11W Recruiting Staff Roundtable: Michigan State Week

By Alex on September 26, 2012 at 4:00p
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Will Spence be everything we hoped for and more?Tyquan Lewis decided to join Buckeye Nation last week 

Back in August we brought you the first 11W Recruiting Staff Roundtable, pooling together the minds of Dave, Derek, Miles, and me to bring you the latest news on the recruiting trail.

We told you this would be a semi-regular segment and today, a little over a month later, we have the pleasure of coming back at you again now that Ohio State sits a third of the way through their season at 4-0.

While the 11W Recruiting Notebook takes a week off, we think you'll be pleased with what the Roundtable has to offer.

In this edition, we'll talk about our thoughts on the latest commitments for both football and hoops, what positions are most important to fill for 2013 after watching the team so far this season, where Mike Mitchell and Vonn Bell will end up, and more.

Join us after the jump to hear more from Dave, Miles, Derek, and me on all of these topics, and be sure to chime in with your opinions or inquiries in the comments section below so that we can answer any questions you may have as the fall recruiting season is just heating up.

Tyquan Lewis announced that he will sign with Ohio State last week and will play the VIPER (hybrid LB/DE) position in the Buckeye defense. How important was this commitment to OSU's 2013 class?

Dave: Lewis's commitment is fairly important, as it keeps the defensive line strength stellar and strengthens the linebacker position. I personally believe OSU is pretty set for the next few years on the defensive line and a few guys may leave once they realize they aren't going to be playing every down. Let the best player play.

Miles: Getting Lewis was important for the class. Ohio State is lacking talent at the linebacker position and picking up Lewis helps in that area. Lewis will also contribute along the defensive line as he will play the viper position (DE/LB) and should be a solid pass rusher during his time in Columbus.

Derek: It is more like the icing on the cake.  Ohio State got a great defensive line haul in last year's class, coupled with another outstanding group in this class.  Tyquan Lewis won't be a traditional defensive lineman for this team but he will just add to the pass rush.  More depth in the defensive front seven is always a good thing.

Alex: I am a huge fan of the Lewis commit. Not only does his tape look fantastic, but he looked great at camp back in June when he earned his committable offer in front of the staff, which is something not every prospect can say. He also is a three-time state champion, so the winning attitude is there already.

As for his impact on the field, I think he will be used as ultimately a 3-4 linebacker. He definitely has the frame to put on weight and slide down to defensive end full time, but I think what Meyer wants to see is a guy like Lewis play at 250-255 and maintain his speed and athleticism so that he can be an effective pass rusher off the edge, yet still stop the run and drop into coverage when needed.

Absolutely huge pick-up for where the staff wants this defense to go.

Switching gears for a second, OSU also got a 2013 basketball recruit last week in Kameron Williams from the Baltimore area. What can you tell us about Williams and how he will fit in to Thad Matta's program?

Williams made the right callKameron Williams was a huge pick-up for Thad 

Dave: Williams will immediately fit in well at Ohio State for two simple reasons: he works extremely hard and puts the ball in the hoop. Many think that he should be rated much higher than what the recruiting sites give him, but he doesn't care. Williams does it all; he gets to the hoop for layups, can hit floaters and mid-range jumpers, sinks the three-point shots, and plays great defense.

Miles: The Buckeyes desperately need good classes in 2013 and 2014, after only bringing in one player in the 2012 class. Williams, along with Toledo (OH) St. John's SF Marc Loving, is a very good start to the 2013 class. Williams should fit in as a solid perimeter player in Columbus.

SF Nigel Hayes and PF Noah Vonleh, who just re-entered the 2013 class, are other realistic possibilities in the class.

Derek: He is not the typical Ohio State wing player that has been brought into the program in the past under Matta.  He is more of a outside shooter that doesn't possess some of the length many of the past commits have had, like David Lighty, Deshaun Thomas, or Sam Thompson.  With no superb or specialty shooters on the current team, he will fill a much needed role when his time comes.

Alex: I'm not going to lie and pretend I have seen much of Williams, but from what I have watched and read since he committed, it seems like a good pick-up.

