How will Ohio State finish off this class, and who do they have a realistic shot at signing on the first Wednesday in February? Let's take a look at the candidates, and the odds of signing each one.
Sharrif Floyd. Latwan Anderson: Any chance either player reconsiders Ohio State? No, in my opinion. Both are done deals. Floyd to Florida, and Anderson to somewhere other than Ohio State. RATING: Zero chance for both.
Matt James: James has consistently had Ohio State as his leader, and I see him as the anti game-player. James has a visit left to Notre Dame, and the Fighting Irish need to show him why he is better off in South Bend. I like the Buckeye's chances with James. RATING: Buckeye.
Chaz Green: Jim Tressel had an in-home visit earlier this week, and by all accounts, it went very well. Green signing with Ohio State would be a huge upset, though, and I see him ending up at Tennessee or Florida in the end. RATING: Longshot.
Morgan Moses: It's no secret the Buckeyes want to add three offensive linemen, but I'm not sure Moses becomes a member of this class. The most telling sign in Ohio State recruiting also applies with Moses: Wait to see if he visits officially. RATING: Longshot.
Seantrel Henderson: Henderson is now conducting home visits, and has one official visit left to take. I've always felt the Buckeyes are in the driver's seat for landing the top player in the country, all the more so with the Pete Carroll debacle at USC. The hiring of Lane Kiffin should not be a tipping point, sending Henderson to Los Angeles. The Tressel home visit should be the final piece of the puzzle in Ohio State landing Henderson. RATING: Buckeye.
Jordan Hicks: Hicks is an important player, and will play early at either of his three remaining choices, Texas, Florida or Ohio State. In the end, I do not see Hicks signing with Ohio State, and I feel the Buckeyes are a solid third in this race. RATING: Not a Buckeye.
Christian Bryant: Bryant signing with anyone other than Ohio State would be an upset of Biblical proportion, and I don't see any scenario of that happening. RATING: Buckeye.
Dominique Brown: Brown needs to decide what position he wants to play in college, which in turn makes his college choice a little easier. Should he decide to stay an option quarterback, there isn't much doubt he could be a superstar at Georgia Tech, in Paul Johnson's offense. However, should he decide he wants to learn the wide receiver position, in preparation for an NFL career, I see the Buckeyes in the driver's seat to land Brown. Brown has told people that his dream growing up was to play for Ohio State, and I see that dream coming true. RATING: Buckeye.
Erick Howard: Not going to happen. RATING: Prep school, and goes through the recruiting process again in 2011.
James Louis: I'm listing him here because of the uncertainty surrounding his recruitment. If I had to make a prediction, I would say I feel Louis faxes a letter of intent to Ohio State on National Signing Day. Everything I've tried to find out points to that end, with Louis not wanting to do interviews at this time. RATING: Buckeye.
As Ohio State tries to finish strongly in building the 2010 Buckeye recruiting class, I see them adding four more players before National Signing Day: Henderson, James, Brown and Bryant.
Adding these four players to the 17 current commitments will give Ohio State a borderline top-10 class, and also fill needs at offensive line, and skill players at defensive back and wide receiver.