It’s time to dip into the BuckeyeNation recruiting mailbag and answer some of your questions.
We’ll try to give everyone a chance to get their questions answered.
We encourage you to send your questions by Twitter at @bbournival, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by posting a question in the Horseshoe Pit forum.
Here’s the latest installment:
email@example.com: Is Parris Campbell Jr. going to be the Percy Harvin of Ohio State or are they planning on using him as a running back? If so, is he the only true running back Urban Meyer and Co. takes?
BuckeyeNation: Campbell is a very versatile back that can play many positions -- he could even be a solid cover cornerback at the next level -- but I really think he stays at running back. He certainly has the motor and the moves to play in the backfield for the Buckeyes. With Jordan Hall and Carlos Hyde exiting this season -- yes I realize Hall is playing the slot -- it’s pretty important that Ohio State take two running backs.
firstname.lastname@example.org: What are the chances Sam Mustipher is an earlier commit? Maybe he gets swept up in the scarlet and gray on his April visit.
BN: Not likely. He’s has trips planned for Northwestern (April 1-2), Notre Dame (April 3) and Ohio State (April 6), so it’ll be a busy week. The ESPN Watch List offensive guard has indicated he wants to take official visits before making a decision.
That’s not always a bad thing. Lawrence Marshall (Southfield, Mich./Southfield) was swept up in the Buckeyes and decommitted three days later. Mustipher is a fan of Ohio State and we all know Meyer can close.
email@example.com: With the scholarship reductions and a relatively large class last year, will OSU compete for the No. 1 class or will it go to Alabama as usual and wait for 2015?
BN: The Buckeyes are always trying to make themselves a better squad and are going after the best of the best. The proof in 2014 comes in the quality player Meyer is going after. He’s not competing with the Big Ten -- Michigan excluded -- for the most part, it’s with the SEC and Alabama. That said 2015 opens the door for Meyer with three more scholarships available. If things continue as they are, expect Ohio State to compete for that top spot.
@buckeyefan686: Which of the big-time recruits do we hear commitments from in the near future and which drag it out closer to signing day?
BN: Raekwon McMillan has said numerous times that he’s going to wait until the Under Armour All-America Game to announce and I don’t expect that to change. I expect Da'Shawn Hand to do the same. That said I wouldn’t be surprised if Dante Booker announced earlier than anticipated. He’s very reserved with his plans, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it end before January. Watch List tight end Jeb Blazevich went on Recruiting Nation and announced he’d like to have things wrapped up by June 1. So far, he’s been a man of his word so expect that to happen.