Early Look At 2013 Recruiting

Written September 12th, 2011 by Joe

Will 2013 be Ohio State's lucky year on the recruiting trail?

 

What was once thought to be a sure-to-be great 2012 class has turned into a wait-and-see year on the recruiting trail for Ohio State.

The off the field troubles in the spring and over the summer put a small wrench in that plan to say the least.

In recruiting, hope springs eternal. So whatever happens in the 2012 class there is always 2013 to look forward to, and that is exactly what we are going to do here.

At this point we don’t know for sure who will be recruiting that class, but Fickell and company have already started by extending some key early offers.

In addition to another solid in-state class in 2013, there already look to be a couple big name out-of-state guys who have Ohio State as their early favorite.

We will first take a look at the offered guys that I feel Ohio State has a good shot at landing.

There are national guys already offered out of Florida, Georgia, etc. but at this point it is way too early to even get excited about any of those guys.

Check back in the spring to see if they make the trip up to Columbus or next fall to see if they schedule an official visit, until then, keep your expectations on hold.

There are currently seven players with offers that I feel very confident in Ohio State’s chances.

Here they are: Read More

Recruiting Update: 6/21/11

Written June 21st, 2011 by Jim

One year's recruiting "miss" is next year's commitment looking for early playing time.

The biggest news in this recruiting update is the commitment of Ohio defensive lineman Se’Von Pittman to Michigan State, continuing the theme of doom and gloom for 2012.

Pittman was one of the top players in Ohio with offers from football royalty across the country and a big time target for the Buckeyes.

First, let me say congratulations to Mark Dantonio and Michigan State on a great pick-up. There are obviously a lot worse places a player can choose to go, and Pittman will be joining what is shaping up to be a very impressive group of young defenders for Dantonio and the Spartans.

Second, it is becoming clear that the coaching uncertainty in Columbus is having a negative impact on recruiting (huge surprise there, right?). Luke Fickell is the head coach for the 2011 season and a helluva recruiter, but there is only so much he can do in an incredibly difficult situation. Whether it be the uncertainty of possible NCAA sanctions or the inability to guarantee players who their coach will be in 2012 and beyond, there are some serious hurdles to overcome.

With that said, there is no reason to panic- not yet at least.

First, if Ohio State didn’t receive another commitment in 2012, the 9 players already on board would constitute a decent (albeit small) recruiting class.

Second, there are still plenty of targets left in Ohio for the Buckeyes to reel in. Signing day isn’t until February; the sanctions and head coaching picture will be much clearer before the ink is dry on this class (hell, some of the players heading elsewhere at the moment might even reconsider if/when the dark clouds clear a bit from above the WHAC).

This is obviously a low spot for recruiting, but there are better days ahead. Read More