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Wide Receiver Recruiting:

On the eve of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, all Buckeye fans, including myself are anxiously waiting for Michigan Wide Receiver, Donnie Corley to accept the scholarship offer from the Buckeyes.  Now, Corley has committed and the disappointment sets in.  EXHALE.  Sure he would have been an awesome signing, but there is still a few targets on offense left on the board.  This is where targets like Florida standout, Binjimen Victor and his pal and Miami commit, Sam Bruce come to mind.  The Buckeyes also may still have a chance with another Florida star in Nate Craig-Meyers.  They could also kick a few old tires and re-initiate contact with Florida’s Tre Nixon or go for another timely flip.  This isn’t the end of the world and our class has not fizzled.  Not even close.  We have a Top 5 class in most recruiting websites and Top 3 in a select few as well.

Now as of now the Buckeyes only have Austin Mack as the only Wide Receiver on board.  It might be too late in the game but after we lost out on Corley, we can now turn up the heat on the aforementioned “Big Three” in Victor, Bruce and Craig-Meyers.  Nixon is a long shot but Urban Meyer has a knack for closing out recruiting classes strong and with authority.  He can flip recruits if needed as well.  And what people forget, we have had success with top-tier Wide Receivers in the past two recruiting classes and we have depth at that position.  Names like K.J. Hill, Alex Stump, Torrance Gibson, Johnnie Dixon, Terry McLaurin and I can go on and on with this.  The fact that they are just waiting in the wings and waiting for their shot at playing time.  I feel like they are as hungry as ever and with the departure of Mike Thomas, Braxton Miller and Jalin Marshall, they have an opportunity and a viable shot to gain some coveted playing time next season.  The Buckeyes are loaded so don’t panic.  Even if we miss out on the big named targets, we will be okay.

The Countdown Until NSD:

Well if you pay attention to the recruiting wars in College Football, then you know that this is where the great coaches and the ace recruiters put a full court press on potential recruits.  This is my favorite time of the year.  And it very well could be my least favorite time, IF the recruit I want in Scarlet and Gray spurns us for another team (ahem, Amari Cooper/Laquon Treadwell/Chirtian Wilkins/Stephon Diggs/Chritian Kirk/Myles Garrett just to name a few).  I have my heart ripped out of my chest and have jumped up and down when any form of Buckeye gear is picked up and raised.  Ideally, I would like to finish out strong but it might not be in the cards.  With how the class stacks up, it is looking like we have a few more spots left.  Between 5-7 spots after the mass exodus that had just occurred.  Not including the yearly offseason attrition that may or may not occur.  Players may see no shot at any playing time and transfer (Mike Mitchell/Jeremy Cash) or a few might end their young careers due to injury plagued seasons at Ohio State.  It is going to be fluid once spring ball is upon us so we might as well sit back and speculate for the time being.  Here is my Class of 2016 wishlist:

High Interest Targets:

Jordan Fuller, DB, New Jersey

Rashard Lawrence, DT, Louisiana

Binjimen Victor, WR, Florida

Sam Bruce WR, Florida

Brandon Burton, DB, California

Dwayne Haskins, QB, Maryland

Nate Craig-Meyers, WR, Florida

Rashan Gary, DT, New Jersey

Jared Mayden, DB, Texas

Rodjay Burns, DB, Kentucky

Demitris Robertson, ATH, Georgia

Damar Hamlin, DB, Pennsylvania

Karamo Dioubate, DT, Pennsylvania

Aaron Hansford, OLB, D.C.

Malek Young, DB, Florida

Carlos Becker, DB, Florida

Malik Harrison, ATH, Ohio

Keandre Jones, OLB, Maryland

Chris Daniels, DT, Texas

Tylin Oden, QB, Tennesse

Prince Sammons, DE, Ohio

Final Predictions:

Jordan Fuller, DB, New Jersey

Rashard Lawrence, DT, Lousiana **Surprise Pick**

Dwayne Haskins, QB, Maryland

Binjimen Victor, WR, Florida

Sam Bruce, WR, Florida **Last Minute Flip**

Malek Young, DB, Florida

Carlos Becker, DB, Florida


I had to play it safe with a few of these picks.  Jordan Fuller is someone that we need in the fold and to top it off Becker and Young both flip to the Buckeyes.  Rashard Lawrence shocks everyone and creates his own legend in Ohio.  Victor finally comes on board, Bruce makes his move and Dwayne Haskins reveals his intent to don the Scarlet and Gray.  This is a dream scenario for me and I am not afraid to be wrong because with recruiting, you never know.  Here’s to the countdown until National Signing Day.  Go Bucks!!!

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