The Ohio State University will still manage to bring in some of the nation's most talented play-makers on both sides of the ball come signing day, but Stephon Diggs and these five recruits will not wear the Scarlet and Gray during their College careers.
With all of the off-field scandals and drama surrounding the Ohio State University, Luke Fickell and his staff will take a bit of a hit in recruiting the next couple of years—It's inevitable.
The 2012 recruiting class should prove to be one of the toughest years for Ohio State recruiting in the past 10 years.
The Buckeyes do, however, already have a few great names signed to the 2012 class, but some of the top players in the nation who might have chosen to play for the Buckeyes given normal circumstances will simply go on to their next highest rated school.
Maybe head coach Luke Fickell can pull of some shockers on signing day, but as it stands, the Buckeyes are destined to miss out on some big names come signing day.
Jordan Simmons is the top offesnive lineman of the 2012 recruting class, and it's for good reason.
Simmons stands 6'5'' and 333 pounds, yet he still runs a 4.9 40, which is not bad at all considering his massive stature.
Ohio State would love to acquire a behemoth lineman like Simmons, but it simply won't happen. Simmons is expected to cut down his list of colleges soon, and It should not come as a surprise to Buckeye fans if Ohio State is etched out.
Ifeadi Odenigbo is listed as the third best outside linebacker according to Scout, and at 6'3'' 225 pounds and a 4.5 40, it's easy to see why.
Odenigbo is one of two prospects on this list from Ohio, and despite never playing football before his sophomore year in high school, Odengibo is one that will hurt Buckeye Nation if he skips town and signs elsewhere.
Of the five players on this list, I think the Buckeyes have the best shot at landing Odengibo, but I still don't think it's a very high percentage. Odenigbo is going to keep things open until Ohio State's NCAA penalties are handed down in August, and if they're not too severe, the Buckeyes should be able to keep the talented linebacker in state, but Buckeye fans should fear the worst here.
This one will hurt Buckeye Nation more then any other name on this list, as Aldolphus Washington is an Ohio product from Cincinnati.
Washington is listed at 6'6'' and 240 pounds, with his 40 time being recorded at 4.7, which makes him an ideal pass rusher off the end.
Ohio State is still in the mix to land the services of Washington (who recently narrowed his list of schools from 10 to 5), but if the Buckeyes are hit with any kind of postseason ban (which it appears they will be), they have no shot at signing Washington.
The most prized player of the entire 2012 Recruiting Class, Dorial Green-Beckham is the dream name on every Ohio State fan's mind, but the dream will not become reality.
Green-Beckham stands 6'6'' and 220 pounds, making him a picture perfect receiver prospect who has the skill and body control to compliment his unique athletic ability.
Heading into his senior season, Green-Beckham has 4,000 yards receiving with 50 touchdowns.
Green-Beckham will be the next great college receiver, but unfortunately for the Buckeyes, it will be with another team.
Stephon Diggs is the most versatile offensive play-maker of the 2012 class. Diggs can line up all over the field, but he will be an immediate impact in the return game.
At 6'0'' and 185 pounds, Stephon Diggs would be a perfect fit to play slot receiver in college, but also has the ability to lineup at running-back.
Buckeye fans have been waiting for an elite return man ever since the days of Ted Ginn Jr., and although Diggs could be the man, he appears most likely to stay in his home state and become a Terrapin or become a Florida Gator.