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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.

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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Signing day sits 11 days away.

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


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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.

Signing day primer: Ohio State 

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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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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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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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Trying to keep up this week with Ohio State’s recruitment was a 24-hour-a-day job as the Buckeyes looked to wrap up the 2013 class, while keeping an eye on the future.

On Sunday, Ohio State target James Clark talked about his official visit to Clemson and said he’s likely not coming to Ohio State and then changed his mind a bit.

ESPN 300 offensive guard Cameron Hunt gave the Buckeyes an idea of where he sits in the recruitment race.

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At least two Oregon commits are planning an official visit to Ohio State.

With the absence of former Ducks coach Chip Kelly, whose departure for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles was announced Wednesday, some commits are taking a look.


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It didn’t take long for Ohio State to look into the possibility of gaining a few Oregon pledges after Chip Kelly left to coach the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday.


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