Things took a dramatic turn on late Wednesday evening with the commitment of Lamarcus Joyner to Florida State. In a year the Buckeyes hoped to add four defensive backs, the available talent pool has dwindled considerably.
It's highly possible the Buckeyes will look in other directions, possibly previously committed players to other teams, to finalize the 2010 recruiting class. I believe Ohio State has room to add seven more players to this class.
OFFENSE: I don't see Ohio State taking too many more skill players on the offensive side of the football. Look for linemen to be the heaviest focus as they seek to add two more to go with Andrew Norwell.
Carlos Hyde: Hyde told me he is enrolling in January. RATING: Buckeye.
Erick Howard: Howard might be left behind even if he does complete all the academic work Ohio State spelled out for him. The addition of Hyde just might end the running back recruiting for 2010, although Howard could end up back into the picture depending upon Roderick Smith's academic fate. RATING: Doubtful.
Seantrel Henderson: The latest rumblings have Henderson possibly down to USC and Ohio State. That could be very good news for the Buckeyes, as distance from home could certainly factor into the decision. Henderson might be the single most important recruit left on the board. RATING: Very Hopeful.
Matt James: This weekend probably represents a do-or-die situation for the Buckeyes with James. If he doesn't commit to the Buckeyes on, or shortly after, the visit, this recruit is probably following Brian Kelly to South Bend. RATING: Doubtful.
Brandon Linder: The Buckeyes assistant coach John Peterson had a visit with Linder and his parents on Wednesday. The next step would be getting Linder to board a plane and visit, and until that happens, there is no reason for optimism. RATING: Longshot.
Eric Franklin: The Youngstown Cardinal Mooney tackle had a great playoff run and would seem to be a likely candidate for Buckeye recruiting interest. Franklin has several offers and would be receptive to a Buckeye offer. RATING: Stay tuned.
Verlon Reed: Reed is one of the weekend visitors. He has said he will not decide until after visiting Bowling Green next week, but a commitment this weekend would not be surprising at all. I'm listing him as an offensive recruit because Ohio State is bringing him in as a quarterback, or possibly a wide receiver. RATING: Probable Buckeye.
DEFENSE: The Buckeyes are looking to add bulk up front, and they are hosting Johnathon Hankins this weekend in hopes of landing the big defensive tackle. Two defensive back recruits, Latwan Anderson and Christian Bryant, are visiting as well.
Sharrif Floyd: Floyd is in Hawaii basking in the sunlight and preparing to play in a high school all-star game. Reportedly, there is an in-home meeting scheduled with Ohio State next week. Things are looking better all the time for Ohio State to land this big defensive tackle. RATING: Very hopeful.
Rashad Frazier: The Middletown defensive end has not been asked to visit at this point in time, but the Buckeyes have requested film, and have been in contact. Frazier is a Plan-B recruit at this time, and his future at Ohio State probably depends upon other players choosing elsewhere. RATING: Stay tuned.
Johnathon Hankins: Appears to have solved his academic woes, and interest in this giant defensive tackle has increased dramatically. Ohio State has been in on him from the beginning, and they are in a battle with his childhood favorite, Michigan, to land Hankins. This weekend probably tells the tale. I do not think Florida is in the picture. RATING: Hopeful.
Jordan Hicks: Very similar situation to James, the difference being he's headed to Gainesville to visit the Gators, and the Buckeyes have already hosted Hicks. This is another Ohioan that would be a surprise to see him commit to Ohio State. Florida will be waiting in Ohio to visit Hicks in the school on Monday, after he returns home from his visit. The Gator staff doesn't miss a trick, and they might not miss out on Hicks. RATING: Doubtful.
Jerry Gates: I would not be surprised at all to see Gates offered, especially in light of losing Joyner. Gates has been a Plan-B recruit, and I would not be surprised to see that plan implemented. RATING: Stay tuned.
Latwan Anderson: Close to Joyner in overall skill level, and an important piece to this year's recruiting effort, following the Joyner commitment to Florida State. Things have been good between Ohio State and Anderson for a while, and I would not be shocked to see a commitment to the Buckeyes over the weekend. RATING: Very hopeful.
Christian Bryant: A commitment to Ohio State this weekend would not surprise anyone. With Bryant, it seems it's a matter of when, not if. Regardless, this might be the best overall prospect in Ohio, and he will look great in Scarlet and Gray. RATING: Buckeye.
Braylon Heard: Heard might be the best prospect in Ohio we haven't heard of having Ohio State actively recruiting him. That might be changing now as they have visited him at the school. Heard has committed to West Virginia but is open to hearing what Ohio State has to say. A Buckeye offer would not surprise me in the least, assuming reported grade issues are cleared up. RATING: Stay tuned.
There is still a lot of uncertainty as Ohio State heads down the stretch to fill the 2010 class. The first Wednesday in February is still a long way off, and there promises to be more surprises along the way.
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