Ohio State Football Recruiting: Biggest Steals for Urban Meyer and Buckeyes

Nick JuskewyczContributor IIIFebruary 6, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 24:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates the Buckeyes' 26-21 win over the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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There may not have been a postseason for the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2012, but it didn't take Urban Meyer long to get the ball rolling in Columbus. 

Some of the wins weren't pretty, but Ohio State posted its first undefeated regular season since 2006 and the recruits are already flowing in for 2013.

According to ESPN.com, the Buckeyes have turned in the second best recruiting class as national signing day draws closer to an end.

For an Ohio State team that is in great position to contend for a national championship next season, these are three steals that could have an impact in making that happen.


Vonn Bell - Safety

Urban Meyer is already showing that he can shift some of the recruits in SEC country up north. It came down to Ohio State and Tennessee for the 5-star safety, but Rivals.com has reported that the Rossville, Georgia native will be heading to Columbus. 

Landing Bell addresses one of Ohio State's biggest needs coming into the 2013 season.

As one of the top-ranked safeties entering college football, Bell should have an immediate impact on a Buckeye team that was 76th in pass defense last season.


James Clark - Wide Receiver

There's no doubt Braxton Miller was the MVP of this offense in 2012 having thrown for over 2,000 yards and rushed over 1,000. What Miller needs is a playmaker with speed on the outside to take some of the pressure off.

Ohio State may have found its answer in James Clark. Cleveland.com reported that Clark, who is from New Smyrna Beach, Florida, chose the Buckeyes earlier this morning.

The Buckeyes aren't a predominantly passing team, but ranking 101st in passing for 2012 isn't where Ohio State wants to be. 

If Clark can evolve into a serious deep threat for Ohio State, Miller's running ability along with the running backs only becomes more dangerous.


Mike Mitchell - Linebacker

Add another potential star at linebacker to the Buckeye roster. According to BuckeyeNation at ESPN.com, Mitchell signed with Ohio State this morning as the next 5-star recruit to make his way to Columbus.

Mitchell will join Trey Johnson as two incoming freshmen with a lot of hype at the linebacker position.

Ohio State has had a great history of producing great linebackers in recent memory, such as James Laurinaitis and A.J. Hawk.


It's no surprise Meyer is bringing in the big names to the Horseshoe. Now it's time to see if he can bring to Columbus what Buckeye fans have been wanting for over a decade.

A national championship.