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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Two linemen might come OSU's way

By Brad Bournival

Ohio State’s quest for an offensive lineman just might net them two.

Both players are committed elsewhere, but both have been active looking around in the past few weeks.

ESPN 300 guard Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial) and offensive tackle Dan Skipper (Arvada, Col./Ralston Valley) both enjoyed their official recent visits to Columbus.

Both are committed seniors -- Hunt to California, Skipper to Tennessee -- but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Ohio State take both of them if they each decided the Buckeyes were the best fit.

Some of that has to do with the fact two more scholarships opened up when Joey O’Connor (Windsor, Colo./Windsor) transferred closer to home, and Conner Crowell (Waldorf, Md./North Point) wasn’t cleared to play by Ohio State doctors.

O’Connor was a four-star ESPN 150 offensive guard coming out of high school.

Adding one has been almost paramount for the Buckeyes as they continue to comb the country for big men in the trenches. With O’Connor gone, the need to add depth almost becomes a necessity.

Munger musings: BuckeyeNation is still not sure what to make of the Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) situation.

The ESPN 300 defensive tackle went on an official visit to Florida State over the weekend and has been mum ever since. His high school coach has yet to comment on the visit per the family’s request. We’ll keep you posted.

Peaches: A new name is emerging for Ohio State as safety Cortez McDowell (Locust Grove, Ga./Locus Grove) received a visit from the Buckeyes on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound McDowell has offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Mississippi State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Syracuse and Vanderbilt.

Dontre Wilson
Dontre Wilson appears to be the No. 1 target at WR for the Buckeyes.
To Parris, with an offer? It’s been reported by another outlet that Parris Campbell Jr. (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) has an offer from Ohio State. Well, kind of.

In a text, the running back said it’s a verbal offer but nothing concrete.

Campbell turned the heads of many Ohio State coaches and the man Urban Meyer himself in the Division III state championship game. The Buckeyes' brass was in attendance to watch ESPN Watch List junior linebacker Dante Booker perform when Campbell stole the show.

In a 42-21 win over Bellevue, Campbell carried the ball 14 times for 168 yards and scored three touchdowns.

Wide open: As of now -- and this seems to change by the hour -- the Buckeyes are keying on seven recruits at the wide receiver/slot position. Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) seems to be the main target with the rest falling in line after that.

As of 10 a.m. Thursday morning the next six are James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach), Darren Carrington (San Diego/Lincoln), Ryan Timmons (Frankfort, Ky./Franklin County), Corey Smith (Akron, Ohio/East Mississippi Community College), Devin Lauderdale (Houston/Bellaire) and Cornelius Elder (Nashville, Tenn./Ensworth).

All have offers but Carrington. Clark confirmed an official visit late Wednesday night.

As they often do in the final weeks, things change in an instant, so stay tuned.