Ohio State Football Recruiting: How the Buckeyes Solved Their Playmaker Problem

Tim BielikSenior Analyst IFebruary 6, 2013

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Ohio State's offense had one fatal flaw in 2012, despite being a top-20 scoring offense. It lacked a game-breaker outside of Braxton Miller.

In the 2013 class, reinforcements are on the way en masse in a class with plenty of talented offensive players to give Miller some support.

While the class is very balanced with some help coming at every position, there's no mistake that game-breaking skill players were at the top of Urban Meyer's wish list. All he did to help that was bring in several offensive stars including WR Jalin Marshall and RB/WR Dontre Wilson.

Ezekiel Elliott has been wavering and could change his mind, but keeping him would give the Buckeyes three great speedsters.

In Marshall and Wilson, they have two players who can break the big play anytime they get the football. And having a coach in Meyer who prioritizes to get his playmakers several touches a game in different ways will only give them more of a chance to impact a football game.

When OSU landed Wilson out of Desoto (Tex.) on Monday, they got one of the fastest players in the country who is so tough to stop on the perimeter. He will likely be used in the slot, but may get the ball on end-arounds or jet sweeps in addition to running routes.

Marshall in the open field is much like Miller with the ability to make guys miss and get to top speed within just a few steps. The two played in the same conference in high school, and may now line up in the backfield together which is a tough ask for any defense.

Marshall's biggest challenge will be learning how to play off the ball at the line of scrimmage. He is converting from QB to a WR but may be used much like Wilson in the early stages of his career.

Those two alone will provide an impact to the offense that few players on their current roster have at this point.

Don't sleep on TE Marcus Baugh and WR Corey Smith either, each of whom are also highly regarded players and should leave a lasting impact on the program in their time.

The offense will probably still run through Miller and RB Carlos Hyde because of how much success the duo had as they combined for over 2,200 yards and 29 touchdowns on the ground last season.

But with how much we've seen Meyer play freshmen whom he feels are ready to play, it would be more stunning if Marshall and Wilson, among other freshmen, don't see the field in 2013.


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