Ohio State Football Recruiting: The Latest Buzz in Buckeye Recruiting

Tim Bielik@bielik_timSenior Analyst ISeptember 13, 2012

Ohio State Football Recruiting: The Latest Buzz in Buckeye Recruiting

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    Ohio State is off to a good start this season, and they are also continuing to make some progress on the recruiting trail.

    The Buckeyes' 2013 class boasts 16 commits, and is ranked No. 6 on Scout.com's team rankings.

    It's obviously not going to be a massive class due to NCAA sanctions, but it looks like there is room for possibly four or five more commits.

    Here is a look at some updates on players OSU is after and how the Buckeyes' current verbals are performing as well.

Marshall Starting Strong, Elliott Untouchable

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    Ohio State's offense won't be as good as it could be until they get some speedy playmakers. Luckily, two great players are on the way in Jalin Marshall and Ezekiel Elliott.

    Marshall has put up big numbers in the first three games of the high school season, including rushing for 332 yards against Cincinnati St. Xavier three weeks ago. Unfortunately, his success hasn't translated into many wins, as his Middletown (Ohio) squad is just 1-2.

    In Missouri, Elliott has been an unstoppable force, scoring 12 touchdowns in just three games to open the season.

    Elliott rushed for 157 yards and three touchdowns on just five carries—in other words, he had a DeAnthony Thomas game—in his team's 35-0 Week 2 win over St. Louis Lutheran South. Oh, and he also scored on an 89-yard touchdown catch.

    If these two continue to put up big numbers, they should have no problem stepping in as true freshmen and having big years in 2013.

Jacobs, Sprinkle Defying Low Star Rankings

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    Neither Taivon Jacobs nor Tracy Sprinkle received tremendous love from scouting experts, as both are just ranked as three-star prospects.

    But if the early returns in their senior seasons are any indications, coach Urban Meyer pulled some diamonds from the rough in these players.

    Jacobs has only played two games in his season at District Heights (Md.), but the two-way player who will be a full-time WR in college has five touchdowns in two games. In the season opener, he scored touchdowns on a run, reception and interception.

    Out in Elyria (Ohio), Sprinkle is the anchor of a defense that has done plenty to navigate a tough schedule to a 2-1 start. Against crosstown rival Elyria Catholic, Sprinkle was unstoppable, recording seven TFLs, 5.5 sacks, a fumble recovery and four QB hurries in a 43-7 win for Elyria.

    They might not keep up this kind of production all season long, but it's enough to make people believe that they can be some gems like Johnathan Hankins was in 2010.

Meyer Still Waiting on Mitchell, Bell

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    Urban Meyer's recruiting pull is truly national, as he has two blue-chip defenders putting the Buckeyes very high on their lists: Plano (Tex.) LB Mike Mitchell and Rossville (Ga.) S Vonn Bell.

    Mitchell was the star of The Opening, claiming the SPARQ championship with his incredible athleticism at the linebacker position, something Ohio State still needs.

    He has the Buckeyes at the top of his list, and some feel he could commit on a visit, which hasn't been scheduled yet per Eleven Warriors.

    When it comes to Bell, he would be a great fit at Ohio State because of the Buckeyes' need for a big-time safety. OSU is in Bell's top three, but so are Alabama and Tennessee.

    The only thing working for OSU is that Alabama recruited two safeties last year and the Buckeyes might give him a faster track to playing sooner.

    Tennessee is another team to keep an eye on as well. But Bell is coming to Columbus the week of the Nebraska game, so a good visit might be able to help sway Bell to Columbus.

Gibson Hitting the Books

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    Cleveland Heights product Shelton Gibson may be as close to a Buckeye lock as there is without actually committing.

    He wanted to commit quite a while ago based on numerous reports, but grades and standardized test scores are the reasons why he is uncommitted at this point.

    His skill is certainly undeniable, helping lead his Cleveland Heights Tigers to a 3-0 start to the season.

    The thought is that once he gets his academic situation sorted out, he will be a Buckeye. And fans should be excited if he comes to Columbus after making a big impression at Friday Night Lights back in July.

Lewis Ready to Pull the Trigger on Ohio State?

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    Ohio State's class could grow to 17 in just a few days, and Meyer could get yet another defensive line stud to join Sprinkle, Joey Bosa, Billy Price and Michael Hill.

    Tarboro (N.C.) DE Tyquan Lewis is a slightly undersized end prospect bursting with incredible speed, and he has the Buckeyes very high on his list. He will make his announcement on Sept. 20 between the Buckeyes, LSU and in-state North Carolina.

    Lewis spoke to The-Ozone.net, and told them that OSU is very high on his list, and could quite possibly be the pick for Lewis next Thursday.

    Lewis would fit the Viper mold, a hybrid of an outside linebacker and defensive end in the Buckeyes defense.

    North Carolina seems to be the biggest obstacle standing between Lewis and Columbus, but don't be surprised if Tyquan Lewis becomes the next commit to Ohio State in a week's time.


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