Ohio State Football Recruiting: Future Buckeyes Aim to Shine in All-Star Games

Tim BielikSenior Analyst IJanuary 2, 2013

Several members of the Ohio State Buckeyes' 2013 recruiting class will have a chance to showcase their talents this weekend at either the Under Armour All-America Game or the Army All-American Bowl this Friday and Saturday, respectively.

A combined nine of the Buckeyes' 19 current verbal commits will participate in this weekend's games, not including the handful of targets the team hopes to land.

Last season, DE Noah Spence and DT Adolphus Washington each had spectacular showings in their respective All-Star Games.

On Friday night, the Buckeyes will send five commits—Cam Burrows, Joey Bosa, Jalin Marshall, Marcus Baugh and Gareon Conley—to St. Petersburg, Fla., for the Under Armour All-America Game. In fact, all five verbals will be on the same team, giving them an early opportunity to play together before they come to Columbus.

Burrows, the first to commit to the class of 2013, has caught the eye of a lot of analysts in this week's workouts, including NFL Hall of Famer and special assistant Deion Sanders. He also has the added benefit of having his high school coach Maurice Douglass on the team's coaching staff.

LB Trey Johnson is also playing in the game, and is among the players that could declare his commitment to the Buckeyes this weekend.

Four more future Buckeyes—Ezekiel Elliott, Evan Lisle, Eli Apple and Johnny Townsend—are in San Antonio for the Army All-American Bowl on Saturday afternoon. Elliott will, just this once, be on the opposite team of his future teammates as he will play for the West squad this year.

Each of the four have had a good start to the workout week, and have even taken some time out of their busy week to put together a fun pre-game promo.

Several reports have Elliott practicing at defensive back as well, and may move around to several different positions on Saturday.

These reports are something that the OSU coaches may be looking at, as well as the games themselves to see how they can get the best out of their new talent.

Just like in St. Petersburg, OSU may add to its recruiting class on Saturday as targets Mike Mitchell and James Quick will both make their decisions. Mitchell is almost a certainty to be a Buckeye, while Quick's status is very murky at best.



Mike Mitchell has been hanging with Buckeye commits. Would be shocked if he did not commit to Ohio State.

— Michael Chung (@MChungOZone) January 1, 2013


Quick's status may change by the day up until Saturday, or he may already know where he's going and is just teasing us. Either way, this weekend will be fun for Buckeye fans not only to see who OSU will add, but how the players already committed perform on two of the biggest stages in high school football.