Ohio State Buckeyes: Dan Skipper

If fans don’t have a seatbelt, they’ll likely fall out of the rollercoaster, especially when it comes to recruiting and following the ebb and flow of the wild ride.

One second it might look like Ohio State is onto something, and the next second it all falls apart.

There have been far more hits than misses for the Buckeyes in the recruiting class of 2013. That said, there have been some low points as well. Here’s a look back at five things Ohio State fans would rather forget from the past year.

Three-star OT Skipper flips commitment 

January, 28, 2013
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When three-star offensive tackle Dan Skipper (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) committed to Tennessee in June, Jim Chaney and Sam Pittman were both assistant coaches for the Volunteers.


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OSU recruiting: Of offers and officials 

January, 28, 2013
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Hold on. Grab on to whatever you can to do so.

The recruiting at Ohio State just keeps moving at a faster pace and doesn’t appear to be slowing down until after national signing day.

Here’s a snapshot of what has happened to the Buckeyes in just a seven-day period.

Sunday brought some fireworks. OK, a lot of them.


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Two linemen might come OSU's way 

January, 24, 2013
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Ohio State’s quest for an offensive lineman just might net them two.

Both players are committed elsewhere, but both have been active looking around in the past few weeks.


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A WR could go a long way for OSU

January, 23, 2013
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Two weekends ago, it looked like Ohio State might get the chance to lock up a wide receiver.

Corey Smith (Akron, Ohio/East Mississippi CC), Cornelius Elder (Nashville, Tenn./Ensworth) and Shelton Gibson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights) were on campus on official visits.

Ryan Timmons (Frankfort, Ky./Franklin County) was scheduled to come as well, but backed out at the last moment. Incidentally, Timmons picked up an offer from the Buckeyes on Tuesday night so that could change things again.

Smith is a Mississippi State commitment, but still loves the Ohio State. Elder has the Buckeyes and UCLA in his final two. Gibson has committed to West Virginia.

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.com Getting Dontre Wilson to flip his commitment from Oregon to OSU could pay dividends for other recruits on the Buckeyes' board.
While Timmons is still in play -- Ohio State visited him Tuesday -- Oregon commit Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) is scheduled to come to town this weekend.

Incidentally, James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) could be a late add to this weekend’s official visit list as well. He has an in-home visit with the Buckeyes tonight.

The following weekend another Duck, this one -- Darren Carrington (San Diego/Horizon) -- has an official visit lined up as well.

Tyree Robinson (San Diego/Lincoln) and his twin brother Tyrell Robinson were scheduled to make an official visit this weekend, but have parted ways with Ohio State.

If they can lock up Wilson it might push things along in the process with others.

Wilson likes Oregon’s promotion of former offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, but still wants to look around. He has always liked the Buckeyes, so a complete sell job could be the difference.

A wide receiver commitment could also hurry the process along a bit for other targets.

With Urban Meyer and Co. filling up another spot in a class with so few precious ones remaining, a commitment from a lineman like Dan Skipper (Arvada, Col./Ralston Valley) or Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial) could come sooner rather than later.

It won’t likely affect ESPN 150 safety Vonn Bell (Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland), who will wait until signing day, but maybe it brings one of the aforementioned receivers to Columbus, Ohio.

Either way, a pledge this weekend should get the ball rolling. Otherwise, expect an insanely hectic final week for the Buckeyes as they wrap up their 2013 recruiting class.

Signing day primer: Ohio State 

January, 23, 2013
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Team needs: Ohio State needs a defensive front seven to jell quickly in 2013. The only returning starter from last year’s front seven is Ryan Shazier, and while he’s a great one, he needs some help.

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Scott Fink for ESPN.comFive-star cornerback Eli Apple is already enrolled at Ohio State.
The secondary is strong with every player returning, but the defensive line will be incredibly young this season. There’s also a need for a wide receiver. That’s more a numbers game, however.

Help is on the way: Urban Meyer hasn’t messed around in trying to fix the problem. His two-deep chart on defense last season included freshmen Adolphus Washington, Tommy Schutt, Connor Crowell, Camren Williams and Joshua Perry, and Crowell is leaving the program because of medical issues. This year, he has six defensive linemen coming in and another three linebackers.

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After a weekend full of official visits, it’s time to sit back for a few days.

Three-star offensive tackle Dan Skipper (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) headed for the airport in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday afternoon full of ideas regarding his future.


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OL commit could be big for Buckeyes 

January, 17, 2013
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With Ohio State’s wide receiver outlook still up in the air for the Class of 2013, coming into town on an official visit Saturday is an offensive tackle who could calm the nerves of those worried about the trenches.

Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial) came in last weekend after an official visit to Michigan, but left without a commitment.

Now, it’s Dan Skipper’s turn.


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What's left for OSU's recruiting class 

January, 16, 2013
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With national signing day sitting three weeks away, it has become abundantly clear there are two positions Ohio State needs shore up in order to finish an already-strong class -- offensive line and wide receiver.

With that in mind, here are the seven names most likely left on the board for the Buckeyes, with a synopsis of what is going on with each:


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A look at Ohio State’s recruiting weekend revealed a few things: The Buckeyes still want a wide receiver and are still in the hunt for an offensive lineman.

As it sits right now, Ohio State is full as far as the 82 scholarships are concerned. That said, transfers will undoubtedly open things right back up.


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Urban Meyer likes home cooking 

January, 15, 2013
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Click, clack.

Judging from his first two recruiting classes, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer could certainly be cast in the next Under Armour commercial.

With three weeks left before signing day, a look at the numbers shows the two-time national champion does indeed protect his house.

While everyone is talking about all the 14 Georgians from 2014 Meyer has offered and looking at his national presence, the Ohio native really does stay at home for the most part.

At least that’s the consensus through the first 47 signings/commitments from the two Buckeyes classes under Meyer’s watch.


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

We’ll keep it at five a week to give everyone a shot.

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

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Buckeyes still in hunt for linemen 

January, 9, 2013
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It looks as if Ohio State hasn’t given up in finding an offensive lineman to round out its 2013 recruiting class.

The Buckeyes are working hard on getting at least one more big man in the class.

They have targets in Dan Skipper (Arvada, Colo./Arvada) and Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial). That’s not news. What is news is the recent developments of landing the two.

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With 21 commitments in the class of 2013, there remains a precious few left to fill at Ohio State.

That said the Buckeyes haven’t backed off at all, indicating they are far from being finished.

Urban Meyer was on hand to congratulate Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) after the inside linebacker picked Ohio State over Florida and Tennessee at the Under Armour All-America Game. There’s no doubt the two-time national champion gave Vonn Bell (Ridgeland, Ga./Rossville) a "hello" as the ESPN 150 safety is the biggest target on the Buckeyes’ radar.

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OSU being defensive about offensive line 

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Ohio State swung and missed with two-time Michigan pledge David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech). Ditto for UCLA commit Kenny Lacy (Phoenix, Ariz./Mountain Pointe).

Next up are possibly California commit Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial), Tennessee pledge Dan Skipper (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) or even Dylan Wiesman (Cincinnati/Colerain).

It’s not like the Buckeyes aren’t trying to shore up the trenches on the offensive line in the recruiting class of 2013. With only Evan Lisle (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) and Tim Gardner (Indianapolis/Lawrence Central) as offensive linemen coming in as fresh faces next season, Ohio State is still looking.

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