I know he is considered a "wing", but it is my opinion he could play more of a combo-guard role while in Columbus, much like Je'Kel Foster did, or Jamar Butler did in 2006-2007 (or even Evan Turner did), during their time at OSU.

I think his shooting ability will definitely be an asset, but he seems like he's best with the ball in his hands so I expect him to play both the "one" and the "two" under Matta.

Back to the gridiron, with 17 commits on the board, how many do you think this class will end up with? What positions do you feel are a priority for the staff to fill with limited space remaining based on what you've seen this season?

Dave: I am thinking around 22, depending on how things shape up here. The Buckeyes need wide-outs/athletes badly. Jalin Marshall is awesome, but Urban would probably love to have a few options. In addition to offensive play makers, safeties are a must.

Miles: I think there will be anywhere from 20-22 players in the 2013 class and I feel the biggest needs are at wide receiver and linebacker.

Realistic receiver targets include the likes of Shelton Gibson, James Quick, MarQuez North, Devon Allen, Corn Elder, Ryan Timmons, and a couple of others.

Remaining linebacker targets include Mike Mitchell, Courtney Love (Nebraska commit), Daniel McMillan, Trey Johnson (Auburn commit), and a few others.

I think the main focus of the two in the 2013 class should be wide receiver, because the Buckeyes are in good position with several star 2014 linebackers.

Derek: I would estimate that there are probably four to five spots left, dependent upon attrition. The staff would probably like to add a linebacker or two, and a wide receiver or two. 

Looking at who is left, player ratings from all the scouting services, and what I saw when I was at the Ohio State camps back in June, Vonn Bell is the best player left on the board.  Kid is a stud that I am sure is of high priority to Ohio State at this point.

Alex: From what I have been hearing, the magic number is indeed 22. I think the most important positions are at wide receiver, linebacker, and defensive back.

We need playmakers at receiver to make Meyer's offense go the way he wants it to. Speed, speed, speed will be the name of the game, as you can't have enough in this system.

Linebacker is clearly an issue for OSU and while the 2012 commits will help, we need more in 2013 before the 2014 monster haul comes in. Tyquan Lewis is a good start, but I would like to see at least one more "true" linebacker in this class.

At defensive back, not only are there some holes in on-field play, but depth is not great right now. Eli Woodard, Cam Burrows, Jayme Thompson, and Darron Lee will help, but I think one more secondary prospect would definitely close this out strong, especially since Lee may end up lining up elsewhere.

Everyone is talking about Mike Mitchell and Vonn Bell as the two biggest targets left on the board. Where do you think each ends up?

Bell is a superb athleteVonn Bell could make Buckeye fans happy

Dave: At a point, I thought Mitchell was an OSU-lock (so did many others), but I am feeling a bit less confident on that front. My guess is Mitchell will probably end up at Florida State, because of the hype around this year's success. Vonn Bell will shock the world (or at least those in Tennessee) and end up a Buckeye.

Miles: I still think Mitchell ends up a Buckeye when it's all said and done. Though he has recently cooled on committing, he still has the Buckeyes as one of his co-leaders along with Oklahoma and hasn't made a trip to Columbus, while he has been to Norman. When he does eventually visit, I expect him to be a Buckeye.

Moving on to Bell, I expect him to stay close to home with the Tennessee Volunteers. Many believe Bell has the Vols on top right now with the Bucks and Alabama trailing. I think things stay this way and he commits to Tennessee.

Derek: From information we have gathered it is hard to imagine Mike Mitchell not committing to the Scarlet and Gray once he makes his visit to Columbus. 

Vonn Bell is more of a wildcard and I'd be completely guessing if I projected his college destination.  My gut thinks it is more of an Ohio State and Tennessee battle, with Alabama not a likely choice. 

Bell grew up a Vols fan and lives within reasonable proximity of Knoxville so I believe he will give them every opportunity to impress him enough to win his signature, but if they fail to, Ohio State becomes the favorite in my eyes.

Alex: Talking about Mitchell, as Derek said, what we have heard still points to trending toward OSU. He has yet to make his visit yet and still holds OSU at the top of his list, a big sign considering he has visited his other favorites, as Miles mentioned. I think Mitchell is a Buckeye whenever that visit happens. If it never happens he will not be in scarlet and gray obviously, but chances of that don't seem great.

