- Brad Bournival, RecruitingNation
To say the least the 2013 recruiting class for the Buckeyes has gotten interesting since the last time we visited the wide receiver spot. With that in mind, here’s a look at the top five seniors -- in order -- at the position in terms of where Ohio State might stand.
1. Tony Stevens (Orlando, Fla./Evans): Ranked 22nd at his position and 173rd overall, Stevens becomes the frontrunner in the class. He announced a top five of Ohio State, Georgia, Louisville, USF and USC on his official Twitter account. Future Seminole Levonte Whitfield (Orlando, Fla./Jones) went to his official Twitter account to say he thinks Stevens will be a Buckeye, adding, “That’s where I would go if I was him.”
Gut feeling: Stevens’ plan is to come to the Ohio State-Michigan game. There’s definitely a Buckeyes feel for the 6-foot-4, 184-pound senior.
2. Shelton Gibson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights): The ESPN 300 wide receiver -- he’s ranked 196th -- has made it very clear the Buckeyes are No. 1 on his list. He has a former teammate in Kyle Dodson currently at Ohio State and has made many visits to Columbus in the last six months. The 5-11, 173-pound Gibson stood out in a sea of superstars at the Friday Night Lights camp in July.
Gut feeling: The feeling here is if Ohio State gives the go-ahead, Gibson will be a Buckeye sooner rather than later.
3. James Quick (Louisville/Trinity): The ESPN 150 wide receiver -- he’s ranked 57th overall and ninth at his position -- has long flirted with the Buckeyes and will take an unofficial visit to Ohio State on Saturday to see the Buckeyes take on Nebraska. His three as of right now are still Louisville, Ohio State and Oregon, though it has been believed the battle really is between the Buckeyes and Cardinals.
Gut feeling: His allegiance likely will come between Ohio State and Louisville, but the feeling is he stays in state.
4. Robert Foster (Monaca, Penn./Central Valley): The second-ranked receiver in the nation and No. 23 in the ESPN 150, has been rumored to have a top three of Pittsburgh, Alabama and Ohio State, though nothing has been confirmed with the tight-lipped senior. The 6-3, 190-pound Foster is one of the toughest reads when it comes to recruiting, but still wants to take an official visit to see what the Buckeyes have to offer.
Gut feeling: The Panthers’ lack of star quality receivers probably makes Pitt the most attractive offer for Foster.
5. Marquez North (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek): The ESPN 150 wideout -- he’s ranked 133rd -- has Ohio State, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee, North Carolina and Clemson in the mix and will visit the Gators this weekend for their game against LSU. Though the Buckeyes send him mail by the bushel basket, he’s being heavily recruited down south. North likely won’t wait until signing day to decide as he wants to enroll early.
Gut feeling: North is a pipedream at best for Ohio State as things sit now.
ESPN 300 wide receiver Tony Stevens decommitted from Florida State on Wednesday. Devon Allen (Phoenix/Brophy) wiped Ohio State from his top three last week.