The BuckeyeBattleCry was with all of you through the thick and thin of this class as we saw elite recruits commit to be Buckeyes and players we were upset to see go elsewhere. After the dust settled and names were signed on letters of intent, its time to evaluate each position in the class and give it an overall grade.
Joe – (B+) In a year when a QB was needed, Meyer didn’t disappoint. He may have even targeted a 2nd QB if we had the normal 85 limit, but with the cap at 82 Meyer only took one. Barrett is a dual threat that missed the state title run and all-star circuit due to an ACL injury. He is currently enrolled in Columbus and rehabbing with the training staff. Miller has 2 more years, and Kenny Guiton is still here for one more, so I would expect a redshirt year in 2013, a year as the 3rd string QB in his redshirt freshmen year and then a chance to compete with Cardale Jones for the starting job in his redshirt sophomore year. I went B+ here due to the ACL injury and the caution I have around him being able to return to full strength and use his legs like he has in high school.
Jim – (A-) I look forward to what the coaches can do with Barrett as they prepare him to replace Braxton in a few years. He has all the tools and he should have plenty of time to learn the system and recover from injury (the reason for the -) before he competes for the starting spot. Meyer was known for bringing in top QBs year after year (famously, Tim Tebow and Cam Newton in back-to-back years at Florida) so the competition will be intense at QB in the years to come. Barrett should prove to be a top contender regardless of the future competition if he puts in the work off the field.
In a battle that came down to the wire, Georgia standout safety Vonn Bell selected Ohio State over Tennessee and becomes the latest member of what’s shaping up to be an epic 2013 recruiting class.
Bell is ranked as a five star athlete on all of the major recruiting sites, and was a standout during this January’s Under Armour game. He also held offers from Auburn, Arkansas, and Georgia, but it was a late battle between Alabama, Tennessee, and the Buckeyes for his commitment.
A life-long Volunteer fan, the team from Knoxville was seen as a late comer in his recruitment, but following a visit there on January 25th, they were back into the thick of it for him almost immediately. Bell and his family kept their recruiting process very close to the vest; as late as Tuesday, many scouting experts were evenly divided on whether or not he’d end up a Vol or a Buckeye.
Recruited by Coach Withers, there was a lot of speculation that both Bell and his family felt most at home with the OSU coaching staff for a while- that they were impressed by Coach Meyer and the direction of the program, in addition to the opportunity to see early playing time for their son.
Measurables: 5’11″, 185 pounds with a 4.45 forty yard dash. He’s a ball hawk, but also is not afraid to be physical in run support or blowing up a play in the secondary. Check his highlights after the jump: Read More
National Letter Of Intent Day is often called “Second Christmas”, and today Coach Meyer got another great present to open as Florida receiver James Clark joined the 2013 Recruiting Class.
Clark visited Columbus in January, but was seen as a strong Florida lean- even visiting Gainesville this past weekend after being on their campus numerous times over the past several months. However, it seems that his interest in being a part of an explosive offense, coupled with Florida’s large WR class and his connection with the academic programs in Columbus have led him to be a part of the Scarlet and Gray.
Clark will be a graduate of New Smyrna high school, where he earned accolades and was seen as a four star athlete by the major recruiting services. He’s a 5’10″, 170 speedster with 10.4 speed in the 100 meter dash, and was offered by Clemson and Nebraska to go along with the Gators. Like Dontre Wilson, he had Tom Herman as his primary recruiter- you can imagine what he’ll look like in Coach Herman’s offense as you check out his highlights after the jump. Read More