Plenty of Buckeye Targets in Initial 2016 Top247

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Football Recruiting
Plenty of Buckeye Targets in Initial 2016 Top247
By Tony Gerdeman

On Wednesday, 247Sports released their initial Top247 for 2016, detailing the top prospects for the 2016 class. The list also includes 12 Ohioans.

Urban Meyer and Ohio State will finally be back at a full 85 scholarships for the 2015 season, which means the 2016 class will only be Meyer's second class with a full allotment.

Here's a quick look at the Buckeye targets on the 2016 Top247 list.

#4 Keion Joyner (6-3 200) OLB Havelock, NC
Joyner was offered by Ohio State back in September, but he will end up in the SEC.

#7 Liam Eichenberg (6-5 275) OT Cleveland, OH
Eichenberg is one of 10 initial five-star prospects. He already has offers from Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame.

#10 Rashan Gary (6-4 285) DT Scotch Plains, NJ
Gary holds an OSU offer, and has a relationship with DL coach Larry Johnson from his Penn State days. PSU is still the team to beat here it seems.

#11 Jauan Williams (6-7 275) OT Wash., DC
Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee and Virginia are currently his top four, in no particular order. Expect a relatively early decision.

#16 Isaac Nauta (6-5 240) TE Buford, GA
The Buckeyes have offered Nauta, but he's a long shot.

#18 Kareem Walker (6-1 190) RB Wayne, NJ
Walker is 247's #2 RB in the 2016 class. He has offers from everywhere, including OSU. Things are still very early for him.

#35 Tommy Kraemer (6-5 305) OT Cincinnati, OH
The Buckeyes are considered by many to be the favorite here, and they have offered.

#37 Demetris Robertson (6-1 165) ATH Savannah, GA
OSU has offered, but it will be difficult to get Robertson out of the SEC.

#41 Rahshaun Smith (6-3 225) DE Baltimore, MD
Per Rivals, Oklahoma led Ohio State in this one as of a month ago. Both schools have offered.

#45 Michael Menet (6-5 250) OT Reading, PA
Visited OSU last weekend, but it will be difficult to get Menet away from Penn State and James Franklin.

#47 Shaq Quarterman (6-1 237) LB Orange Park, FL
Quarterman is scheduled to visit Ohio State in July. Until then, however, this looks like a Miami (FL) and Auburn battle.

#49 Scott Bracey (6-3 195) ATH Richmond, VA
Just offered by Florida State, also has offers from Ohio State and Michigan. This one will require more Zach Smith magic in the state of Virginia.

#55 Prince Sammons (6-8 260) DE Cincinnati, OH
Sammons does not have any major offers yet, but has the frame that will eventually bring them.

#56 Sam Bruce (5-8 160) WR Fort Lauderdale, FL 
Bruce has a top five of Ohio State, Florida State, Florida, Oregon, and Miami (FL), in no order. Attends the same high school as current Buckeye Joey Bosa.

#59 Nick Bosa (6-3 265) DE Fort Lauderdale, FL
Speaking of Joey Bosa, Nick is his younger brother. Ohio State is believed to be the overwhelming favorite here, but he also holds offers from Alabama, Florida State, Florida and the like.

#62 Stephen Smothers (5-9 152) WR Reisterstown, MD
Smothers owns an Ohio State offer and they are in his top five.

#80 Dionte Mullins (5-11 179) WR Miami, FL
Mullins has offers from all of the major football programs. Ohio State is in the running, but he will be a tough pull from south Florida.

#83 Cameron Chambers (6-3 195) WR Philadelphia, PA
Chambers has already visited Ohio State about a half dozen times, and many consider the Buckeyes the favorite here.

#89 Justin Layne (6-3 173) WR Cleveland, OH
Layne does not have an OSU offer, but he does have an offer from Michigan State. He is a teammate of top 2015 prospect Jerome Baker.

#91 Ethan Tucky (6-3 215) LB Delaware, OH
Tucky does not yet have any major offers, but has already been to Ohio State a number of times. He is 247's #6 OLB.

#92 Nate Craig (6-2 195) WR Tampa, FL
Craig is one of the top receivers in the nation. He has offers from OSU, Auburn, Florida, Clemson and Florida State. Some consider Ohio State the team to beat.

#99 Brandon McIlwain (6-1 205) QB Newtown, PA
Ohio State has offered, but Penn State appears to be in the driver's seat.

#116 Kyree Campbell (6-5 250) DE Woodbridge, VA
OSU is Campbell's best offer, and he considers himself an Ohio State fan. He is still looking for other offers, however.

#138 Jonathon Cooper (6-3 215) DE Columbus, OH
Cooper does not yet have an Ohio State offer, but it would be a surprise if one doesn't eventually come.

#146 Ahmmon Richards (6-1 165) WR West Palm Beach, FL
Ohio State has offered, but Richards is probably a reach at this point.

#147 Zach Sandwisch (6-2 205) LB Toledo, OH
Sandwisch attends Toledo Central Catholic, which is the same school that former Buckeyes Dane Sanzenbacher and Jayme Thompson attended. He only holds an offer from Toledo at this point, with more sure to come this summer.

#164 Tyrece Speight (5-10 173) ATH Akron, OH
Attends St. Vincent - St. Mary, but favors Michigan. He does not yet hold any major offers.

#172 Cedrick Wright (5-9 170) S Miami, FL
The Buckeyes have offered, but there is a very long way to go.

#183 Jake Hausmann (6-5 235) TE Cincinnati, OH
Hausmann does not yet hold an offer from Ohio State, but is planning to attend an OSU camp to hopefully earn one.

#245 Messiah deWeaver (6-3 195) QB Dayton, OH
OSU has not yet offered, and at this point it looks like it would be a surprise if they did. Kentucky and Louisville have offered, and Michigan is recruiting him as well.

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