With just 48 hours to go in the recruiting process for the 2013 class the Buckeyes are still recruiting hard and trying to finish out the class before going balls to the wall for the 2014 class starting this upcoming weekend. I thought there is no better time to take a last look at the guys still in play for and hoping to land. The truth is no one knows how many spots OSU needs to fill except OSU. So maybe all these guys will end up Buckeyes or maybe none of them will but these are the guys with the best chance of becoming Buckeyes.
Ezekiel Elliott is a 6’1″ 210 lbs RB from St. Loui, Missouri. Big Zeke has been an OSU commit since April of last year but recent rumors and a visit has had some fans worried he is considering flipping to his home state school and parents Alma Mater Missouri. While I have never been convinced he is truly looking elsewhere the rumors were out there and He and his family haven’t completely quelled them although they have given some descriptive hints that he is still 100% Buckeye. Rivals ranks him a 4 star and 84th best prospect in the country. ESPN ranks him a 4 star and 109th best recruit in the country. Scout ranks him a 4 star and 9th best RB in the nation. 247sports ranks him a 4 star and 70th best recruit in the country.
My best guess – Ezekiel will be a Buckeye no matter what the rumors say.
Dontre Wilson is 5’10” 175 lbs RB/WR from Desoto, Texas. Wilson who has been a commit to Oregon since last May has been wavering on his commitment since Chip Kelly was rumored to be heading to the NFL. Once that actually happened he full on started taking visits to other schools. He has visited Ohio State and his home state school Texas in the past few weeks and will announce his decision tonight. Rivals ranks him a 4 star and the no. 100 recruit nationally. ESPN ranks him a 4 star and the 55th best recruit in the nation. Scout ranks him a 4 star and the 10th best RB in the nation. 247sports ranks him a 4 star and the 113th best recruit in the nation.
My best guess – All signs seem to be pointing to Dontre becoming a Buckeye tonight so I will go in that direction.
Vonn Bell is a 6’1″ 190 lbs Safety from Rossville, Georgia. Vonn has been an enigma to recruiting analysts being quiet and not forthcoming into how his recruiting is going and who his leader has been for most of his recruiting process. Vonn will declare his choice on NSD and will be choosing between OSU, Tennessee, and Alabama. Rivals ranks him a 5 star and the no. 32 best recruit in the nation. ESPN ranks him a 4 star and the 50th best recruit in the nation. Scout ranks him a 5 star and the 2nd best Safety in the country. 247sports ranks him a 5 star and the 29th best recruit in the country.
My best guess – This one is a crap shoot and all 3 fan bases seem to think they are landing him. Most of the experts are leaning towards Tennessee as of right now. I believe Bama is out of the chase due to a numbers game. My heart is saying he will go OSU but my head says he will go to his childhood favorite team UT Vols.
James Clark is a 5’11” 175 lbs WR from New Smyrna Beach, Florida. James is the only true WR left of the bunch that OSU is chasing and has the speed and deep threat capabilities that OSU needs. He is down to a final 3 of Ohio State, Clemson, and Florida. Rivals ranks him a 4 star and the no 45 WR in the nation. ESPN ranks him a 4 star and the no. 49 best WR in the nation. Scout ranks him a 4 star and the no 30th best WR in the nation. 247sports ranks him a 4 star and the 174th best recruit in the country.
My best guess – Florida has 5 WRs already in this class but that doesnt seem to bother Clark. Clemson seems to be the odd man out. Ohio State has the bigger need and quicker playing time for him but I am not sure they have the room if 2 of the 3 ahead of him on this post go OSU. I think he will go Gators.