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Football Recruiting
Depth Charting the 2012 Class: Offense

By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It was a monumental Signing Day for the Buckeyes as they landed a commitment on both sides of the ball.

While they are still waiting on decisions from playmaking wide receivers Davonte Neal and Stefon Diggs—neither of whom will announce today—they have already filled out a pretty nice depth chart on offense with the 12 players they do have committed.

QB Cardale Jones (6-5, 217, Fork Union)

Originally a part of last year’s class, Jones enrolled at OSU in Jan. after a year at Fork Union. He becomes the third scholarship QB on the roster in the spring.

RB Bri’onte Dunn (6-2, 215, Canton Glenoak)

Like Jones, Dunn is already enrolled at Ohio State for winter quarter and will take part in spring practice. Could be in the mix at tailback, especially considering uncertainty surrounding Jaamal Berry and Rod Smith.

RB Warren Ball (6-2, 200, Columbus DeSales)

Ball won’t join the Buckeyes until the summer, but he is another big back who could get a look at tailback in the fall. He and Dunn were considered the top backs in Ohio.

WR Michael Thomas (6-4, 203, Fork Union)

Another early enrollee, Thomas comes to OSU from California by way of Fork Union Military Academy. Had to sit out his junior year of HS because of a transfer, but tallied 82 catches for 1,756 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior at Woodland Hills Taft.

WR Ricquan Southward (6-2, 190, Lakeland, Fla.)

An under the radar kid from Florida who committed to Miami early, but switched to OSU just before Meyer was hired. Didn’t really get a chance to play until his senior year, but broke the school record for single-game receiving.

WR Frank Epitropoulos (6-3, 195, Upper Arlington)

Legacy recruit who follows in the footsteps of his father (John) and uncle (Ernie) at Ohio State. Will get a chance to play WR, but is also an excellent punter.

TE Blake Thomas (6-4, 240, St. Ignatius)

A well-rounded TE out of Cleveland who could fit in nicely with Urban Meyer’s offense. Can catch and block and was even split out wide in the slot at St. Ignatius.

T Taylor Decker (6-8, 313, Vandalia Butler)

A true left tackle prospect with the size and athleticism to be the next great book end for the Buckeyes. Originally committed to Notre Dame, but switched to Ohio State and should be in the two-deep behind Andrew Norwell the moment he steps on campus.

G Joey O’Connor (6-4, 295, Windsor, Colo.)

A former Penn State commit who could play guard or center at Ohio State. He also played some tackle in high school and was rated as a top-12 tackle by Rivals.com in what was considered a deep year on the offensive line. He is probably going to play inside, but could move outside if depth continues to be an issue.

C Jacoby Boren (6-2, 273, Pickerington Central)

A tough kid like his brothers, Justin and Zach, Jacoby Boren brings a physical, mean style of play to Ohio State. He is a little undersized for the offensive line, but people said the same about Zach when he got to Columbus. Probably ends up at center, but could also play guard.

G Pat Elflein (6-3, 285, Pickerington North)

Another local kid who committed to the old coaching staff at OSU, Elflein actually impressed Urban Meyer and could provide some real depth for the Buckeyes. He is a tough, smart kid who was also looking at Northwestern, but he bleeds scarlet and gray. Could play guard or center. 

T Kyle Dodson (6-6, 315, Cleveland Heights)

The final commit—at least so far—in the class of 2012 was a big one (both literally and figuratively) for Ohio State. Dodson was committed to Wisconsin, but made the Signing Day switch, picking OSU over USC and Michigan State. He is big and strong and could give the Buckeyes a pair of bookends in the future. Injuries have kept him off the field, so he is more raw than a player like Decker, but all the physical tools are there.

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