Who is next in line to receive an offer from Ohio State based on their camp performance? I'm going to list my top ten performers who currently do not hold Buckeye offers, and there are three juniors who make my list. I will list the juniors first because Sept. 1 is the first day they can receive official written offers. The seniors will follow in descending order of who has the best shot at an Ohio State offer.
10- Trey DePriest is a junior linebacker from Springfield who certainly passes the look test. DePriest moved well for a player that is listed at 225-pounds. He is also a long-armed player that certainly looked the part of a Big Ten linebacker. After viewing his film and seeing him in person, I believe DePriest has a great chance of receiving an offer from the Buckeyes, possibly on September 1.
9- Doran Grant (Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) might be the best defensive back prospect in Ohio, regardless of class. I have been touting Grant since I first saw him in a camp following his freshman year. Even though he had never played a down of varsity football, Grant was an easy player to evaluate as a future Buckeye recruit. His sophomore season did not disappoint. His performance at camp was eye-popping, to say the least. Grant has size, speed and great one-on-one coverage ability. He picked up an offer from Georgia last week on the Raw Talent bus tour. There will be more to follow, and I expect Grant to have a Buckeye offer in his mailbox in September.
8- Canton McKinley junior Steve Miller might have been the most impressive prospect at camp, including the two holding Ohio State offers. This star defensive end has EVERYTHING you look for in a player and his offer list will someday be listed as EVERYONE. Miller is 6-4 and weighs 220 pounds, and has a combination of strength and explosiveness that leads players to the NFL. Miller will head into his senior season as one of the highest rated players in the country. A Buckeye offer is just a formality and Ohio State will be tough to beat for his services.
7- Anthony Schrock (Wadsworth) is a wide receiver who just might be the most underrated prospect in Ohio. Schrock only has an offer from Akron and that is shocking to me. Schrock has great size, great hands and has run some good track times at Wadsworth. He is a similar player to former Buckeye Brian Hartline. All of Schrock's talents were on display at Ohio State and he had to have impressed the majority of college coaches that were on hand. I see Schrock as a Big Ten player on signing day, with a small shot at hearing from Ohio State.
6- Dan Schneider (Avon Lake) had a good day and was the best tight end prospect in camp. Schneider can catch the football and appears to be a hard-nosed player who will be a great blocker. He is listed at 6-4. If that were accurate he would probably have offers from most of the top programs in the Midwest. I would guess him to be 6-2 at best, but that would be the only drawback to receiving an Ohio State offer. Schneider is receiving a lot of attention from Ohio State and a Buckeye offer would not be out of the realm of possibility, even though they are chasing other tight ends.
5- Louisville wide receiver-defensive back Bobby Swigert is another player the Buckeyes are paying close attention to. Swigert has gathered a lot of offers, including Pitt, Colorado and Michigan, and he showed really well in camp. Swigert doesn't have ideal size, but he runs precise routes, has good speed and can catch the football in traffic. Think of Swigert as an Anthony Gonzalez-type player. There were rumors of a Buckeye offer being extended Sunday evening, and while that proved to be false, an offer could be forthcoming based on the attention he is receiving and his camp performance.
4- Isaiah Lewis is an Indiana prospect (Indianapolis Ben Davis) who came to the Ohio State camp looking to earn an offer and he might have done just that. His coach told me he is being recruited as a cornerback by the Buckeyes, and they wanted to see his cover skills. Lewis suffered an injury mid-way through camp, but he might have done enough to satisfy the Buckeye coaching staff. I thought he was just behind Grant and Latwan Anderson as a defensive back, based only on coverage ability. Lewis is a great high school safety who just might find his way into this Ohio State recruiting class. I would put his odds at right around 50% to receive an offer.
3- Latwan Anderson (Cleveland Glenville) came to Ohio State as part of the Raw Talent bus tour and he certainly lived up to the hype surrounding him. Doesn't have ideal size, but showed good coverage ability and had the competitive attitude you want in a defensive back. His talent is very similar to teammate Christian Bryant, who holds an Ohio State offer, and the odds are pretty good that we could see them as teammates at Ohio State. If everything is in order academically, and off the field, I see Anderson receiving the offer he covets from Ohio State.
2- Taylor Graham (Wheaton, Ill., North HS) is the newest candidate to enter the quarterback derby for 2010. With Nick Montana headed to Washington, and Andrew Hendrix reportedly nearing a commitment to Notre Dame, it appears Graham is in position to receive the next quarterback offer. Graham has great size and exhibited a live arm in camp. He worked a lot with Buckeye assistant Nick Siciliano and the two of them seemed to have a great relationship. Graham's father, Kent, is a former Buckeye quarterback, and he told me that Taylor has been a big Buckeye fan his entire life. Look for something positive between Ohio State and Graham in the coming days, as I see him as odds-on to receive an offer from Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes.
1- Andrew Donnal (Anthony Wayne) was a player I did not see personally at camp, and I'm kicking myself for that mistake. I did check with two of his position coaches at camp and they both raved about his talent, ranking him a shade behind Norwell as the best offensive lineman. Donnal also spent time with Buckeye offensive line coach Jim Bollman after camp. Ohio State has offered a few linemen they like better than Donnal, but this kid's showing at camp might have tipped the scales in his favor. There is a lot of buzz around Donnal and the Buckeyes might have seen enough to go ahead and extend an offer. In the end, much like Graham, I see Donnal receiving an offer from Ohio State. I believe Ohio State wants three offensive linemen in this class, but Donnal might have pushed them to take up to four with his showing in camp.