Over the next week or so myself and Chris (@Cjason112) will take a look back at the 2013 recruiting class via a positional recap. We have decided to break things down in groups and will post once a day a post on each of the following OL, WRs & TE, RB & QB, on offense. On Defense it will be DL, LB, and DBs. There were no ST members in the class. We will be utilizing their personal commitment post and updating their final rankings with the 4 recruiting services and where we think they will play at OSU and how they will be utilized. We will also discuss if they should or will redshirt. Hopefully we will be able to get the info so many of our readers are craving but if you have questions or thoughts we would love for you to share them with us in the comments section. To start things off I will take a closer look at the OL.
Evan Lisle is a 6’6″ 265 lbs 4 star OT from Centerville, Ohio. Evan Lisle is a huge OT recruit and Evan fills a need at position we lack depth at and has the size and agility to play either right or left tackle. He needs to put on a little more weight but he has the athletic and lean look Coach Meyer wants from his OLmen. He will have every chance to play early and often. He excelled at the HS all star game and raised his recruiting rankings tremendously. My guess is he will not Redshirt and will be a backup early in the season. His final rankings are impressive to say the least. ESPN ranks him a 4 star and the 106th best recruit in the nation. 247sports ranks him a 4 star and the 89th best recruit in the country. Scout ranks him a 4 star and the 5th best OT in the country. Rivals ranks him a 4 star and the 90th best recruit in the country. You can see his highlight video below.
Tim Gardner is a 6’5″ 310 lbs 4 star OLman from Indianapolis, Indiana. When OSU first started recruiting Tim they asked him to lose some weight and he put in a lot of hard work and earned his spot in the class. OSU coaches have raved about how willing he is to do what they ask from him and how determined he is to get better and become a part of OSUs class. In the end though I think he will move from OT to OG and will redshirt his freshman year. He is the kind of recruit who will have to fight and work extra hard to keep his body in shape and also to ever have a chance to play at OSU over higher ranked recruits. He has the ability but will always have an uphill battle. He does seem to have the heart and determination he needs to succeed so we will have to wait and see as time goes on. he isn’t nearly as highly ranked as his fellow OT Evan Lisle. ESPN ranks him a 3 star and the 11th best player in Ohio. 247sports ranks him a 4 star and the 24th best OT in the country. Scout ranks him a 3 star and the 31st best OG recruit in the country. Rivals ranks him a 3 star and the 17th best prospect in Ohio. Sadly I couldn’t find a highlight reel for him.
This wasn’t a huge class for OLmen for OSU mostly because they missed out on so many they were chasing due to a numbers crunch. I can see Evan Lisle getting playing time early as a backup and if injuries occur it could be a lot of playing time. Tim Gardner is more of a project OLman who under Coach Warinner’s watch he can develop into a great OLman. In the end I would rank this OL class a B+ with a chance in 4 years to be a A+ or a F because it is so small there is very little wiggle room.
Don’t forget to comeback tomorrow and every day this week and next week for the rest of the recruiting class positional recaps.