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Friday, December 14, 2012
Mailbag: Johnson, Mitchell, Quick, more

By Brad Bournival

It’s time to dip into the BuckeyeNation recruiting mailbag and answer some of your questions. We’ll keep it at five a week to give everyone a shot. We encourage you to send your questions by Twitter at @bbbournival, e-mail at brad.bournival.espn@gmail.com or by posting a question in the Horseshoe Pit forum.

@TravisRockhold: Does Ohio State have a realistic chance of flipping Kenny Lacy? Is this a backup if they can’t flip David Dawson?

BN: There is a slim chance of flipping Lacy. A source very close to the situation in Phoenix said Lacy is taking his time and going on visits to see whether the Bruins are still No. 1. Lacy went on Twitter Friday morning and said “I am a man of my word, it's #bruinnation #NewBreed.” He canceled a visit to Michigan this weekend, but has a visit lined up in January with the Buckeyes. While I still think Dawson is the first choice, Lacy is no slouch at all as an offensive tackle.

@thomaswalker2012@yahoo.com: What are the Buckeyes’ chances on landing Mike Mitchell and Trey Johnson?

BN: Very good. Mitchell didn’t hide anything when he came back home from Columbus, Ohio. He told his father his official visit to Ohio State last weekend was great. He’s got a solid relationship with Urban Meyer and had nothing but good things to say about the Buckeyes and the commits that were on their visit with him.
Johnson still has Tennessee and Auburn poking around, but it looks like a two-way team battle with Florida, which already has three linebackers in its 2013 recruiting class.

@buckeyefan686: When do you think we hear about decisions from Mike Mitchell and Trey Johnson?

BN: The answer from both has been when they feel comfortable. Not the answer many want to hear, but Johnson’s coach Todd Wofford indicated it will likely come before signing day as his student isn’t much of a media guy at all.

Mitchell isn’t either, so expect his to come before Feb. 6 as well. I would be surprised if by mid-January we don’t know where both these linebackers are headed.

@Dmost13: Where do you think Ohio State’s recruiting class finishes in the rankings on signing day?

BN: Very high. With Gareon Conley and Donovan Munger signing last week, the Buckeyes bumped past Michigan to No. 5 for ESPN. If Mitchell and Johnson ink, they’ll likely push the top four. The Wolverines have three scholarships left, so they might push the Buckeyes again, but I think those two Ohio State commitments plus a few more from ESPN 150/300 players could keep the squad ahead of Michigan and threaten a top four spot. Check out our class rankings page.

jblev7275@yahoo.com: With the need for big-time playmakers at the wide receiver position, how is the 2013 class shaping up?

BN: Great question and the answer might not be known until Jan. 4 or even later. Right now the Buckeyes have Taivon Jacobs as their only true wideout. ESPN 150 wide receiver James Quick is on an official visit to Louisville right now and he said the Cardinals have a slight lead going in. He also said he thought Ohio State was the school for him on his official to Columbus, Ohio.

Throw in Shelton Gibson and things are still a question mark. Gibson’s clear favorite is Ohio State, but academics seem to be holding him up. If those two don’t pan out, Ryan Timmons is ready and the Buckeyes might still go after Tony Stevens. Both are viable options. There’s your answer and it’s as clear as mud.