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Ohio State Football Recruiting: Updates on 2013 Commits and Targets

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 2, 2017

Ohio State Football Recruiting: Updates on 2013 Commits and Targets

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    Urban Meyer is one of the best recruiters in college football, and Ohio State is one of the most prestigious and well known programs in college football. That makes for a good combination if you're a fan of Buckeyes' recruiting.

    Meyer had a fantastic first year with the Buckeyes, but now it's all about sustaining a high level of play and winning when it counts. Much of Ohio State's potential success in the next few years will be a direct result of its success on the recruiting trail.

    Ohio State's 2013 class is very strong, and there's a lot to look forward to in Columbus.

    If you're a fan of Ohio State football or even just college football recruiting in general, consider this to be your "one stop shop" for Ohio State recruiting.

    You'll find all the news, analysis and updates on commitments and targets that you'll ever need, right here.

    Note: All 2012 stats via 247Sports unless otherwise noted.

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    Update: Tony Stevens commits to Texas A&M over Ohio State on 1/5/13.

    Update: Trey Johnson commits to Ohio State during the Under Armour All-American game on 1/4/13

    Update: You can never have too much offensive talent in college football—especially if you run an offense like Meyer does—so that's why 4-star running back Ryan Timmons should be such an interesting recruit for Ohio State. Timmons will visit OSU on January 11th, but the Buckeyes haven't made an offer to him yet.

    According to Brad Bournival of ESPN.com, an offer from OSU would really propel them up Timmons' interest list:

    If Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is listening, it won’t take much to become one of the favorites for an ESPN 300 athlete who already has an official visit lined up for Jan. 11. 

    At least that’s what Ryan Timmons (Frankfort, Ky./Franklin County) said Monday when asked for his favorites. 

    “Once Ohio State offers, it’ll probably be Kentucky and Ohio State,” he said. 

    Timmons is 5'11'', 180 pounds and runs a 4.40 40-yard dash, according to 247Sports. He could end up being a very versatile option for Ohio State, but OSU will have to make an offer first.

    --End of Update 12/27/12


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    Targets: None


    Already Committed:

    JT Barrett, 4-star dual-threat QB; 6'2'', 205 lbs.; 4.60 40-yard time (247Sports)

    2012 Stats: 39-of-73, 784 YD, 5 TD, 569 RUYD, 7 RUTD



    JT Barrett has the intangibles and the potential to be a superstar for Ohio State, especially in Meyer's offensive scheme. He tore his ACL and lateral meniscus earlier this year and that was worrisome for a lot of Buckeyes fans, but he has plenty of time to rehab and recover before Ohio State really needs him.

    He'll be able to learn behind Braxton Miller while working out and focusing on rehab. By the time Miller is ready to move on from Ohio State, I believe that Barrett can be a more than adequate replacement. 

Running Backs

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    Cornelius Elder- 4-star all-purpose back; 5'10'', 165 lbs. (247Sports)

    Biggest Competition For Commitment: UCLA


    Already Committed:

    Ezekiel Elliott- 4-star all-purpose back; 6'0'', 195 lbs.; 4.40 40-yard time (247Sports)

    2012 Stats: 2,155 YD, 40 TD, 383 RECYD, 4 RECTD



    This is a very interesting position for Meyer and the Buckeyes in 2013. The depth chart (h/t Rivals) is pretty set for now, so there's not much immediate need. Finding a few backs for the future will be very important though, and the Buckeyes found one of them in Elliott.

    Elliot is a good fit for Ohio State's scheme. He's big enough to run between the tackles, but he also has great speed and can be effective as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. Being able to land Elder would be great from a depth standpoint, so he's an important target as well.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

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    James Quick- 4-star WR; 6'2'', 180 lbs.; 4.40 40-yard time (247Sports)


    Tony Stevens- 4-star WR; 6'3'', 175 lbs. (247Sports)

    Update: Tony Stevens commits to Texas A&M over Ohio State on 1/5.

    Shelton Gibson- 4-star WR; 5'10'', 173 lbs.; 4.48 40-yard time (247Sports)

    Biggest Competition For Commitment: West Virginia, California, Oregon

    Update: Shelton Gibson committed to West Virginia on 1/16/13


    Already Committed:

    Jalin Marshall- 4-star ATH/WR/RB; 6'0'', 190 lbs.; 4.40 40-yard time (247Sports)

    2012 Stats: 122 CAR, 1,098 YD, 10 TD (maxpreps.com)

    All-Star Game: Under Armour - 3 REC, 56 YDS, 0 TD

    Marcus Baugh- 4-star TE; 6'4'', 225 lbs. (247Sports)

    All-Star Game: Under Armour, Jan. 4, 5 p.m. ET



    Jalin Marshall is an athlete and is listed as a dual-threat quarterback, but more than likely, he'll end up at wide receiver for Ohio State—especially if the team can't land anymore receivers. Marshall is a very intriguing option at wideout though, as he has the skill-set to play the "Percy Harvin role" in Meyer's offensive scheme.

