Ohio State Football Recruiting: Power Ranking Best Signings by Buckeyes

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IFebruary 2, 2013

Photo courtesy of 247 Sports
Photo courtesy of 247 Sports

National signing day is still four days away, but the Ohio State Buckeyes have already established themselves as one of the top recruiting classes of 2013.

The class includes a 5-star cornerback and a multitude of 4-star studs, and the Buckeyes aren't finished.

ESPN's recruiting page shows that Ohio State is still looking to add 4-star safety Vonn Bell to its secondary. 

With a solid 2013 recruit class, we highlight the five best signings so far.


5. Jayme Thompson, 4-star S

The safety position was a big issue for the Buckeyes last season, as they lacked a lot of help over the top in the passing game.

Ohio State will see a lot of DBs leave the program during the course of the next two years, making the swaying of Jayme Thompson one of the most important additions to the Buckeyes' defense.

As he progresses, the 6'2", 183-pound safety will be a crucial, hard-hitting leader of this Ohio State defense in 2014.


4. Evan Lisle, 4-star OT

In 2014, Ohio State will see five offensive linemen graduate, opening up a real need for an offensive tackle.

Eval Lisle excels in the run-blocking game, which is what the Buckeyes mainly feature in their offense.

At 6'5", 265 pounds, Lisle is both strong and athletic and will only get stronger as he enters the Buckeye program.

3. Jalin Marshall, 4-star WR

Primarily a rushing offense, the Buckeyes were in need of a wide receiver for the future who could be a game changer.

They got that in 5'11' Jalin Marshall, who can run the wildcat offense as a QB but also has the ability to switch to WR or even DB.

As one of the most versatile players of the incoming class, Marshall highlights a long-running list of important recruits for Ohio State.


2. Gareon Conley, 4-star CB

Ohio State really struggled defending the pass in 2012, ranking 61st in the nation in terms of passing yardage allowed.

With five DBs leaving the Buckeyes this season and another four in 2014, there's a real need for secondary help and Urban Meyer surely filled that void with 6'1" corner Gareon Conley.

Boasting great anticipation and instincts, Conley should make an immediate impact for the Buckeyes in 2014.

1. Eli Apple, 5-star CB

He is the only 5-star recruit the Buckeyes have and he's certainly an excellent signing.

I already highlighted Ohio State's need for secondary help, but with 6', 185-pound Eli Apple, the Buckeyes get an elite corner who plays both the run and the pass exceptionally well.

With a slew of DBs leaving the Buckeyes over the course of the next two years, Ohio State will look to Apple to lead the defensive secondary.