Stock Report: 2008 Targets

Every year we start to get an earlier look at the top prospects in the junior class, what better day to look at some of the top prospective future Buckeyes then National Letter of Intent Day.

There were a number of offers extended to potential future Buckeyes today, and we take a look at our Top 10 current targets.

No. 10- Shayne Hale (LB, 6-4, 220)

Stock Report-
Could have went with an abundance of guys here, but why not stick to a player that has expressed a high interest in the Buckeyes? Hale is a great physical specimen and has gotten great attention from the staff despite the fact that it is a deep year in Ohio at linebacker. I would love to see a defensive tackle at least at this spot by the next time the stock report is updated.

Gut Feeling-
The usual suspects in this one. Ohio State, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia and Tennessee. Lichtenfels says that Ohio State and Michigan are at the top.

 

No. 9- Cordale Scott (WR/DB, 6-4, 180)

Stock Report-
Cordale is an extremely gifted athlete that has the size and frame that college coaches salivate over. He shows nice ball skills, and was one of the top players at the WR position at the U.S. Army Bowl in San Antonio.

Gut Feeling-
Cordale is from Glenville…

 

No. 8- Danny McCarthy (DB, 6-0, 180)

Stock Report-
There could have been a umber of out of state talents that could have went in this slot, but I think it is important to have a great relationship with one of the most talent rich schools in the state, so McCarthy gets the nod.

Gut Feeling-
More than likely another Ohio State Vs. Notre Dame battle, but unlike Rudolph I feel Ohio State may have an early edge here.

 

No. 7- Josh Jenkins (OL, 6-4, 285)

Stock Report-
Jenkins may be the top lineman in the Midwest. He is a mauler that shows great technique, footwork, and work ethic. Once he latches on to a defender they are done.

Gut Feeling-
Jenkins has issued a verbal to West Virginia, but a recent offer from the Buckeyes and a friendship with Brewster and Adams have shot Jenkins up towards the top of the wish list.

 

No. 6- Kyle Rudolph (TE, 6-7, 220)

Stock Report-
Rudolph is a very intense player that has many physical tools. He not only excels on the grid iron, but he is also a marvelous combine tester. He made a name for himself last year on the team camp circuit .

Gut Feeling-
It is a two horse race between Ohio State and Notre Dame, but the Fighting Irish seem to have the upper hand at this time.

 

No. 5- J.B. Shugarts (OL, 6-7, 295)

Stock Report-
On film Shugarts is one of the best linemen that I have seen in a long time. He does it all. He will need to add some weight, but his potential is off the charts. It would be a huge coup for the Buckeyes to get him out of the SW.

Gut Feeling-
I would say that Ohio State is right in the ball game here. I get a good feel for Michigan and Oklahoma as well.

 

No. 4- Devoe Torrence (LB/RB, 6-2, 215)

Stock Report-
One of the most dominating performers in the state of Ohio on both sides of the ball. Devoe could be a top performer at running back or linebacker on the next level. He will be a huge target for many schools in the country.

Gut Feeling-
I would love to say I am confident in Torrence, but right now I can not. He initially said he was 100 percent Buckeye, but has since backed off of those sentiments for one reason or another…

 

No. 3- Terrelle Pryor (ATH, 6-6, 220)

Stock Report-
A major player that moves extremely well for a player that is 6-foot-6. His open field running has drawn comparisons to Vince Young. He could be one of the top players in the Northeast as a quarterback, but could play a number of positions in college.

Gut Feeling-
I really feel good about the Buckeyes chances here. They are in a good geographical location for Pryor, and they also have a strong basketball program, playing basketball is something that Pryor is also strongly considering. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania is not a traditional stronghold for the Buckeye recruiting efforts.

 

No. 2- Mike Adams (OL, 6-8, 300)

Stock Report-
Adams is a mammoth in-state target. Due to a glaring need at OT he could be one of the most important targets in recent memory. He may be the top ranked player in the state in 2008, and could make a run at the Midwest top 5.

Gut Feeling-
I do not like to give out percentages, but I know that Adams likes the Buckeye staff a whole lot. He may take some visits, but in the end I feel he will stay home and represent the state of Ohio.

 

No. 1- Michael Brewster (OL, 6-5, 280)

Stock Report-
Brewster is one of the best linemen in the entire nation. He will excel in the interior of the offensive line, and may even wind up as a center. It would go a long way with a lot of people if the staff could secure a verbal from this level of an OOS prospect.

Gut Feeling-
Brewster looks like he has a great chance to sign by this time next year, but the Florida Gators are not ready to concede this one quite yet. USC has also crept in to his top three.

 

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