Bell is definitely someone who grew up a fan of Tennessee and it appears it was his childhood dream to play there. Problem for him is he knows better than to let his heart lead him to a decision and if the Vols keep going the way they have been in 2012, it looks like the end for Derek Dooley. 

Of course, someone like a Charlie Strong can come in and make an even better case for Bell to end up in Knoxville, but right now I am going with Bell to Ohio State.

Last year Urban Meyer came in and "flipped" numerous players from their commitments to other programs. Will Urban work his magic again and flip any prospects? If so, who?

Dave: I don't think so. 2012 was an interesting year because when Urban was named head coach many players that had OSU interest were committed elsewhere. So, many players re-opened their interest in the Buckeyes once Meyer came on board.

Miles: I think the Buckeyes will flip at least one, maybe two players committed elsewhere in this class.

Possibilities include Holland Fisher (Virginia Tech commit), Trey Johnson (Auburn commit), Daniel McMillan (Florida commit), Courtney Love (Nebraska commit), Sebastian LaRue (USC commit), Mike Heuerman (Notre Dame commit), Khaliel Rodgers (USC commit), and a few others.

I'm not going to guess who flips as it's always a surprise and usually pretty quiet. I think it's safe to expect one to two flips this year because so many players committed early, which is leading to a lot of committed players visiting other programs.

Derek: I think there will be options out there to do so, but it will be tough to maneuver given the limited number of spots available. To list any names as of right now would be premature, disrespectful to the kid (except for those on record claiming a likely official visit to Columbus), and without much merit. 

Alex: I think there will be at least one flip in this class.

I have been talking to a prospect committed elsewhere for some time and he tells me that he has been in daily contact with the Buckeyes' staff. I do not want to reveal the name just yet as it is not fair to the schools or the prospect, but I promise you once the decision is made one way or the other (flip or not) I will tell you who I was talking about. One hint is that he is an offensive player.

As for names to speculate, I think they have been listed above for the most part. Of course there are a few others, but as Dave said, I don't think it will be a free-for-all like last year, due to those being unique circumstances with Meyer coming on board and the whole Penn State fiasco emerging a month before Signing Day.

Keep your eyes and ears open as I think there will be one flip in the class.

Meyer trying to bring North up northMarQuez North sits atop Derek's wish list

Wide receiver or just playmakers in general appear to be a need for the OSU offense. Which one player out there would be at the top of your wish list and who do you think realistically will come on board to take that role?

Dave: Not a receiver (although he may play some), but just a flat-out playmaker: Vonn Bell. The Buckeyes need safeties for down the line and Bell is the best one remaining. He is my top target and I think the Buckeyes land him.

Miles: The player on top of my wish list is Louisville (KY) Trinity WR James Quick.

Right now, Quick has his hometown school, Louisville, on top followed by the Bucks and Oregon. Quick is officially visiting OSU for the Michigan game where Urban and the staff will get the opportunity to impress the four-star playmaker. It won't be easy, but I think the Buckeyes have a solid shot at landing this one. In fact, if Louisville head coach Charlie Strong leaves the program after the season, Quick could end up to be a Buckeye lock.

More realistically, I expect Cleveland Heights (OH) WR Shelton Gibson to be part of this class and take that wide receiver spot.

Derek: Shelton Gibson seems likely so I would label Marquez North as fitting that description of a "wish list" type of player.  If the official visit does indeed happen for the Michigan game, he is the caliber playmaker the staff will try to lock down before he leaves Columbus.

Alex: At the top of my wish list for wide receiver would be Sebastian LaRue, the USC commit. He is a tremendous athlete and I think he would be the perfect fit in the new Ohio State offense.

While he says he is going to take an official visit, I don't see that flip happening. As a more realistic choice, I think Shelton Gibson ends up in this class if all things check out off the field and I think he will be really good during his time in Columbus.

Finally, who finishes out your 2013 recruiting class?

