Buckeyes Put Seven Commits on Final Rivals 100
By Tony Gerdeman
Rivals began releasing their final recruiting rankings for the 2013 class on Monday, starting with their final " Rivals 100". Seven Buckeyes made the final list, as did a couple of players who are still considering Ohio State.
The biggest news to come from the final update is that linebacker Mike Mitchell is now a five-star prospect. He moved up four spots from #30 in the previous update in early December to #26 in this final update. Mitchell is now the fourth-ranked linebacker in the nation.
Receiver Jalin Marshall is the next highest-ranked future Buckeye on the list, coming in at #35. Rivals ranks him as the #1 "athlete" in the nation. He finished just outside of the five-star barrier, becoming the second-highest ranked four-star prospect in the nation. He moved up seven spots from the previous update.
Cornerback Cameron Burrows is #39, which is eight spots lower than the last release, which was four spots lower than the release before that. It's a slightly downward trend for Burrows, but it's a slump that still finds him in the top 40 prospects in the nation and the sixth-ranked cornerback overall.
Joey Bosa is Rivals' sixth-ranked defensive end, and the #47 prospect overall. He moves up four spots from his previous ranking following some impressive performances during a week of practices at the Under Armour All-American Game.
Ezekiel Elliott comes in as Rivals' #15 running back and the 84th-ranked prospect overall. Elliott moved down seven spots after jumping up from #120 to #77 with the December update.
Cornerback Eli Apple had the biggest drop of the Buckeyes in the Rivals 100. He is now ranked #89, which is a huge change from the previous update when he was #28, and #29 in the update prior to that one. After being just on the cusp of five-star status a month ago, Apple barely managed to stay in the Rivals 100 this time around.
Offensive lineman Evan Lisle is the final Buckeye commit in the top 100, coming in at #90. Lisle moved into the final Rivals 100 after being just outside of it (109) previously.
Linebacker Trey Johnson dropped out of the Rivals 100 after being #86 overall in the previous update. The rest of the Rivals rankings won't be released until Tuesday.
If all goes well for Ohio State, they could find themselves with two more members of the Rivals 100 as safety Vonn Bell and running back Dontre Wilson are also on the list.
Bell, ranked a five-star prospect at #32 overall, is still deciding between Ohio State, Alabama and Tennessee. Wilson is ranked the #100 prospect overall and will decide between Oregon, where he is currently committed, and Ohio State and Oklahoma State. Both players will be tough to land, but don't expect Urban Meyer to slow down any time soon.
Last season, Ohio State landed four commits on the final Rivals 100 as Meyer scrambled to finish his first recruiting class in a strong manner.
The Buckeyes' record for most commits on the final Rivals 100 is the 2008 class with eight, also known as Terrelle Pryor and the "Brew Crew". That number is being threatened in just Meyer's second class and first full year on the job.
Ohio State's seven current commits equals the number of the rest of the Big Ten. Michigan and Penn State both have three commits and Nebraska has one. No other Big Ten teams have a commit in the top 100.
Below is the number of Rivals 100 commits in each Ohio State class during the Rivals era.
2012 - 4
2011 - 4
2010 - 2
2009 - 6
2008 - 8
2007 - 2
2006 - 4
2005 - 3
2004 - 3
2003 - 3
2002 - 5
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