Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has a stated goal of siging at least ten recruits from inside the state each recruiting class, and he has stayed true to that number for the most part.
For the 2017 class, Meyer already has six Ohioans among his 11 commits. Three more in-state players, Jaylen Harris, Matt Dotson and Amir Riep, hold Buckeye offers.
For the defensive side of the ball, Ohio State already has six total commits. Who else is on the Buckeye radar of the in-state prospects?
Derrius Mullins. Defensive tackle. Columbus DeSales. Even though there are two players committed at his poisition in Jerron Cage and Haskell Garrett, Ohio State is still chasing Fred Hansard, so it appears they would take a third tackle. Mullins has really improved his overall skill set and gotten bigger this off season, and would fit with previous tackles they've taken from a talent standpoint.
Kyle Bolden. Linebacker. Colerain. Seems to have a resemblance to Kyle Berger, and Ohio State will need outside linebackers in this class. A lot will depend upon how they see Brendon White and Isaiah Pryor as college players. Bolden already has an impressive offer list.
Jarell White. Safety. Cincinnati La Salle. Also a top notch runningback recruit, White is a heck of a prospect for either side of the football. Offers from Indiana, Iowa and Iowa State.
James Hudson. Defensive line. Toledo Central Catholic. Another versatile player that could also play defensive end or offensive tackle. Has been committed to Kentucky for nearly a year. Showed great improvement as a junior and has the body type Ohio State looks for.
Tyrell Ajian. Safety. Mansfield Madison. Already holds a great offer list, including Michigan, Notre Dame, Tennessee, and others. Did not have a great camp performance for Chris Ash, but maybe Greg Schiano gives him a second look?
Alex King. Defensive end. Mason. A long-armed pass rusher that could blow up this spring and summer. Already holds offers from Kentucky, Tennessee and Wisconsin. The Buckeyes could use an outside rush end in this class.
Christian Nkansah-Wiafe. Safety. Westerville South. Just starting to hit the recruiting radar, and he holds offers from Boston College, Cincinnati and Indiana. That offer list should be expanding.
Dakari Carter. Athlete. Streetsboro. Possibly the fastest player in Ohio and he is coming off a leg injury last year. Could be a great return specialist, and possibly play slot receiver. Will need a strong camp season to prove he's healthy.
Dominique Long. Safety. Westerville South. Possibly the player that has made the biggest body transformation this off season. He is now 6-foot-2, 185-pounds, and recently ran a 4.6 laser forty, and broad jumped 10-7. Those numbers are what college coaches are looking for, and Long has to prove he has the football talent to back up the measurables.
Peter McIntyre. Linebacker. Toledo St. Johns. My biggest sleeper recruit in the state, and he only holds two MAC offers at this time. That should change dramatically by Signing Day, and I think this kid will be a Big Ten recruit once coaches see him live during the spring evaluation period.