A huge recruiting opportunity awaits Urban Meyer and The Ohio State Buckeyes this coming weekend. After receiving two verbal commitments this past weekend with Mike Mitchell and Trey Johnson, there will be an opportunity for more as many non-commits visit Columbus. Among the prospects visiting are 5-Star safety prospect Vonn Bell, Christopher Worley, Cornelius Elder, Ryan Timmons, and Shelton Gibson.
Ohio State has a legitimate shot at every name mentioned, and more than legitimate for some. However, with scholarship limitations, it’s crazy to think that the Buckeyes will offer every single one. It would be impossible. Each of these players, though, has a unique talent that would be a great fit at Ohio State.
Let's start with Vonn Bell. Bell is the most highly coveted remaining prospect on the Buckeye’s recruiting board. His speed makes him an elite player, but his ball skills and tackling ability make him an elite defender. The favorites for Bell seem to be Ohio State, Alabama, and Tennessee. With Bill Greene of Scout.com naming Ohio State the favorite, will the Buckeyes get a silent verbal this weekend from the Under Armour All-American?
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
The next prospect is Glenville linebacker Chris Worley. It seems as if the Ohio native has had the Buckeyes as the first choice on his list for the last several months. Like all linebackers coming in next fall, Worley will have a chance to compete for playing time right away with Ohio State being inexperienced at the position. It would not surprise people if Worley pledged his allegiance to the Buckeyes this weekend, but then again—anything could happen.
One of the more interesting prospects on Ohio State’s recruiting board has to be running back Cornelius Elder. Elder ranks as a 4-Star on Scout.com and has a reported 40 time of 4.42. At 5’10", he is the small back that Ohio State missed in their offense in 2012. He dazzled against his high school competition in Tennessee, but with that kind of speed, I’m sure he would run circles around anyone in the country. With James Quick’s commitment to Louisville, the door has opened for Corn Elder to possibly grab a spot at Ohio State.
The two remaining prospects are Ryan Timmons and Shelton Gibson. Timmons is a prospect who is almost identical to Cornelius Elder. Both are smaller, but both possess blazing speed. Scout.com lists Timmons has a wide receiver, but if given an opportunity at Ohio State, would be used in a hybrid role.
Finally, with Shelton Gibson, you get a pure athlete at wide receiver. Gibson, like Worley, seems to have Ohio State at the top of the list. Grades have been an issue in the past, but it seems like they are all under control. With a visit this weekend, and grades looking good, Shelton Gibson has to be an intriguing option. Athletically, Gibson seems to be close to James Quick and could be an instant contributor to the Buckeyes.
Coach Urban Meyer is putting together another top notch recruiting class at Ohio State. That’s nothing new, though. The Buckeyes will finish with another top-five recruiting class while pushing forward to the 2013 season.