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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Wide receiver outlook as clear as mud

By Brad Bournival

Don’t like the 2013 recruiting atmosphere surrounding Ohio State and its wide receiver position?

Wait a minute, it’ll change.

Shelton Gibson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights) was long considered a lock to Ohio State and hinted as such for months.

Then he committed to West Virginia, or didn’t as his coach Jeff Rotsky steadfastly denied such reports.

Either way, Gibson is likely out of the picture with Ohio State.

Cornelius Elder
Cornelius Elder was one of three wide receivers who left their Ohio State official visits this past weekend uncommitted.
Cornelius Elder (Nashville, Tenn./Ensworth) likes the Buckeyes a lot.

Corey Smith (East Mississippi Community College) has been an Ohio State fan for a long time, but is a Mississippi State commit as of now.

Gibson, Elder and Smith were on campus last weekend on official visits and none of them committed.

Offers went out to James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) and ESPN 300 prospect Kyrin Priester (Snellville, Ga./Brookwood) on Monday.

On Wednesday, Oregon commits Tyree and Tyrell Robinson (San Diego/Lincoln) both were extended offers. Tyree is a wide receiver, Tyrell is an outside linebacker that can play wideout.

Current Ohio State pledge Taivon Jacobs (Forestville, Md./Suitland) said he might take an official visit to Maryland where his brother goes, but then decided against it.

The other Ohio State commit slated to play the slot position for Urban Meyer was a quarterback in high school, though it should be noted Jalin Marshall (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) showed tremendous growth at the Under Armour All-America Game.

Then there’s Oregon commit and ESPN 150 athlete Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) who said he’s staying with the Ducks, but is rumored to be thinking about an official visit to Ohio State.

Confused?

Don’t be, such is the life of recruiting.

The truth in all of this is one -- if not two -- of the names not already pledged could likely be Buckeyes.

Marshall and Jacobs aren’t going anywhere, which leaves us with the rest.

Here’s a case for and against each one:

Clark

For: The Buckeyes came in late, but the four-star athlete said they are “in the picture.”

Against: With only two official visits left, he chose Clemson this weekend over the Buckeyes and is deciding between Florida and Ohio State next weekend.

Elder

For: He has kept Ohio State near the top for months now.

Against: He left campus last weekend without a commitment and loves basketball.

Priester

For: He picked up an Ohio State offer and scheduled an official visit for Jan. 25.

Against: He hasn’t broken off his commitment to North Carolina State.

The Robinsons

For: They've indicated they might like to take a visit to Ohio State.

Against: They’re a package deal. You don't have to convince just one, you have to convince two.

Smith

For: He’s long been a Buckeyes fan. Grades were an issue before, they’re not now.

Against: He’s already committed to Mississippi State and lives in Mississippi.

Wilson

For: Wilson has flirted with Ohio State before and might take an official visit.

Against: He told DuckNation’s Brandon Oliver “I’m still committed. I still feel the same,” in regards to Oregon.