Recruiting Rundown — A Dozen Names to Watch on Offense
By Tony Gerdeman
The current Ohio State recruiting class stands at 13 commitments, with room for around seven more, give or take one or two. Those seven spots will come from a growing pool of about two or three dozen players.
With that in mind, we thought it would be a good time to give you some of the key names to watch at the moment. More names and offers will emerge between now and Ohio State's summer camps, but for now these are the guys that you might want to pay attention to.
We'll start with offense today, and then move on to defense tomorrow.
Mitch Trubisky (6-3 195) Mentor HS, Mentor OH
(Rivals ***, Scout #18 QB ****, 247 #8 Dual Threat QB****)
Trubisky has offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Michigan State, Tennessee, Cincinnati and Northwestern. However, to be able to commit to either Ohio State or Alabama, he first needs to perform well in front of each school's coaches either during a camp or a coaching visit. Trubisky fits Urban Meyer's model of a competitor and he is an ultra tough kid. He has a bit of a wonky delivery, but gets the ball where it needs to be. If OSU likes what they see in person, it would be a bit of a surprise if he does not end up a Buckeye.
Aaron Bailey (6-2 215) Bolingbrook HS, Bolingbrook IL
(Rivals #4 DT QB****, Scout #6 QB****, 247 #4 DT QB ****)
There are only three Big Ten schools who haven't offered Bailey—Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State. He is planning to attend the OSU camp this summer, but after coming off of an A+ visit to Nebraska, things could change for Bailey. His highlights show more running than throwing, which is generally a tell-tale sign that there is still a long way to go on the throwing front. He appears to be more of an athlete than a quarterback at this point.
Derrick Green (6-0 215) Hermitage HS, Richmond VA
(Rivals #6 RB ****, Scout #19 RB ****, 247 #12 RB ****)
With offers from Ohio State, USC, Clemson, Miami, Virginia Tech, Auburn, Michigan, Oregon and Oklahoma, clearly Green is a highly-sought after runner. He did have Ohio State as his clear leader for the last couple of years, but things changed for either Green or Ohio State when the Buckeyes landed Ezekiel Elliott. Green is likely gone for now, as the momentum is going the wrong way. Elliott has been quoted as saying that the Ohio State coaches told him they would only be taking one running back in the 2013 class.
Robert Foster (6-3 170) Central Valley HS, Monaca PA
(Rivals #4 WR ****, Scout #1 WR *****, 247 #1 WR *****)
Foster has offers from everywhere, and was thought to be favoring Ohio State until an apparent falling out a few weeks ago, though Foster has denied any such conflict. Still, it appears that the Buckeyes have chosen to move on at this point.
James Quick (6-1 180) Trinity HS, Louisville KY
(Rivals #26 WR ****, Scout #3 WR *****, 247 #6 WR ****)
The top football player in the state, Quick is a two-time 200 meter dash champion, even winning as a freshman with a time of 21.73 seconds. In his three seasons of football, he has amassed 195 receptions for 3,021 yards and 41 touchdowns. His father had said that he wanted Quick to have a top five by August, but the receiver came out this week and said that his top two are Louisville and Ohio State, in no particular order. Louisville is still thought to be the favorite, but the Buckeyes apparently pulled even after Quick visited for the Ohio State Spring Game.
Shelton Gibson (6-1 175) Cleveland Heights HS, Cleveland OH
(Rivals #12 WR ****, #19 WR ****, 247 #16 WR ****)
Gibson attends the same high school as 2012 OSU signee Kyle Dodson. Being from Ohio and having a teammate in Columbus would make the Buckeyes the team to beat, but Gibson also likes Auburn quite a bit. Illinois, Pitt, Nebraska and West Virginia have also offered Gibson. He routinely runs sub 4.5 at combines, so speed isn't a problem. Urban Meyer was calling him the first chance he got after being hired.
Laquon Treadwell (6-3 183) Crete Monee HS, Crete IL
(Rivals #5 WR ****, Scout #10 WR ****, 247 #7 WR ****)
Treadwell has one of the more impressive offer lists of the 2013 receivers. Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama, Oklahoma, USC, Clemson and Auburn, to name a few. There are some who believe Michigan leads. He plans on taking all five official visits, though OSU may no longer be looking for receivers at that point.
