David Dawson to Michigan: Where Ohio State Turns After Losing out on No. 1 OG

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIDecember 17, 2012

EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 29:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on while playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on September 29, 2012 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes had their chance, but when all was said and done, 4-star offensive guard recruit David Dawson ended up where he started: Michigan.

In fact, Dawson's recommitment is just one of two big recruiting wins for the Wolverines. Michigan was also able to snag the commitment of 4-star safety Delano Hill (also from Cass Tech), who flipped from his commitment to Iowa.

Tom VanHaaren of ESPN.com reports on the commitments for Michigan:

On a big visit weekend for Michigan, the Wolverines have picked up two big-time prospects in offensive lineman David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech) and his teammate, defensive back Delano Hill. Dawson, the one-time Michigan commit, was on his official visit, while Hill had only recently been offered by Michigan.

The two are big commitments for Michigan as they both come at positions of need, and they also happen to be very good prospects. Dawson is a four-star and the No. 1-ranked guard, while Hill is a solid three-star safety who had been committed to Iowa until flipping to Michigan on Saturday.


While it's never good to hear that your rival has had success on the recruiting trail, the recommitment of Dawson in particular is a pretty big loss for the Buckeyes, as they were one of the programs he was considering after his original decommitment from the Wolverines.

He's ranked as the No. 1 offensive guard prospect in the nation according to ESPN Recruiting Nation, so not being able to capitalize on that opportunity has got to be disappointing for the Buckeyes.

What's next for OSU in regards to recruiting?

Ohio State does have two offensive lineman currently committed in 4-star offensive tackles Timothy Gardner and Evan Lisle, so at the very least the class is looking good at that position.

Current UCLA offensive tackle recruit Kenny Lacy looked to be a potential candidate for the Buckeyes to flip, but at least according to his Twitter account, he appears to have reaffirmed his commitment to the Bruins:

I am a man of my word, it's #bruinnation #NewBreed

— Kenny Lacy 7⃣6⃣ (@theREALklacy) December 14, 2012

With Lacy's commitment looking solid, and no other big-time offensive lineman recruits on the board, Meyer and his staff would be best served to turn their attention to a few other elite recruits they can bring into the fold.

The most realistic of the group, and the recruit that would have the biggest impact, would be 5-star safety Vonn Bell, who has Ohio State in his top three along with Alabama and Tennessee (247Sports). Bell is a superstar in the making so he's going to have to become Meyer's main priority from here on out. Being able to out-recruit Nick Saban and Alabama would be huge, and Tennessee is Bell's childhood favorite, according to Michael Carvell of ajc.com.

Landing Bell's commitment would be a marquee recruiting win for Ohio State.

Another recruit Ohio State will want to focus on will be 4-star inside linebacker Trey Johnson, who's a former Auburn commitment and has the Buckeyes listed as his favorite according to 247Sports.

Johnson is considered to be the No. 3 inside linebacker recruit in the nation according to 247Sports, so he would be a huge pickup for Meyer's defense.

Losing out on Dawson is a disappointment for Ohio State recruiting, but the Buckeyes can more than make up for that by landing either Bell or Johnson. Recruiting both would be a tremendous recruiting feat by Meyer and his staff.

It's very possible considering Ohio State's potential and Meyer's abilities as a recruiter.

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