OSU Recruiting: Receiver and Tight End

Ohio State is off to a flying start in their attempt to secure a top-rated recruiting class for 2011. The Buckeyes have 11 commitments for a class that could number as high as 22. Today, we will focus on both the wide receiver and tight end positions, where the Buckeyes currently have one commitment, Jeff Heuerman(pictured). Bill Greene takes another look at Ohio State recruiting.

Where do things stand with Ohio State, in their attempt to secure a top-rated recruiting class for 2011?

The Buckeyes currently have 11 commitments for a class that could go as high as 22 on National Signing Day, possibly even higher.

Let's take a look at two of the more volatile areas of this recruiting class, wide receiver and tight end, where the Buckeyes currently have one commitment, Jeff Heuerman. It is thought Ohio State will take two players from each position group.

WIDE RECEIVER: The general consensus is that the Buckeyes would like to add two wide receivers, one slot and one outside.

SHANE WYNN.Cleveland Glenville. This is the early favorite to be the slot receiver in this class, and there's nothing to indicate otherwise. Was offered last fall. OUTLOOK: Buckeye. But if Wynn goes elsewhere, it could open things up for an ex-teammate, Shaq Washington.

SHAQ WASHINGTON.Maple Heights(OH). Shaq has totally blown up this winter, and has put together a great offer list. Probably the slot receiver Ohio State would turn to, should Wynn decide to go elsewhere. OUTLOOK: Would love a Buckeye offer, but they aren't taking Shane and Shaq in the same class.

PHIL DORSETT.ST.Thomas Aquinas(FLA). Dorsett is versatile enough to play either receiver spot, and he was offered last fall. Ohio State will battle Miami and North Carolina for this star receiver. OUTLOOK: Ohio State will get both a summer unofficial visit, and a fall official visit. That tells the tale.

EVAN SPENCER.Vernon Hills(ILL). Once though to be a certain commitment to Ohio State, Spencer has now been moved to the "maybe" category. Seems Notre Dame is now the favorite. OUTLOOK: Wouldn't be a surprise to see Spencer sign with Ohio State, but I do not see that as a done deal by any stretch of the imagination.

DEANTHONY ARNETT.Saginaw(MI). The most talented wide receiver Ohio State is recruiting, but he does not hold a Buckeye offer. Ohio State is thought to be concerned about Arnett's test score, and they have asked him to come to camp. Two tough areas for Ohio State to overcome, because he is qualified by the NCAA, and he certainly will not be going through any tryout sessions, considering the offer list he possesses. OUTLOOK: Ohio State could land Arnett, but it appears they will not be actively pursuing him.

JA'JUAN STORY.Nature Coast(FLA). Story remains a longshot for Ohio State, but he is visiting this summer unofficially. That is a good first step for this wide receiver with offers from the in-state Big Three. The next step would be getting him on an official visit. OUTLOOK: Going to be tough out-recruiting not one, but three in-state powers, but Ohio State has a chance.

DEVIN SMITH.Massillon. Watch out for this one, as he has the talent to play for Ohio State, and he is coming to camp looking to earn an offer. He just might get that offer. OUTLOOK: Just a matter of issuing the offer, then waiting for the commitment, which would take less than a minute.

TIGHT END: Ohio State has told every tight end recruit that they intend to sign two in this class. Jeff Heuerman has committed. Who's next? Are they positively going to take two tight ends?

NICK VANNETT.Westerville Central(OH). Collecting so many offers, it's becoming easier to list who HASN'T offered. Once thought to be an Ohio State lock, but the commitments of Heuerman and Ben Koyack(Notre Dame) seem to have eased the pressure to commit. If Vannett goes elsewhere, does Ohio State look to replace him, or settle for just Heuerman? OUTLOOK: Still see Vannett at Ohio State after the smoke clears, but that is not etched in stone.

AUSTIN TRAYLOR.Walnut Ridge(OH). One of the more underrated big athletes in Ohio, with a great offer list to his credit. Might be looked at as a combination defensive end-linebacker, but I could see him being recruited as a tight end by Ohio State. His talent fits what Ohio State usually recruits: Big Speed. OUTLOOK: An offer to Traylor would not surprise me, once Ohio State pressures Vannett to commit, or else. Keep an eye on Traylor.

RAY HAMILTON.Strongsville(OH). Once thought to be totally out of the picture, Hamilton could see himself with an Ohio State offer, to go with the other 30 he has received. Of course, an offer to Hamilton would depend on Vannett spurning the Buckeyes. OUTLOOK: Don't be surprised if Ohio State offers, especially if they press Vannett unsuccessfully.

In the end, I see Ohio State landing four commitments from these two position groups, two of each, but they could stick with just Heuerman at tight end, and use the extra spot elsewhere.

Along with defensive back, these two positions, wide receiver and tight end, have the most uncertainty for Ohio State, in their attempt to fill the 2011 recruiting class.

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