OSU Football Recruiting: Out-of-State Guys Most Likely to Commit in 2013 Class
There's no doubt that Urban Meyer has changed the culture of Ohio State Buckeyes football. You can see it in the eyes of the players, it's evident in the new offensive approach, and most importantly, there's a big fat zero in the team's loss column.
The scary thing for the rest of the Big Ten conference is the fact that Urban Meyer hasn't even begun to put players that he has recruited on the football field. But all of that will change very soon.
So far, the Toledo, Ohio, native has reeled in 17 top-notch recruits, putting together one of the best 2013 classes in the country. However, he of all people knows that there's still unfinished business to attend to.
Here are the five out-of-state recruits (of the many Ohio State has targeted) who are most likely to commit to the Scarlet and Gray.
4-Star Wide Receiver Tony Stevens: Orlando, Fla.
Storyline: After decommitting from the Florida State Seminoles, Tony Stevens has decided to re-evaluate where he will play football next fall. Being targeted by many schools around the country, he has a big decision to make.
Scouting report: At 6'4", 175 lbs, the stud Florida wideout has great range. That, his quickness off the line of scrimmage and his soft hands make him a dangerous weapon at the wide receiver position.
Schools of interest: Stevens revealed via Twitter that his top five schools of interest are Ohio State, Georgia, Louisville, USF and USC.
4-Star Linebacker Mike Mitchell: Plano, Texas
Storyline: Even though Mike Mitchell plays for a rather small Christian school, he has drawn nationwide attention. There's a reason, too, as he has proved that he's one of the best linebackers in the country.
Scouting report: Mitchell is a stat-piling machine. He's in on every play, whether he's making a tackle, sacking the quarterback, intercepting the football or forcing fumbles. He racked up 93 tackles in just the first five games of his team's season this year.
Schools of interest: Florida State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, TCU and Texas A&M, according to 247Sports.com.
5-Star Safety Vonn Bell: Rossville, Ga.
Storyline: As one of the best safeties in the country, Georgia native Vonn Bell has gotten attention from schools in every major conference in college football. These highlights of him speak for themselves.
Scouting report: Bell is one of the few players in the country who has excellent awareness, a nose for the football and is a sure tackler. Though he specializes as a good cover man, he is very good at snuffing out the ball-carriers and helping in run support.
Schools of interest: Alabama, Tennessee and Ohio State, according to 247Sports.com.
5-Star Offensive Tackle Dorian Johnson: Belle Vernon, Pa.
Storyline: Dorian Johnson was almost a sure lock to play his college football for the Penn State Nittany Lions. That was, of course, before the sanctions were put on the program for the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal.
Now, the doors are open for three other schools
Scouting report: With great size (6'6", 280 lbs), Johnson has just the build needed to plug holes in any given conference at the collegiate level. Add to that his quick feet, field awareness and sheer power, and you have an excellent tackle prospect.
Schools of interest: Ohio State, Pitt and Virginia Tech, according to 247Sports.com.
5-Star Wide Receiver Robert Foster: Monaca, Pa.
Storyline: Robert Foster is widely regarded as one of the top wideouts in the country. Judging by his highlight reel above, you can see why.
Scouting report: Foster is a pretty lengthy wideout at 6'3", 190 lbs. While he isn't known as a pure speedster, he has just enough quickness to make a significant impact at the next level.
His hands and route-running ability will only improve with time, and as of right now, he is playing as well as any wide receiver prospect in the country.
Schools of interest: Foster revealed via Twitter in September that he had narrowed his schools of interest down to Pitt, Alabama and Ohio State (h/t TribLive.com).