Ohio State Buckeyes: Shelton Gibson

The long anticipated Friday Night Lights camp is finally here with some big names slated to attend as we have highlighted over the past eight days.

BuckeyeNation gave you what to expect and what to watch in separate stories this week. Here’s a little bit of what happened last year to get fans in the mood for what is a very fun event.


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We’ll give you five things to watch with the campers at Friday Night Lights on the day of the event, but for now, here are five things to expect when the star-studded event gets underway at 6:30 p.m. Friday:

Familiar faces


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Signing day sits 11 days away.

Wide receivers come. Wide receivers go, especially when it comes to Ohio State.


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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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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.
Don’t like the 2013 recruiting atmosphere surrounding Ohio State and its wide receiver position?

Wait a minute, it’ll change.

Shelton Gibson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights) was long considered a lock to Ohio State and hinted as such for months.


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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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Ohio State’s battle with Michigan doesn’t just happen on the football field. It’s a 365-day war.

Especially when it comes to recruiting.

The Wolverines blew out of the gate with the No. 1 class in the nation in June thanks in large part to a February weekend when seven recruits committed.

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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 

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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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Ohio State is looking to fill a need late.

With three wideouts or slot receivers on official visits this weekend -- Shelton Gibson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights), Cornelius Elder (Nashville, Tenn./Ensworth) and Corey Smith (Akron, Ohio/East Mississippi Community College) -- the Buckeyes broadened their horizon even more.


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Ohio State’s linebacker situation regarding the class of 2013 is no longer an issue. The defensive backfield received a nice pickup as well from the class of 2014.

When outside linebacker Christopher Worley gave his yes to the school on Friday during an official visit, and cornerback Damon Webb did the same Sunday on an unofficial one, many questions were answered.

Vonn Bell didn’t walk away with a commitment, but the news coming out of Columbus, Ohio wasn’t bad as the ESPN 150 safety really liked his visit and has the Buckeyes still in the mix.

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Sunday’s official visit to Ohio State ended without a commitment from Shelton Gibson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights).

Are the Buckeyes still in the mix?


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Ohio State is looking to have its third big recruiting weekend in the last six weeks when it hosts eight official visitors Friday through Saturday.

Like before, it’s a weekend jammed with star-quality power from the 2013 class and one the Buckeyes hope puts a bow on an already-strong class.

While commit Johnny Townsend can’t make it, a late name has been added in Mississippi State commit Corey Smith and it’s one that should bring some interest, as the former Akron (Ohio) Buchtel standout was an Ohio State fan when he was a senior.

Here’s a breakdown of who is scheduled to head to Columbus, Ohio for official visits this weekend:


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Ohio State will be busy this weekend as it welcomes some top recruits for official visits.


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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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