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Football Recruiting
Looking Forward: 2015 Receivers and Tight Ends
By Tony Gerdeman

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Because the Buckeyes will have seven wide receivers with freshman eligibility and three with sophomore eligibility in the 2014 season, they don't need to sign more than a couple for 2015.

They obviously have their sights set on a number of talented players, but leading for them is another story. Names may continue to appear, but for now they know who they want.

The tight end situation has been a rough one for the Buckeyes, and since they will be losing two tight ends after the 2014 season, they need to sign at least one in the 2015 class, and landing a commitment has proven difficult to this point.

If they do not sign a tight end in the 2015 class, expect a position move or two to take place with current Buckeyes.

Eric Glover-Williams (Ohio State) Canton, Ohio
Rivals ☆☆☆☆ #9 Athlete
Scout 
☆ #13 Running Back
247Sports  #8 Cornerback
ESPN 
☆ #6 Athlete
Glover-Williams (5-9 166) plays quarterback for Canton McKinley, but projects to the slot at Ohio State. He has been committed to the Buckeyes since August, but due to several issues there are still questions of whether or not he will actually be part of this class. He is quick and fast, but had durability issues last season. He needs to continue improving.


Van Jefferson (Uncommitted) Brentwood, Tennessee
Rivals  #34 Wide Receiver
Scout 
☆ #29 Wide Receiver
247Sports 
 #9 Wide Receiver
ESPN
☆ #22 Wide Receiver
Jefferson (6-2 175) was the WR MVP at the Birmingham NFTC and has been invited to The Opening. He is a polished receiver who should be able step right in and contribute. He is athletic and will only get stronger. The Buckeyes are thought to be the leader here.


Christian Kirk (Uncommitted) Scottsdale, Arizona
Rivals ☆☆☆☆ #3 Wide Receiver
Scout 
☆ #4 Wide Receiver
247Sports  #6 Wide Receiver
ESPN 
☆ #7 Wide Receiver
The battle for Kirk (5-11 195) seems to be a two-team race between Ohio State and Texas A&M, with the Aggies thought to be out front. Kirk is a versatile and strong player who can also run the ball. He is a sub-4.5 guy and fairly polished for a high schooler.


Devante Peete (Uncommitted) Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Rivals ☆☆☆☆ #26 Wide Receiver
Scout ☆☆☆☆ ##32 Wide Receiver
247Sports 
☆☆☆☆ #37 Wide Receiver
ESPN ☆☆☆☆ #10 Wide Receiver
Peete (6-6 195) is a huge target with speed. He plays at St. Thomas Aquinas, which has sent Duron Carter and Joey Bosa to Ohio State in recent years. He has offers from everywhere, including Ohio State and Alabama. Miami is probably the team to beat here, however.


Auden Tate (Uncommitted) Tampa, Florida
Rivals ☆☆☆☆ #22 Wide Receiver
Scout ☆☆☆ #87 Wide Receiver
247Sports 
☆☆☆☆ #20 Wide Receiver
ESPN 
Not Rated
Tate (6-4 195) recently released his top 10 and the Buckeyes made the cut. However, that might be as far as they get. Tate has offers from Florida and Florida State, as well as Clemson and Georgia. He will be tough to get out of the South, and right now if anybody is going to do it, it looks like it would be Michigan.


A.J. Alexander (Uncommitted) Burke, Virginia
Rivals ☆☆☆ #67 Wide Receiver
Scout ☆☆☆ NR Wide Receiver
247Sports 
☆☆☆☆ #41 Wide Receiver
ESPN 
☆☆☆☆ #48 Wide Receiver
Alexander (6-4 220) performed at Ohio State's Sunday camp, and already holds an OSU offer. He also has offers from Wisconsin, Penn State and Miami (FL). He should be narrowing his list down soon. Because of his size, he could be a guy who grows into a flex role.
 
2016 Wide Receivers

Nate Craig (Uncommitted) Tampa, Florida
Rivals NR Athlete
Scout ☆☆ #1 Wide Receiver
247Sports 
☆☆☆☆ #19 Wide Receiver
ESPN 
NR Wide Receiver
Craig (6-3 205) will be one of the top receivers in the 2016 class, and has recently named Ohio State as his leader. Of course, he has also said the same of Auburn. Alabama is also in the mix. The Buckeyes certainly have a shot here, and right now most think OSU leads. He's a big target who is able to get yards after the catch. He can also go up and over defenders. He is rated the #8 player overall in 2016 per Scout.


Cameron Chambers (Uncommitted) Philadelphia, PA
Rivals NR Wide Receiver
Scout ☆☆ #43 Wide Receiver
247Sports 
☆☆☆☆ #15 Wide Receiver
ESPN 
NR Wide Receiver
Ohio State offered Chambers (6-3 195) back in January, and he just received an offer from Alabama in the last week. He has been to OSU before, and will eventually be there again. Of the dozen Crystal Ball predictions on 247Sports, all of them have Chambers going to Ohio State.


Austin Mack (Uncommitted) Fort Wayne, Indiana
Rivals NR Wide Receiver
Scout ☆☆ #12 Wide Receiver
247Sports
NR Wide Receiver
ESPN 
NR Wide Receiver
Mack (6-2 205) has recently declared Ohio State his leader shortly after receiving an offer. Being that he's a Midwestern kid, that type of favoritism might stick since the Buckeyes won't have to pry him away from the southern schools.

2015 Tight Ends

Chris Clark (Uncommitted) Avon, Connecticut
Rivals ☆☆☆☆ #4 Tight End
Scout ☆☆☆☆☆ #1 Tight End
247Sports
☆☆☆☆ #6 Tight End
ESPN 
☆☆☆☆ #3 Tight End
Clark (6-6 247) is Ohio State's top tight end target, but he is looking like Michigan's to lose right now. The Buckeyes will likely have to widen their tight end nets if Clark chooses to go Blue. He plans to commit in July at The Opening.


Josh Moore (Uncommitted) Olathe, Kansas
Rivals ☆☆☆ NR Tight End
Scout ☆☆☆☆ #17 Tight End
247Sports 
☆☆☆ #25 Tight End
ESPN Not Rated
Depending upon which service you subscribe to, there is disagreement on whether or not Moore (6-5 250) actually has an Ohio State offer. Regardless, he plans to visit Ohio State as well as take an official visit. The Buckeyes make kick it up a few notches depending on what happens with Chris Clark.

2016 Tight Ends

Jake Hausmann (Uncommitted) Cincinnati, Ohio
Rivals Not Rated Tight End
Scout ☆☆☆☆ #1 Tight End
247Sports 
☆☆☆☆ #6 Tight End
ESPN Not Rated Tight End
Hausmann (6-5 235) is the top tight end in the state and a Buckeye lean at the moment. Scout ranks him the #1 tight end in the nation. If Ohio State can't land a tight end in 2015, making up for it with Hausmann will be a must. He already has offers from OSU, Florida State and Notre Dame. 

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