Drew Basil, K/P – The 6-2, 195-pound product of Chillicothe, Ohio, could fill one of three roles when he arrives at Ohio State. In addition to being in the mix at both kicker and punter, the three-star prospect could also be a candidate to handle kickoff duties.
"It's a lot tougher to have touchbacks," head coach Jim Tressel said. "You see some teams now going to a guy that maybe just drives the ball through the end zone. We thought having another guy come in that's got a tremendous, powerful leg (would help us)."
He will get an early chance to make an impact, too – Basil will be in uniform for spring practice after graduating early from high school. A four-year starter for Chillicothe's football team, Basil has a career-long field goal of 47 yards and did not miss an extra point as a senior.
OSU recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach John Peterson termed Basil as one of the most versatile specialists he has seen.
"Not only is he a great punter and kicker, but he was a member of his bowling team and the ping-pong club so you know in the game room he is going to be picked first," the coach said. "Drew Basil is a very talented kicker who can do both."
He, too, declined to speculate on exactly where Basil could wind up as a Buckeye.
"I know Coach Tress typically lets a kid come in and experience both before he pinpoints what direction he will be guided to," Peterson said. "He'll be here competing and kicking in the spring."
Corey Brown, WR – The Buckeyes will have two players with the same name on their roster for next season. Unlike the Corey Brown in OSU's class of 2009, this one will play on offense.
Wide receivers coach Darrell Hazell was crunched for time when it was his turn at the podium to discuss a few players he helped recruit, but the assistant said they are impressed with the pure speed the 6-1, 184-pound Brown brings to the field.
"He's an explosive player," Hazell said. "He's played a lot of different positions. He can really run. He's a sub 21-(second) 200-meter guy."
During his prep career, Brown gained 3,000 rushing yards, 1,500 receiving yards and 50 touchdowns. He also had the dubious honor of getting lost as he drove to campus for the USC game along with his mother, Delene Williams.
"They drove out for the USC game and missed a turn and I got a phone call – she's about to Ashland," Hazell said. "On Sunday when they were leaving, I wrote (his mom) directions and I got a call 10 minutes later when they were on (the outer belt).
"Naturally I thought they were calling for directions but they were calling to commit. That was a great phone call."
Taylor Graham, QB – As he showed film of the 6-5, 225-pound Graham in action, quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano inadvertently pointed out that he is not to be confused with current signal-caller Terrelle Pryor.
As he watched Graham scramble for a first down, Siciliano said, "He does have good feet and he's able to run the football enough."
Graham suffered injuries that kept him out of action for most of his junior and senior seasons, but Siciliano said his performance in an OSU camp was enough to convince the coaching staff that he could be their quarterback of the future.
"We had to do a good amount of film study," Siciliano said. "We had him at camp here this past summer and got to work with him individually and from his film study and what we saw from him in camp he was a guy we felt we needed to have in our program."
The time away from the field also paid off in other arenas as well.
"When he got hurt this year halfway through the season he was able to go ahead and help the football team out as a coach the rest of the year and really helped out the young quarterback they had," Siciliano said.
As a junior, Graham threw for 460 yards and six touchdowns before being injured in the fifth game of the season. That year, it was an ankle injury. As a senior, Graham injured his knee and attempted to get back on the field but was unable to do so.
"It wasn't much of a concern," the position coach said. "We chalked it up to bad luck. There was more of a security blanket deal rather than he couldn't play.
"We're expecting great things out of Taylor. He's a very fine young man. He's a good football player. He studies the game a lot. He's a good student. He's good in his community so he's everything we want as a quarterback."
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