Buckeyes' 5 Biggest Recruiting Needs and Players Who Can Fill These Roles

Luke Pashke@@luke_pashkeCorrespondent IJuly 11, 2012

Buckeyes' 5 Biggest Recruiting Needs and Players Who Can Fill These Roles

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    The 2013 class certainly hasn't developed as quickly as expected but is still a very solid class at this point in the recruiting stage and could easily develop into a top five class before it's all said in done. Urban Meyer and his staff are hot on the heels of plenty of elite prospects and I fully expect them to land a few more of them.

    The Buckeyes look to field a pretty solid team in 2012 and had an excellent recruiting class this past year. This being said, there are certainly some holes in this year's depth chart and there are plenty of interested prospects to fill these holes in 2013.

    Now it's just up to Meyer and company to reel these necessary pieces in.

Offensive Tackle

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    Offensive tackle is easily the thinnest position on Urban Meyer's depth chart. With the exception of Jack Mewhort the Buckeyes' offensive tackles consists of a former tight end, a former defensive lineman, and two true freshman. Meyer and his staff must add depth to this position in this recruiting class for the present and the future.


    Players That Can Fill This Role

    The good news is, the Buckeyes have already received a commitment from top offensive tackle prospect, Evan Lisle. The product out of Centerville, Ohio is rated as a 4-star by Rivals and the ninth best tackle in the 2013 class. 

    The bad news is, plenty of the nation's best available tackles have already committed to schools, but the Buckeyes still have a great shot with 3-star Kyle Meadows out of West Chester, Ohio. Meadows has yet to receive an offer from OSU but has shown plenty of interest in the Buckeyes and seems determined to earn an offer from Meyer's program.


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    With the departure of Brian Bobek and the overall lack of inside offensive linemen, the Buckeyes could certainly use some depth all along the offensive line. Jacoby Boren came in and did a great job as a freshman this spring and Linsley really stepped up and snatched the starting center position this year. This is far less of a need compared to the offensive tackle position but a recruit or two would go a long way in adding depth.


    Players That Can Fill This Role

    One top inside offensive lineman the Buckeyes have showed interest in former high school teammate of Braxton Miller, Lovell Peterson. The Huber Heights prospect is rated a 4-star recruit by Rivals and the 11th best guard in the nation. Although he hasn't received an offer from OSU, I expect him to eventually get one and the Buckeyes have a fair shot of landing him.

Wide Receiver

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    The wideout position is another one of the more thin positions on the Buckeyes' depth chart. Last season was one of the most atrocious seasons I have ever seen from a group of wide receivers, and although the group is improving and the 2012 class added a few solid receivers to the bunch, OSU could definitely use all the help they could get in the pass-catching department. Since his hiring at Ohio State, Meyer has yet to land a big-time receiver and this year would be the perfect time to reel one in.


    Players That Can Fill This Role

    Ohio State finds themselves in the top three of 4-star receiver James Quick's list. The speedy wideout is rated as the third best receiver in the nation by Scout. He would be a huge land for Meyer and could be a major difference maker in Meyer's offense. Other receivers that the Buckeyes are after include Ohio native, Shelton Gibson and the son of an OSU alumni, Devon Allen.

Defensive Tackle

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    Although the Buckeyes have a very deep and talented defensive line, "the more the merrier" has seemed to be Meyer's take on recruiting defensive linemen. The defensive end position is pretty set with the commitment of Bosa and last year's class, but the Buckeyes could still use a few more defensive tackles. The deeper the defensive line, the better and more effective the unit is.


    Players That Can Fill This Role

    Meyer and company have done a great job of recruiting defensive tackles so far and have already landed top D-line prospects in Billy Price and Michael Hill. Both of these recruits are highly touted and will add serious depth to the defensive front. If the Buckeyes feel that they need to, they may have a shot at landing underrated defensive tackle, Donovan Munger out Shaker Heights, Ohio. Although this may not be necessary, depth at the defensive line is so vital that it would be helpful to land one more if the space is provided. 


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    Although the Buckeyes have a pretty solid group of linebackers, the dismissal of Storm Klein and the eventual graduation of Etienne Sabino leave room for some incoming linebackers in this class. Luckily for Buckeye Nation, there are a few top prospects interested in OSU and could become a great LB in the long line of Buckeye linebacker history.


    Players That Can Fill This Role

    One very interested linebacker prospect is a combat king and runs a startling 4.39 40-yard dash. He goes by the name of Mike Mitchell and would be a huge get for Meyer and his staff. If Meyer can land this prospect, he would make an immediate impact on special teams and could become a great linebacker for Fickell's defense in the year's to come. It's almost scary to imagine this guy with Ryan Shazier and Curtis Grant.