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Monday, March 25, 2013
Recruiting week in review: Bright future

By Brad Bournival

Ohio State kicked off what could be a wild month of commitments with the pledge of defensive end Dylan Thompson on Saturday. As usual, the Buckeyes never take a rest.

Here’s what the recruiting week looked like as the team continued to look toward the future:

On Sunday, ESPN Watch List quarterback Caleb Henderson found out Ohio State’s plan on offering him. While the Buckeyes haven’t yet, it could come very soon. The school also offered a 2015 standout who already runs a 4.5 40-yard dash.

As previously mentioned, Thompson became commitment No.5 for the Buckeyes on Saturday, and Ohio State can reap the rewards of having a commitment from someone in the Chicago area.

Two Texas commits also came to visit to the state capital.

Ohio State somehow one-upped itself in the eyes of Kyle Berger, who has been high on the Buckeyes ever since they offered him.

On Friday, offensive guard Martez Ivey talked about his offer from Ohio State, while ESPN Midwest Recruiting Coordinator Jared Shanker put together a piece on highly sought after defensive back Jabrill Peppers.

As the NCAA basketball tournament kicked off Thursday, BuckeyeNation looked at the importance of the hardwood when it comes to recruiting football players at Ohio State. That same day the Buckeyes offered versatile outside linebacker Sam Hubbard and offensive tackle Drew Richmond.

On Wednesday, the Buckeyes found out they were in Watch List safety Dravon Henry’s final four, while Watch List wide receiver Drake Harris indicated he’d like to visit Ohio State and gave his thoughts on the school.

Tuesday brought news of a solid trip to Columbus, Ohio by Watch List offensive guard Braden Smith with a sneak peak at visits by Berger and Thompson. Xavier Gaines became the fourth quarterback offered by the Buckeyes despite the fact he is only a freshman. At the time, Thompson said he would delay his college choice as long as possible, while Jonathan Hilliman had to postpone trips to both Ohio State and Michigan. He will visit the Buckeyes next month or in early May.

On Monday, defensive tackle Chris Williams put Ohio State in his top five, while Peppers put the Buckeyes in his top four.

Seven big names confirmed Ohio State visits within the next month on a list that is ever evolving.

It wasn’t all good news as Elijah Hood, who had the Buckeyes high on his list, is rethinking his top schools.