Ohio State Football Recruiting: Breaking Down Buckeyes' Top Remaining Targets

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IFebruary 4, 2013

Credit: 247Sports.com
Credit: 247Sports.com

National signing day is just two days away, and the resurgent Urban Meyer-led Ohio State Buckeyes hope to finish with a bang by landing a handful of coveted recruits.

After running the table in 2012, expectations will be sky high for the now bowl-eligible Buckeyes in 2013, and rightfully so. Star quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Braxton Miller will return and Meyer will enter his second season as the head honcho.

With a bright future ahead and a talented class already locked up, here we'll break down Ohio State's top remaining recruiting targets.


Vonn Bell, Safety

A 5-star safety prospect out of Georgia's Ridgeland High School, Vonn Bell is one of the most coveted recruits out there at the moment according to 247Sports.com. Ohio State is just one of several programs hoping to sign him this February.

At 5'11", 180 pounds, Bell fits the mold for a college safety, and has the potential to thrive in other positions in the secondary as well. Once he steps into a college weight room and starts packing on muscle, his vicious style of play should turn into a tremendous asset.

Bell already boasts excellent closing speed and a surprisingly solid pair of hands. If the Buckeyes can somehow land Bell this winter, then they will have a dominant secondary for years to come in Columbus.


James Clark, Wide Receiver

James Clark, a 4-star wide receiver prospect out of New Smyrna Beach, Florida is still being courted by several top programs, but is showing considerable interest in Ohio State according to 247Sports.com

The 5'10", 170-pound playmaker is a natural athlete and one of the fastest around. Clark should have an instant impact for the Buckeyes as an outside threat who can take it to the house every time he touches it.

In addition to boasting exceptional speed, Clark has a strong burst off the line of scrimmage, which could eventually be a deadly asset once he improves his route running. 

Like all college freshmen, Clark will have to get acclimated to the environment and experience his share of growing pains, but with him, the potential to be college football's next great playmaker is definitely there.


Cornelius Elder, Athlete

Cornelius Elder is drawing plenty of interest across the country this winter as a versatile 4-star prospect according to 247Sports.com. He can star at safety and/or running back, as well as several other positions.

Some see Elder playing running back at the next level, while others think he's best suited to play wide receiver. It all likely depends on where he winds up.

A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Elder is both quick and elusive, traits often used to describe running backs. What he lacks at 5'10", 165 pounds is size and power. Like most incoming college freshmen, though, Elder is sure to benefit immensely from some time in the weight room.


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