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It's been a hot summer for Ohio State

So much for the dog days of summer.

While June, July and August are supposed to be a downtime, Ohio State has used the months to lock up several recruits in the class of 2013.

With limited scholarship opportunities available, the Buckeyes have almost filled their quota as 16 committed athletes in next year’s fall class get ready for their final high school seasons.

Here's a look back at what happened when schools let out for the summer and looks ahead at what might be as Ohio State coach Urban Meyer puts the final pieces together.

Here’s your Buckeye leaf

The Buckeyes started the first of a handful of advanced camps on June 10 and the commitments started piling up.

BuckeyeNation officially launched on June 19 and kicker Johnny Townsend (Orlando, Fla./Boone) celebrated the opening with a commitment to the Buckeyes.

The camps continued to bring good news when safety Darron Lee (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) turned down offers from 10 other schools – Purdue and Illinois were among them – and committed to Ohio State on June 26.

One day later, defensive tackle Michael Hill (Pendleton, S.C./Pendleton), a self-proclaimed Buckeyes fan since he was small, said yes to the Buckeyes. The 6-foot-2, 315-pound Hill made it official after visiting the school earlier in the month.

On July 19, wide receiver Taivon Jacobs (Forestville, Md./Suitland) turned down a chance to play with his brother at Maryland and said no to West Virginia as well for the right to suit up with the Buckeyes. With his 4.35 40-yard dash speed, Ohio State fans are looking forward to seeing him in scarlet and gray.

Offensive tackle Tim Gardner (Indianapolis/Lawrence Central) closed out the month by selecting the Buckeyes on July 28. Gardner had wanted to commit earlier, but had to clear up a few things first. The Buckeyes gave him a committable offer that Saturday morning and he jumped on it almost immediately.

Under the lights

Fans got a chance to see what was next at Meyer’s first Friday Night Lights camp and they walked away very impressed. While the class of 2014 stole the show, there were those in the class of 2013 equally good as well.

Wide receiver Shelton Gibson looked like he was having fun with Artavis Scott guarding him.

Other names to come out of the FNL were Drew Barker, DeShone Kizer, Caleb Henderson, Joey Duckworth, L.J. Scott, Devon Allen, Ryan Timmons, Ethan Wolf, Nathaniel Devers, Jamarco Jones, Donovan Munger, William White, Darius West and C.J. Reavis.

But the biggest performance of them all came from 2013 Ohio State commit Joey Bosa (Ft. Lauderdale/St. Thomas Aquinas), who not only played to the crowd, but showed why he’s ready for the next level at defensive tackle.

July jubilee

Recruits Eli Woodard (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern), Ezekiel Elliott (St. Louis/John Burroughs), Cam Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison), Jayme Thompson (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic), Marcus Baugh (Riverside Calif./John W. North) and Jalin Marshall (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) went out to Beaverton, Oregon at The Opening and shined.

The Buckeyes picked up a No. 5 national ranking after the event and Woodard grabbed a fifth star.

All but Baugh traveled to the Gridiron Kings camp in Florida later that month and finished runner-up in 7-on-7 competition.

J.T. Barrett (Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider) also participated at the Elite 11 and the dual-threat quarterback showed fans why he is on the fast track as Braxton Miller's possible heir.

More additions soon?

Linebacker Mike Mitchell (Plano Texas/Prestonwood Christian) said he might make a decision at Gridiron Kings and then backed off; saying he wanted to visit Ohio State first. The Buckeyes are rumored to be his favorite.

Wide receiver James Quick (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) likes Ohio State, as does Gibson. Munger has said he’s a fan of the Buckeyes, but wants to wait just as linebackers Christopher Worley (Cleveland/Glenville) and Tyquan Lewis (Tarboro, N.C./Tarboro) do.

Breaking news came Wednesday when former Penn State commit Dorian Johnson (Belle Vernon, Pa./Belle Vernon) announced he was going to take an official visit to Ohio State.

Johnson is the second-ranked offensive tackle in the class of 2013.

Slingers of the future

Barker, Kizer, Henderson and Duckworth were told they would have to wait until midway through the season as Ohio State isn’t quite ready to start offering 2014 quarterbacks.

All four performed well at FNL, but only one has stood out for the Buckeyes.

That would be Clemson commit DeShaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville), who threw for 3,221 yards and 41 touchdowns and rushed for 1,073 yards and added 16 scores last season.

To date, he’s the only 2014 QB offered by Ohio State.