Friday, February 1, 2013
Late-game success could bolster class
By Brad Bournival
Ohio State heads into the weekend still wanting a wide receiver, craving an offensive lineman and praying Vonn Bell (Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland) falls into its lap.
While the Buckeyes could get all three or strike out and be done with the class as it sits now, that remains to be seen.
That said a late-day snare -- even as late as national signing day -- isn’t out of the question.
Last year, Ohio State was able to score three commitments at the last second to shore up what became the sixth-ranked class in the nation.
It came in the names of Armani Reeves (West Roxbury, Mass./Catholic Memorial) on Jan. 29 with signing day success from Jamal Marcus (Durham, N.C./Hillside) and Kyle Dodson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights).
Ohio State pulled Jamal Marcus on signing day last year, beating out in-state East Carolina.
Reeves was signed as an athlete, but is playing corner for the Buckeyes and wasn’t that hard to sell as the former Penn State commitment saw his high school teammate Camren Williams pledge to the Buckeyes a week earlier. It was also a coup for Urban Meyer as he chose Ohio State over Michigan.
Reeves is being counted on this season to push for playing time after spending the bulk of his freshman season on special teams.
Marcus was a signing day surprise to some when he chose the Buckeyes over East Carolina.
The 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker came in and made an immediate impact on special teams for Ohio State.
Marcus, along with sophomores David Perkins, Williams and Joshua Perry, will play substantial roles next season if he can get things together and continue what turned out to be a strong freshman season.
The final steal came from Dodson, who chose the Buckeyes over Wisconsin. He brings immediate depth at offensive tackle this season after a shoulder injury slowed him last season.
All three were late-game acquisitions. Two have already produced, with the other expected to do things this season.
So while it might be late in the process to grab one of the few blue chippers remaining, starters and potential superstars will be out there for Meyer until the fax machine hums with players that have signed elsewhere.