Ohio State Football: Where Buckeyes' Recruiting Focus Must Be During 2012 Season

Luke PashkeCorrespondent IAugust 30, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 28:  Urban Meyer speaks to the media after being introduced as the new head coach of Ohio State football on November 28, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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If you're anything like me, you're tired of all the analysis, predictions and recruiting talk and just want to see some good old American football.

The season is so irresistibly close it's almost seems foolhardy to talk about anything but the upcoming year and Week 1's matchup against Miami (OH), but the truth is, recruiting is 365 day a year job that requires attention at all times. It's what builds championship teams and is the ultimate difference between a prestigious and lackluster program.

As of now, Meyer and company have reeled in a solid class that ranks ninth in the nation, according to Rivals. The Buckeyes have managed to land some key prospects at positions of need but still have some serious holes to fill if this class can be proclaimed a successful one.

First and foremost, Meyer and his staff must tenaciously pursue highly-touted wide receiver prospects. Recruits like James Quick, Shelton Gibson and Laquon Treadwell are heavily considering the Buckeyes (per Rivals) and could bring some much-needed depth and playmaking ability to the wideout position.

Quick is considering Louisville and Ohio State while Gibson is stuck on the Buckeyes and numerous big-time programs. Treadwell could be the prize of this year's class and while the Buckeyes are in the hunt for his services, so are many other prestigious programs. Before this class is finalized, the Buckeyes must land at least two top-tier receivers.

Another area of need for the Buckeyes is the linebacker position. In the 2012 class, the staff managed to land a few top-tier linebackers but one or two more this year would be big for OSU.

Combine freak Mike Mitchell out of Plano, Texas, seems to be very interested in the Buckeyes (per Rivals) and would be one of OSU's best recruits if he pulls the trigger and commits.

Rivals reports that another linebacker that has shown some interest in OSU is current Florida commit Daniel McMillian, who may be reopening his options soon. Along with these two recruits, defensive end Tyquan Lewis out of North Carolina could find his way in the scarlet and grey and could easily convert to linebacker at the next level.

The last major position of need for the Buckeyes has to be at the offensive line, especially at the tackle position. It's no secret that Meyer and his team are extremely thin at the offensive tackle position and despite landing two tackles in last year's class, they desperately need to reel in at least one more.

Meyer and his staff have already landed 4-star tackle Evan Lisle (per Rivals), but another top-tier tackle would do this class wonders. As of right now, the Buckeyes are still in the hunt for Dorian Johnson's talents, who recently reopened his recruitment after decommitting from PSU. Johnson is a 4-star tackle, according to Rivals, and would be a key addition to the 2013 class.

If the Buckeyes can manage to fill these holes throughout the season and receive a few more commitments from big-time players in positions of need, they should have a top-five class and be well on their way to returning to their usual dominant ways.

For now, keep an eye on recruiting, but most importantly, enjoy the most wonderful time of the year! Happy Football!