Ohio State Football: Meyer Looking to Put a Bow on OSU'S 2013 Recruiting Class

David Regimbal@davidreg412Featured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 15:  Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes salutes the students after Ohio State defeated the California Golden Bears 35-28 at Ohio Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Urban Meyer has wrapped up 21 incredible recruits for Ohio State's 2013 recruiting class, but he's looking to put a bow on the top before we reach National Signing Day next month.

Ohio State's already stellar group of prospects got even better this weekend with the commitments of 4-star linebackers Trey Johnson and Mike Mitchell.

With 21 commitments in the fold and the available (or soon-to-be available) scholarships remaining, Meyer only has room for a couple more prospects before the '13 recruiting cycle closes.

With that being said, there are still a number of elite high school football players considering Ohio State, and Meyer could use the momentum gained last weekend to earn his team a few more commitments sooner rather than later.

These remaining targets are at the top of Meyer's list.


Vonn Bell, 4-star Safety

Bell is one of the top safety prospects in the country and recently showed off his tremendous skill set at the Under Armour All-America Game. The Rossville, Ga., product is considering Alabama and Tennessee alongside Ohio State, but many think Saban leads this three-horse race.

Bell will be visiting Columbus this weekend, and you can expect Meyer to pull out all the stops to secure his commitment. If Bell leaves the campus without pledging to the Buckeyes, chances are he'll end up with the Tide.


Shelton Gibson, 4-star Wide Receiver

Gibson won't announce his decision until National Signing Day, but in an interview conducted by Kyle Rowland of ElevenWarriors.com, Gibson said things are dead even between Ohio State and West Virginia.


Most expect Gibson to eventually sign with the Buckeyes, which is pivotal for Meyer after losing out on James Quick last weekend. Gibson is one of the most skilled receivers available, and with Ohio State's need for playmakers and his unhidden love for the Buckeyes, it seems like a perfect match.


Corn Elder, 4-star Running Back

Bell and Gibson are Ohio State's top priorities, but there might be room for one more behind them if both commit. 

Corn Elder, a 4-star running back out of Nashville, Tenn., has had Ohio State on his radar for a long time. The Buckeyes are stacked at the running back position with Carlos Hyde, Rod Smith, Bri'onte Dunn and Warren Ball already on the roster—along with stud recruit Ezekiel Elliott already in the fold—but Elder could fill in as a slot wide receiver.


Chris Worley, 3-star Linebacker

Worley is an undersized linebacker, and many think he could come in and play Ohio State's "star" position—the hybrid linebacker/safety spot that Jermale Hines played perfectly a few years ago.

With the limited numbers and the fact that Ohio State picked up two highly touted linebackers last weekend, though, Worley may have run out of time.

Regardless of how things shake out, it should be an exciting finish to the recruiting season for Meyer and the Buckeyes.


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