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Ohio State recruiting: Upcoming visitors for the Buckeyes' 2013 class
By Luke Zimmermann on Jan 24, 4:30p
It's the third time in around the last six weeks we've been able to say it, but this is going to be a huge recruiting weekend for Ohio State once again. See who'll be in old Columbus town the next two weekends.
We're entering the home stretch of the home stretch, as there is officially less than two weeks left until National Signing Day 2013. Ohio State is looking to close with a bang, but there are certainly still a few depth related needs Urban Meyer and his staff would ideally like to make sure are addressed before the drop dead deadline of February 6th. With the departure of 2012 signee OL Joey O'Connor, the Bucks could most assuredly use another warm body on the offensive line. While linebacker Connor Crowell's de facto retirement is less costly, there's still other needs the Buckeyes would like to sure up before calling it a class.
The two recruits coming to campus this coming weekend are big ones, and while Ohio State isn't considered the bettors favorite in either circumstance, this will most definitely be a weekend you'll want to stay tuned to Land-Grant Holy Land from Friday through Sunday:
James Clark (5-10/170) WR | New Smyrna Beach H.S., FL
Dontre Wilson (5-10/165) ATH/WR/RB | DeSoto H.S., TX
We've heard plenty about both of these guys in the past two weeks, and by all accords it seems like Ohio State may be neck and neck with Clemson, whom he visited last weekend. Florida's one of the leaders as well, and Clark is expected to visit there next week (unless Ohio State completely blows him away). To the Buckeyes' credit, Urban Meyer had an in-home with Clark Tuesday, and apparently held nothing back: (The story with the following quotes in it, is entered into the post below this one)
"(The visit) went well," Clark said. "(Meyer) came in, delivered his message and was straightforward with me.
"He kind of just said that he believed that Ohio State was the best as far as having both the best educational opportunities and best football," Clark added. "He had a strong case for Ohio State."
"(Meyer) said they are looking for a guy that can come in and make an impact right away," Clark said. "He said speed is the aspect they are looking to add to the team."
Wilson's a tougher read. He's an Oregon commit and said prior to Chip Kelly's departure that he liked Kelly's handpicked successor, Mark Helfrich, and was committed to the school and not the individual. But after Kelly acted like he was leaving and then wound up departing anyways to coach the Philadelphia Eagles, it appears that Wilson's decided to reevaluate his decision. 247Sports has even gone as far as to consider him as a prospective National Signing Day flip in the Buckeyes' favor. With Oregon apparently having sent in the full court press Wednesday night, we'll have to see if the Buckeyes can prevent Wilson from leaving without giving them his word he'll don scarlet and gray next season.
3-star WR Kyrin Priester was originally to join the pair, but after committing to Clemson this past weekend, has decided to cancel his official visit and close his process. Another pair of Oregon commits, the Robinson twins, Tyree and Tyrell, were also said to be considering a visit to central Ohio, but shut down any such notions earlier in the week and appear solid to UO.
So what about the weekend after?
Darren Carrington (6-3/180) WR | Horizon H.S., CA
It's a shorter list for sure, but you can't fault Urban and co. for going hard after Oregon commits after Kelly decided to high tail it out of dodge. Carrington's sort of the best of both worlds; built more like the rangier Ohio State wide receivers of the past two decades, but still with the kind of speed schools like Oregon and Ohio State covet. It seems like this one is more of a Hail Mary than either of the previously mentioned recruits, but it's worth pointing out that Carrington did visit Rich Rodriguez and Arizona just two weeks ago. Throughout his recruiting process, Carrington also considered Arizona State and Boise State.
So will the Buckeyes wrap up their 2013 recruiting class with Clark, WIlson, Carrington, or maybe someone not making the trek to cold confines of Columbus in the next two weeks (e.g. Corey Smith or Ryan Timmons)? If we had to be forced to make a call, we'd say Timmons is the most likely, with Clark second most likely, Wilson a close third, and Carrington a distant fourth, and Smith likely out of the picture due to extenuating circumstances (believed to potentially be qualifying related). And while Ohio State has plenty of times to figure out creative ways to get down to the NCAA punishment mandated ceiling of 82 scholarships, we'd put it at next to impossible the Buckeyes close with two of them unless they just completely whiff on the offensive line front.
This is the story that the quotes in the article above, were pulled from.
New Smyrna Beach's Clark to visit Ohio State this weekend
By Brian Linder
Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 10:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 12:19 a.m.
NEW SMYRNA BEACH — New Smyrna Beach wide receiver James Clark said Wednesday night that his final official visit will be to Ohio State this weekend.
Clark's announcement followed an in-home visit from Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer on Wednesday night.
“(The visit) went well,” Clark said. “(Meyer) came in, delivered his message and was straightforward with me.
“He kind of just said that he believed that Ohio State was the best as far as having both the best educational opportunities and best football," Clark added. “He had a strong case for Ohio State."
So strong that Clark, who said he was wavering between taking an official visit to Florida and not taking a final official visit at all, said he was excited about checking out what the Buckeyes have to offer.
Clark, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound senior speedster, caught 49 passes for 1,112 yards and eight touchdowns for the Barracudas in 2012.
“(Meyer) said they are looking for a guy that can come in and make an impact right away,” Clark said. “He said speed is the aspect they are looking to add to the team.”
Wednesday night's announcement continued a busy period for Clark as National Signing Day looms Feb. 6. He said he was visited Tuesday by a coach from Nebraska, and he went on an official visit at Clemson last weekend.
“The visit to Clemson was great,” he said. “They told me they are looking for a guy, a big playmaker, that can come in and maybe go opposite Sammy Watkins — their big-time playmaker. And they talked about developing me off the field as well.”
Clark said he is still interested in the Gators despite the fact that the official visit to Ohio State will replace a potential official visit to Florida.
“It was kind of to the point where I had already seen Florida," he said. “And it was just, ‘Do I want to take this last official to a school a couple hours away?' OSU came in and said, ‘Give us a chance.' Florida is right there, so it seemed like the right decision."
Clark, who claims more than30 offers, narrowed his list to four top schools — Florida, Nebraska, Clemson and Northwestern — on Jan. 7. He later added the Buckeyes to that list.
On Wednesday night, he said he still has not settled on a top school.
“I still feel that all the schools are in the picture," he said. “There is a possibility I can go to either one. My views and opinions have been steadily changing on the deal.
“It is not really (nerve-wracking)," he added. “At the end of the day, I don't feel like I can go wrong with either one. It is up to me to be successful. I'm just trying to pick the best school that will help me develop."
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