Devon Allen (6-1 190) Brophy Prep HS, Phoenix AZ
(Rivals #15 WR ****, Scout #20 WR ****, 247 #47 WR ***)
Allen is a track star with offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska, Arkansas, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Stanford. He grew up a Buckeye fan and his father attended Ohio State. He has yet to make any unofficial visits to the midwest, but will do so in the summer. Expect his recruiting to really pick up at that time.
Mike Heuerman (6-4 220) Barron Collier HS, Naples FL
(Rivals #10 TE ****, Scout #9 TE ****, 247 #9 TE ****)
Heuerman is the younger brother of current Buckeye tight end Jeff Heuerman, which might be both a blessing and a curse. He has set a date of April 27th for making his decision, and he will be choosing between Ohio State, Miami (FL), Notre Dame and LSU. He was thought to be an OSU lean for a while, but it appears that this one is still a toss up.
Josh McNeil (6-5 235) Hillside HS, Durham NC
(Rivals #13 TE ***, Scout #5 TE ****, 247 #8 TE ****)
McNeil is a high school teammate of 2012 OSU signee Jamal Marcus, which should help Ohio State if need be. That need would arise if Heuerman were to choose somebody other than Ohio State. If that happens, expect the OSU staff to become very chummy with McNeil. They may have some work to do at that point, however, because he also has offers from Oregon, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Miami and South Carolina.
Ethan Pocic (6-7 285) Lemont HS, Lemont IL
(Rivals #3 OT ****, Scout #6 OT ****, 247 #10 OT ****)
The Buckeyes are thought to lead for Pocic, but they are battling the likes of Notre Dame, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and USC. He certainly fits the type of nimble-footed pass protector that Meyer and his coaches prefer. He will play in the 2013 Under Armour All-American game.
Kyle Meadows (6-5 270) Lakota West HS, West Chester OH
(Rivals ***, Scout #38 OT ***, 247 #64 OT ***)
Meadows does not yet hold an Ohio State offer, but plans to try and earn one at OSU's camp in June. He does, however, have offers from Florida State, Louisville, Pitt, Purdue and West Virginia. The Seminoles have landed two Ohio offensive linemen over the last five years. John Prior signed in 2009, but transferred to Ohio a year later. Zebrie Sanders was part of the 2008 class and ended up being a four-year starter. Neither player had an offer from Ohio State.
The 2013 Commitments
1. Cameron Burrows (6-1 195), DB Trotwood, Ohio
Rivals #2 CB *****, Scout #4 CB ****, 247 #4 CB ****
2. Jalin Marshall (6-0 190), ATH Middletown, Ohio
Rivals #2 ATH ****, Scout #6 RB *****, 247 #2 ATH *****
3. Billy Price (6-4 280), DT Youngstown, Ohio
Rivals #11 DT ****, Scout #15 DT ****, 247 #14 DT ****
4. Eli Woodard (6-1 185) CB Voorhees, New Jersey
Rivals #4 CB ****, Scout #7 CB ****, 247 #8 CB ****
5. Evan Lisle (6-6 265) OT Centerville, Ohio
Rivals #10 OT ****, Scout #8 OT ****, 247 #16 OT ****
6. Ezekiel Elliott (6-0 200) RB St. Louis, Missouri
Rivals #20 RB ****, Scout #9 RB ****, 247 #26 RB ***
7. Jayme Thompson (6-2 184) DB Toledo, Ohio
Rivals #13 S ****, Scout #32 S ***, 247 #22 S ***
8. Marcus Baugh (6-4 229) TE Riverside, California
Rivals #4 TE ****, Scout #7 TE ****, 247 #3 TE ****
9. Tracy Sprinkle (6-4 270) DL Elyria, Ohio
Rivals NR DE ***, Scout #41 DE ***, 247 #26 WDE ***
10. J.T. Barrett (6-1 209) QB Wichita Falls, Texas
11. Alex Anzalone (6-3 225) LB Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
Rivals #6 DT QB****, Scout #7 QB****, 247 #1 DT QB****
Rivals #16 OLB****, Scout #10 OLB****, 247 #5 OLB****
12. Joey Bosa (6-5 260) DE Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Rivals #2 SDE ****, Scout #2 DE *****, 247 #2 SDE ****
13. Lewis Neal (6-1 232) LB Wilson, North Carolina
Rivals #16 WDE ***, Scout #28 MLB ***, 247 #37 WDE ***3
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