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Monday, January 14, 2013
Questions answered regarding Ohio State

By Brad Bournival

Ohio State’s big recruiting weekend began with Christopher Worley (Cleveland/Glenville) literally stepping on campus and committing to the Buckeyes.

It ended with Damon Webb (Detroit/Cass Tech) becoming the second commitment from the class of 2014.

What it did more than anything, however, was answer some lingering questions.

With ESPN 150 linebackers Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) and Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) already in the fold, the focus became where the Buckeyes would look next to bolster an already strong defensive unit in the recruiting class of 2013.

Damon Webb
The commitment of Watch List cornerback Damon Webb (right) on Sunday capped off another banner recruiting weekend for the Buckeyes.
With a solid defensive line, would it be in the linebacking core or back in the secondary?

The answer came back both.

Worley’s hard-hitting should draw rave reviews, but the three-star outside linebacker is so much more than that.

Used as a strong safety as well for the Tarblooders, Worley provided incredible strength to Glenville this season, leading the squad to an 8-2 record.

The other question answered was how the Buckeyes were going to follow up what is an incredible secondary class of 2013 with ESPN 150 defensive backs Eli Apple (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern), Cam Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) and Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) joining ESPN 300 safety Jayme Thompson (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) and three-star safety Darron Lee (new Albany, Ohio/New Albany) in the mix.

With Webb -- arguably one of the best cornerbacks in the class of 2014 -- giving his pledge to the Buckeyes, Ohio State is off to a good start.

An all-around incredible cornerback who has the size and speed to play safety, but the hitting ability to help the run support, Webb just might be the gem of the class, even if there are still 13 months left for the Buckeyes to round up 2014 prospects.

The weekend is far from over, however, as Cornelius Elder (Nashville, Tenn./Ensworth) and California commit Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial) leave campus today.

So what does it all mean?

While the Buckeyes are still looking for a wide receiver to add to the class of 2013, if they can land either one of the ESPN 300 seniors still on campus, it could mean yet another stellar weekend for the Buckeyes.

Ten days ago Johnson and Mitchell kicked off big commitments for Ohio State. This weekend, Worley and Webb added to them.

Where the Buckeyes go from here is just another feather in an already-full cap.