Checking in with Ohio State's 2013 Recruiting Class

Kyle WinklerContributor IIIApril 3, 2012

College football fans around the country know the importance of recruiting.  A school can have the best coaching staff in the sport, but without a talented roster to work with, only so much can be accomplished.

That is why coaches spend tremendous amounts of time each year searching for prospects to help their programs achieve the high expectations that are commonly seen around the nation.

Ohio State has had a slow yet methodical approach to recruiting in 2013.  Due to the NCAA sanctions from the scandal that put the Buckeyes in some hot water, OSU will not be able to give out as many football scholarships as they have in the past.

This reduction in scholarships will make the Ohio State coaching staff think long and hard before offering one to an athlete.  The Buckeye staff will have to decide what athletes can contribute the most to the program and therefore will be extended one of the few scholarships available.

The first verbal commit for Ohio State's 2013 recruiting class was Cameron Burrows.  The cornerback from Trotwood, Ohio committed back in January and should be a great addition to the Buckeye secondary in the near future.  

The No. 4 cornerback in the nation according to Scout has a tall frame (6'2") and could go toe-to-toe with opposing wide receivers.

It only took 11 days after Burrows announced his decision that Ohio State got its second commitment. Another Ohio native, running back Jalin Marshall decided he would become a Buckeye.  

Marshall is the top recruit in Ohio and his talents will surely add some future depth to the already solid running attack Ohio State possesses.

February may not have produced a huge splash in Buckeye commitments like some other schools, but Ohio State added three great players to its 2013 class.

Defensive tackle Billy Price from Youngstown, Ohio was the first to commit. Price's addition clearly shows how much Urban Meyer wants a top-notch defensive line.  Meyer recruited a phenomenal amount of talent on the defensive line in the 2012 recruiting class and he did not stop there.

Ohio State then got a second cornerback in the 2013 class by bringing in New Jersey's Eli Woodard. Woodard has already shown 4.4 speed in the 40 yard dash and will add speed to the secondary.  He was the sixth ranked cornerback in the nation, giving Ohio State two of the country's top ten defensive backs.

The final commit in February came from Evan Lisle.  Lisle is very familiar with Buckeye country as he is from Centerville, Ohio. He will bring some much-needed talent to the offensive line, which may be Ohio State's biggest weakness.  

He has a solid frame at 6'6' and 275 pounds, and showed his extreme interest in playing for Ohio State by committing only one week after receiving the offer.

The month of March came and went with no additions to Ohio State's recruiting class.  However, this past weekend produced two more commitments.  Both Jayme Thompson and Ezekiel Elliott declared themselves future Buckeyes.

Thompson, a 6'2" safety from Toledo, originally committed to West Virginia but switched his decision after making an unofficial visit to Columbus.  Thompson stated that the main reason for the change was the proximity to his hometown that would allow his family to watch him play.

Elliott was the second running back to commit to Ohio State for the 2013 recruiting class.  Just like Thompson, Elliott made his decision after an unofficial visit to Ohio State.  

Elliott has a similar body type to that of fellow running back Jalin Marshall.  This dynamic duo will add both talent and depth to the future Ohio State running back squad.

As of now, Ohio State has received seven verbal commitments.  With the buzz surrounding the Ohio State football program with Urban Meyer at the helm, you would think OSU would have more commits.

Fans need to be patient as Ohio State is assembling a highly-talented recruiting class.  Urban Meyer is one of the best recruiters in the business and will surely not disappoint come National Signing Day next year.  

The recruiting strategy that is being executed at Ohio State this year is getting quality, not quantity. 


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