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Football Recruiting
An Ohio State National Signing Day Primer

By Tony Gerdeman

With 23 players currently committed to be Buckeyes, most of the hay is already in the recruiting barn for Ohio State. However, that doesn't mean Signing Day won't still hold some excitement for Buckeye fans.

Of the 23 commits, six players have already enrolled into school, so Urban Meyer will be expecting 17 Letters of Intent to hit his desk throughout the day tomorrow.

As those LOIs roll in tomorrow, we will have constant updates on the front page, keeping you informed of the day's happenings. So happy refreshing to you and yours!

But Letters of Intent have been sent out to other prospects as well, in hopes that they will also choose to become Buckeyes.

Signing Day surprises haven't necessarily been good surprises around Ohio State over the years, but Wednesday may be the start of a new and favorable trend in Columbus.

So, with that in mind, let this be your chronological primer on what to expect from tomorrow and beyond.

8:30 a.m. — Joel Caleb, WR (6-2 201) Midlothian, VA
Caleb is likely to select Virginia Tech, but will reportedly be choosing between the Hokies, West Virginia and Ohio State. If the four-star prospect does choose Ohio State, then that might mean one or both of Davonte Neal and Stefon Diggs are out of the picture for the Buckeyes. You can watch Caleb's decision live here. The broadcast starts around 8:15 a.m.

9:00 a.m. — Deontay McManus, WR (6-2 215) Baltimore, MD
McManus, a four-star receiver per both Scout and Rivals, is currently committed to West Virginia. He is apparently choosing between West Virginia and Ohio State, even though he is already committed to the Mountaineers. Don't expect the Buckeyes to be anything more than a supporting actor in McManus' drama.

9:00 a.m. — Bam Bradley, S (6-2 200) Trotwood, OH
Bradley, a teammate of 2013 Ohio State commit Cameron Burrows, is slated to choose between Stanford, Pittsburgh, Arizona and Ohio State. The Buckeyes and the Cardinal are likely out of the picture, making Pitt the most likely destination.

10:30 a.m. — Jamal Marcus, LB (6-2 230) Durham, NC
Marcus will be choosing between Ohio State and East Carolina. Rated as a four-star defensive end, Marcus will start out at linebacker in college. Ohio State is the logical choice here, but when a player is choosing between East Carolina and Ohio State, it's hard to base things in logic. This might be a battle between son and mother. Mom probably wants him to stay home.

12:15 p.m. — Kyle Dodson, OT (6-6 315) Cleveland, OH
Dodson is still technically committed to Wisconsin, but has been dating USC and Ohio State of late. USC is making a very serious push, likely with promises of "going all the way" in the very near future. Michigan State is also reportedly in the picture, but this is a USC and OSU race all the way. Where he is leaning when you read this might not be where he ends up at 12:15 p.m.

Friday 7:00 p.m. — Jordan Diamond, OT (6-6 289) Chicago, IL
Diamond, the five-star tackle prospect out of Chicago Simeon, was once a Buckeye target, but those days are over now. He will be choosing between Michigan, Wisconsin, Auburn and Arkansas. He is only mentioned here so that nobody asks why he wasn't mentioned.

February 10th — Stefon Diggs, WR (6-0 185) Olney, MD
Diggs is one of the top players in the nation, and would just about be a perfect fit in Urban Meyer's offense. He is one of a growing number of players who won't be signing on Signing Day. Diggs still has an official visit to Maryland to take. The five-star prospect will be choosing between Florida, Ohio State, Auburn, Maryland and Cal. Current wisdom has him headed south, but stranger things have happened when Meyer sets his mind to it.

Shortly after February 10th — Davonte Neal, WR (5-10 175) Scottsdale, AZ
Neal, ESPN's eighth-ranked player overall, still has a visit to Arizona to make on February 10th, but once that's finished, a decision should quickly follow. He just finished up a trip to North Carolina, and will be choosing between the Tar Heels, the Buckeyes, Notre Dame, Arizona and Arkansas. This one is still anybody's guess.

While there are a few options for the Buckeyes to increase their wealth on Wednesday, there is also every possibility that they could strike out.

Jamal Marcus and Kyle Dodson are seemingly the only legitimate Signing Day possibilities, but neither can be categorized as a probability.

But isn't that part of the charm of Signing Day?

The larger key for the Buckeyes will be not to lose any of the current commits that they have. Then, when the fax smoke clears and the office dust settles, they can turn their focus to Diggs and Neal. And emphatically so.

Only then will the 2012 recruiting class truly be in the books.

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