Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Ohio State 2013 class: 5 things to know
By Brad Bournival
There’s still plenty of time left for Ohio State to land some heavy hitters in the recruiting class of 2013.
There are 48 days, to be exact, as the Buckeyes diligently work on what they hope is a top five class in the country.
Five-star cornerback Eli Woodard leads a deep, talented secondary class for Ohio State.
There are some things we know about the class of 2013 and certain things we don’t. Here’s what recruiting writers and fans alike have figured out about Urban Meyer’s second class as the head man for Ohio State:
1. The secondary is legit: Ohio State already has the No. 3 cornerback in the nation in Eli Woodard (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern). The Buckeyes also have the No. 6 defensive back in Cam Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) and No. 9 in Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington). All three are ESPN 150 seniors. Throw in ESPN 300 safety Jayme Thompson (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) and Darron Lee (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) and this unit is incredible.
2. The defensive line might be one of the best: It already has two Division I defensive players of the year in Billy Price (Youngstown, Ohio/Austintown Fitch) and Tracy Sprinkle (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria) and the son of a former NFL player in Joey Bosa (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas). Add Tyquan Lewis (Tarboro, NC/Tarboro), Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) and Michael Hill (Pendleton, SC/Pendleton) and this position has incredible potential.
3. Meyer loves his teams to be fast: Taivon Jacobs runs a 4.35 40-yard dash. Woodard has posted a 4.50, Lee a 4.51, Thompson a 4.54 and Burrows a 4.57. If he can land Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) at linebacker, he’ll have someone who posted a 4.39 40 time as well. All the players are above average to begin with. Throw in some quicks, and Ohio State might be known for its strong defense once again.
4. The Buckeyes have two big slot receiver prospects if they need them: The first comes in Ezekiel Elliott (St. Louis/John Burroughs), who scored 100 touchdowns and registered three state runner-up finishes in his high school career. The second is Jalin Marshall (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown), who was known a little more for his legs than he was for his arm in high school. Marshall was a strong passer, but every bit a runner as evidenced by the 312 yards and three touchdowns he rushed for against Cincinnati St. Xavier in the season opener.
5. The quarterback situation is under control: J.T. Barrett (Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider) is a similar type player as Braxton Miller. If Miller decides to stick around two more years, Barrett should be able to step right in and take control, giving Ohio State the dual threat it wants at the position for its spread offense.