Ohio State Football: Trio of 4-Star Receivers Are High on the Buckeyes

David Regimbal@davidreg412Featured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2013

EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 29:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates with his players after beating the Michigan State Spartans 17-16 at Spartan Stadium on September 29, 2012 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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If Urban Meyer could have added one thing to Ohio State's offense last year, it would have been a more dynamic playmaker at the wide receiver position.

That's not a knock on Corey "Philly" Brown or Devin Smith. Both receivers played exponentially better last year than the year before, combining for 90 receptions, 1,287 receiving yards and nine touchdowns during the 2012 season.

With both Brown and Smith back next season, Meyer is looking to enhance Ohio State's passing attack by adding more explosiveness to the receiver position.

Meyer is already in the process of achieving that goal, securing commitments from 4-star athlete Jalin Marshall and 3-star receiver Taivon Jacobs (per Rivals). Despite those two already in the fold, Meyer still has his eye on three extremely talented wide receiver prospects.

With the limited space remaining in Ohio State's recruiting class, Meyer will likely only have room for one more receiver. Here are his top three remaining targets.


Shelton Gibson

Gibson is probably the receiver who is most likely to wind up in Columbus, Ohio, as the speedster out of Cleveland has favored the Buckeyes most of the way.

Gibson has been on the radar of Ohio State's coaching staff ever since he shined during Meyer's Friday Night Lights camp last summer. Gibson has the kind of speed and route-running ability that Meyer covets, which is on full display in his senior highlight film.



Corey Smith

Smith, who is originally from Akron, Ohio, is a JUCO prospect out of Scooba, Miss. Currently committed to Mississippi State, the speedy wideout visited Ohio State this past weekend to check Meyer and the Buckeyes out.

While Meyer would love to get a JUCO prospect who's more acclimated to the speed of college play, Smith left Columbus without offering a commitment. Bill Greene of Scout.com, though, thinks that things could work out for both parties later this week.

“And I think if everything fits, then I think Corey Smith will flip from Mississippi State… Still some work to be done though”

— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) January 14, 2013


James Clark

Clark, like Smith, came on Ohio State's radar late, but that doesn't mean the Buckeyes are out of it. 

Clark has received offers from dozens of schools, including Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Notre Dame and West Virginia, according to Rivals.com. While he does have visits set up for Clemson and Florida, Clark doesn't have any plans to make his way north to Columbus.

If Meyer can get Clark to visit, anything could happen. As of now, though, Clark seems like a long shot.


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