Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is looking to close out his already-stellar 2013 recruiting class, and a majority of his top remaining targets will be featured in a variety of high school All-American games this week.
Over 100 schools would gladly be in Ohio State's position, but Meyer won't be satisfied until he fills his team's desperate need for linebackers and wide receivers.
The Buckeyes could add as many as five prospects to this year's class before it's all said and done, and with the number of recruits announcing their intentions this week, the remaining spots could go quickly.
Here's a rundown of Meyer's top remaining targets going into the final month before National Signing Day.
James Quick, 4-star Wide Receiver
Things have gotten very interesting in Quick's recruitment over the last few weeks.
Rumored to be a heavy Louisville Cardinals lean for a majority of the year, many thought Ohio State would only land the 4-star prospect if Louisville coach Charlie Strong was hired to coach elsewhere. Strong stayed, but that hasn't made Quick's decision any easier.
Some think that Quick will choose Louisville while others are pretty confident about Ohio State's chances. Either way, we'll be finding out soon enough as Quick is set to make his decision at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl this Saturday.
Mike Mitchell, 4-star Linebacker
The 6'4", 215-pound linebacker with 4.4 speed from Plano, Texas has been an Ohio State lean for months, and many expect Mitchell to eventually wind up in Columbus. The Buckeyes have a huge need for linebackers, and playing early will be a big factor in Mitchell's decision.
If he ends up selecting Ohio State over Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Oregon, Mitchell would come in and compete for a starting spot right away. The middle linebacker position is wide open after the departure of Zach Boren.
Mitchell, like Quick, is set to make his decision on Saturday, Jan. 5 at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Shelton Gibson, 4-star Wide Receiver
The speedy receiver who wowed the Ohio State coaching staff during its inaugural Friday Night Lights camp this summer is a heavy Buckeyes lean, and at this point, it would be a complete shock of Gibson went elsewhere.
Gibson isn't hiding his love for Ohio State either. The wideout from Cleveland Heights showed up in San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl wearing Buckeyes gear:
Shelton Gibson has arrived in San Antonio twitter.com/MarcGivlerBG/s…— Marc Givler (@MarcGivlerBG) December 30, 2012
It's only a matter of time for Gibson.
Vonn Bell, 5-star Safety
Meyer has trailed Nick Saban and Alabama for much of Bell's recruitment, but like Quick, Ohio State is making a late surge.
Meyer made a huge impression on Bell when he traveled to Georgia to watch Bell's state title game, effectively closing the gap between the Buckeyes and the Tide.
Bill Greene of Scout.com thinks Ohio State is Bell's new leader:
After talking to people at Under Armour I'm ready to put Ohio State as the favorite to land five-star safety Vonn Bell.—Bill Greene (@BillBankGreene) December 30, 2012
Landing Bell would be huge for Meyer because of a lack of depth and playmaking ability at the safety position.
Trey Johnson, 4-star Linebacker
Ohio State's other big linebacker target is former Auburn commit Trey Johnson.
The 6'1", 215-pound inside linebacker will choose between Ohio State, Tennessee, Florida and Penn State during the Under Armour All-American Game on Friday, January 4.
Johnson has been rumored to be an Ohio State lean for some time, but according to ElevenWarrios.com, the four teams he is considering are effectively even at this point. "They're all even right now," Johnson said. "I feel I'll know which school is right for me the day of my decision."
Meyer has a great chance to land most (if not all) of these players, so tune into the two All-American games this weekend. This should be a huge weekend for the Buckeyes.
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