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Friday, December 28, 2012
BuckeyeNation recruiting mailbag

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.

Clifton Garrett
Plainfield, Ill., linebacker Clifton Garrett is one of several elite 2014 prospects that the Buckeyes are in good position for.
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@jbook37: With the 2013 recruiting class almost in the books, looking at the 2014 class explain how Ohio State has laid the foundation for a potential monster class.

BN: The names offered jump out like a virtual who’s who among the ESPN Watch List juniors.

The fact Ohio State already has strong relationships with the likes of Nick Glass, Raekwon McMillan, Clifton Garrett, Dante Booker, Jabrill Peppers, Da'Shawn Hand, Sam Mustipher, Jamarco Jones, Myles Autry, Jalen Hurd and Thaddeus Snodgrass could go a long way in next year's recruiting class.

It’s a deep class and 2014 could be yet another strong haul for Urban Meyer even if the numbers might be small in terms of commits. Throw in recent commit Marcelys Jones as the mouthpiece in helping recruit, and 2014 could be very strong. Here’s the story that ran Thursday on Jones' intangibles.

@buckeyefan686: How many wide receivers will OSU take in the class? Assuming it’s less than three, who gets left out if James Quick, Tony Stevens and Shelton Gibson all want in?

@darkknight1093: Which wide receivers would OSU have to miss on in order for them to offer Ryan Timmons?

BN: This seems to be the hot topic, so BuckeyeNation has combined the two questions and will give one answer. The belief here is Ohio State wants three wide receivers, but might just take two, and the why is two-fold.

Quick might be getting pressured to stay close to home and choose Louisville over Ohio State. Stevens -- for whatever reason – doesn’t move me like others do. I think it’s because there’s pressure for him to head to Florida State as well and straight answers have been hard to come by in his recruitment. Gibson, as everyone knows, wants to be a Buckeye, but might have grade issues.

That said, I think Timmons is a viable option with incredible numbers and a great upside. He might be a “Plan B” kid, for lack of a better term, but he’s very good and he loves Ohio State. I fully expect him to walk away with an offer after his official visit Jan. 11. Here’s what he had to say about the Buckeyes in a story earlier this week.

@katzfan71: What is the likelihood Ohio State gets Vonn Bell?

Meyer’s trip to Bell’s championship game worked wonders, as the ESPN 150 safety planned an official visit. That said, I think the Buckeyes have one shot and that’s Jan. 11-13. He’ll make his trip to Columbus, Ohio, then. If Ohio State can keep him from making an official visit to Alabama the next weekend, he’s a Buckeye. If not, I expect to see Bell playing for the Crimson Tide.

stevejeffers@comcast.net: Do you have any inkling as to what Bradley Roby will do (leave for the NFL or stay)? This is key to 2013, I believe.

BN: I agree, and more than just from an extra scholarship angle. I talked with BuckeyeNation Ohio State beat writer Austin Ward, and he says it’s fair to say Roby is sticking around. That’s excellent news for the recruiting class of 2013. The secondary highlights the 2013 class, and the incoming freshman DBs would get to train next season with one of the best before he hands over his duties.