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Thursday, January 17, 2013
OL commit could be big for Buckeyes

By Brad Bournival

With Ohio State’s wide receiver outlook still up in the air for the Class of 2013, coming into town on an official visit Saturday is an offensive tackle who could calm the nerves of those worried about the trenches.

Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial) came in last weekend after an official visit to Michigan, but left without a commitment.

Now, it’s Dan Skipper’s turn.

A Tennessee commitment, Skipper (Arvada, Col./Ralston Valley) will make Ohio State stop No. 4. Right now he’s on an official visit at Arkansas, and he has Ole Miss scheduled next weekend.

The three-star offensive tackle had an in-home visit with Buckeyes offensive line coach Ed Warinner on Wednesday night before he left to see the Razorbacks -- a tactic that could play in Ohio State’s favor this weekend.

What Skipper would mean to the Buckeyes is two-fold.

Ohio State has been looking at the line quite a bit in the final months, so a pledge from the 6-foot-8, 285-pound senior would mean the Buckeyes could concentrate solely on the wide receiver spot, while wrapping up what they hope is a big get in safety Vonn Bell (Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland).

It also frees up some necessary but perhaps unwelcome shuffling.

With Tim Gardner (Indianapolis/Lawrence Central) and Evan Lisle (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) as 2013 pledges, Ohio State might have to drag someone like Billy Price (Youngstown, Ohio/Austintown Fitch) or Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) over from the defensive line.

While all that remains to be seen, a commitment from Skipper would go a long way in the final weeks for Ohio State.