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Thursday, December 27, 2012
OSU being defensive about offensive line

By Brad Bournival

Ohio State swung and missed with two-time Michigan pledge David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech). Ditto for UCLA commit Kenny Lacy (Phoenix, Ariz./Mountain Pointe).

Next up are possibly California commit Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial), Tennessee pledge Dan Skipper (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) or even Dylan Wiesman (Cincinnati/Colerain).

It’s not like the Buckeyes aren’t trying to shore up the trenches on the offensive line in the recruiting class of 2013. With only Evan Lisle (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) and Tim Gardner (Indianapolis/Lawrence Central) as offensive linemen coming in as fresh faces next season, Ohio State is still looking.

The key phrase in all of that is “still looking.” The Buckeyes picked up what they hope is a monster piece of the puzzle in 2014 when Marcelys Jones (Cleveland/Glenville) gave his pledge on Christmas Day.

The thing here is Ohio State isn’t going to accept just anyone’s pledge as the fact it keeps going after already committed linemen in an effort to round out the current class indicates.

Buckeyes coaches know they can move players like defensive tackles Billy Price (Youngstown, Ohio/Austintown Fitch) or Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) over in a pinch and not lose much.

So while fans and analysts alike are taking a the-sky-is-falling attitude toward the lack of offensive linemen in the 2013 class, Ohio State keeps plugging away in looking for a fix.

The Buckeyes would certainly love to flip one of the aforementioned names, but it looks as if they aren’t going to rush things in regards to filling a need so as to not waste one of the few scholarships they have remaining in the class.