Ohio State Football: Recruits Who Should Play Immediately

Josh SachnoffContributor IIIFebruary 12, 2013

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer
Ohio State head coach Urban MeyerGregory Shamus/Getty Images

The Ohio State Buckeyes are coming off an undefeated 12-0 season and just last week finished with the second-best recruiting class in the country behind National Champion Alabama.

With a lot of questions about whether or not the Buckeyes can go undefeated again this season and win a Big Ten Championship, we’ll take a look at which new recruits will get immediate playing time when August 31 rolls around. 

Head coach Urban Meyer recruited a solid group of players and four of them could see immediate playing time this season. Meyer does not care how old his players are; he will play someone who is a true freshman if they deserve to be out there.

First, we should see 4-star cornerback recruits Eli Apple and Cameron Burrows garner immediate playing time in the Buckeye secondary. 

Apple was ranked in the Rivals.com’s Top 100 and was the eighth-best player at his position in the 2013 recruiting class. 

Apple is fast, explosive and physical. Wide receivers are going to have a tough time running their routes when having to go one-on-one against him. He can diagnose plays quickly and reads what quarterbacks are going to do as well. 

Look for Apple to see immediate playing time at the cornerback position and in special teams as well. 

Burrows was also in Rivals.com's Top 100 and was the sixth-best player from his position in the 2013 recruiting class. 



He has top-notch speed and a solid physical build that will help him at the next level. He will cause quarterbacks to make bad decisions because of how well he can recognize routes and the development of plays.

Don’t be surprised if we see this talented defensive back taking the field in the fall as well. 

The other two recruits that will see time in their first year at Ohio State will be 4-star athlete Jalin Marshall and 4-star wide receiver Corey Smith.

Ohio State focuses heavily on the run and last season averaged 242.3 yards per game with explosive quarterback Braxton Miller, but these two new recruits could be quite useful in the Buckeye passing game. 

Marshall was ranked No. 35 nationally and was the best overall athlete to come out of the 2013 recruiting class. 

He will give defenses nightmares if he ends up at the wide receiver position because of his speed and ability to change direction on a defensive back. 

He will make game-changing plays when the ball is put into his hands. 

Smith is a JUCO transfer from East Mississippi Community College and will look to make an immediate impact for this Buckeye team.

He is a talented route-runner that is explosive and can break away from defenders. He is also good at adjusting to where the ball is being thrown and can make catches in traffic.

It will be fun to see how these recruits fare in their first season with the Buckeyes and how immediate an impact these players make.