There isn’t a lot of room left in Ohio State’s recruiting class. That is already known.
But with the NCAA administering penalties Monday against Penn State that include reductions in scholarships and a four-year postseason ban, the Nittany Lions’ 2013 class is in a state of flux.
Last year, Ohio State grabbed three top Penn State commitments -- Armani Reeves, Camren Williams and Joey O’Connor – and swayed them to the Buckeyes.
Here’s a look at three 2013 recruits Ohio State might have renewed interest in should any of them decide to back out of their scholarship offer from Penn State:
1. OT Dorian Johnson (Belle Vernon, Pa./Belle Vernon): A four-star tackle, Johnson is ranked second in the ESPN 150 at his position and No. 27 overall. Ohio State, Pitt and West Virginia are likely his top three choices should the 6-foot-6, 285-pound Johnson take back the commitment he gave to the Nittany Lions on June 24. Pitt could be the new leader if Johnson decides not to go to Penn State. Right now, he’s not commenting on the sanctions.
2. TE-Y Adam Breneman (Camp Hill, Pa./Cedar Cliff): Breneman is ranked 49th in the ESPN 150. He’s currently not releasing a comment regarding the NCAA’s sanctions. The four-star recruit has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, Stanford and Wisconsin. The 6-4, 229 Breneman will go wherever his style fits and could be the hottest commodity if he gives his decommitment.
3. DE Garrett Sickels (Little Silver, N.J./Red Blank): The four-star recruit has been a solid commitment since telling the Nittany Lions he was going to go to Penn State in March. But if he decides to take back his commitment, the 6-4, 225 Sickels would fit in the Buckeyes’ scheme. Ohio State already has strong defensive recruits. This would make the squad even stronger. He has offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Stanford.