With the season winding down and it being a bye week, we figured it would be a good time to preview the targets for the next 3 months leading up to signing day, as well as look into our magic 8 ball for 2014. In the first part of this 2 part series we will take a look at 2013 class.
With 17 verbals already in the bag already we will take a look at the guys that we will likely finish with to get to a top 5 class. WR, OL, LB, and DB appear to be the positions we are targeting- Keeping in mind as we sift through the rest of this article that recruiting is very fluid so the most likely targets could change even by the time this article is published.
At the WR position James Quick and Shelton Gibson are the two most likely targets at this point; they are very different receivers but both high in talent. Quick is the higher rated of the two by most services, and he’s down to OSU and Louisville. This recruitment is really dependent on Charlie Strong and his coaching career.
Gibson seems to be a Buckeye as long as everything lines up off the field. Other names are still on the board but we will turn our focus to them if anything changes and there is reason for excitement.
One big name is still left on the OL big board; one time PSU commit Dorian Johnson, who will be back in town for Michigan game on an unofficial visit, and back in December for an official. It certainly looks like we made up lots of ground on his visit for the Nebraska game.
Also, although it’s just a teaser at the moment but one time OL commit David Dawson maybe back on the market and one to keep an eye on if he truly does want to stay close to home and Michigan doesn’t let him back in. Read More
Johnson’s new top three includes Ohio State, Pitt and Virginia Tech and he plans to take official visits to all three.
Optimistically, this is a two horse race between Ohio State and Pitt.
Pessimistically, Pitt is the clear favorite and Ohio State the clear underdog.
Pitt has plenty of advantages, including being the home-state school with a coaching staff (and offensive philosophy) that has perhaps the best track record of producing NFL linemen in college football (albeit that track record was built at Wisconsin).
It is reasonable to think that Urban Meyer and his staff may pull off a successful late push for Johnson in a similar fashion this year.
A glimmer of hope for the Buckeyes comes from this exchange in a recent interview by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
When I asked Johnson if Pitt was now his top choice, he said, “Pitt and Ohio State.”
The fact that Johnson included Ohio State in his response isn’t the end of this recruitment, but it is certainly a better sign for the Buckeyes then not being included at all- especially when it would have been easy to do so given the leading nature of the question and the obvious expectations of the person asking the question. Read More