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Friday, February 22, 2013
Recruiting mailbag: Who's next?

By Brad Bournival

It’s time to dip into the BuckeyeNation recruiting mailbag and answer some of your questions.

We encourage you to send your questions by Twitter at @bbournival, e-mail at or by posting a question in the Horseshoe Pit forum.

@buckeyefan6868: We know Urban Meyer needs linebackers and offensive linemen for 2014. What position is no one talking about that needs to be addressed?

BuckeyeNation: As strange as it sounds, it’ll come at quarterback. Kenny Guiton is a senior and Braxton Miller might be a threat to leave if NFL riches can lure him away should he win the Heisman Trophy. If -- and that’s a big if -- Miller leaves, the Buckeyes are left with a very green Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett, who is coming off knee surgery.

Jalen Hurd
Watch List RB Jalen Hurd had 43 touchdowns as a junior.
@darkknight1093: Are the Buckeyes still the favorite to land wide receiver Lonnie Johnson?

BN: The question is more this: Is Johnson still the favorite for Ohio State? When the Buckeyes extended an offer in December, the speedster was ready to commit, but held off. Since then, offers have gone out to players including Derek Kief, Saeed Blacknall and Dallis Todd.The feeling here is that Ohio State still has interest but is leaning toward targets such as Demarre Kitt and others.

@JustinKurtz05: What are the chances the Buckeyes land Quin Blanding next week?

BN: There’s a gleam, but I don’t think it’s more than that. Once thought to be among the leaders -- if not at the top -- the Buckeyes appear to be running behind Virginia for the ESPN Watch List safety. History could be the reason the Cavaliers win, as a slew of Bayside standouts have made their way to Charlottesville, Va. One big name in that mix is 2013 recruit Taquan Mizzell, who signed with the Cavaliers on Feb. 6.

@larryp713: What running back do you see the Buckeyes landing in 2014?

BN: Fans will like this one, as I expect Myles Autry (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) and Jalen Hurd (Hendersonville, Tenn./Beech) to join Parris Campbell Jr. (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) in the backfield in 2014. Autry put Ohio State in the lead near the first of the year and not much has changed. As a junior, Autry had 899 yards total offense and scored 12 times. Hurd rushed for 3,357 yards and scored 43 times as a junior.