Ohio State Football Recruiting: Who Will Commit to OSU at the All-Star Games?
Ohio State already has nine recruits lined up to play in this weekend's high school All-Star games—the Under Armour All-American Game Friday and the Army All-American Bowl Saturday. It wants to add a few more recruits and has a chance to do so before the weekend ends.
Among the uncommitted players playing this weekend are three recruits that the Buckeyes are after: WR James Quick, LB Mike Mitchell and LB Trey Johnson.
OSU has 19 verbals in this year's class with room for a handful more to come on board.
Here's a look at each individual player, where the Buckeyes stand with each player and a prediction for each player.
LB Trey Johnson
Trey Johnson never popped up on Ohio State's radar until the former Auburn commit decided he no longer wanted to be a Tiger.
Slowly, Johnson fell more enamored with the Buckeyes, and he put the Buckeyes at the top of his list.
With the need the Buckeyes have at linebacker and the list of schools that are after Johnson's services, he became a big target. He will decide at the Under Armour All-American Game today, and it would be one of the all-time stunners if he decided not to be a Buckeye.
Expect Johnson to put on an Ohio State hat today.
Prediction: Ohio State
LB Mike Mitchell
Like Johnson, the noise pushing Mike Mitchell to Ohio State has only grown louder as his decision grows near.
Mitchell, one of the top linebackers in the country and a star at Nike's The Opening, was long-linked to the Buckeyes since late summer. He enjoyed his visit to Ohio State last month so much that he cancelled his visit to Texas A&M, OSU's main challenger for his services.
He will decide Saturday at the Army All-American Bowl, and it again would be no surprise if he puts on the Ohio State hat.
Getting Mitchell and Johnson, two highly-touted linebackers, would do wonders to a linebacker corps that lacks quality depth.
Prediction: Ohio State
WR James Quick
The James Quick saga is quickly becoming one of the most intriguing recruiting dramas in recent years, as the Buckeyes are in a big-time tug-of-war with Louisville, who just beat Florida in the Sugar Bowl earlier this week.
One day, the Buckeyes appear to be the leaders. Next day, it's Louisville.
With the dead period over, Urban Meyer and Louisville's Charlie Strong will likely be blowing up Quick's phone for a last-minute pitch to seal the deal. And even though Quick will declare at Saturday's Army All-American Bowl, that doesn't guarantee that the race is over.
Right now, this race is anyone's guess as no one seems to have a read on Quick.
Unfortunately for Buckeye fans, reading between the lines, it seems like Quick is looking for a reason to leave Louisville, where he can stay home and be a local legend.
That doesn't mean he won't leave for OSU which is just a few hours up the road, but Louisville is no slouch in the college landscape. They did just win a BCS bowl over an SEC school.
In the end, at this moment, Louisville has just enough momentum to probably win this race. It could all change in the blink of an eye, however, much like the Sharrif Floyd saga of 2010.
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