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 offensive side of the ball, Ohio State already has four total commits. Who else is on the Buckeye radar of the in-state prospects?
Lynn Bowden. Athlete. Warren Harding. Would seem to be a player that could be either the next Jalin Marshall or the next Curtis Samuel at the next level. Just a special talent with the football in his hands. Currently committed to Indiana, which probably has zero impact on Meyer's decision to recruit Bowden or not.
Matt Bockhorst. Guard. Cincinnati St. Xavier. Currently committed to Clemson. Not sure the Buckeyes will try to flip Bockhorst given the number of offensive linemen on the roster, and the fact that they have two committed for the 2017 class. Would be an inside player along the lines of Billy Price or Pat Elflein.
JaVont'e Richardson. Wide receiver/linebacker/safety. Maple Heights. His versatility could get Richardson into the class. As a wide receiver only, Ohio State has already identified their top targets. I could see Ohio State waiting until late before moving on Richardson, and him getting the Rashod Berry/Brady Taylor/Malik Harrison type offer. Personally, I see Richardson as a defensive player at the next level.
Sean Clifford. Quarterback. Cincinnati St. Xavier. Currently committed to Penn State. Would be an interesting move by Meyer, even though Clifford seems 100% solid to the Nittany Lions. I think Ohio State will look to take a second QB in this class, and Clifford is very talented.
Charles Reeves. Tight end. Steubenville. Recently decommitted from Kentucky. Has the potential to be an SEC-like tight end, a player that can go deep down the seam and get behind safeties. Has great size and speed. Now that he's back on the market, he could attract more national offers. A special talent.
Trey Pugh. Tight end. Plain City Jonathan Alder. More of a traditional tight end, and a player that has put together a great offer list already. Would fit with what Ohio State has done on offense recently with Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett. Has the skill set to play for Ohio State.
Danny Davis. Wide receiver. Springfield. Has the talent to play either slot or outside receiver for Ohio State, but he would seem to be behind some national talents and Jaylen Harris on their board. As he moves away from basketball and just concentrates on football only, the talent will only improve.
Joel Honigford. Offensive tackle. Garaway. This just might be a guy with so much potential that forces Ohio State to offer. Has great size and athletic ability. Plays against weak competition, but he could be the next Taylor Decker on the college level. The national offers are starting to roll in. I think he is close to landing the Buckeye offer.
Mike Miranda. Offensive tackle. Stow-Munroe Falls. Would be more developed than Honigford, but might not have the long term potential. Either way, Miranda has the skill set to play college football at a high level. Would fit with some of the offensive linemen Ohio State has taken the past two classes.
Michael Warren. Runningback. Toledo Central Catholic. Not sure he isn't a dupication of what they have in Todd Sibley, from a size and speed perspective. I like Warren more than most folks will, and I love his competitiveness and will to win. Would be Boom Herron in my eyes in every way.
Bryant Koback. Runningback. Holland Springfield. Would bring more pure speed to the table than Warren or Sibley, but not as physical. Will always test out as a monster, as he has the size, speed and athleticism to dominate camps and combines. An interesting talent that is currently committed to Kentucky.