    It's worth noting that Ohio State is the top team for Shelton Gibson, according to his 247Sports interest list, and he's from Cleveland, Ohio.

Offensive Line

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    Targets: None


    Already Committed:

    Evan Lisle- 4-star OT; 6'5'', 260 lbs. (247Sports)

    Timothy Gardner- 4-star OT; 6'5'', 310 lbs. (247Sports)


    There's not a huge need for lineman with this class, so Meyer did a good job of picking up some key depth with these two commitments. Lisle could end up being a very good player. He has good size and could probably even stand to put on a bit more mass at the college level.

    He's ranked as the No. 7 overall offensive tackle in the 2013 class by the 247Sports Composite rankings, so he's an important commitment for this class.

Defensive Line

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    Alquadin Muhammad- 4-star SDE; 6'4'', 230 lbs.; 4.65 40-yard time (247Sports)

    Already Committed:

    Joey Bosa- 5-star SDE; 6'5'', 270 lbs. (247Sports Composite)

    All-Star Game: Under Armour, Jan. 4, 5 p.m. ET

    Billy Price- 4-star DT; 6'4'', 300 lbs.; 5.01 40-yard time (247Sports)


    Donovan Munger- 4-star DT; 6'4'', 285 lbs. (247Sports)


    Tyquan Lewis- 4-star WDE; 6'4'', 227 lbs. (247Sports)


    Tracy Sprinkle- 3-star SDE; 6'4'', 250 lbs. (247Sports)



    This is arguably the strongest defensive line group in the country. Joey Bosa has the potential to be a superstar at the college level, so he's a huge commitment for the Buckeyes. Ohio State will also get a ton of depth on the front four with Hill, Price, Munger, Lewis and Sprinkle.

    Having a good rotation of defensive lineman is a huge plus, and all of these players have the skill-set to be contributors in the future.


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    Already Committed:

    Trey Johnson- 4-star ILB, 6'2'', 218 lbs. (247Sports)

    Update: Trey Johnson commits to Ohio State during the Under Armour All-American game on 1/4/13

    Mike Mitchell, 4-star OLB; 6'4'', 222 lbs.; 4.45 40-yard time (247Sports)


    Ohio State has the most work to do at the linebacker position. Thankfully, though, they're set up pretty nicely. Trey Johnson is a former Auburn commitment, but since decommiting from the Tigers, Ohio State has been the major player for his commitment. The Buckeyes are currently listed as his top team, according to 247Sports.

    Mitchell, on the other hand, has a top two (247Sports) of Ohio State and Oklahoma. Landing both of these recruits has to be a big priority for the Buckeyes.

Defensive Backs

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    Vonn Bell- 5-star S; 5'11'', 190 lbs.; 4.45 40-yard time (247Sports)

    All-Star Game: Under Armour, Jan. 4, 5 p.m. ET

    Biggest Competition For Commitment: Tennessee, Alabama


    Already Committed:

    Cameron Burrows- 4-star CB/S; 6'0'', 195 lbs. (247Sports)

    All-Star Game: Under Armour 1/4 5pm ET

    Eli Woodward- 4-star CB; 6'1'', 185 lbs.; 4.60 40-yard time (247Sports)


    Jayme Thompson- 4-star S; 6'2'', 190 lbs.; 4.69 40-yard time (247Sports)


    Gareon Conley- 4-star CB; 6'1'', 172 lbs. (247Sports)


    Taivon Jacobs- 4-star CB/ATH; 5'10'', 160 lbs.; 4.35 40-yard time (247Sports)




    Ohio State has an incredibly strong 2013 secondary class. Cameron Burrows has superstar potential, Eli Woodward and Gereon Conley both look like they can be shutdown corners, and both Thompson and Lee have great intangibles.

    If Ohio State can land Vonn Bell, though, this group would go from great to elite. With the addition of Bell, Ohio State would have the best secondary class in the nation. Burrows, Woodward and Conley could all shut down the edges, which would allow Bell to play free in the secondary and make plays. Ohio State has to compete with Alabama and Tennessee for Bell, but it has a lot to offer the 5-star safety.

Special Teams

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    Targets: None


    Already Committed:

    Johnny Townsend- 2-star P; 6'2'', 200 lbs. (247Sports)



    Punting may not be the most exciting part of the game, but it's one of the most important. Having a good punter can often times be the difference between a close loss and a close win, and field position means everything in football.

    Thankfully for Ohio State, Meyer was able to bring in a very good punter. Townsend is the No. 4 overall punter in the 2013 class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

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