Predicting the Finish to the 2013 Ohio State Football Recruiting Class
With 11 commitments for the 2013 Ohio State recruiting class, there are likely no more than five to seven spots remaining. Urban Meyer and company already have made offers to 43 players for 2014, so the staff must feel like they are in good shape for this year, unlike some OSU fans that seem to be panicking.
Drama has been an uncharacteristic part of the beginning of the 2013 recruiting season. Starting off strong with Cameron Burrows, Jalin Marshall, Billy Price and Eli Woodard, OSU fans felt that 2013 started where the top-five class of 2012 left off.
But drama ensued.
Lewis Neal and Alex Anzalone committed, then quickly de-committed. Fire and wrath from OSU fans descended upon these two young men.
Players once thought to be Ohio State leans, like Ethan Pocic and Jaylon Smith, chose other schools. Players who had offers, like TE Josh McNeil and Maurice Hurst Jr., complained that OSU lost interest in them. Mike McCray, an OSU legacy, committed to Michigan, then received an OSU offer late. Logan Tuley-Tillman burned an OSU envelope and then posted it on social media.
Comparing the last 10 years to these last few months, recruiting has changed from Masterpiece Theatre to The Avengers.
While it's still almost eight months away from National Signing Day, here are the predictions for the last spots on Ohio State’s 2013 class, guaranteed to change six months from now.
Kyle Meadows, OT: He seems determined to go to Ohio State and has publicly stated that his goal is to receive an OSU offer. With that mindset, how can OSU not take him? Also, if Lovell Peterson dazzles, look for either one to commit after camp.
Where will the 2013 recruiting class rank?
Sam Coverdale, OL: He does not have an offer but will be at camp. He lists Northwestern as his No. 1, but would he change his mind if OSU offered? If Coverdale was offered and committed, it could mean that Kyle Meadows would not be offered. I am guessing they would take both if they impressed at camp and be done with O-line recruiting until 2014.
Donovan Munger, DT: I am guessing they are recruiting him to play offensive line. Iowa has shown to be able to take D-linemen and convert them into NFL-caliber O-linemen; is Munger the first for OSU?
Shelton Gibson, WR: Many consider him an OSU lock. We should know on June 20 when he announces
Robert Foster/James Quick, WR/another “playmaker”: Meyer wants playmakers and will want to add one of these guys or some else who can be the next Percy Harvin.
Vonn Bell, DB: He has stated publicly that OSU was one of his best visits. Camping this weekend, hopefully, he will commit soon.
Chris Worley, ATH: The Cleveland-Glenville pipeline has produced so many stars like Ted Ginn Jr. and Troy Smith. OSU needs to keep it going, and De’van Bogard needs a little brother from his high school.
Alex Anzalone, LB: I think Urban really wants him, and if the old saying is true that “time heals all wounds,” then hopefully time will heal this one.
But there are many months until NSD, and I am sure there will be some new names added to the mix. One thing I am very confident of: OSU will continue to have one of the top classes in the country when all is said and done.
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