Bank Blog: Meyer's Monday Triple Play

Urban Meyer has done it so many times in recruiting it's hard to be impressed, but the Ohio State head coach showed he still has his 100 MPH fastball on Monday with three huge commitments. How will Binjimen Victor, Dwayne Haskins and Keandre Jones impact the Buckeye program?

The addition of Haskins ensures that the Buckeyes will not have to dig deep into PLAN-B to find a player at this most crucial position. Haskins is a clear-cut PLAN-A, and he has been on the Ohio State radar forever. There are changes coming offensively at Ohio State, and this kid will battle Joey Burrow for the quarterback job after J.T. Barrett and the zone-read leave the program. Haskins is a thrower, and there's no way he committed to Ohio State believing he's going to be the next Barrett or Braxton Miller. His goal is to play quarterback in the NFL, and that's what he wants to learn. He does not want to carry the football 20 times per game, and I'm positive Urban Meyer won't want him to do that. Either Haskins or Burrow will take Ohio State's offense to a more modern passing attack, although it could come next year with Barrett. Regardless, Haskins should be contending for the starting job once Barrett is done at Ohio State.

Somewhere in Columbus, Zach Smith is smiling over the fact that he now has two REAL, LIVE wide receivers coming in to the program. Not pure slot guys. Not converted runningbacks. Not track guys. Victor and Austin Mack are true wide receivers in every sense of the word. Mack will bring strength and precision route running to the table, with great hands. Victor is electric, with the speed to go by defenders, and the length and jumping ability to go over them. While Mack might be further along right now, Victor could have the highest ceiling of the two. Although a redshirt year is probably in the cards for Victor, once he gets it figured out, he's going to be on the field. This is the deep threat of the future for the Buckeyes, and it's only a matter of time until he explodes onto the scene. Major props to Zach Smith for his recruiting prowess in landing Victor. 

Linebacker depth is totally unproven at Ohio State beyond Raekwon McMillan, who's only staying one more year at Ohio State, so Jones could see himself on the field next season in some capacity. Jones should follow nicely in the footsteps of Ryan Shazier and Darron Lee, because he's that type of player. He will probably battle guys like Dante Booker, Justin Hilliard and Chris Worley for playing time next season, and at least should be able to contribute on special teams for the Buckeyes. This is a run-and-hit linebacker, and that type of player is always a desired commodity. Had Jones committed on a day without two other studs joining him, people would be ecstatic over the news. Don't sleep on this kid, because he could be the first of the three to see the field for the Buckeyes.


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