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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Top Ohio State recruit misses

By Brad Bournival

Recruiting rankings don't always correlate to production at the college level. BuckeyeNation went back to 2006 and scanned the recruiting classes for players that never made the impact that was expected. Here are five from the last seven years, in alphabetical order:

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Wide receiver James Louis was the No. 80 player in the 2010 ESPN 150, but never played in a game at Ohio State.
Darryl Baldwin (2010): He was ranked the No. 13 defensive end in the nation and was 131st overall. The Buckeyes have moved him over to the offensive line. He made three tackles and registered one sack on defense in three seasons.

Duron Carter (2009): Carter was the No. 18 wide receiver in the nation and was ranked No. 131 overall. He played in 12 games as a freshman, recording 13 receptions for 176 yards and a touchdown, but grades forced him to withdraw from Ohio State. Carter had stints with the Buckeyes, Alabama and Florida Atlantic. He has declared for this year's NFL draft.

Eugene Clifford (2007): The top-ranked player in Ohio State’s class in 2007, he was the No. 4 safety in the nation and 37th overall. He played four games as a freshman for the Buckeyes before being suspended for violating team rules. He transferred to Tennessee State in 2008.

Melvin Fellows (2009): The 10th-ranked defensive end and No. 124 overall, Fellows’ injuries caught up to him. After redshirting as a freshman, he played sparingly in 2010. Knee surgery in 2009 never got him back to where he was.

James Louis (2010): He was the second-ranked player in the class and was an ESPN 150 wide receiver. A four-star athlete ranked 80th overall, he redshirted as a freshman and transferred to Florida International.