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Friday, January 18, 2013
Mailbag: Rounding out the 2013 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 bradbournival.espn@gmail.com or by posting a question in the Horseshoe Pit forum.

@beyondthecastle: Who’s the youngest recruit Ohio State has so far? In other words, a 2014 to '16 player.

BuckeyeNation: It’s a name that might sound familiar to you. It comes out of the class of 2016 and is Nick Bosa (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas).

Bosa’s brother Joey is part of the 2013 recruiting class and is a defensive tackle. Nick plays defensive end and recorded 49 tackles -- 19 for loss -- with three sacks, two forced fumbles, a pass break-up and 10 quarterback hurries for the state champion Raiders this season.

@buckeyefan686: With Ohio State offering a few more 2013 recruits this week, how does the number game work if too many try to commit on signing day?

BN: Right now, the Buckeyes are maxed out at 82 athletes on scholarship. That’s the magic number. They will more than likely go past the 22 commitments they have right now in the 2013 class, but must get that number back down to 82. They do it by attrition. In other words, if they’re over, they’ll use medical hardships and transfers in order to adhere to the NCAA restrictions.

@R_Lamy: What are your thoughts on flipping 2014 quarterback DeShaun Watson? What’s the time frame?

Deshaun Watson
Don't expect Ohio State to stop recruiting 2014 Clemson QB commit DeShaun Watson anytime soon.
BN: Feb. 5, 2014. That’s his national signing day. The fact Ohio State has yet to offer another quarterback from the junior class shows how much they either love Watson or don’t like the rest of the class. Urban Meyer isn’t one to give up on the Clemson commit and could fight until next February to get him. The good news is Watson will be in Columbus, Ohio, in a few weeks for Ohio State’s junior day.

stevejeffers@comcast.net: Do you have any feel for the odds Damon Webb sticks with his commitment to Ohio State?

BN: While nothing is set in stone, Webb loves the Buckeyes. So much so that he has already gone on record as saying that he’s going to start recruiting for Ohio State and he’s going to begin in Michigan. Webb comes from a Wolverines feeder program, but the ESPN Watch List junior out of Detroit Cass Tech is his own man. I’m saying he’s a Buckeye.

@ErikBruckner: Who do you think the last two recruits to commit to OSU will be?

BN: My guess is there will be more than two. I’ll stick to your question, however, and just give you two. (Disclaimer: I have the right to change my mind up until Feb. 6 and will likely do so.)

I kid. Right now, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Dontre Wilson flip to Ohio State if all goes well on his official visit next week.

I still think they’ll take a second receiver, but right now we’ll say offensive tackle Dan Skipper (Arvada, Col./Ralston Valley) joins the Buckeyes after this weekend.

Watch out for Cornelius Elder (Nashville, Tenn./Ensworth) as well.

Yes Erik, I realize I just gave you three names.