Ohio State Football: 10 Top Recruits in the Buckeyes' 2013 Class

Tim Bielik@bielik_timSenior Analyst IOctober 5, 2012

Ohio State Football: 10 Top Recruits in the Buckeyes' 2013 Class

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    Urban Meyer has now had a full year to recruit for Ohio State, and the results of his work and the work of his staff have already shown up well early on.

    The Buckeyes have 17 commits spread throughout nearly all the levels on the roster, which is full of big-time talent.

    There may still be about four or five prospects still to commit in the months to come, but this group is very formidable in itself based on all the recruiting rankings.

    With about four months left before National Signing Day, here are a look at the top 10 commits the Buckeyes have so far.

10. DE Tyquan Lewis (Tarboro, N.C.)

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    Ohio State's latest verbal commit is one of the more intriguing players on the list in North Carolina pass-rusher Tyquan Lewis.

    Meyer has made a priority of improving the defensive line and getting SEC-caliber linemen, and landing Lewis away from LSU is a pretty good indicator of how highly Lewis was pursued.

    Lewis is a pure pass-rusher with excellent speed off the edge and translates into an undersized speed-rusher, essentially filling the Nathan Williams role of using pure speed to make plays.

9. DT Michael Hill (Pendleton, S.C.)

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    With potentially both Garrett Goebel and Johnathan Hankins leaving Ohio State after this season, Meyer reached deep once again into SEC country to pluck their replacements.

    Big DT Michael Hill, the top prospect in South Carolina, is a Buckeye despite offers from almost every major SEC power.

    He has the type of frame that can turn a good college line into a great line in terms of a dominant defensive tackle. Outside of Adolphus Washington, Joel Hale and Tommy Schutt, Ohio State doesn't really have much DT depth if Hankins leaves along with Goebel.

    Hill has a chance to fill that void pretty quickly.

8. TE Marcus Baugh (Riverside, Calif.)

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    Marcus Baugh is the perfect example of Urban Meyer's national recruiting appeal, because it's been a really long time since OSU has pulled in a big name from California.

    Baugh is a perfect fit for Meyer's offense from the TE position because of how athletic he is and how natural a pass-catcher he is.

    We saw how well Aaron Hernandez looked in his four years at Florida, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Baugh have a similar type of impact at Ohio State.

7. OT Evan Lisle (Centerville, Ohio)

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    Ohio State's offensive line has made an amazing turnaround in the first five games of the Meyer era, but depth is still a concern.

    That's why landing in-state tackle Evan Lisle was so crucial to this class. He is Rivals.com's No. 6 player in Ohio and could potentially be the left tackle of the future.

    OSU may not get many offensive linemen in this class, but Lisle is a great guy to get locked up and could be a guy you build a line around.

6. DB Cameron Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio)

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    Cameron Burrows became the first player to put his name to the Ohio State 2013 recruiting class fresh off a 15-0 season and state championship at Trotwood-Madison.

    Burrows is a tall corner with great ball skills after having spent some time playing on the offensive side of the football as well.

    There have been some questions about his pure speed as a corner, but Burrows physically has the ability to be either a corner or even a safety, the latter of which is a humongous need for the defense.

    Burrows has grown into a leader in this recruiting class, helping to bring some of the prospects together.

5. QB J.T. Barrett (Wichita Falls, Tex.)

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    Urban Meyer's offense proved to be a good fit for Braxton Miller. So who better to be his likely successor than a player who is almost a clone of him in J.T. Barrett.

    Barrett is a little bit smaller than Miller, but is a more accurate passer in terms of consistently hitting his throws.

    He does show quite a bit of Miller-esque cutting ability and wiggle as a runner, and his durability seems to not be a question as he continues to get plenty of carries and play through a full season with almost no issues.

    That type of durability is something that will always be watched because of the nature of the dual-threat QB.

4. RB Ezekiel Elliott (St. Louis, Mo.)

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    Ohio State's offense is missing that playmaker that can take pressure off of Braxton Miller and can make big plays on his own.

    If he can live up to the dominant level of play he's shown in his senior year, Ezekiel Elliot can be that guy out of the backfield.

    Elliot is speed, explosiveness and elusiveness rolled into one package. He scored 42 touchdowns as a junior and has had games already where he's put up massive numbers in very few touches, including a five-carry, 157-yard performance with three touchdowns.

    There is almost always a place on most college teams for a player who can do that at the high school level.

3. DB Eli Woodard (Voorhees, N.J.)

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    Ohio State has a history of putting cornerbacks in the NFL, and Eli Woodard has the ability to be the next guy in line.

    Burrows may be the bigger physical specimen between him and Woodard, but the latter is a better pure cover corner.

    He is one of only three players in this class that is a 5-star on at least one recruiting service, as Woodard is ranked No. 7 overall in the ESPN150.

    Woodard has shutdown-corner potential because of the natural cover skills he has.

2. DE Joey Bosa (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

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    One word can best describe Joey Bosa: motor.

    The DE has a big frame and is a very high-motor player, maybe not John Simon-esque but still a great motor.

    With all of the pure pass-rushers Ohio State has reeled in from 2012's class and in this current class, Bosa is a good complement as more of a complete end, with the ability to hold the edge as well as blow up plays in the backfield.

    He has the strength and the moves as an end to make both an immediate and long-term impact in Columbus.

1. RB/WR Jalin Marshall (Middletown, Ohio)

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    Buckeye fans heard about Jalin Marshall way back in 2009 when he was starting at quarterback and making plays at Middletown, a Dayton suburb.

    Four years later, Marshall is a Buckeye verbal and he's coming into what feels like a perfect situation. Ohio State needs a Percy Harvin/De'Anthony Thomas playmaker to take this offense to another level.

    Marshall has amazing speed, as well as great field vision and the ability to cut on a dime. But his biggest attribute is pure burst, the ability to go from slow to fast in the blink of an eye.

    The hope is that he can come in from day one, have an impact and be a guy that takes a lot of pressure off of Braxton Miller and give him a guy that can score almost anytime he gets the ball in his hands.


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