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Monday, February 11, 2013
Best OSU recruiting week ever? Possibly

By Brad Bournival

On the heels of an incredible national signing day, Ohio State had an equally good junior day on Sunday when offensive tackle Kyle Trout gave his commitment to the Buckeyes just ahead of defensive end Lawrence Marshall and speedy running back Parris Campbell Jr.

But it wasn’t all about commitments as big targets from 2014 -- Jamarco Jones -- and 2015 -- Damien Harris -- spoke well of their visits, too.

Friday saw a list of juniors ready to visit Ohio State this weekend, though a late change of plans kept Myles Autry and Nick Chubb from visiting Columbus, Ohio. By the way, offensive linemen will be the focus of the Buckeyes in this recruiting class.

On Thursday, Johnny Townsend turned away Ohio State, opting instead for Florida, where his parents went to school, and the Buckeyes were finally able to put the wraps on a 2013 recruiting class that included 24 seniors, 12 ESPN 150 players -- 17 in all in the ESPN 300, one five-star cornerback and 17 others with four-star ratings or higher.

With signing day in the books, the focus turned to the top five juniors Ohio State needs to go after with an offer going out to a big defensive end who likes what the Buckeyes are all about.

Of course, having the top class in the Big Ten helps Ohio State.

On Wednesday, the Buckeyes became the talk of the nation by nabbing four-star ESPN 150 safety Vonn Bell and four-star wide receiver James Clark while at the same time retaining ESPN 150 running back Ezekiel Elliott. They lost out on Taivon Jacobs, however. In nabbing Bell, Ohio State grabbed arguably the best secondary recruiting class in the nation.

ESPN 150 defensive tackle Joey Bosa was the first official Buckeye, while Elliott was the last to send in his national letter of intent.

Tuesday brought a look at Jalin Marshall’s impact with the Buckeyes, while ESPN 300 safety Jayme Thompson connected with the fans and answered some questions.

Jacobs gave a hint that he might not be headed for Ohio State and then the next day bolted.

On Monday, former Buckeyes target Ryan Timmons reflected back on an official visit to Florida. He eventually signed with in-state Kentucky, however. The pre-signing day story, though, came when ESPN 150 athlete Dontre Wilson gave his decommitment to Oregon and became a member of the Buckeyes’ third-ranked class.