April 16, 2012

Risers and Fallers

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The NCAA Evaluation period has kicked off and Urban Meyer and the Ohio State assistants will have plenty of work to do after Spring Practice ends.

The Buckeyes already have eight verbal commits in the fold and could land several more before the end of the month but that doesn't mean that there will be any let-up from Meyer's staff. It is still not known by anyone how many spots will be in this class but a good working number is around 18-20 spots after graduation and attrition.

Several players are seeing their stock rise here recently while others may be looking elsewhere or seeing their star start to fade a little with the Buckeyes. We are looking at three on the way up and three who may be moving down the board in our first Risers and Fallers of the year.

Joey Bosa

Defensive End

6-5, 260 pounds

Fort Lauderdale (Fla.)

St. Thomas Aquinas
RISING:The recruitment of Joey Bosa just proves why it is so important to get players to make visits early in the process. Most people had penciled Bosa into the Alabama column a long time ago but a tremendous visit has the Buckeyes potentially as the team to beat now. The big DE has not eliminated anyone from his list of schools as of yet but it seems as if Ohio State could be the team to beat and if he makes a return trip to Columbus in the near future, this one could just be a formality.
Marcell Lazard

Offensive Tackle

6-6, 293 pounds

Bloomfield (N.J.)

Bloomfield HS
RISING:The New Jersey offensive lineman nearly committed to Ohio State before leaving down early in the month of April but wanted to slow things down and talk about it with his family. We have no reason to believe that things took a turn for the worse during that time and expect that good news should be coming for Ohio State on the Lazard front soon. He narrowed things down to a final three of Ohio State, Miami (Fla.) and WVU but barring a last second upset, the Bucks will win this one and get another talented Off. Tackle in the class.
Vonn Bell


6-1, 190 pounds

Rossville (Ga.)

Ridgeland HS
RISING:The Buckeyes made quite an impression on Bell when he visited Columbus earlier in April and the visit 'stands out' because of Urban Meyer and the coaching staff. The recruitment of Bell was always expected to be a tough one but things are definitely on the rise with the positive statements made about the Buckeyes and while Bell doesn't know when he will trim his list it is almost a given that the Bucks will advance past the cut and will secure more serious consideration.
Josh McNeil

Tight End

6-5, 235 pounds

Durham (N.C.)

Hillside HS
FALLING:Recruiting can be a numbers game and the Buckeyes will likely run out of numbers before McNeil makes a decision on a school. The surprise commitment of Marcus Baugh and the likely commitment of Mike Heuerman will leave no room at the inn for any other tight ends and McNeil will have to look elsewhere. McNeil comes from the same high school as current Ohio State signee Jamal Marcus goes to but the plans of playing together at the next level have all but been derailed.
T.J. Logan

Running Back

5-9, 175 pounds

Greensboro (N.C.)

Northern Guilford HS
FALLING:The Buckeyes will be looking to add one more running back to the class of 2013 but it likely won't be Logan who has identified a top two with Ohio State not making the list. Logan now favors North Carolina and South Carolina at the top of his list and while Everett Withers has done some great work in the Carolinas, there is not really much reason to hold out optimism that the Bucks will be able to compete with a pair of schools in Logan's backyard.
Demarcus Walker

Defensive End

6-4, 255 pounds

Jacksonville (Fla.)

Sandalwood HS
FALLING:Walker has not shut the doors necessarily on the Buckeyes but six of the schools that get mentioned most are all south of the Mason Dixon line and there are no northern schools getting the same amount of mentions. Walker has said that he would like to announce on May 24th and it is unlikely that the Buckeyes would be able to make up enough ground between now and then to secure his verbal pledge and mark the second player landed out of Sandalwood HS in recent memory (Maurice Wells).


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