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Friday, January 11, 2013
Key seniors set for visits to Ohio State

By Brad Bournival

Ohio State is looking to have its third big recruiting weekend in the last six weeks when it hosts eight official visitors Friday through Saturday.

Like before, it’s a weekend jammed with star-quality power from the 2013 class and one the Buckeyes hope puts a bow on an already-strong class.

While commit Johnny Townsend can’t make it, a late name has been added in Mississippi State commit Corey Smith and it’s one that should bring some interest, as the former Akron (Ohio) Buchtel standout was an Ohio State fan when he was a senior.

Here’s a breakdown of who is scheduled to head to Columbus, Ohio for official visits this weekend:

Marcus Baugh: Already an Ohio State commit, the ESPN 150 tight end finished his senior season with 38 catches for 610 yards and added four touchdowns.

Joey Bosa: Already an Ohio State commit, the ESPN 150 defensive tackle is coming off a strong Under Armour All-America Game. He recorded 79 tackles -- 27 for loss -- and had 9 sacks as a senior.

Vonn Bell: This is the big one for the Buckeyes. The ESPN 150 safety has it down to Alabama, where he’s visiting next weekend, Ohio State and Tennessee, where he’ll be in two weeks. The feeling is he needs to commit this weekend or he’ll be gone. Bell had more than 125 tackles this season and had more than 1,000 yards on offense.

Cornelius Elder: An ESPN 300 running back, Elder is a two-sport star with a love for basketball. He still might have visions of playing both sports, and that keeps the Buckeyes in the forefront. Elder had 2,600 all-purpose yards this season and scored 41 touchdowns.

Shelton Gibson: The ESPN 300 wide receiver has long been considered an Ohio State lean. Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky are still in play, as well. He made 60 catches for 945 yards and scored 11 touchdowns this season.

Jalin Marshall: Already an Ohio State commit, Marshall was vital in landing Trey Johnson last weekend and is the unquestioned mouthpiece for Buckeyes recruiting. As a quarterback, he racked up 2,186 all-purpose yards this season and added 25 total touchdowns.

Corey Smith: As we stated, he’s a Mississippi State commit, but he has always loved the Buckeyes. Smith made 51 catches for 733 yards and scored nine touchdowns for East Mississippi Community College this season.

Christopher Worley: He could be the next Cleveland Glenville standout to commit to the Buckeyes. The linebacker has never taken Ohio State out of play, and many feel he could be the next to commit. As a senior, he had 89 tackles, nine sacks, eight quarterback hurries and returned two interceptions for touchdowns.