Dave: WR Shelton Gibson, WR James Quick, S Vonn Bell, then perhaps a late offer to OH OL Lovell Peterson and a surprise like ATH Cornelius Elder.

Miles: I'll say there will be five more players in the class. Offensively, I think Shelton Gibson and James Quick join the class. Defensively, Mike Mitchell and Christopher Worley. For the last spot I'll take a shot in the dark on a potential flip, Courtney Love. Things can obviously change, but these are the five that I'll predict for now.

Derek: Shelton Gibson, Christopher Worley, and Mike Mitchell are who I am pretty comfortable in going with.  With that leaving one or two spots left, it is tough to pinpoint any others with confidence at this point.  Guessing on a pure gut instinct, my last two are Dorian Johnson and Marquez North.

Alex: It's tough because it is early and so much can change, but I will give it a stab.

On offense, I think the Bucks end up with one more receiver in the form of Shelton Gibson. I also think they land the player committed elsewhere that I cannot name at this point in time (sorry again).

On defense, I think Meyer brings in Vonn Bell and Mike Mitchell as already mentioned. I also think Chris Worley of Glenville and Donovan Munger of Shaker Heights are right there. I'm not sure what they are waiting on, but I see one of those two in this class.

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gwalther's picture

Part of me really hates myself for enjoying this recruiting BS. The other part of me enjoys it immensely.

Class of 2008

One Bad Buckeye's picture

Part of me loves that Alex has inside info.  The other part of me hates him immensly for not sharing it. :) 

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Scarlet_Buckeye's picture

Come on.  It's so obvious that the "inside info" is on Mike Heuerman (Notre Dame commit).  How?
Becuase...
1) Alex mentioned "As for names to speculate, I think they have been listed above for the most part"
2) The only names listed "above" were the ones Miles gave.
3) Alex hinted that the prospective "flip" plays "on the offensive side"
4) Out of all the names mentioned in Miles' list, only Sebastian LaRue (USC commit), Mike Heuerman (Notre Dame commit), Khaliel Rodgers (USC commit) play on the offensive side of the ball.
5) Alex goes on to talk about his "Wish list" and how Sebastian LaRue would be his #1 wish.  He then goes on to say he doesn't "see that flip happening."
6) That widdles it down to Heuerman or Rodgers.
7) We know Alex has a close connection already to Heuerman and Heuerman was thought to be seconds away from committing before.
 
It's gotta be Mike Heuerman (Notre Dame commit).
 
 
Now... with that being said... i don't see Mike flipping, myself ;-)

Alex's picture

Ha all I was saying was Miles named a number of candidates who have been speculated by others as flips...there's obviously many guys out there

Bj Mullens over Sully's picture

Doubt its Heuerman, he seems to love ND, however its possible

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Crimson's picture

Heuerman looked at ND and OSU, and he made his choice.  He's not coming back.

Buckeyeneer's picture

If I were taking a stab, I'd say Dorian Johnson . . . . wait, . . . is he a PSU commit still or did he officially drop his original commitment?

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Culp's Freaking Hill's picture

Officially dropped.

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JasonBuck's picture

Alex, you're killing us man, but I love your "teasers".  Makes me want to keep checking 11W every day to see who the "flip" is or if it happens.  My question is, IF the flip doesn't happen, will you still tell us who you were talking about?

TMac's picture

Alex promised he'd tell after the decision

Triv's picture

Can we get another hint Alex? Like how about is he one of the players mentioned by Miles that are flip possibilities or is it someone we haven't heard a lot about? Pleeeeaaaaasssseee :)

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

Scarlet_Buckeye's picture

Come on.  It's so obvious that the "inside info" is on Mike Heuerman (Notre Dame commit).  How?
Becuase...
1) Alex mentioned "As for names to speculate, I think they have been listed above for the most part"
2) The only names listed "above" were the ones Miles gave.
3) Alex hinted that the prospective "flip" plays "on the offensive side"
4) Out of all the names mentioned in Miles' list, only Sebastian LaRue (USC commit), Mike Heuerman (Notre Dame commit), Khaliel Rodgers (USC commit) play on the offensive side of the ball.
5) Alex goes on to talk about his "Wish list" and how Sebastian LaRue would be his #1 wish.  He then goes on to say he doesn't "see that flip happening."
6) That widdles it down to Heuerman or Rodgers.
7) We know Alex has a close connection already to Heuerman and Heuerman was thought to be seconds away from committing before.
 
