March 9, 2012

Going National - Southeast

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As a recruiter, the philosophy of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is simply to go out and find the best players possible, no matter where these players may be located.


Here at BuckeyeGrove.com we have always stayed ahead of the curve on Ohio prospects but over the span of this week we're going to take a more national approach and look at five major recruiting territories and identify the top targets on Ohio State's board from each respective area.


The prospects will be ranked from one through five based on the likelihood that Ohio State will land them. Next up is a our final piece of the series, the Southeast Region.




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1. Hunter Bivin

Offensive Tackle

6-foot-7, 288 pounds

Owensboro (KY)

Bivin was offered during a junior day earlier this winter and is a key target at a key position of need for the Buckeyes. The 6-foot-7, 288-pound tackle holds more than 15 offers from some outstanding programs and seems fairly open at this time. One school that is thought to be a major competitor for Bivin's services is Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish offered at the end of January and Bivin has made several trips to South Bend. Still, Bivin has spoken very positively about Ohio State and the Buckeyes remain in the thick of the race for this four-star prospect.
2. Greg Gilmore

Defensive End

6-foot-4, 275 pounds

Hope Mills (NC)

Gilmore is a four-star prospect and the nation's No. 112 player by Rivals.com. At 6-foot-4, 275-pounds Gilmore is a versatile defensive lineman that is incredibly strong at the point of attack. It is uncertain whether or not Gilmore will be a base end or an inside guy at the next level but what is certain is that he is one of the most highly recruited defensive linemen in the nation. The Buckeyes have Gilmore's attention but it's very likely that he will stay in the South somewhere.

3. Josh McNeil

Tight End

6-foot-5, 235 pounds

Durham (NC)

McNeil is the teammate of class of 2012 signee Jamal Marcus and is the only member of this list that does not currently hold an Ohio State offer. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound tight end/defensive end lists Ohio State among his top choices and if the Buckeyes were to come through with an offer, they would sit in a strong position. Whether that offer comes is very much up in the air as the Buckeyes may only take one tight end in the class and they sit well with Mike Heuerman. Also, with signing three big-time defensive ends in the last class, the Buckeyes can be picky at that spot so McNeil may have to try and earn an offer at camp over the summer.

4. Peter Kalambayi

Linebacker

6-foot-2, 220 pounds

Matthews (NC)

The Nation's No. 62 ranked prospect, Kalambayi is reporting 15 verbal offers already, including one from Ohio State. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect has already stated he plans to take his recruitment into his senior season so that he can take some official visits and with offers from programs all over the nation, he will be a tough pull. Still, if Ohio State can remain in the game, anything can happen with the tandem of Meyer and Withers.
5. Marquez North

Wide Receiver

6-foot-3, 205 pounds

Charlotte (NC)

North is one of the top receivers in the nation and the No. 24 overall prospect by Rivals.com. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect holds nearly 20 offers and has previously listed Ohio State among his top group of schools. Most of North's top schools reside in SEC/ACC country however, and it will be difficult to pull him all the way up to Columbus.




Just missed the cut: Brice Ramsey, Ezekiel Elliott, TJ Logan, Uriah Lemay, Lewis Neal, Vonn Bell




Givler's Take: While Ohio State pulled a few guys out of the state of Georgia during the Jim Tressel era, the Southeast part of the country (not including Florida) has not been an area where the Buckeyes have had a ton of recruiting success. Things could be changing on that front with not only the addition of Urban Meyer as head coach but perhaps more importantly, the addition of Everett Withers as co-defensive coordinator. Withers has great ties in the state of North Carolina specifically which showed during the recruitment of linebacker Jamal Marcus in the 2012 class. Ohio State does not currently lead for any of the players on the above list but expect a much bigger presence in this region moving forward


Previous Regions:


West Region

Atlantic East Region

Florida Region


Midwest Region












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