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Monday, January 28, 2013
Receiver outlook still up in the air for OSU

By Brad Bournival

National signing day sits nine days away. Ohio State wants a wide receiver.

Badly.

It's the position the Buckeyes are spending the most time trying to figure out, and there's no telling what might happen come Feb. 6. But here are the players -- in what we think is the order -- being considered, many of them with offers Ohio State gave out in the last few weeks.

1. James Clark: We said Friday on “On The Trail TV” that Clark was our No. 1 choice to give his pledge, and we’re not coming off of that now. Urban Meyer and Co. visited Clark last week and convinced him to change his final official visit from Florida to the Buckeyes, which he did. Clark, who has a high three-point grade-point average, liked the mix of academics and athletics on his official to OSU this weekend. He has an unofficial with the Gators next week, but he really enjoyed his time in Columbus, Ohio.

What we think: He’s the best argument of the wide receivers to become a Buckeye.

2. Dontre Wilson: Wilson came to town and of course had a good time. But Oregon is putting the heat on for the Ducks' commit and he might be tough to pry away at this late stage of the game.

What we think: If Wilson didn’t commit on Sunday, he might not. That said, things change.

3. Corey Smith: When Wilson didn’t commit Sunday, Smith came back into the picture with force. An Akron, Ohio, native, he always has held Ohio State high and had a good time on his official visit. But Mississippi State still holds his pledge.

What we think: If Clark says no thanks, don’t be surprised if Smith becomes Meyer’s fourth flip of the 2013 class.

4. Cornelius Elder: Elder didn’t commit on Jan. 9 when he left Columbus. He has UCLA and Ohio State in his final two, but hoop dreams might have changed everything, as Purdue offered him a basketball scholarship Sunday.

What we think: Ohio State definitely will take Clark and Wilson before it takes Elder.

5. Ryan Timmons: Timmons told the Buckeyes he’d take an official visit to Florida -- his last -- and not head back to Columbus next weekend. Timmons was supposed to take an official visit to Ohio State on Jan. 7, but both sides backed out at the last second.

What we think: If the first four fall through -- and they all could -- Timmons might have a shot. The fact the Buckeyes’ offer came so late -- it was after the Gators’ -- might hurt Ohio State.

6. Darren Carrington: Carrington likely has an offer if he does indeed take the official visit to OSU. He’s supposed to visit Feb. 1. With four more days before that trip, if another wide receiver says yes, this visit might not take place. Then again, it might anyway.

What we think: We really don’t see this happening.