It's gotta be Mike Heuerman (Notre Dame commit).
 
Now... with that being said... i don't see Mike flipping, myself ;-)

Triv's picture

First of all, this did not need posted 4 times (Sticker boosting much?) ;)
On to my real post:
I don't believe its Heuermen. Your first point is partially correct, but what leads me to believe its someone not on Miles list is the fact that Alex said "as well as a few others" right after saying Miles got most of them. The second reason I believe it isn't Mike is the fact that even after Heuerman chose Notre Dame, we did not try to rekindle things with McNeil, nor did we go after Breneman when the PSU sanctions broke. TE is not a position of need right now which is why I think it is either an OL or skill position (WR/HB).
If its Heuerman, I'll eat crow and be very happy doing it, as Mike is an excellent player. Just don't see it

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

Crimson's picture

True, but let's add in that Breneman tore his ACL.  That's faily riskly to recruit.

Scarlet_Buckeye's picture

Like I stated in my original post tho... I, personally, do not believe Heuerman will flip (if it is, indeed, him - which I think it is - that Alex is talking about).
 
I could be wrong as to WHO Alex is talking about, but I feel confident in saying Heuerman will NOT be flipping.

Scarlet_Buckeye's picture

Come on.  It's so obvious that the "inside info" is on Mike Heuerman (Notre Dame commit).  How?
Becuase...
1) Alex mentioned "As for names to speculate, I think they have been listed above for the most part"
2) The only names listed "above" were the ones Miles gave.
3) Alex hinted that the prospective "flip" plays "on the offensive side"
4) Out of all the names mentioned in Miles' list, only Sebastian LaRue (USC commit), Mike Heuerman (Notre Dame commit), Khaliel Rodgers (USC commit) play on the offensive side of the ball.
5) Alex goes on to talk about his "Wish list" and how Sebastian LaRue would be his #1 wish.  He then goes on to say he doesn't "see that flip happening."
6) That widdles it down to Heuerman or Rodgers.
7) We know Alex has a close connection already to Heuerman and Heuerman was thought to be seconds away from committing before.
 
It's gotta be Mike Heuerman (Notre Dame commit).
 
Now... with that being said... i don't see Mike flipping, myself ;-)

PierogyJim's picture

C'mon bro, no need to copy and paste your reply 3 times for everyone just to get Buckeye stickers...

Scarlet_Buckeye's picture

?!  Buckeye sitckers?!
 
I reposted it becauuse they were direct replies.  Some people only check out what they wrote.  Therefore, it may (or may not) be missed .

PierogyJim's picture

I suppose you didn't get the memo then about the new commenting system then. I would go back and read the Skull Session from Monday if I were you. Don't think you want to get hammered for spamming the board for Buckeye stickers.
It will make more sense once you read the skull session from Monday.

Scarlet_Buckeye's picture

I'll have to check it out. HONESTLY, I have no clue about these "buckeye stickers", but it sounds like something people must be getting for making posts.  I assure you, my intention was never to "pad" any "buckeye stickers", moreso just to direct reply to people that I thought my post pertained to.
 
Apologies.
 
Will give it a read.

TMac's picture

Mystery flip (potential) OL or ball catcher...... my guess Mike Heuerman.......

hodge's picture

I can dig it.  I mean, he already silent-committed to us once.
Then again, so did Courtney Love.

Triv's picture

I don't see us taking another tight end. With the emergence of Vannett and Jeff Heuerman this off season, I think Urban is satisfied with Baugh. It's gotta be an athlete (WR/RB) or an OL imo

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

PierogyJim's picture

Alex needs his own 11w television show, Between Two Ferns with Alex the Warrior. Now the only question is who commits first, Mitchell or Bell. 

One Bad Buckeye's picture

If I had to guess, Alex is talking about LaRue.  That'd be pretty sweet.  

