Ohio State Football: Buckeyes' Biggest Remaining Recruiting Targets for 2013
Naturally, recruiting tends to slow down with the beginning of fall camp, but if you routinely keep up with high-level college football recruiting, you know that there really is no sleeping on the job.
The Buckeyes' 2013 class already has 16 commits to its name, which leaves Meyer and company with five or six scholarships to hand out before National Signing Day in February.
So far, Meyer and his staff have done a solid job in the recruiting game, but need to land a few key players at some key positions in order to call this a really successful class. Luckily for them and Buckeye Nation, there are still a few elite recruits who are flirting heavily with the Buckeyes and could be donning the scarlet and grey this time next year.
LB Mike Mithcell
Former Rice offensive coordinator Tom Herman has been viciously recruiting the Longhorn State since his hiring in December. So far, he has managed to land a top recruit in J.T. Barrett from Texas, and if he can make Mike Mitchell his second successful recruitment from the state of Texas, the Buckeyes will be extremely blessed.
Mitchell is an absolute physical freak at 6'4", 225 lbs. and runs a remarkable 4.39 40-yard dash. The product out of Plano, Texas was the overall combine champion at The Opening this offseason and raised countless eyebrows with his physical prowess. However, Mitchell can bring it on the field as well as the weight room and plays with dynamic speed and playmaking ability.
As of now, Mitchell is heavily favoring the Buckeyes, but anything can change in the recruiting game. If the Buckeyes manage to land this combine star, he will be one of their top recruits in the 2013 class.
WR James Quick
The Buckeyes desperately need to close this 2013 class with at least one elite receiver, preferably two, and they have an excellent chance of landing James Quick.
According to Scout, Quick is a 5-star wide receiver and the third best wideout in the nation. The product out of Louisville, Kentucky is a burner with soft hands and solid size who would fit perfectly in Urban Meyer's offense.
ESPN reports Quick is considering Ohio State and his hometown school of Louisville, and the Buckeyes have a great shot at landing the talented wideout.
WR Robert Foster
Shelton Gibson recently attended the Buckeyes' "Friday Night Lights" and completely tore it up. Gibson has been near the top of the Buckeyes' wish list for quite sometime now and for good reason. The highly-touted prospect has exceptional size at 6'1" and dynamic speed paired with it.
The talented wideout has been favoring the Buckeyes for quite some time and would be a huge land for Meyer and his staff.
The product out of Cleveland Heights, Ohio is rated as a 4-star by Rivals and the 14th-best receiver in the entire 2013 recruiting class. If the Buckeyes were able to land Gibson's talents, it would be a huge land for Meyer and Company, and he would be a great fit for the high-powered offense Meyer plans on running at OSU.
DE Tyquan Lewis
Everett Withers' origins and most recent job have the strongest of ties with the Tar Heel State, and it has reflected in his recruiting since he began working at Ohio State.
In the 2012 class, Withers was vital to the recruitment of current Buckeye Jamal Marcus and now has OSU in the lead for North Carolina native Tyquan Lewis.
Hailing from Tarboro, North Carolina, Lewis is a monster defensive end who may end up playing linebacker at the next level. The highly sought after recruit has "play-today" size at 6'4", 235 lbs. and is the 14th-best defensive end in the nation, according to Rivals.
The Buckeyes could really use another linebacker or two in this class, and it really seems that Lewis may commit any day now.
OT Dorian Johnson
It's no secret that the Buckeyes are extremely thin at the offensive tackle position this season. So far, Meyer and his staff have managed to land two offensive linemen, both with the ability to play the tackle position, but at least one more is almost necessary for the success of this class.
Following the sanctions brought down on PSU, highly-touted offensive tackle Dorian Johnson decommitted from the Nittany Lions and reopened his recruitment. Before his commitment to Penn State, Johnson was considering the Buckeyes.
According to Scout, Johnson is a 4-star prospect and the 14th-best tackle in the 2013 class.
As of now, Pittsburgh seems to lead for Johnson's services, but the Buckeyes still have a chance.
As you can tell from this slide, linebacker is a major need for this year's recruiting class, and Daniel McMillian is another LB target the Buckeyes have a shot at landing.
The product out of Jacksonville, Florida is currently committed to Florida, but according to ESPN, the highly-touted prospect plans on visiting Columbus sometimes this fall.
Clearly, the Buckeyes aren't out of the race for McMillan's talents, and this would be a huge land for Meyer and his staff. According to Rivals, McMillan is a 4-star linebacker and the fourth-best linebacker in the nation.
DT Donavon Munger
Since his hiring in November, Urban Meyer has stressed the recruitment of talented defensive linemen, and plenty of them. Another highly-touted defensive lineman that Meyer is after and probably the last of the 2013 class, Donovan Munger, would be an excellent land for the Buckeyes.
Munger is rated as a 4-star defensive tackle and the 25th-best player at his position by Scout. The product out of Shaker Heights, Ohio attended Friday Night Lights and seems to have a great deal of interest in OSU.
If Meyer and his fellow assistants can manage to land Munger, he would be their fifth defensive lineman commitment to add to an already stacked defensive front.