Ohio State Football: Meyer Plugs Holes in Roster with 2013 Recruiting Class

David RegimbalFeatured ColumnistMarch 1, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 15:  Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes salutes the students after Ohio State defeated the California Golden Bears 35-28 at Ohio Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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With spring practice looming, Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes are looking for ways to build on the momentum they gained during their undefeated 2012 season.

Returning superstar quarterback Braxton Miller and eight other starters on offense, along with the entire coaching staff, will certainly help that momentum. The Buckeyes also return arguably the Big Ten's best defender in Ryan Shazier, who led the team with 115 tackles (17 for loss) in 2012.

Despite last year's record, though, the Buckeyes aren't perfect.

The departure of all four starters along the defensive line, dwindling depth in the secondary and a lack of playmakers at the wide receiver position were legitimate concerns for Meyer when the 2012 season ended.

After signing the 2013 recruiting class, those concerns have lost a bit of their sting.

According to ESPN.com, Ohio State signed the nation's top wide receiver and defensive back position groups while also receiving honorable mention for its defensive line haul with its '13 recruiting class.

The wide receiver group received a tremendous boost when Meyer landed 4-star all-purpose back Dontre Wilson, 4-star receiver James Clark and 4-star JUCO prospect Corey Smith in a two-week span. That trio of playmakers joined 4-star receiver Jalin Marshall, giving the Buckeyes four receivers who will compete for playing time the moment they step foot on campus.

With just two cornerbacks on the roster with legitimate game experience in Bradley Roby and Doran Grant, Meyer went out and signed 4-star Gareon Conley, 4-star Eli Apple and 4-star Cameron Burrows, three of the top corner prospects in the country. Meyer also landed 5-star safety Vonn Bell, who might be the most important member of Ohio State's 2013 recruiting class.

The Bucekyes will need to find four new starters along the defensive line, but with the players returning and the likes of 4-star prospects Joey Bosa, Billy Price, Michael Hill and Donovan Munger joining the team, Meyer has plenty of ammo to reload up front.

Needless to say, Ohio State's coaching staff did a phenomenal job plugging the holes in its roster for 2013. 

All recruit ratings per 247sports.com


David is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher report. Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412.