. Maybe Ohio State doubles back on him? 

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OFFENSIVE LINE/QUARTERBACK/RUNNINGBACK/TIGHT END: I think they are basically set at all of these position groups for the most part. They might look to add a stud O-lineman, if one fell to them. They are still flirting with Kareem Walker, but I think that ship has sailed. There are rumblings that Tristan Wallace is sort of looking at Baylor, but I'm not taking that seriously at this point. 

WIDE RECEIVER: This is an area of need for Ohio State, especially the outside wideouts. I'm not sure the outlook is all that positive right now. The hiring of Mark Richt should keep Sam Bruce home with the Canes. One of the possible fallouts from Richt's hiring could be Binjamen Victor. It has always been thought that Victor was a battle between Florida and Ohio State, and it has been that. But Victor grew up a Miami fan, and was never going to look at Al Golden as his head coach. Can Richt bring him back in the fold? If he can't, I think Ohio State gets Victor. Donnie Corley wore an Ohio State sweatshirt to a very public gathering the other day, so you know they are out of it for him. 

POSSIBLE BOWL DESTINATION: Talked to someone pretty high up the Ohio State food chain the other day, and this person said there are only two options on the table. Ohio State either gets into the playoffs, or they head to the Rose Bowl. I believe this has been communicated to Ohio State behind the scenes. And they don't think it's that much of a longshot that Ohio State makes the playoffs. They feel they only need one loss, from Alabama or Clemson. 

POSSIBLE COACHING CHANGES: I truly feel Chris Ash is the only coach that could be leaving Ohio State for a head coaching gig. I was told Ash DID pull out of Syracuse, feeling it's not a place you can win at. He is not driven by money, and took a pay cut to come to Ohio State from Arkansas. His goal is more long term than just landing a 5-year deal for 10-million dollars. He will only take a job he feels he can win at. Rutgers is definitely interested, and that is a possibility. But don't be shocked to see him leave for Bowling Green, should Dino Babers take another job. The Bowling Green job is a plum, and a place you can use as a springboard to an even better job down the road. Ohio State is not out of the woods just yet with Ash, but Syracuse offered him the job, so that was a big bullet they survived there. Odds are probably 50-50 that Ash returns next season, but they will go up if Rutgers goes in a different direction, because Ash would take the Rutgers job. 

JANUARY RECRUITING: Isaiah Prince. K.J. Hill. Mike Weber. Urban Meyer specializes in the swoop-and-grab method late in the recruiting process. Just because there aren't names in the mix today, doesn't mean there won't be last minute visitors in January. In the words of Aaron Rodgers: R-E-L-A-X. 


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