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Friday, January 25, 2013
WR commit could pay dividends for OSU

By Brad Bournival

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.

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

While Timmons is still in play -- Ohio State visited him today -- Oregon commits Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto), Tyree Robinson (San Diego/Lincoln) and his twin brother Tyrell Robinson are 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.

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

If they can lock up Wilson or both Robinsons -- Tyrell can be used at the linebacker position for the Buckeyes -- it might push things along in the process.

The Robinsons would be a tough sell because Ohio State wouldn’t have to convince one Duck to fly the coupe it would have to do it to two.

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.

What a wide receiver commitment could do even more is hurry the process along a bit for others.

There are those who want to be signing day superlatives. 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 signing this weekend should get the ball rolling. Otherwise, expect an insanely hectic last week-and half for the Buckeyes as they wrap up the recruiting class of 2013.