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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Big recruiting week ahead for Ohio State

By Brad Bournival

Ohio State’s spring break has ended. Now it’s time for the Buckeyes to do work in spring practice and on the recruiting front.

With high schools around the nation starting their one-week hiatuses in earnest, Urban Meyer and his coaching staff will be in go mode as potential future Buckeyes visit for the next month.

As of Tuesday morning, 21 recruits have confirmed visits to Ohio's capital city.

It started Monday when Braden Smith (Olathe, Kan./Olathe) visited The Horseshoe -- more on that this afternoon -- as one of the top offensive guards in the nation began a whirlwind week that started at Ohio State before trips to Michigan and Notre Dame.

Smith could be an important piece if the Buckeyes were to land him as they are in desperate need of depth across the offensive line.

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Smith isn’t the only prospect slated to head to Ohio State this week.

Attention to the line will continue Friday and Saturday as defensive end Dylan Thompson (Lombard, Ill./Montini Catholic) will be on campus.

For Thompson, who has offers from Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Purdue and Syracuse, it will be a two-day trip beginning Friday.

The 6-5, 270-pound Thompson isn’t entirely in the dark when it comes to the Buckeyes as former Ohio State nose tackle Garrett Goebel is a Montini Catholic graduate.

One of the biggest names headed back to Ohio State comes in outside linebacker Kyle Berger (Cleveland/St. Ignatius).He has been a hot name in Buckeyes circles as the 6-3, 205-pound Berger is making his second trip to Columbus this month.

Ohio State was his first offer. In the four months that have followed, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State, Tennessee and West Virginia have offered.

Berger is believed to be one of the big pieces the Buckeyes are hoping to land in a 2014 class full of top linebackers.

As a junior, he finished with 90 tackles -- 39 for loss -- and registered 8 sacks.