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Friday, March 22, 2013
Ohio State mailbag: A look to the future

By Brad Bournival

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

We’ll try to give everyone a chance to get their questions answered.

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

Here’s the latest installment: Top to bottom does Ohio State have the most talent on their roster in the conference? Is there a close second?

BuckeyeNation: It’s scarlet and gray all the way. Actually it’s the Big Two and Little Ten, as Ohio State and Michigan lead the way. In the last two recruiting classes, for example, Ohio State has signed 49 players. Of those, 17 appeared in the ESPN 150, another 12 in ESPN 300 and have 28 signees that ranked as four-star or higher. Michigan, by contrast, has signed 52 commitments in the last two years. Of that bunch, 14 appeared in the ESPN 150, another 10 in the ESPN 300 with 27 rated as four stars or more. After that, it’s not even close in the rest of the Big Ten. Combined, the rest don’t even come close to these two schools.

@buckeyefan686: Do you think Braxton Miller is staying for his senior season and having a highly ranked 2013 quarterback hurts the chances of landing Deshaun Watson?

BN: Absolutely not. Urban Meyer has said before if a player is good enough to start as a freshman or sophomore, he won’t hold them back. The fact the Buckeyes haven’t offered anyone but Watson comes from the fact they aren’t overly impressed with the quarterbacks from the Class of 2014. If Ohio State really wants Watson, it needs to get him on campus.

@Chip_Camarata: Who is the frontrunner for ESPN Watch List defensive back Jabrill Peppers?

BN: I made sure to ask Midwest Recruiting Coordinator Jared Shanker for this one. It’s no secret the four schools Peppers is looking at are LSU, Michigan, Ohio State and Stanford. There has been some separation with Stanford and Ohio State at the top. Peppers is planning trips to LSU, Ohio State and Michigan in the upcoming weeks and will visit Stanford in July. Are top-flight running backs turned off by the already crowded and talented backfield in Columbus?

BN: While the backfield is crowded, recruits aren’t afraid of Ohio State at all. Carlos Hyde and Jordan Hall will be gone after this season with Rod Smith leaving after 2014. With those three likely being fitted for a cap and gown soon, the backfield won’t be as crowded by the time any 2014 running backs step on campus. In fact, if Meyer redshirts anyone from this year’s high school junior class, they’ll all have four years of eligibility. For that reason, some of the biggest names are including Ohio State as they pare down their final lists.