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Triv's picture

Alex actually stated LaRue was someone he didn;t see flipping to the bucks, though I really hope he does

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

Scarlet_Buckeye's picture

Wrong.
 

5) Alex goes on to talk about his "Wish list" and how Sebastian LaRue would be his #1 wish.  He then goes on to say he doesn't "see that flip happening."

blazers34's picture

I thought I saw in one of the quickbits that Lovell Peterson isnt playing offense at all this year?  Cant imagine him getting an offer on Defense

Triv's picture

99% of me has the utmost respect for Alex for witholding the name of this recruit, it is the right choice and a very professional thing to do. But damn there is that 1% that just screams DON'T PLAY GAMES WITH MY HEAD ALEX PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD TELL US WHO THIS MYSTERY OFFENSIVE PLAYER IS

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

Scarlet_Buckeye's picture

Come on.  It's so obvious that the "inside info" is on Mike Heuerman (Notre Dame commit).  How?
Becuase...
1) Alex mentioned "As for names to speculate, I think they have been listed above for the most part"
2) The only names listed "above" were the ones Miles gave.
3) Alex hinted that the prospective "flip" plays "on the offensive side"
4) Out of all the names mentioned in Miles' list, only Sebastian LaRue (USC commit), Mike Heuerman (Notre Dame commit), Khaliel Rodgers (USC commit) play on the offensive side of the ball.
5) Alex goes on to talk about his "Wish list" and how Sebastian LaRue would be his #1 wish.  He then goes on to say he doesn't "see that flip happening."
6) That widdles it down to Heuerman or Rodgers.
7) We know Alex has a close connection already to Heuerman and Heuerman was thought to be seconds away from committing before.
 
It's gotta be Mike Heuerman (Notre Dame commit).
 
Now... with that being said... i don't see Mike flipping, myself ;-)

Scarlet_Buckeye's picture

Marc Loving is from Toledo ST. JOHN's... not Toledo Central Catholic.

Alex's picture

Yes he is--bad oversight there---fixing now

 

rickyu22's picture

I think James Quick would be perfect! We so bad need Mike Mitchell too. 

willshire58's picture

If Mike Heuerman were to flip, what would that mean for Anzalone? They seem to be somewhat attached to each other.

Scarlet_Buckeye's picture

Give. It. A. Rest.  Alex Anzalone is NOT going to be a Buckeye.  Why can't people understand this?!?!  MOVE ON!

willshire58's picture

I could really care less about the whole Anzalone situation. I was merely stating an observation that they are close. 

tennbuckeye19's picture

Don't forget Heuerman is also close with Joey Bosa. 

corveyer's picture

Mystery Player Guess - Ethan Pocic. I remember in the spring Alex had feeling that Pocic would be a Buckeye before he decided on LSU, and given his snap commitment shortly following his LSU visit it wouldn't shock me. 

STRAWMAN's picture

This! The lack of Dorian Johnson's name ANYWHERE in this roundtable gives a pretty good indicator that the mystery player could very well be Pocic. We need more offensive lineman. 

Triv's picture

While this is coming out of nowhere (no rumors of Ethan's swaying) it most certainly wouldn't shock me. I'd be overjoyed to land Pocic

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

Culp's Freaking Hill's picture

That would massively shock me.

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Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Who do you guys think would transfer out of tOSU due to playing time? 

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TheBadOwl's picture

At least on offense, Tyrone Williams, Verlon Reed (could see it happening if we bring in more studs), Blake Thomas?

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

hcazualcc's picture

i think alex is talking about taquan 'smoke' mizzell.  would make sense because alex was very high on him this summer and he's committed to...virginia..only thing that kinda doesn't make sense is alex said one wr in gibson for this class and smoke is an APB, probably projects as a slot receiver.  

hcazualcc's picture

other ideas, just to speculate, josh mcneil (alabama, they have another tight end in the class named oj howard lol), ethan pocic (lsu, seems unlikely cuz he really enjoyed his lsu visit), david dawson (michigan, been rumors about his decommittment since day 1..he seems to be behind a few michigan OL recruits already)

dvalentine7's picture

S.LaRue, J.Quick, V.Bell, T.Johnson would be a awesome finish with someone like H.Fisher for a surprise flip .. I really like R.Timmons though he is playmaker with a ton of speed

SilverBulletNYC's picture

Wish List
1. Vonn Bell
2. James Quick
3. Mike Mitchell
4. Ryan Timmons

The South will NOT rise again!

