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Thursday, January 10, 2013
Mailbag: On official visits and 2014 class

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 @bbournival, e-mail at brad.bournival.espn@gmail.com or by posting a question in the Horseshoe Pit forum. @buckeyefan686: How do the commitments of Trey Johnson and Mike Mitchell affect the chances of landing the 2014 super trio of Raekwon McMillan, Clifton Garrett and Dante Booker?

BuckeyeNation: It shouldn’t at all. By the time any of the three 2014 stars get to campus, Curtis Grant and Ryan Shazier will be seniors and that’s if Shazier stays past his junior year. The fact the linebacker group is so young should still entice many -- if not all -- three. Right now, the photo on McMillan’s Twitter account has him at The Horseshoe. Garrett will be making an unofficial visit to Ohio State on Feb. 2 and Booker, who is very tight-lipped about his recruitment, still likes the Buckeyes very much.

pagtantara@yahoo.com: If you were to guess, what is Ohio State’s realistic chance of getting Vonn Bell?

BN: This weekend, their chances are very good. If he walks away without a commitment on Sunday afternoon, they go considerably down. He has an in-home visit lined up with Nick Saban on Jan. 14 and plans on visiting national champion Alabama next weekend. Here’s a story from earlier this week detailing how important Friday through Sunday is for the Buckeyes regarding Bell.

@ErikBruckner: With the lack of truly elite level prospects left, outside of Vonn Bell, who is OSU actively recruiting? Do you see the Buckeyes holding any scholarships for next year’s 2014 recruiting class? It seems as though there are many elite level prospects for next year’s class that are strongly interested in OSU.

BN: The Buckeyes are still going hard at many of the elite in 2013 with Bell, Shelton Gibson, Cornelius Elder and Ryan Timmons making visits this week. Bell is an ESPN 150 safety and the other three are ESPN 300 seniors.

As it sits right now, there are no scholarships for Ohio State to hold on to. It has 61 athletes under scholarship with 21 commitments. That’s not to say there won’t be transfers to open things up, but Urban Meyer isn’t one to sit on scholarships.

@KdotVandy: Who will challenge Ohio State in the Big Ten championship next season?

BN: Assuming Ohio State can win its division, look out for Northwestern or Nebraska. The Wildcats won 10 games last season and have quarterback Kain Colter and Venric Mark returning. The schedule is much tougher for Northwestern, however, leaving Nebraska as a favorite as well. There’s no doubt Taylor Martinez will bring back solid leadership as a fourth-year starter. Defense is the Cornhuskers’ big concern. Then, there’s that team up north. Michigan should rarely ever be counted out of any title talk, especially with a strong freshman class coming in.

@darkknight1093: Who is most likely to end up in the 2013 class: Ryan Timmons, Dan Skipper or Cameron Hunt? Does Timmons get offered at his official visit?

BN: Skipper looks to be the Buckeyes’ main target of the three and has an official visit lined up for Jan. 19. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Tennessee commit flips the switch then. Timmons right now appears to be a “Plan B” for the Buckeyes. If things fall through, don’t be surprised to see Timmons offered and commit. He is an outright player, too. As a senior, he carried the ball 72 times for 1,225 yards and scored 25 touchdowns. He also had 29 receptions for 965 yards and 15 more scores and returned three kickoffs for touchdowns as well.