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Friday, April 26, 2013
Recruiting mailbag: Grid and hoop dreams

By Brad Bournival

It’s time to dip into the BuckeyeNation recruiting mailbag and answer some of your questions.

We’ll try to give everyone a chance to get their questions answered.

We encourage you to send your questions by Twitter at @bbournival, by e-mail at or by posting a question in the Horseshoe Pit forum.

@TShaw07: Which wide receivers do you feel Ohio State is most likely to land?

BuckeyeNation: Even though quarterback Deshaun Watson said he’ll stay a quarterback for Clemson, I still think Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) could land at Ohio State. The ESPN 150 wide receiver has Ohio State, Tennessee and Clemson even at this point. I also think Derek Kief (Cincinnati/La Salle) ends up at Ohio State. The battle there is with Kentucky.

@johnLpoetry: Ohio State can only take 14 to 17 recruits? That total seems a little low.

BN: Give RecruitingNation editor Scott Kendrick credit for this list. Here’s the scholarship breakdown for 2013. You’ll notice 14 seniors, thus 14 scholarships. That doesn’t mean the number can’t grow. In fact, through attrition it should. If Bradley Roby jumps to the NFL, there’s an extra scholarship. The same can be said for those transferring or leaving the school. No matter how many the Buckeyes take, they have to get the number of scholarships down to 82 by August of 2014 to abide by NCAA sanctions.

@buckeyefan686: How many defensive linemen do you see the Bucks taking this year and what is your best guess as to who fills those spots in the end?

Dante Booker
Dante Booker is one of a few Northeast Ohio prospects that the Buckeyes would like to add to their 2014 class.
BN: With Dylan Thompson (Lombard, Ill./Montini Catholic) already in the fold, I think there’s room for maybe one more if any. If they were to take another one, maybe it’s a tackle Chris Williams. He’s a four-star standout in his own right and could possibly help in landing Kitt, his high school teammate. What Northeast Ohio prospects are the Buckeyes going after?

BN: Well, we already know they have Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary running back Parris Campbell Jr., Cleveland Glenville offensive tackle Marcelys Jones and Cleveland St. Ignatius outside linebacker Kyle Berger in the fold. The one Ohio State is hitting the hardest is Glenville standout athlete Marshon Lattimore, who is ranked No. 1 in the state by ESPN. His teammate and safety Erick Smith is another one the Buckeyes are recruiting hard and let’s not forget about Dante Booker, who is a teammate of Campbell. They’ve got a good shot at landing all three by the way.

@Buckeye_Salsero: A basketball question here. What’s the likelihood out of 100 percent that Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones end up signing to play at Ohio State?

BN: I snuck in a call to ESPN Basketball Senior National Recruiting Analyst Dave Telep for this one. The answer is check back in a month for a better feel here. The one thing that is known is that they are likely a package deal. The good news for Ohio State is that the Buckeyes are one of Okafor's frontrunners, so half the battle might be won.