Ohio State Football Recruiting 2013: Ranking the Top 10 Buckeye Commitments
Ohio State football is one of the many great staples of college football. The Buckeyes are a classy program with a ton of history. With so much respect and a great fanbase, they routinely contend for Big Ten titles, Rose Bowls and national titles.
Last season was tough for Ohio State as they went through a scandal. The NCAA investigation surely was distracting and the coaching uncertainty only made things worse. Now with Urban Meyer leading the program, the Buckeyes appear to be back on track under the former Florida coach.
Myer finished with a flurry in 2012 recruiting and looks well on his way to building another top 10 class this year.
Let's take a look at their commitments thus far.
10. Marcus Baugh, TE
The 6'4", 230-pound tight end out of California has solid athleticism and the speed to work well in the intermediate passing game.
He shows solid hands and does a good job of settling in voids vs. zone coverage, but he will need to get stronger in order to help out as a blocker.
Overall, Baugh's impact for the Buckeyes will be felt more in the passing game than in the running game.
9. Ezekiel Elliot, RB
The 6'0", 198-pound running back from Missouri shows good speed and strength, along with en effective northern burst to shoot through holes and attack the second level.
Quick feet and agility are always on display for Elliot in each of his carries. He possesses good stop and start ability, and his quickness to the edges helps him break out for long runs.
He's also a strong threat in the passing game due to his reliable hands and ball skills.
8. Michael Hill, DT
Johnathan Hankins will be gone to the NFL soon and he needs to be replaced in Columbus. Michael Hill could be that guy.
From South Carolina, Hill is a load at 6'2" and 315 pound. He has outstanding strength in both his upper and lower body, can shoot off the line and play stout at the point of attack.
His strength allows him to take on two gaps at times and he can make a mess as a run defender. While he may be limited as a two-down defensive tackle, he should be a good one.
7. Evan Lisle, OT
The 6'5" 265 pounds offensive lineman from Ohio has great snap quickness and can launch into his target's body to get the initial position advantage.
Since he plays with good leverage and a flat back, Lisle constantly moves his targets off their marks as a run blocker. He plays for an offense that rarely passes the ball, so his pass protection techniques will require refinement.
With his toughness and run-blocking ability, he should win a starting job sooner than later.
6. Billy Price, DT
While there is a chance Price becomes a guard at Ohio State, defense likely is where he will stay at. Price is a great defensive tackle prospect from Ohio that stands 6'4" and weighs 305 pounds.
He has a great burst at the snap and plays with solid leverage and strength. His toughness at the point of attack along with his ability to locate the football and disengage from a blocker make him a nightmare for opposing linemen.
Price is also a solid pass-rusher and shows solid hand quickness to combat blockers.
5. J.T. Barrett, QB
Barrett is a QB from Texas that I really like as a prospect. He's only a hair over 6'0", but he has a smooth release and great passing tools. He also excels in ball placement and shows outstanding field vision.
Barrett fits Urban Meyer's spread option offense very well. He is at his best when he is in the shotgun and can attack a defense with great intermediate passes. His arm strength is average, but his quick release and decision making will make that a non-factor.
4. Joey Bosa, DT
Bosa still plays defensive end occasionally, but the 6'4" 265-pond standout from Florida will likely be a defensive tackle at Ohio State.
Bosa surges off the line with good snap quickness and uses his length to keep blockers away from his body. He is very tough and strong at the point of attack.
With the ability to stunt and twist, Bosa is excellent in tight space. He also is a solid pass-rusher that loves to bull rush over blockers to get to the quarterback.
3. Jalin Marshall, RB/WR
Marshall is an Ohio native and has great versatility. He stands about 6'0" tall and is close to 200 pounds. He takes snaps as a QB, but will be a Percy Harvin-type of player for Ohio State.
Marshall is a great athlete and has good speed to make various plays. He can be used as a running back or as a wide receiver to help his team out.
He seems to have a knack for finding the end zone and is very instinctive with the football. Marshall will be a big part of the Buckeyes' offense in the very near future.
2. Cameron Burrows, CB
Burrows is an Ohio State fan, so he jumped at the chance to play for the Buckeyes. A big cornerback at 6'1" and 200 pounds, he's a great athlete with tremendous upside.
He shows loose hips for a such a big cornerback and also has great speed. Burrows can press at the line to re-route receivers and also has solid ability to mirror their movement off the line.
Sometimes he will present himself as a player with inconsistent effort and this has to be corrected. Burrows has the potential to become one of the best defensive players in the Big Ten.
1. Eli Woodard, CB
Woodard is from New Jersey and is the top prospect in the 2013 Ohio State recruiting class. At 6'0" and 185 pounds, he is a great cornerback that plays smart, instinctive and disciplined.
A fantastic athlete, Woodard has quick feet and good agility. He can also play all three coverage techniques and has excellent ball skills. He is quick to recognize routes and has good transition quickness to insert himself in passing lanes for interceptions.
Woodard is still growing and there may be a chance he becomes a free safety. Wherever he ends up, he should become the leader of the Ohio State secondary in a few years.
Edwin Weathersby has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League.
He spent a year evaluating prep prospects & writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (now ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.