Alex's picture

Just give me Vonn Bell....anyone else is gravy

Jdadams01's picture

This. I watch that kids highlights and see Eric Berry mixed with Whitner. Yes please. 

Culp's Freaking Hill's picture

We need linebackers, though.

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Bj Mullens over Sully's picture

Was totally gonna guess Larue was the suprise flip that had serious legs to it, then I read the last question's answers....

Favorite Buckeye: Obviously BJ Mullens

Triv's picture

Total shot in the dark flip guess:
WR Ahmad Fullwood, currently committed to Florida
At one point we were in his top 5, and Fulwood even stated he wasn't sure he wanted to stay in Florida. Now with the WR coach and his primary recruiter leaving, he may be reconsidering.
P.S. this is a total, uneducated guess. Just threw it out there as a possibility

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

gobucks1226's picture

I think Tyquan Lewis' commitment is huge. Besides Noah Spence, we don't seem to have any game changing pass rushers from the end-spot beginnning next season (guys like Steve Miller and JT Moore don't seem to have the pass rushing skills, while Adolphous Washington has moved inside and Se'Von Pittman seems pegged for the SSDE role or 3-technique depending on how much he grows).
Who would consider Kameron Williams a wing at 6-2? He's a pure guard and sounds like a very good shooter, which was something we missed last year.
Gotta feel good about Mike Mitchell since we're considered a co-leader and he hasn't even visited yet. 
Finally- in terms of the other remaining targets, Bell has to be at the top of the (realistic) list, with Gibson/Quick/LaRue right there. I see no way we take a commitment from Donovan Munger. With the depth we are gaining on the D-Line, we bank that scholarship for '14 or hope one of the reaches (Dorian Johnson) ends up in the S&G.
 

Bj Mullens over Sully's picture

Just saw that Drew Barker's midseason highlights are out now, good we see this lead to an offer for him?
edit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l49hRcpzeXQ&feature=youtu.be

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Buckeyeboy's picture

Alex, what position do you think, or hear, Darron Lee ends up playing? I've noticed he's having a great senior HS year on offense. 

Go Bucks!

Bj Mullens over Sully's picture

You but your best athletes on defense, so I doubt he ends up on offense unless there is a serious need for wr's

Favorite Buckeye: Obviously BJ Mullens

Culp's Freaking Hill's picture

So, Braxton Miller is going to flip to S?
 
jk

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Bj Mullens over Sully's picture

Got me lol

Favorite Buckeye: Obviously BJ Mullens

Jdadams01's picture

Would be shocked if he doesn't end up as a STAR. Seems tailor made for it and seems more natural as a defender. On offense he is obviously talented, but has NFL potential on D.

Alex's picture

Hearing S or Star but could grow into a LB

buckeye76BHop's picture

I got to see a game for D.Lee up close and in person down at the New Albany vs. Franklin Heights game (a college frat brother lives down there so he asked and I went).  He was an absolute stud on defense...he's good on offense too.  However his DB skills are pretty darn good for a Sr. in HS.  

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buckeye76BHop's picture

I put this list on another thread but oh well...here it is again.  Looks more like Alex's than anyone.  This is in no paticular order too btw...
1. S. Gibson
2. D. Johnson or D. Munger<this one baffles me even more than Gibson...in-state kid...just get him to commit or is it that first one UFM and the staff are trying to lurer in??? I have no idea to be honest.
3. M. Mitchell
4. V. Bell (No offense experts above...but Tenn doesn't have a chance with the way they're going to finish compared to OSU...have you seen their schedule...brutal!)
5. J. Quick or a surprise but it will definitely be a play making WR and not a safety name Worley...that ship has sailed.  If he got an actual "offer" he would have tried to commit.  If he did try and was told to hold off...I don't think he'd wait.  Watch Dantonio swoop in and get him...IMO of course).  

