Ohio State Football Recruiting: Players Who Will Make Biggest Impact

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IFebruary 6, 2013

Photo courtesy of 247 Sports
Photo courtesy of 247 Sports

Boasting the second-ranked recruiting class in the nation by 247 Sports Composite ratings, the Ohio State Buckeyes have all the talent to be national championship contenders for the next few years.

After a 12-0 campaign in 2012 and what promises to be another solid season again in 2013, these players should be able to make an immense impact come 2014.

Here are the three biggest signings for Ohio State.

For a complete list of OSU commits, click here.

All rankings via 247 Sports Composite ratings


Eli Apple, CB

As the fifth-ranked corner of the 2013 recruiting class, 6'1" cornerback Eli Apple should be a big part of the Buckeyes defense in 2014.

The New Jersey native boasts 4.6 speed and has all the physical tools to be a top corner in the Big Ten when it's all said and done (h/t ESPN).

According to ESPN Stats & Info, Ohio State owned the second-to-worst pass defense in the conference last season, so defense, and more importantly the secondary, was a priority in the recruiting process.

If he puts in the necessary work at OSU, Apple will transition into the shutdown corner he's capable of being.


Jalin Marshall, WR

As an offense that likes to run the ball (10th in the nation in rushing in 2012), Urban Meyer desperately needed to find a weapon in the passing game.

He sure got one in 6'0" wideout Jalin Marshall from Ohio.

Marshall boasts an incredible amount of athleticism, as ESPN notes that he can be utilized as a quarterback in the Wildcat and even as a defensive back on defense.

If Marshall can learn to lower his shoulder and absorb more contact, he'll be deadly.

Nonetheless, as the fourth-ranked wide receiver in his class, Marshall has the potential to be a playmaker on both sides of the ball for the Buckeyes over the next few years.


Vonn Bell, S

As one of the most coveted safeties in the recruiting process, Vonn Bell should be a huge playmaker for OSU over the next four years.

The 6'0", 190-pound safety has more than enough speed and athleticism to stop rushers at the line of scrimmage or break up deep balls in the passing game.

As the second-ranked safety of the 2013 recruiting class, Bell can play both strong and free safety and should end up being one of the best zone-coverage defenders in the nation by his senior year.

Bell's run defense could use some work, but the coaching he'll receive at OSU should fix that.

By 2014, Ohio State's secondary issues should be no more with the likes of Bell, Apple and Gareon Conley defending the passing game.


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