It's pretty clear at this point that it could be open season on Oregon's current core of committed recruits. With Chip Kelly jumping ship to lead the Philadelphia Eagles, many talented players that may be committed (or close to committing) might be thinking hard about not becoming a Duck after all. That's potentially good news for Buckeye fans, as Coach Meyer worked quickly to touch base with some of these kids potentially reopening their processes, offered out a few new offers, plus made it well known that Ohio State is still open to having some recruits join their class.
'13 ATH Tyree Robinson received a call from OSU assistant Tom Herman yesterday and the Buckeyes offered scholarships to both '13 LB Robinson and his twin brother, Tyrell Robinson. Tyree is a 6'4", 190-pound athlete and Tyrell is a 6'3", 200-pound linebacker. The brothers have both been committed to Oregon since September 23rd but there's no counting out the Buckeyes in this one:
Dang coaches are blowing me up Ohio state just offerd me and my twin— Tyree Robinson (@HumbleDuck_2) January 16, 2013
Better yet, here's Tyree's brother Tyrell playing linebacker/wide receiver:
Being that Robinson is a two-sport athlete, I can't imagine what he could be capable of if he solely focused on the football part of his high school career.
A big time target for Ohio State is '13 RB Dontre Wilson who Buckeye fans hope can sort of fill in the gap the aftermath of '13 WR James Quick's decision left in this class. Last week, Wilson let it be known that if Chip Kelly were to leave Oregon for the NFL that he would be opening his recruitment back up immediately. Now with Kelly gone, just about every school in the country is looking to pick up the pieces and take their chance at Wilson.
There are rumors swirling about Ohio State and Wilson as well, but as of now Wilson is sticking by his commitment to the Ducks. To add to the mystery, '13 WR Shelton Gibson committed to West Virginia yesterday despite some thinking earlier in this cycle he was a virtual lock for the Buckeyes. Of course, Ohio State had not so subtly hinted that they wouldn't take him if his grades weren't up to par, so perhaps the details got to be too much for the staff to sweat and they elected to let him walk to a place he wouldn't have as many difficulties qualifying.
Something to keep in mind for Dontre is that Wilson is very close with Oregon running backs coach Gary Campbell. If Oregon OC Mark Helfrich is promoted as expected and Campbell stays, Wilson might not be going anywhere after all. Wilson is the No. 113 ranked overall recruit in the nation. He is the No. 7 running back and No. 13 player in the state of Texas, according to 247Sports.
Per Steve Wiltfong Ohio State to be in touch with Oregon commit Darren Carrington who is now looking around.— jbook (@jbook37) January 16, 2013
Yet another Oregon commit is taking a look at Ohio State, and the interest appears to go both ways. '13 ATH Darren Carrington told the media yesterday that the Buckeyes have keeping an eye on him throughout the entirety of his recruiting process. It looks to me like Coach Meyer is playing wait-and-see with the talented group of Oregon commits that might jump ship. Either way, it's good to know the Buckeyes are in strong contention for at least one of these stud athletes.
Finally, in non-Oregon related recruiting news, Ohio State offered '14 WR/TE Nic Weishar yesterday. The 6'5", 200-pound Weishar had 89 receptions for 1,100 yards and five touchdowns this season,.That's not too bad for someone that's entering their junior year this summer. Weishar holds offers from Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin amongst others.