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."
"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."
Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

My only qiuestion is why Tyquan chose the SMedium jersey for his photo opp. Kids these days..
 
Glad to have him on board though. 

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Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Wish List (mine changes every week):
Bell
Quick
Gibson
Mitchell
North
Can anyone tell I want playmakers?

Culp&#039;s Freaking Hill's picture

Mine is the same as yours except Mitchell is 1 place higher and Dorain Johnson is right behind Bell.

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1stYrBuckIClub's picture

I love the idea that Pocic or Smoke Mizzell could be the flip... Has anybody noticed that there have been more committed WRs (playmakers) and LBs (problem area) talking with the Buckeyes since we've been underwhelming in supposed 'gimme' games? I have to think that the staff (mainly Urban) has identified this as a greater need than they realized and want to get it fixed ASAP, probably enticing recruits with 'Have you seen Urban's press conferences? He says we need help in a big way at your position... And he starts freshman that deserve to play.'

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11W has got to be The best OSU blog out there! Keep bringing this great info to us all!

SpoonerBuck33's picture

Bell is a buckeye as is mitchell, worley, and gibson and dont be surprised if heuerman is in already.....actually u might want to expect it but do keep an eye out for both montelus and tunsil as both of those situations are heating up and dont be surprised if one of them is in this class as well depending on gibson 

Triv's picture

Sources? Or are these all just pure guesses? A lot of those are possibilities, but I can almost guarantee Tunsil is showing no interest in OSU. He has a top 3 of 3 southern schools. Were not just gonna jump in there. And I can also promise heuerman isn't in already. He may be Alex's mystery late flip (unlikely IMO) but he is not in already. I agree with the Bell, Mitchell, Worley, Gibson prediction though. Although if Bell commits before Worley he may lose his spot.
 
PS if you have sources to back up these claims I'd love to retract any of these statements I just made. I just havent heard anything on the Tunsil front, but I could see Montelus possibly being the mystery flip as well

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Crimson's picture

I see what you mean about Worley, but I don't think that's the case.  I know they're both listed as S, but Worley is more a star, or eventually a LB.  I don't see them competing for the same spot, but they might be if they don't have as much attrition to get both in.

SpoonerBuck33's picture

Triv i have sources but they are from TOS and behind paywall but when ever they open their mouths about recruits their predictions they tend to come true as they are ppl that have played, coached, or been involved with the program so they are very much in the know and i trust their predictions. I def hear you on the tunsil front i didnt hear squat but they said to watch out for this one so i guess ill start paying more attention as i didnt think there was anything there either. Same for montelus is what they said also i do remember back when we offered him he def was interested so well see but i am confident in bell, worley, gibson if grades are there, and mitchell and they said heuerman will be on board as well with one potential big fish recruit if we have the space aka gibson see above and they mentioned montelus and tunsil as candidates to watch out for they really didnt go into specifics its more like a stock tip but with recruits if you will.

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Once Derrick Henry committs to Alabama friday Tunsil will be all but a bama lock.

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buckshot's picture

I have to believe the flip Alex is talking about is Travon Chapman. While we don't necessarily need another QB, Chapman could play numerous positions on the field and he always wanted to be a Buckeye. I also recently heard on another recruiting site that Chapman has been talking to the Coaches. Chapman has had a pretty good start to the season and is probably the second best athlete in Ohio next to Jalin Marshall. (During his recruitment many people thought that Chapman would be better suited to play WR/Wildcat rather than QB)  Another long long shot possibility is Aaron Bailey. The kid loved Ohio State and after OSU took JT Barrett you could tell Bailey was disappointed. Illinois has had a pretty bad start to their season and Bailey would be a stud at the athlete position. 
 
Disclaimer: Most of the obvious names have already been thrown out there so I just mentioned these two kids because of their obvious love for OSU despite the fact that they are both long shots. I would really love for the unnamed player to be Bailey, this kid could be another freak athlete for Meyer to put out wide of in the backfield next to Marshall and Braxton. 

Squirrel Master's picture

I think the flip might be M Man! He can be very offensive (not his comments, just his fandom) and I have seen Alex converse with him from time to time.
 

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