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Early Bird Look At 2013 Top 10

It seems the Class of 2012 recruiting effort has come to a grinding halt. I think that is partly due to the NCAA and what could happen but it is also something we see every year with the Buckeyes. The sure
things have been offered. More evaluations are under way on some other players but I suspect we will see few if any offers until camp.

Marshall paces the early look at the best in class.

With that in mind I have been looking forward. I have seen a lot of film of Class of 2013 players, enough to throw out a very early bird top 10 for the class. Here goes:

1 - Jalin Marshall, WR, 6-0, 190, Middletown: The kind of game changer every school in the country is looking for. He is not talking strongly about playing quarterback. Smart kid.

2 - Kyle Kempt, QB, 6-4, 190, Massillon: Big kid with a big arm and a quick stroke. Better level of competition than Kyle Stahl and he is a little better athlete. Great feet in the pocket.

3 - Taco Charlton, DE, 6-6, 240, Pickerington Central: I will put him at defensive end right now but with his frame and the fact he is already 240 pounds, Charlton could grow into a three-technique tackle.

4 - Kyle Stahl, QB, 6-5, 200, St Henry: Rating them purely as pocket passers, Stahl closes the gap on Kempt. Both should be national quarterbacks.

5 - Billy Price, Lineman 6-4, 265, Fitch: Notice I list him as a lineman. We don't know where he is headed. As a Buckeye fan, all that should matter is he ends up at Ohio State.

6 - Cameron Burrows, DB, 6-2, 180, Trotwood Madison: Corner or safety, this is a big-time kid. If I was certain he would not outgrow corner, he would be higher on this list.

7 - Lovell Peterson, C, 6-3, 270, Wayne: Simply put, he is the best center to come out of Ohio since Nick Mangold.

8 - Kevin Gladney, WR, 6-3, 175, Firestone: The kind of big, physical, athletic receiver that goes at the top of the NFL draft.

9 - Dymonte Thomas, Ath, 6-2, 180, Marlington:I list him as an athlete because he is about as good a safety as he is a running back.

10 - Deveon Smith, RB, 5-10, 205 Howland: Highly skilled back with great vision and instincts. I am watching his body. He is awfully thick for his age.

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