Wednesday February 1, 2012 is around the corner. National signing day offers fans of college football a glimpse into the fate of their teams’ future. Current AP and BCS national champion Alabama had the #1 recruiting class in 2008 according to Rivals.com, which translated into a championship four years later. Recruiting is destiny.
Ohio State started out the 2012-recruiting season strong but with the forced retirement of Jim Tressel and tattoo-gate, recruiting took a nosedive. Top ranked offensive lineman Kyle Kalis de-committed from Ohio State and then pledged to Michigan. Top recruits Se’von Pittman, Kyle Dodson, Taylor Decker, and Greg McMullen, all considered OSU locks, decided to go elsewhere. Ohio State was not even in the top 30 at one point of the recruiting rankings with few premiere recruits and little to no interest from recruits outside of Ohio. Even 10 days before the hiring of Urban Meyer, recruiting guru Bill Kurelic would not have put Ohio State’s class in the top 20.
But things changed, Adolphus Washington, Ohio’s top player, pledged to Ohio State on Nov. 21, 2011 and then one week later, Urban Meyer was officially named head coach of Ohio State. Since then, Meyer has taken a once less than stellar recruiting class by Ohio State standards to a top ten recruiting class in the opinion of most recruiting services.
Currently, Rivals.com lists Ohio State as having the # 7 class, Scout.com lists OSU at #8 as does 247sports.com while ESPN has Ohio State at #10. These rankings will likely change in the near future as Ohio State is in on a lot of top prospects.
With three weeks left until national signing day, who are the final pieces to Ohio State’s recruiting class? Rather than offer my predictions, I will look at the predictions from others on who are the final 5-6 recruits that will fill out the 2012 recruiting class and likely propel Ohio State into the top 5 recruiting class ranking.
The best list of remaining recruiting targets is by by Joe from the Buckeye Battle Cry. He lists the remaining targets with commentary as:
Offensive LineKyle Dodson
We have thought that Dodson would be in this class for awhile and nothing has changed that.
Diamond will be a signing day decision that will come down to the wire.
O’Connor visits this weekend if he is offered he will be part of the class.
With the hiring of Tim Hinton and Ed Warinner from Notre Dame there were rumors swirling that Decker may be looking around. Those drumbeats slowed down after the initial buzz.
Only get excited if we see a visit scheduled.
Just like OL we need some depth here. Names are coming in faster than we can cross off the list.
Williams will be visiting Columbus sometime this month with both parents and I expect a commitment to Ohio State shortly afterwards. He could be bringing his teammate with him- more on that later.
I am not real sure what to think here. He has been said to want to play RB but we need him as a LB.
He is scheduled for a visit to Columbus this weekend so we will know more after that.
This is a name that popped up at the UA game. He is a true Mike (middle) backer. He is committed to Tennessee but is taking visits.
He will be in Columbus on 1/27. Stay tuned.
Marcus is still my favorite LB recruit but things seem to be slipping for the Buckeyes here.
He has one visit left and it is between us and Florida. Look for him to stay South.
Plan b it seems. Tentative visit scheduled for 1/28.
Meyer wants game changers and he is casting a net. The numbers will depend on who wants in.
I am still waiting to see the scheduled visit. Then I might get somewhat excited.
I think many are starting to get excited about Neal after losing out on Diggs and Jones. He looked good in the UA game.
He visits Columbus this weekend which should tell us where we stand.
This is Camren Williams’ teammate that I alluded to earlier. He is a top cornerback and was also a PSU commit. Reeves is visiting Michigan this weekend and maybe Ohio State next weekend (with Williams). If he does then watch out.
Still an OSU / Pitt battle. I see this one favoring the Buckeyes- although Bradley did hold off on his all-star game commit to visit Pitt’s new coaching staff.
Another big time athlete, Harris hails from Texas and recently de-committed from Oklahoma. He received an offer from the Buckeyes along with other premiere programs-the official visits will tell the tale.
No, not shoeless.
Jackson is a LB/S prospect that was committed to coach Withers at UNC. He is taking visits which makes him a soft UNC commit. Ohio State offered…we will see if it takes off.
Jackson may visit Columbus on Jan. 20th.
He is probably a plan b guy but he is a burner. Moore is currently committed to LSU for track but his senior football film is making the rounds.
He could visit Columbus on 1/27 which would obviously be noteworthy.
It is hard to say a kid this talented is on the back burner but it appears that way. I still see a big time safety here. He did hold off on his commit that was supposed to happen last weekend which indicates he might be waiting to see what happens number-wise at Ohio State.
This one will still likely come down to Ohio State/Virginia Tech.
What are Joe’s final predictions on who ends up at OSU? He writes:
OL – Kyle Dodson
OL – Joey O’Conner
LB – Camren Williams
LB – Joseph Jackson
S/LB – Bam Bradley
ATH – Davonte Neal
Eleven Warriors’ Jeremy Birmingham predicts the final recruits will be:
OT Kyle Dodson
OT Jordan Diamond
LB Camren Williams
LB David Perkins
DB Bam Bradley
ATH Davonte' Neal
While Birmingham’s colleague at Eleven Warriors, Alex Gleitman predicts the final recruits will be:
OT Kyle Dodson
OT Jordan Diamond
LB Camren Williams
LB Dalton Santos
DB Armani Reeves
ATH Davonte’ Neal
Which one of these three will be most right? Each has an impressive list and if any one of the three authors is correct, Ohio State will end strong. Unlike the past when many recruits OSU was in on would not commit to the Bucks in January and national signing day as written by Drew Thurman, this year promises to be different.
All three writers are in agreement that OSU will land OT Kyle Dodson, LB Camren Williams and ATH Davonte’ Neal. Getting those three and any combination of the other afore mentioned recruiting targets would make Ohio States’ 2012 class one of the best in the land.
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