Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 12/28

Does Demarre Kitt hold the key to landing 2014 QB Deshaun Watson? - Demarre Kitt Facebook

A pair of '13 linebackers that plan on deciding soon have Ohio State fans buzzing with excitement as Urban Meyer and his staff continue their hard work in the class of 2013, but also are paying close attention to where they stand in 2014.

Ohio State fans might still be riding a big high after the Christmas day commitment from '14 OL Marcelys Jones but don't expect them to come down anytime soon. A pair of 2013 linebackers have long been targeted by head coach Urban Meyer and their decisions are only a week away. '13 LB Mike Mitchell and '13 LB Trey Johnson both have Ohio State high on their lists and both are announcing sometime next week.

Mitchell, who has narrowed his long list of scholarship offers down to Ohio State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Florida State and Oregon, made an official visit to Ohio State earlier this month. It is the only official visit he has been on and most recruiting experts like the Buckeyes' chances of landing him. According to Mitchell's father (Ken Mitchell) Mike might just be announcing his intentions following the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on January 5th. Nothing is set in stone as of yet, but there's a high probability that his choice will be made after the game.

Johnson is a former Auburn commitment but is no longer considering the Tigers. Johnson is planning on having four hats, one being Ohio State's logo, on a table and will pick from those four schools after the Under Armour All-American Game. Those aforementioned schools are Ohio State, Tennessee, Florida and Penn State.

With most of the attention on the class of 2013 finishing strongly (as it should be) don't think for a second that Coach Meyer isn't already lining up the dominoes for another top five class. '14 WR Demarre Kitt recently let it be known that he is not set on going to Clemson as previously thought. In fact, Kitt mentioned that Ohio State was a co-leader along with Clemson for his services. The 6'1", 182-pound receiver runs a 4.53 40-yard dash and could provide some excellent speed and talent in the receiving core.

Along the same lines, Ohio State's number one quarterback target, '14 QB Deshaun Watson (who is currently committed to Clemson), might play a large role in where Kitt goes and vice versa. Watson has been quoted saying that if Kitt for some reason starts looking hard at Ohio State, Watson would follow his interests.

Ohio State offered another class of 2014 recruit, this time coming in the form of '14 S Jamal Adams. Adams' 12th offer came after speaking with Buckeyes offensive coordinator Tom Herman. Adams adds the Ohio State offer with ones from Florida, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M and other top BCS-conference schools.

Finally, we leave you with some more highlights of '13 Buckeye commit DE Joey Bosa:

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