Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 12/10

Could Mike Mitchell be Ohio State's #20? - Wescott Eberts-SB Nation

The coaching carousel is slowly dying down and recruits have already reacted to some of the decisions, either by decommitting or looking seriously at other options. Ohio State continues to be in play for many of these recruits, but are most focused on finishing strong in the class of 2013.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has been a busy man these past couple of days, from hosting a bevy of recruits to speaking at a 12-0 celebration rally, Meyer has continually done the things he has had to do to try and finish the class of 2013 off strong. The class has already reached 19 total commitments with the announcements of '13 defensive back Gareon Conley (OH) and '13 defensive lineman Donovan Munger (OH). Conley's commitment came on Friday afternoon, only a week or so after decommitting from Michigan. Although Conley was rumored to be leaning towards becoming a Buckeye, the finality of his decision brought some relaxation to Buckeye Nation as they wrapped up one of the better corners in the country.

Munger, meanwhile, was a surprise commitment to most. On Sunday afternoon, following the culmination of a visit to Columbus, word leaked out that Munger had indeed committed to Ohio State. The 6'4", 285-pound Munger, a starter the past three seasons at his high school on both sides of the line, has been recruited by the Buckeyes as a defensive tackle. Munger is the 18th best tackle in the country, which is pretty impressive given that there are over 140 defensive tackles on radars nationwide.

But the real story of the weekend was Mike Mitchell and his official visit. Mitchell's been said to be an Ohio State lean since he first took the recruiting world by storm with a breakout performance at Nike's The Opening 2012. We heard whispers all weekend that Mitchell was having a great time, and while he's yet to officially commit to the Buckeyes, all signs are sounding very positive ($):

"His first two words were 'crazy' and 'awesome,' " Ken Mitchell said. "The first thing he did when he got there was spend time with Coach [Urban] Meyer. Then he went to the OSU basketball game. He said it was a great time."

If we don't hear word officially in the next week or so, look for Mitchell to commit a big closer to National Signing Day.

Meanwhile, in the class of 2015:

Recruiting never stops as Meyer and his staff continue to work every angle they can with prospective future players. On Friday, Ohio State offered '15 cornerback/running back Eric Glover-Williams almost immediately after Nebraska had offered him. It's very early in the process for the 5'11", 165-pound athlete but Glover-Williams is projected to be one of the best players in the state of Ohio for his class. He joined many of those in attendance in Columbus this weekend in an official capacity. Sounds like his reception the Ohio State offer offer was pretty positive, to say the least; it's hard to imagine the visit not going just as well..

2014 quarterback/wide receiver Dareian Watkins, however, missed a visit from Ohio State assistant coach Tim Hinton early last week after having his tonsils removed. Watkins wrote about the situation in a short post at Prep Force:

Yesterday I had my tonsils removed and I will be home from school next week. I was disappointed that I missed Coach Hinton from OSU visiting my school yesterday while I was in surgery.

Following Bret Bielema's decision to leave Wisconsin for Arkansas and the SEC, there was a recurring buzz around the interwebs about whether or not Coach Meyer would try and pursue some of the commits from Wisconsin's class. We saw the rhetorical questions answered with a resounding 'yes' when the Buckeyes' offered 2013 OL Jackson Keeler. Now the Buckeyes are just rubbing it in($), with news coming out that Ohio State has offered 2014 OL Craig Evans. Evans committed to Wisconsin on September 18th of this year, but has been seriously thinking about whether he wants to be a Badger or not. As of now, he still is committed but is currently hearing from Ohio State, Georgia, Nebraska, Michigan State, and Notre Dame.

Finally, the Buckeyes received word on Saturday that '13 RB David Williams had listed Ohio State in his top three, along with Arizona State and South Carolina. Williams will most likely make his decision sometime near National Signing Day, so until then, it appears the Buckeyes are well positioned. Frankly, this is kind of surprising, considering that the Buckeyes have repeatedly said that they are fine with taking only one RB in the class of 2013. That spot is already wrapped up with all-everything Ezekiel Elliott. But if the Buckeyes do take Williams, it's hard not to envision the rich getting richer.

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