Ohio State Buckeyes: Darren Carrington

Ohio State’s only Oregon commitment to take an official visit was Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) and the Buckeyes are starting to cut their numbers down in terms of possible suitors for the slot receiver/wide receiver position to fill out the 2013 recruiting class.


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What’s a notebook on Super Bowl week without some sort of mention regarding Ohio State?

Actually, Buckeyes fans should stand up and smile as they are well represented in Super Bowl XLVII with Donte Whitner, Ted Ginn Jr., Alex Boone and Larry Grant all playing for the San Francisco 49ers.

With four former Ohio State standouts in the game, the Buckeyes have more players in this year’s Super Bowl than any Southeastern Conference team and as many as Oregon and Miami (Fla.).


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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 bradbournival.espn@gmail.com or by posting a question in the Horseshoe Pit forum.

@dmost: Is there any impact on existing recruits helping to land additional top-tier recruits who are on the fence?

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The last 48 hours have been interesting.

Ohio State target Dan Skipper flipped from Tennessee to Arkansas and Ryan Timmons said he wouldn’t be coming to Columbus, Ohio, to make another unofficial visit.

Such is the life of recruiting with national signing day in sight.

With that in mind, Midwest recruiting analyst Jared Shanker teamed up with BuckeyeNation to look at what’s on the board for Ohio State and where we think they’ll wind up on Feb. 6.

Vonn Bell (Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland): The 6-foot, 190-pound safety just finished a whirlwind of weekends where he took official visits to Alabama, Ohio State and Tennessee.

Bournival’s pick: Tennessee

Shanker’s pick: Alabama

 

Darren Carrington (San Diego/Horizon): The 6-3, 184-pound wide receiver is an Oregon commit and is considering Arizona, Arizona State, Ohio State and Oregon State.

Bournival: Oregon

Shanker: Oregon

 

James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach): The 5-11, 175-pound Clark just came off an official visit to Ohio State and will take an unofficial look at Florida over the weekend. He also has Clemson, Northwestern and Nebraska in his sights.

Bournival: Ohio State

Shanker: Florida

 


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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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National signing day sits nine days away. Ohio State wants a wide receiver.

Badly.

It's the position the Buckeyes are spending the most time trying to figure out, and there's no telling what might happen come Feb. 6. But here are the players -- in what we think is the order -- being considered, many of them with offers Ohio State gave out in the last few weeks.


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Two linemen might come OSU's way 

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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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Ohio State and Oregon are locked in a battle for a quartet of the Ducks' top commitments. Things have changed daily since Chip Kelly's departure, but it appears that half of the quartet being wooed by Urban Meyer has put an end to the speculation.


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A WR could go a long way for OSU

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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.
There could be a fourth Duck visiting Mirror Lake for Ohio State if things play out the way they’re headed now for the Buckeyes.


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Chip Kelly's rule of recruits not being able to visit other programs after committing to the Ducks was an issue for certain recruits and their families. That was always the case for Ducks commit Darren Carrington Jr. (San Diego/Horizon), who has expressed interest in taking official visits to other programs in recent months.

With Kelly out of the picture, the four-star wide receiver is doing just that by visiting Arizona, and other programs have also been in touch.

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