But the Buckeyes have a few other options, including a pair of backs from the state of Florida. One of them, Jacksonville Sandalwood's Maurice Wells, seems to be leaning toward OSU. The other, Miami Pace's Conredge Collins, is reserving judgment until he can come up to Columbus in January for an official visit.
"Their defensive coordinator, Mark Snyder, came down to see me about a week and a half ago," Collins said. "I am really excited to visit Ohio State. I know they are losing a couple of backs and have some open spots. I think there might be a good opportunity for me there."
Collins (6-0, 220, 4.48) is the son of Tony Collins, who played his college ball at East Carolina before an NFL career with New England and Miami.
He began his visits at N.C. State this past weekend.
"It was tight," he said. "I got to hang out with a bunch of Florida guys from down here. They're a good group of guys. It was nice. I enjoyed myself."
He has visits set with Florida State Jan. 7, Ohio State Jan. 14 and Florida Jan. 28. Miami (Fla.) would also be in the running, but the Hurricanes are recruiting Collins primarily as a fullback.
"I don't have a leader," Collins said. "I want to take all of my visits and see where I want to go. The four schools I mentioned are pretty much the ones I'm looking at."
Collins is rated as the nation's No. 50 tailback prospect and as the 58th-best prospect overall in Florida, according to Scout.com.
As a junior, Collins rushed for 1,800 yards and scored 20 touchdowns for Pace's 12-2 Class 3A state championship team. As a senior, he tallied 1,200 yards for a 10-2 team.
"I can go both ways – power and speed," Collins said. "I think I have good hands and good overall balance."
Collins holds a 3.0 GPA. He is awaiting the results of an ACT attempt and needs to improve on a 770 on the SAT.