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Football Recruiting
Sunday Recruiting Rundown — April 27
By Tony Gerdeman

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As Ohio State's director of recruiting Mark Pantoni tweeted on Saturday, "All great recruiting classes must have a QB as the leader to put the class together."

That process could pick up some considerable pace over the next few weeks as four-star quarterback Brandon Wimbush (6-2 205) is set to possibly make his college decision.

Wimbush, from Jersey City, New Jersey told 247Sports that he is looking to make his decision in the next three weeks or so. Fortunately for the Buckeyes, he is planning to visit Ohio State again in the next couple of weeks.

Offensive coordinators Tom Herman and Ed Warinner both visited Wimbush's school last week and were able to check in on the talented quarterback.

Ohio State was once thought to be the leader to land Wimbush, but that spot may now be held by Penn State, with Miami (FL) in the mix as well. All three schools have offered him, as have Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Maryland and others.

He is also trying to get out to Stanford, though the Cardinal have not yet offered. If they do, that could delay his decision. ESPN ranks Wimbush the #5 dual-threat quarterback in the nation.

What About Torrance Gibson, You Ask?
While quarterback Torrance Gibson might be the #1 overall target on Ohio State's board in the 2015 class, that doesn't mean they will slow play Brandon Wimbush. If Wimbush wants to commit, the Buckeyes will absolutely allow him to.

How would that affect Gibson? Probably not as much as you might think. With the type of schools that Gibson is looking at -- Ohio State, Auburn, LSU, Tennessee and Miami (FL), there is always going to be competition.

There is also the fact that Tennessee and Auburn already each have a quarterback committed in the 2015 class, and that hasn't seemed to dampen his interest in either school. Regardless of where Gibson ends up, there's a pretty good chance that he will end up being that school's second quarterback commitment of the class.

By the way, Gibson plans on cutting his list down on May 5. Expect the teams mentioned above to all make the list.

Meanwhile, in the Land of 2016 Quarterbacks
Ohio State has offered two 2016 quarterbacks to this point, in Xavier Gaines (Frostproof, FL) and Brandon McIlwain (Newtown, PA). Gaines isn't expected to leave the south, and the Buckeyes may be on the outside looking in on a battle between South Carolina and Penn State with McIlwain.

There are another pair of quarterbacks who are picking up steam when it comes to the Buckeyes, however. The first is Jarrett Guarantano (6-4 195) out of Oradell, New Jersey. He is listed as the #3 pro-style quarterback in the 2016 class by 247Sports. Don't worry, though, he is also pretty mobile.

The Buckeyes will likely wait to see Guarantano throw before they decide on whether or not to offer him. According to, Tom Herman will be making a visit to see him throw, and OSU also wants the quarterback to come to camp to throw in Columbus. If the Buckeyes do offer him, they could be very tough to beat for his services.

Another quarterback who is currently without an offer but looking for one is Potomac, Maryland's Dwayne Haskins (6-2 175). He is an under-the-radar recruit, but has landed offers from Nebraska and Arizona State recently.

He'll be showing up on the radar of many more schools after picking up the QB MVP award at Saturday's Nike Football Training Camp in Washington DC. One week earlier he won the QB MVP award at the Baltimore/DC Rivals camp.

Ohio State is a team to watch here because he grew up a Buckeye fan and even attended OSU football camps when he was younger. According to Rivals, he considers former OSU cornerback Shawn Springs a mentor, and he still has a very close relationship with the Springs family.

Buckeyes Now Trailing UM for 2015 Tight End Clark?
On Sunday, 247Sports reported that tight end Chris Clark (6-6 247) out of Connecticut had announced Michigan as his leader, with Ohio State trailing.

Clark, who is the #4 tight end in the nation per the 247Sports Composite, cited his connection with the current Michigan players on a recent visit as the reason why UM was on top. He still has plans to visit both Ohio State and Michigan again before making his final decision.

Michigan State also offered Clark in the last week, but they are currently on the outside looking in. Even if Clark commits to Michigan, the Buckeyes may be able to get back into the picture with a solid season and considerable passes to the tight ends.

Quick Notes
Matthew Burrell (6-6 290), the #8 offensive tackle in the nation, and one of the Buckeyes' top offensive line targets for 2015, earned an invite to the 2015 The Opening camp following his MVP performance at the Washington DC NFTC event. Burrell, from Woodbridge, Virginia, also received an offer from Michigan last week. The Buckeyes are considered by most to be the favorite here currently, though things are still very early.

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