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Friday, May 3, 2013
Recruiting mailbag: Quarterback the focus

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.

@JKing4483: Demarre Kitt, Raekwon McMillan, Da'Shawn Hand, Jabrill Peppers. How are the Ohio State Buckeyes looking there?

Raekwon McMillan
Raekwon McMillan has narrowed his list down to Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia and Ohio State.
BuckeyeNation: I think the Buckeyes shoot 25 percent here. I used to have Kitt a Buckeye, but the fact he said he’d announce on the same day Deshaun Watson said he’s a firm Clemson commit has me skeptical. Peppers, I think, is lost to Michigan, though that shouldn’t worry Ohio State fans as the Buckeyes picked up such a strong secondary class in 2013. Hand, contrary to popular belief, I think goes to Virginia Tech and not that school up north. Which leaves us with McMillan, nothing the ESPN 150 linebacker has said makes me think he won’t be at Ohio State on signing day. Any explanation for the Buckeyes’ slow start in recruiting this year, especially on kids that used to be labeled as leans like Clifton Garrett?

BN: Slow and steady wins the race, especially if you’re Urban Meyer. Meyer has always been the closer in recruiting wars, while coaches like Brady Hoke prefer to jump out of the gate early. Here’s the rub. Ohio State’s class will be small, so the two-time national champion Meyer has to take his time and make sure he has gotten everyone right this year. He doesn’t have to hit a home run because of how strong last year’s class was, but he will miss out on players like Garrett because of it. That said, he closed out the last two months in 2013 by landing four ESPN 150 seniors, an ESPN 300 standout and two four-star wide receivers, so the sky is not falling.

@BlackSupermanSC: With these quarterback offers to Zack Darlington, Kyle Allen and Brandon Harris, will Drew Barker get one, too.

BN: At this point it’s highly unlikely. Darlington, Allen and Harris all got visits from Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman this week. All three worked out for Herman. Barker did not. Add the fact, Barker announced he will make his commitment next Friday and that he doesn’t have an offer make it unlikely the ESPN 150 quarterback will be wearing scarlet and gray. So who do you think the Buckeyes end up getting at the quarterback spot?

BN: All three bring something different as Darlington has been compared to Tim Tebow, Allen to Alex Smith and Harris to Braxton Miller. If I’m looking at the future, I’m taking Harris because he more fits the mold of the offense Meyer is running now. Meyer certainly knows how to adapt as he won titles with Chris Leak and Tebow and had great success with Smith. It just makes sense not to turn over the turnip truck with a new quarterback and keep things like they are now.