Wrapping up the 2012 Recruiting Class

Written October 25th, 2011 by Jim

After a long hiatus, it’s time to jump back in with some recruiting talk.

Adverse circumstances surrounding the program have obviously impacted recruiting for months, but the 2012 class still has an opportunity to be pretty darn good.

The key will be finishing strong, and the Buckeyes look to be in a great position to do just that.

The biggest concern, as it has been for months, continues to be along the offensive line. Regardless of how the ’12 class finishes, the depth issues there may not be resolved until the ink is dry on the ’13 class.

Before I get too far ahead of myself, here is a look at how the 2012 class will wind down. Read More

Ohio State’s Top Long Shot Targets in 2012

Written May 2nd, 2011 by Jim

Cyrus Jones is one of the best offensive weapons in the country. The Buckeyes are in the running for his services- along with just about every other major program.

It’s time to look at the early offers in 2012 that can be jointly descried as a “wish list”.

All of these prospects are some of the best in the country, but due to various reasons (mostly location and competition), the chances of them heading to Columbus aren’t particularly high.

Many of these players are defensive backs from Florida. The good news is that it seems like the the staff feels confident in landing at least a few of them.

My theory is that the Florida DBs are why almost all of the best Ohio DBs are currently lacking offers.

So we have that little bit of hope to hang on to.

If the Buckeyes receive a commitment from any one of these players it would be fantastic; more than one would really push the 2012 class into the stratosphere.

So without further ado, here are some of the best players in the country that might wear scarlet and gray in the future.

(Note: I’ve tried to only list players that have expressed interest in visiting Ohio State, have visited Ohio State, or have listed the Buckeyes as one of their favorites at some point.) Read More

Recruiting Big Board Updates: 2/14/11

Written February 14th, 2011 by Jim

Meet Vadal Alexander, the most recent offensive tackle to be offered by Ohio State.

It is still early in the recruiting season so there is not much going on outside of verbal offers, but Ohio State has been throwing them out at a relatively fast clip. The early offers in general and the newest ones in particular confirm two things we already knew about the 2012 class.

First, the Buckeyes are going after offensive tackles hard. Second, the Buckeyes are looking across the country (particularly for defensive backs) before they turn their attention to Ohio players. It looks like Tressel and company will take their time (possibly waiting until camp) to sort out who they will target in-state… beyond the ones already offered of course.

This strategy may seem odd considering the amount of talent in Ohio, but with the built-in advantage the Buckeyes have (not the least of which is Tressel’s relationship with high school coaches across the state), I am sure the staff knows exactly what they are doing.

The other thing worth noting is that even though there are only 15 seniors scheduled to graduate following the 2011 season, it seems highly likely that the 2012 class will approach 20 players (give or take). The off-season is a long one, and transfers or other forms of attrition will likely open up some addition spots in the class.

Whether you are tracking early verbal offers, Ohio prospects waiting for offers, or the number of spots available in the class, 2012 recruiting will keep us entertained for months and months.

Read on for updates to the 2012 big board.

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