The Buckeyes have nabbed three prospects quickly in DE Darryl Baldwin, WR James Louis, and S Chad Hagan. That brings the total to 11 commitments in 2010, but it also means the staff is running short on scholarships to give out. So it is important to start paying attention to names, and to start piecing together how this class will fill out. Luckily for the staff, there is still lots of quality left on the board. Let's take a look at some of those hot names...
Jordan Hicks // Linebacker:
This list obviously has to start with Hicks. Not only was he recently named the No. 2 overall prospect in the country by ESPNU, but he also resides in the Bucks backyard (West Chester, Ohio). His film is incredibly impressive, and he is being hailed as one of the best linebackers to come out of Ohio in quite sometime. His extensive list of offers would seem to back up that claim. Adding Hicks is obviously a high priority, and would honestly bump this class up from good to great. The staff still seems far from getting a commitment though, so it is important to keep watching his name.
Seantrel Henderson // Offensive Line
Henderson, like Hicks, was recently named as a top ten prospect according to the ESPNU 150. The St. Paul, Minnesota prospect has all the intangibles you dream about in a offensive linemen, and his size makes you drool. Unlike Hicks though, Henderson isn't a player that Buckeyes seem to have a solid handle on. Obviously anything can happen, but unless something drastic takes place he will probably be headed elsewhere.
Lamarcus Joyner // Defensive Back
The situation with Joyner will be something for Buckeye fans to really keep tabs on in the coming months. Joyner's top two have been Florida State and Ohio State for awhile now, but USC is very much in the picture. In fact, Joyner will be in attendance on September 12th when the Buckeyes take on the Trojans. I think the consensus is that if the Buckeyes can win that game and impress in the visit, he will propel them to the front of the pack. On top of that, it is hard to believe he would be so insistent on going to a school with such a black eye right now (FSU). So, let's hope the Buckeye can continue their success in Florida.
Joshua Shaw // Defensive Back
Shaw is an interesting case because his name has just become hot in Buckeye circles in the last month. I think a lot of this had to do with the fact that he comes from California, and the Buckeyes haven't brought in a dynamic player from Cali since the Larry Grant and Mark Johnson duo of 2006. As Bucknuts just reported though, the Buckeyes are now the leader for Shaw after his visit to Columbus. This guy has some incredible athleticism, and his pursuit of the ball is pretty exciting to watch. He would be a huge steal in 2010, and it will be interesting to see if the staff can close the deal.
Matt James has gone from one of the most talked about recruits 6 months ago, to almost a forgotten man in Buckeye country. I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that he has been very quiet about the recruiting process. Nevertheless, he is a very talented offensive linemen in state, and is very much a name to watch. The battle seems as it will come down to Notre Dame and Ohio State, and one has to wonder if the Buckeyes will lose another talented Cincinnatian.
Christian Bryant // Defensive Back
With Bryant the staff hopes to continue the Glenville pipeline, and all signs point to that happening at this point. This is very good news because Bryant is not only one of the best players in Ohio, but is also one of the most solid corners in the country. I think the Buckeyes will eventually grab Bryant, but the bigger question is whether teammate Latwan Anderson will also have that chance. The Buckeyes have yet to offer him, and if they do he will find his name on this list.
Jonathan Hankins // Defensive Line
Hankins is far from being the best DT in 2010, but he is exactly what the doctor ordered for the Buckeyes. The defensive line needs a huge bowling ball in the middle, rather than settling for bulked up defensive ends. The staff has been hot on his trail too, and he recently had a very solid trip to Columbus. Though he is much further down the list according to some recruiting services, I still feel he is incredibly valuable and a name to watch in the coming weeks.