Ohio State Football Recruiting: Buckeyes Expecting Huge Recruits for Spring Game

Tim Bielik@bielik_timSenior Analyst IApril 16, 2012

The Ohio State spring game is quite possibly the most anticipated spring game in Buckeye football history, and fans, and especially 2013 recruits, are taking notice.

And this weekend, Ohio State received word that stud LB Alex Anzalone from Pennsylvania will attend the spring game along with several other recruits.

The addition of Anzalone to a lengthy list of recruits attending the game is a sign of how important this spring game on Saturday is, not just to the team and its fans, but the future of the team as well.

The biggest and most important names on the list include some of the players already committed to Ohio State—Eli Woodard, Jayme Thompson and Cameron Burrows.

Burrows has quickly become the leader of this year's recruiting class, helping recruit several prospective players including arguably the biggest shocker of the OSU recruiting season—the verbal of Riverside (Calif.) TE Marcus Baugh.

Baugh's commit, one that almost nobody saw coming until it happened, gives Ohio State eight in what is expected to be a smaller class due to limited scholarships.

The long list of players coming to the spring game is nothing new to Ohio State, but what we should see is a large crowd awaiting those players, barring weather of course which has recently played some havoc on past spring games. It is Ohio in April, after all.

There's always the possibility for some commits either the day of the game or even a couple of days afterward.

Obviously, it's asking a lot to get commits from players like Anzalone and talented wideout James Quick.

What fans should remember is that with Urban Meyer, expect almost anything—see Noah Spence.

The buzz for the spring game is pretty high, and right now, there seems to be a lot of positive momentum going forward in the recruiting game.

Right now, it appears like the boulder is starting to roll down the hill once again.

Will Ohio State have their recruiting class pretty much done before the summer like Michigan's?

Probably no.

That doesn't mean they won't get shut out when it comes to recruits.

The negative cloud over the program is gone, and it's the "Urban Meyer Honeymoon" for the moment.

There's all kinds of reasons players want to pull the trigger on their verbal as the eight prospects that have in recent months.

Some of these players have gotten to see Ohio State, seen some practices, met some of the coaches and probably have even stepped foot in the Horseshoe.

But not too many have stepped foot in the Horseshoe with nearly 90,000 in attendance for a spring game.

Again, that's all weather-dependent, as we have seen poor weather deter the crowds quite often.

However, should everything go as it should, Saturday's spring scrimmage could be exciting not just because of how the team looks, but for which recruits decide to become Buckeyes in this upcoming class.


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