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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Ohio State trying to pile up 2014 RBs

By Brad Bournival

In the recruiting class of 2013, Ohio State went after just one player and landed a player the coaching staff hopes is the face of the future at running back in Ezekiel Elliott (St. Louis/John Burroughs).

With Parris Campbell Jr. (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) and his 1,286 yards rushing and 28 touchdowns already committed for 2014, the Buckeyes aren’t done.

Parris Campbell
Parris Campbell Jr.
Jordan Hall and Carlos Hyde will exit the team next season, leaving Ohio State with at least two holes to fill.

And the Buckeyes are going at it full force, having offered 13 junior tailbacks already, 11 of whom appear on the ESPN Watch List.

Some big names have interest as well, with Myles Autry (Norcross, Ga./Norcross), Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown), Elijah Hood (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) and Jalen Hurd (Hendersonville, Tenn./Beech) all showing Ohio State love early in the recruiting process.

The two biggest stars are Hood and Hurd, who put up ridiculous statistics as juniors. Both have Ohio State very high in the mix as camp season gets underway.

Hood rushed for 3,309 yards last season and scored 48 touchdowns, but Hurd came in with more yards (3,357) despite scoring fewer touchdowns (43).

Mixon isn’t too shabby, either, with 1,443 yards and 20 touchdowns with Autry falling in line, having 1,192 yards total offense and a combined 16 scores.

The general consensus is one of those players should join Campbell at Ohio State, if not two.