Ohio State Football Recruiting: Buckeyes Kick Off April with Pair of Big Verbals

Tim BielikSenior Analyst IApril 2, 2012

Photo from Rivals.com
Photo from Rivals.com

So much for that whole thing of Ohio State having a slow recruiting season.

After hosting a weekend of big-name recruits this weekend, Ohio State has reeled in not one, but two talented prospects to add to a strong 2013 class.

Early Sunday, Ohio State got a major injection of speed and playmaking by landing a verbal from St. Louis RB Ezekiel Elliott, one of the top RBs in the country and the top prospect in the state of Missouri.

Elliott is a back with amazing speed, a contrast to most of the backs on the Ohio State roster who are more power-oriented.

He racked up very impressive numbers as a junior, rushing for around 1,800 yards and finding the end zone an impressive 42 times.

Elliott had offers from many national powers including Georgia, Arkansas, Notre Dame and Tennessee, but found Ohio State to be good enough for him to make his verbal commitment official.

Elliott joins blue-chip ATH Jalin Marshall as two explosive skill players that should provide a lot of athleticism and big-play ability to the Ohio State offense as soon as they step foot on campus.

Later in the evening, Meyer made his first recruiting flip of 2013 by getting DB Jayme Thompson to decommit from West Virginia and verbally join the Scarlet and Gray.

Thompson is one of the rare Toledo-area commits that Ohio State has been able to reel in since Brady Hoke took over at Michigan.

He is the first 3-star prospect (according to Scout.com) to commit to Ohio State, but he has the athleticism to be a very good safety for the Buckeyes.

Rivals.com sees Thompson a little more positively, ranking him as the No. 146 player in the country and the sixth commit in the initial Rivals 250 for the Class of 2013.

Thompson only received an offer from Ohio State a few days ago, but came down to practice along with Elliott and like the first commit of the day, felt right at home at OSU.

The two commits puts Ohio State at seven so far, and they might not be done this spring either.

After a weekend featuring a long list of good recruits, there could be a large amount of prominent recruits that visit on April 21st for the Spring Game at the Horseshoe.

The recruiting cycle might still be a little slow due to limited scholarships as a result of the NCAA sanctions.

But getting a pair of huge commits like Elliott and Thompson really makes things easier and crosses some needs off the list.

Whether it also puts more pressure on higher-level players to pull the trigger sooner rather than later remains to be seen.

History has shown in the past that it happens quite often.

We won't know if these commits are the start of a massive roll or the only two that OSU gets until summer prospect camps.

But both Ezekiel Elliott and Jayme Thompson are both prospects that Buckeye fans should be very excited about.


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