Ohio State Football Recruiting: Buckeyes Hoping for National Pull in 2013 Class

Tim Bielik@bielik_timSenior Analyst IMarch 9, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 28:  Urban Meyer speaks to the media after being introduced as the new head coach of Ohio State football on November 28, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Ohio State's recruiting tactics under Urban Meyer have already gone to another level from where Jim Tressel had been recruiting in his time as head coach.

Meyer has much more national charisma and appeal than Tressel did, which allows him to be able to pull recruits from almost anywhere in the country.

Having a coaching staff that focuses on multiple areas of the country—OC Tom Herman in Texas and the Southwest and DC Everett Withers in the Carolinas, for example—doesn't hurt either.

With limited scholarships for the next two years due to NCAA sanctions, the Buckeyes have already gotten their 2013 class on a great roll with just five commits.

And for Buckeye fans freaking out about Michigan's 14 commitments, remember that recruiting is much more like the Boston Marathon than the 100 meters in the London Olympics this summer.

In that case, Buckeye fans might prefer to have Patrick Makau Musyoki (the world record holder for the fastest marathon in history) than Usain Bolt.

The point is that we aren't even at the end of March, so part of the advantage OSU could have with Michigan's class filling up would be similar to last year's late rush. OSU will have more spots open at the end of the year for players Michigan might not have room for.

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The Buckeyes have already got four of the top players from the state of Ohio, including the consensus top two in Cameron Burrows and Jalin Marshall.

Meyer and the Buckeyes are working on bringing in a national haul as well to go with the cream of the crop from the home state, including top recruits like WR Robert Foster (Monaca, Penn.) and LB Jaylon Smith (Fort Wayne, Ind.).

If anyone is capable of pulling in a large amount of talented prospects, especially this year where the Midwest has as much talent this year as any in recent memory, Meyer and his staff have the ability to make it happen.

There are a few longshots from the South that Ohio State is looking to land, including explosive DE Joey Bosa and OT Laremy Tunsil, both of whom hail from Florida.

So far, Meyer has not been able to land the big fishes from the state he used to call home. However, don't expect that streak to last much longer than this year.

The spring will bring some big-name visitors to Columbus, including Bosa and JT Barrett, a QB from Texas that might remind some Buckeye fans of Troy Smith.

With the scholarship reductions that will continue into this year, expect Ohio State to only be able to bring in about 15-20 commits this year pending any transfers and early underclassmen departures.

It's way too early to predict who Ohio State will be able to land this year.

With the depth of talent in the state of Ohio, the Buckeyes should be able to muster about a 50/50 split between in-state and out-of-state recruits at the bare minimum.

Limited numbers this year means Meyer must go for quality and be willing to wait for the great recruits if he feels they can be difference-makers.

That means this year could yield a more national group of recruits than Ohio State has had in quite some time as they will hope to set themselves up for a national championship run in 2013 when their postseason ban expires.

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