Ohio State Football Recruiting: Newcomers Who Will Spur Team to Title Bid

Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistJanuary 17, 2013

Eli Apple is one of Ohio State's top recruits this year. Photo courtesy of Rivals.com
Eli Apple is one of Ohio State's top recruits this year. Photo courtesy of Rivals.com

The Ohio State Buckeyes will enter the 2013 season with a collection of fresh faces ready to carry them back to title contention.

As one of college football's most prestigious schools led by one of its most recognizable coaches in Urban Meyer, Ohio State had no trouble assembling a promising young recruiting class for the upcoming season.

Despite earning a perfect 12-0 record, the Buckeyes sat out bowl season due to violating NCAA regulations. That time off allowed Meyer and Co, to focus on recruiting for a year in which they will regain bowl eligibility.

Here are some of the big names who have committed to Ohio State so far.


Eli Apple, CB

An Apple a day keeps the quarterback looking away.

Now how badly do you want Eli Apple to pan out as a shutdown corner for that saying to bear credibility?

That corny joke would not have been possible a month ago, but he recently changed his last name from Woodard to Apple to honor his stepfather.

The defensive back from Voorhees, N.J. rated No. 28 on Rivals.com's overall recruit rankings. Offering the size and tenacity necessary at the position, Apple can become an immediate game-changer for the Buckeyes.


Jalin Marshall, WR

Ohio State picked up another playmaker in Jalin Marshall, a wide receiver who gives the school the deep-threat they've been searching for.

The young wideout from Middletown High School can break open from coverage as well as reel in jump balls. Braxton Miller will enjoy having Marshall around to bolster a receiving corps that failed to present any breakout stars in 2012.

Scott Kennedy of Scout.com described what makes Marshall such a threat on the field.

He has exceptional change of direction and balance, and picks up the nuances of receiver quickly to add to his instinctive running ability. Elevates well in traffic and is tough going over the middle. Marshall is most dangerous after the catch.

If all those assets hold true at Ohio State, Marshall can help take the squad's offense to the next level.


Joey Bosa, DE

After registering 30 sacks last season, the Buckeyes gained some added intensity on the defensive line with Joey Bosa.

The 6'5", 270-pound defensive end from Fort Lauderdale is ranked No. 4 at the position by Scout.com. 

Bosa can either overpower opponents playing at the end or use his superior athleticism as a mismatch in the middle. No matter what, he's going to be a handful to stop.

A potent pass rusher like Bosa should had little trouble earning playing time from the get-go.