If Ohio State didn’t have the limits it does because of NCAA sanctions, many of the names below would probably be in its recruiting class of 2013.
Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, they’re in a numbers crunch in terms of how many recruits will be in their class next fall, so there will be some who usually would play in The Horseshoe that won’t be in scarlet and gray.
On Monday, BuckeyeNation broke down the six we think will be Ohio State Buckeyes.
Today, we look at the just-missed kids who will likely be playing somewhere else on Saturday next fall.
1. James Quick (Louisville, Ky./Trinity): It was tough to keep this 6-foot, 180-pound ESPN 150 wide receiver off the list of commits, but he has continued to keep Louisville out in front when he updates his list. Coach Urban Meyer will fight for him but won’t wait on him either if there’s another name out there he can grab.
2. Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington): The Buckeyes offered this 6-1, 165-pound ESPN 150 cornerback as an athlete. That more than likely put him in front of Michigan, where he is still committed. However, he’s made it no secret that he loves Oregon. The second the Ducks offer this talented two-way athlete, he’ll likely be headed out to Eugene, Ore.
3. Christopher Worley (Cleveland/Glenville): This 6-3, 190-pound outside linebacker is a Buckeye any other season. However, there will probably be just 23 in the class of 2013, and he’ll likely lose out to the Vonn Bells, Mike Mitchells and Skai Moores of the world. Wherever he goes, Worley should be a success.
4. Corey Smith (Akron, Ohio/East Mississippi Community College): The 6-1, 180-pound wide receiver is as fast as they come. He led the Lions in receiving and was a standout at Buchtel (Ohio) in high school. Again, the numbers game will keep him from living out his dream more than likely.
5. David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech): First things first, Dawson could very well become a Buckeye should Ohio State lose out on Dorian Johnson (Belle Vernon, Pa./Belle Vernon). The 6-4, 282-pound ESPN 150 Dawson is ranked No. 1 in the nation at offensive guard. With two current high school teammates already Michigan State commits, he could be a Spartan.
6. Cornelius Elder (Nashville, Tenn./The Ensworth School): He’s a running back, and Ohio State did make a promise to Ezekiel Elliott (St. Louis/John Burroughs) it would take one back in the class of 2013. But the 5-10, 170-pound ESPN 300 running back is looking at basketball, too. That could put him at Georgia Tech or Vanderbilt.