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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Ohio State loves recruiting peaches

By Brad Bournival

Fans wondering where Ohio State coaches are spending their recruiting time when they're not scouring the Buckeye State would be wise to look south -- in Georgia.

A hotbed for football, Georgia has become somewhat of a focal point for Urban Meyer during his time with the Buckeyes.

While he has yet to land a prospect from the Peach State as coach at Ohio State, it’s not for lack of trying, as the recruiting classes of 2012-14 have 29 Georgians with offers from Meyer.

Incidentally, of the 29, there are 18 who appear or have appeared in the ESPN 150.

Meyer could get his first Georgian this season, with linebacker Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and Vonn Bell (Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland) in the mix.

Bell has the Buckeyes in his final three, along with Alabama and Tennessee, while Johnson has Ohio State in his top five, joining Auburn, Florida, Penn State and Tennessee.

It’s the Class of 2014 where Meyer is trying to make a big impression, however, as he already has offered 12 juniors from Georgia.

Of the dozen, eight are home run hitters as Lorenzo Carter, Raekwon McMillan, Elisha Shaw, Orlando Brown Jr., DeShaun Watson, Myles Autry, Nick Glass and Demarre Kitt are on the ESPN Watch List.

By way of comparison, Ohioans have received 26 offers in the classes of 2013 and 2014, with seven juniors offered. Georgia has 22 in those two classes.