Reviewing Ohio State’s 4 Star Recruits, Part I (QB/RB/WR/TE)

There are so many 4 Star recruits for the Buckeyes this year, I’m going to break them up.  First, we’ll do the skill positions (QB/RB/WR/TE) first, then come back and cover the rest.

1.   J.T. Barrett, Quarterback

At 6’2, 205 lbs, Barrett gets knocked for being a little on the thin side.  Barrett more than makes up for this by being such a truly unique dual threat.  He is perfectly balanced in his passing and running abilities, making him an ideal candidate to run a spread style offense.  He is remarkably accurate and consistent in his passing, and is extremely quick and mobile when he pulls the ball down to run.  Outside of his outstanding skill set as a Quarterback, he has excellent poise and is a true leader.  He is an excellent replacement for when Braxton Miller leaves for the NFL, and promises to continue the growing tradition of awesome dual threat QB’s at Ohio State.  These Highlights are from his junior year, but you get the idea:

2.  Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back

Coming in at 6’1″, 200 lbs and running a 4.4 40, Ezekiel Elliot is a special kind of athlete.  He’s got the build of a prototype running back, but has amazing top end speed with great burst ability.  What really puts him over the top is his ability to break tackles, keep his balance and run through traffic.  Not to mention he has a freakishly effective stiff arm.  He also has excellent hands, and is a receiving threat out of the backfield.  Great vision, great acceleration, if he finds a hole or crease, he’s going to score.  His highlight reel is probably my favorite of any player the Buckeyes picked up:

3.  Dontre Wilson, Running Back

The 5’10”, 180 lb Wilson was expected to commit to Oregon prior to Chip Kelly’s departure, but changed his mind once the coach left for the NFL.  What was a loss for the Ducks will prove a great addition for the Buckeyes, as Wilson has remarkable speed (legit 4.4 40), and has shown himself to have a great playmaking ability.  He can play receiver as well, as he has good hand quality, but plays primarily out of the backfield.  His speed cannot be understated, as his ability to burst past defenders and win virtually any foot race puts him ahead of most others at the position.  Highlights:

4.  James Clark, Wide Receiver

At 5’11”, 170 lbs, James Clark has a some true standout qualities.  He makes an ideal inside receiver, primarily because he has amazing quickness off the line.  More importantly, he has a near elite speed, and this helps make him one of the most dangerous players in the country with the ball in his hands.  He is a walking big play after the catch, and can explode at what seems like virtually any time.  His lack of girth makes him lacking as a blocker, and is something he needs to focus on in the offseason.  He has great hands though, and his explosiveness cannot be overstated.  Watch:

5.  Corey Smith, Wide Receiver

At 6’1″, 190 lbs, Corey Smith is a great physical specimen of a wide receiver.  He has a year in Junior College under his belt, and has shown a himself to be a big play threat.  His downfield speed, as well as his ability to make defenders miss and ability to break tackles make him good on the outside or inside.  His experience at the collegiate level is also worth mentioning, because of the relative lack of experience in this OSU receiving corps thus far.

6.  Marcus Baugh, Tight End

At a huge 6’4″, 230 lbs, Marcus Baugh is incredibly athletic, especially for a guy his size.  He’s fully capable of playing Defensive End or Linebacker, and is also a solid basketball player.  He’s been compared to Kellen Winslow with his great hands and difficulty to match up with (too fast/elusive for linebackers to cover, too big for safeties to tackle), but has a much better head on his shoulders.  He’s ranked 3rd among all TE prospects in the nation, but the margin between him and #1 is razor thin.  He should bring a good deal of chaos to opposing defenses for the Buckeyes.


Reviewing Ohio State’s 5 Star Recruits

The Buckeyes landed four 5-star recruits this National Signing Day.  Let’s dig in and see what these four kids are bringing to the team.


1.  Mike Mitchell, Linebacker.

At 6′ 4″ and 225 lbs, Mitchell is a monster.  What makes him special is his 40 time, which is listed at 4.39.  That’s sick.  A kid that big who can move that fast is destined to create chaos all over opposing offenses.  He’s aggressive, highly athletic, and extremely fast (not even just for his size).  His only caveat is some issues in pass coverage, but that can probably be chalked up to youth and lack of experience.  Need more convincing?  Check out his highlight reel:


2.  Vonn Bell, Safety

Vonn Bell was without doubt the biggest steal the Buckeyes pulled off this NSD.  He was expected to commit to either Alabama or Tennessee, though most reports had him going to Alabama.  At 6′, 190 lbs, he’s a little small, but he makes up for it in speed.  He’s fast.  Very fast.  His ability to close and quickly cut into passing lanes makes him lethal in sideline and middle of the field passing situations.  If a QB lofts the ball at all, you better believe Bell is going to get hands on it.  Speaking of which, he has great hands, and is a heck of a ball hawk.    Enjoy his highlights:


3.  Joey Bosa, Offensive Lineman

At 6’5″, 270 lbs, Joey Bosa gives the impression that he might not have the speed to get off the ball fast.  That assumption is likely to get you sacked or tackled behind the line however, as Bosa has shown time and time again a remarkable quickness for someone so big.  He also has excellent technique and moves to shuck and shirk off would be blockers.  He is also known for a high degree of intensity, and a lot of heart/endurance.  His only draw back is a tough time in lateral moves, but again that can be coached out of him.  Here are some highlights:



4.  Jalin Marshall, Wide Receiver

At 6’1, 190 lbs, Marshall is a standout athlete from Middletown, Ohio.  Though he played Quarterback in High School, he’s going to be playing Wide Receiver for Ohio State.  That means that he’s going to need some coaching on route running, but that’s an easy fix.  His natural abilities with regards to balance, change of direction and body control indicate that it should not be difficult to work out, as he is exceptional in these areas.    He is highly competitive, and is one of the most dangerous players in the country after the catch.  Most of his highlights are as a QB, but he can get a pretty good idea of why he’s so dangerous once he gets an opening:




The Ohio State University’s 2013 Recruiting Class

Here is the list of Ohio State’s 2013 Recruiting Class.  We’ll break down the 5 and 4 star recruits individually later today or tomorrow.

Five Star Recruits

Vonn Bell, DB

Mike Mitchell, LB

Joey Bosa, DE

Jalin Marshall, WR

Four Star Recruits

Eli Apple, DB

J.T. Barrett, QB

Marcus Baugh, TE

Cameron Burrows, DB

James Clark, WR

Gareon Conley, DB

Ezekiel Elliot, RB

Michael Hill, DT

Trey Johnson, LB

Tyquan Lewis, DE

Evan Lisle, OL

Billy Price, DT

Corey Smith, WR

Jayme Thompson, DB

Dontre Wilson, RB

Darron Lee, S

Three Star Recruits

Timothy Gardner, OL

Donovan Munger, DT

Tracy Sprinkle, DE

Christopher Worley, LB

Johnny Townsend, P