There will be at least one, possibly two, transfers coming after the Rose Bowl. There will be at least two, maybe more, early entrees into the NFL draft, so I think there is more room than people see on paper at this point.
Who are the candidates to sign with Ohio State on National Signing Day, and where do things stand, in order of importance?
PLAN-A: Ohio State would take any, and all, of this group. Who are the great eight? For every one of these players that heads elsewhere, bring in someone off the also-eligible list.
Seantrel Henderson: One could easily argue that this is the top target left on the Buckeye big board. Henderson has been all over the map in terms of where he might be leaning, and it's fair to say nobody has a clue on this one. The general feeling is that the Buckeyes are right there with anyone else. RATING: Very hopeful.
Sharrif Floyd: If Henderson isn't at the top, then Floyd is the one leading the way. All recent reports have Ohio State as the team to beat, but until you have the purchase order, you must keep selling. His performance at the Aloha Prep Bowl was dominant. RATING: Extremely positive.
Matt James: This big offensive tackle completed his Buckeye visit last week, and it was a strong visit, but he did not commit. The Brian Kelly move to Notre Dame could be the tipping point in the end, but nobody in the mix feels Ohio State is out of the picture. RATING: Hopeful.
Jordan Hicks: The word out of Florida was that the Gators are feeling more than confident in their ability to sign Hicks. Texas is also an extremely strong contender. I think Ohio State is a distant third, and I'm not optimistic about Hicks being a Buckeye. RATING: Doubtful.
Johnathan Hankins: This big defensive tackle is down to two schools, Michigan and Ohio State, and this one is a photo finish at the wire. He should be announcing very shortly and a home visit from "The Senator" could seal the deal for the Buckeyes. RATING: Hopeful.
Christian Bryant: If Bryant signs anywhere but Ohio State it would be a bigger upset than seeing Tiger Woods named the next keynote speaker at the National Promise Keeper's Convention. RATING: Buckeye.
Latwan Anderson: I think Anderson will join his Glenville teammate at Ohio State, although he is not the absolute mortal lock that Bryant is. Anderson has only been at Glenville for one year, so he's not a life-long Tarblooder, but I see him as a Buckeye. RATING: Buckeye.
Brandon Linder: I do not see this guy signing with Ohio State and there's no reason for any glimmer of optimism without an official visit. I know of none being planned. RATING: Longshot.
PLAN-B: These guys only draw in if somebody else makes it clear they will not be coming to Ohio State. They are being kept warm in case room becomes available. How would they be rated, in order of importance?
Dominique Brown: Brown moves to the head of the class for the simple reason that he has scheduled an official visit for the weekend after the Rose Bowl. Ohio State throws around official visits like Jim Tressel throws the football, like sparingly. If you get the official visit, you usually get the offer. RATING: No clue how an offer impacts Brown, who told me he wants to play quarterback.
Bradley Roby: The Vanderbilt commit was recently offered by Ohio State. Roby attended a Buckeye summer camp and was quite impressive. Is he considering Ohio State? Watch to see if he returns on an official visit, as that is the most telling sign with Buckeye recruits. RATING: Stay tuned.
Jerry Gates: Ohio State requested film on Gates but no visit has been planned, so that puts him behind Brown. Gates' film is impressive, so maybe he sneaks in late in the game. RATING: Stay tuned.
Braylon Heard: There was a lot of smoke concerning Heard after the state championship run, and Ohio State was in contact. The usual rule applies: If he visits on an official, get concerned. Until then, it's all smoke and no fire. RATING: Stay tuned.
Erick Howard: I've said consistently for two months that I don't see this one working out, and I've heard nothing to make me feel differently. He was given academic hurdles. How long would Ohio State wait? Is prep school a possibility? RATING: Longshot.
Rashad Frazier: Ohio State requested film a few weeks ago, but there seems to be little buzz about Frazier, which probably means we should all pay closer attention. Frazier is the best example of a Plan-B prospect. If he visits officially, get excited. RATING: Stay tuned.
Eric Franklin: Franklin had a great state tournament run and is from a Buckeye-friendly school. He would only be considered if James, Linder and Henderson all head elsewhere, and I don't see that happening. If the Buckeyes land one of the above I believe Franklin is OUT. RATING: Stay tuned.
Skyler Schofner: Schofner is like gum on the bottom of your shoe, because he just won't go away. Had a great performance in the Aloha Prep Bowl, and there are rumblings that several schools are giving this Michigan State commit another look. Could Ohio State be one of them? RATING: Would not surprise me at all.
Things will slow down on the recruiting front as we are firmly into Bowl season in college football. There could be a surprise commitment coming, but for the most part we are looking at All-Star game, and National Signing Day decisions. Once the games are concluded, look for recruiting to heat up as teams race to the finish line of the first Wednesday in February.