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Friday, July 12, 2013
Ohio State Mailbag: What's your number?

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 email at brad.bournival.espn@gmail.com or by posting a question in the Horseshoe Pit forum.

@buckeyefan686: Here’s the scenario: Ohio State takes 20 recruits. If Raekwon McMillan and Marshon Lattimore commit, do they take three more offensive linemen and if not, who grabs the last spots?

BuckeyeNation: The numbers game is tough to get around, and I expect both to become Buckeyes. That said there are probably two more spots remaining on the line. I would NOT be surprised at all if Jermaine Eluemunor isn’t an Ohio State commitment when he gives his final decision after his Arkansas visit. That leaves Demetrius Knox, Alex Bookser, Damian Prince and Chad Mavety as of right now. Knox has said UCLA is in the lead, but he grew up in Ohio and has always had good things to say about the Buckeyes. If I had to choose, those are the two names I’d go with. Of course, nothing is concrete in recruiting until national signing day, so stay tuned.

@CaddyshackLou: Does Urban Meyer’s recruiting success open doors for Michigan in Ohio? Could that hurt when he leaves?

BN: Not at all. Meyer has made the Buckeye State a priority. One look at this year’s class shows six commits among the 14 pledges. Last year, Ohio State was able to hold onto 11 from within the border. There is a common misconception that Michigan is picking off players from Ohio and putting a kink in the Buckeyes’ plans. Most of the time, they’re players Ohio State isn’t interested in. The Buckeyes really wanted Michael Ferns, but lost him to the Wolverines. After that in the last two years only Dymonte Thomas, Mike McCray II and Ben Gedeon had Ohio State offers among Ohioans who committed to Michigan, and McCray’s offer comes with an asterisk -- the Buckeyes threw out scholarship considerations well after the outside linebacker committed to the Wolverines. If it’s an Ohio kid the Buckeyes are after, they usually get him.

@darkknight1093: Will Lattimore and Erick Smith be a package deal with whomever they sign? Could they go their separate ways if Ohio State runs out of spots?

BN: Lattimore and Smith have talked about being a package deal, and both have Ohio State high on their list. That said package deals very rarely work out for numbers reasons alone. Both are very big gets. Obviously Lattimore is an ESPN 300 standout whose stock keeps rising, while Smith is quickly moving up the charts after a strong camp season. The one thing Glenville coach Ted Ginn Sr. is very good about is matching up programs with his players. It wouldn’t be a surprise at all to see them go to different colleges.