In a Nutshell: Brandon Wimbush, Chris Clark, Jerome Baker, and more

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"In a Nutshell" breaks down the latest developments in the world of Ohio State football recruiting.

Quite a bit has happened in the world of Ohio State football recruiting over the weekend and we're here to get you caught up on all of the latest happenings as we enter a new week.

Brandon Wimbush appears close to a college decision. Where does OSU stand?

At Friday's Elite 11 camp in Washington, D.C., the standout quarterback told SB Nation's Bud Elliott that he will most likely visit Ohio State in two weeks. A college decision could come soon after that visit.

"They (Herman and Warinner) came in a couple of days ago and we had a good talk at my school," Wimbush said. "They're real strict and real ready to win. That's their motive."

Wimbush mentioned other schools including Miami, Boston College, and Stanford, but I really think this race is down to Ohio State and Penn State.

Last night I flipped my 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction from Penn State to Ohio State. This is a player the coaching staff really wants and they appear to be selling him hard on being able to win at Ohio State. There's also potential for early playing time as Braxton Miller is set to graduate and their should be an open quarterback competition next year.

James Franklin is building something great at Penn State, but that team is nowhere close to competing right now and they have Christian Hackenberg at quarterback for the foreseeable future.

This will be close, but my gut says the Buckeyes come out on top in this one.

What's the latest with Jerome Baker's recruitment?

I talked to Jerome for a bit earlier tonight. After taking visits to Florida, Tennessee, and Michigan State, he doesn't claim a leader, but instead has a top group featuring Ohio State, Tennessee, and Florida.

At one time I thought Penn State would be the biggest threat to the Buckeyes for his services, but his swing through the south opened his eyes. I actually don't think Penn State will be a huge factor in his recruitment as things currently stand, but that could always change down the road.

Ohio State is definitely my pick right now and there's a pretty good chance he'll be back in Columbus in June for the NFTC camp, though nothing is locked in. If he does make the trip, he's likely to take a visit to Ohio State as well. Baker is extremely close with Stan Drayton and many other Buckeye coaches.

Even still, Florida and Tennessee pose a bit of a threat. He would like to make a visit to Michigan as well.

Is Ohio State leading for Matthew Burrell?

No, at least not publicly. However, I definitely think the Buckeyes are the team to beat for him as his recruitment currently stands. Could that change? Of course, but right now I see Burrell in this class.

In an interview with our Luke Zimmermann, Burrell called Michigan "That Team Up North" (though jokingly) and emphasized that he will 'possibly' consider the Maize and Blue.

The biggest threats to Ohio State in this recruitment are Penn State, Alabama, Florida, the in-state schools, and maybe a couple of others.

Chris Clark named Michigan his leader. Are the Buckeyes still in it?

Yesterday Clark told Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports that Michigan is the current leader in his recruitment. While the Wolverines are the current leaders, the Buckeyes cannot be counted out, especially if he makes a return trip to Columbus in June as he has stated on multiple occasions.

I reach out to Chris this week to get more on the situation of Michigan being his leader, but I'm confident that the Buckeyes, Michigan State, Notre Dame, and maybe a couple of other schools will still be heavily involved to land his commitment.

This recruitment will be very interesting to follow up until National Signing Day. The former North Carolina commit could be committed to a new school sometime this summer.

What happened with the Buckeyes and Tim Settle?

Ohio State is no longer recruiting the five-star defensive tackle per Settle himself in an interview with SB Nation's Bud Elliott.

In the interview, Settle called Ohio State "disrespectful" due to no longer 'showing him any love'. At one point the Buckeyes were firmly in the mix to land Settle and might have been the favorite to land his commitment following a strong visit last June.

In any event, we can close to book on Settle as far as the mutual interest between him and the Buckeyes go. Whichever school ends up with him will be getting a very talented football player (and per our Luke Zimmermann, one who recently trimmed up a bit).

Who's on commitment watch for Ohio State?

The names of the commit watch list have remained the same over the past couple of weeks. It includes Sh'mar Kilby-Lane, Dre'Mont Jones, and Van Jefferson. If Wimbush does in fact make the trip to Columbus in two weeks, he would be added to the list of players he could potentially be close to committing.

If I had to make a guess on Ohio State's next commitment, it would probably be Jefferson, especially if he makes the trip in a few weeks.

Then Jones and Kilby-Lane are the next names worth watching, as they could end their recruitment in favor of the Buckeyes at any time, really.

Finally I would keep an eye on Darius Fullwood, who tweeted that he would be releasing his final list of schools on May 5 and a decision to expected to be made at some point in May. I really like where the Bucks stand in this race as well.

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