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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 12/17

Bowl season has finally arrived to college football, but the Buckeyes are ineligible to compete in a bowl game this year. Fortunately, this provides head coach Urban Meyer and his staff more time to persuade recruits across the country to join the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Braxton Miller's successor?
Braxton Miller's successor?

Leading off for today is the news that '14 QB DeShaun Watson went 27/35 for 304 yards in a state championship game win. What's even more impressive is that Watson set the new state career passing record with a 10-yard pass to teammate Tray Harrison in the first quarter. Watson threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more as Gainesville became Hall County's first state champion in the Georgia High School Association. Here's more from the article, including a blurb from one of his teammates:

As far as high school players go, he's the total package. Now, as the first state championship quarterback in school history, he is also the pride of an entire community.

"Deshaun's probably the best high school player in the state, maybe the entire nation," Gainesville linebacker Devan Stringer said.

High praise for the young gunslinger, but Ohio State and Coach Meyer must feel the same as Watson is the only quarterback in the class of '14 to hold an offer. While Watson is currently committed to Clemson, Coach Meyer feels fairly confident they can sway his interest.

Switching gears, the tweet above mentions Coach Meyer sitting next to a particular recruit's mother. That recruit is none other than '13 safety Vonn Bell. Meyer and a couple members of his staff were on hand to see Bell play in the state championship game. Things are looking extremely good for Ohio State's chances to land Bell, considering after this visit Bell is rumored to be having an official visit to Columbus on January 11th.

Speaking of state championships, '13 commit Joey Bosa and St. Thomas Aquinas won a state title over the weekend. Coach Meyer only recruits the very best and clearly, Bosa is one of those special talents. Check out the video from Joey Bosa:

Finally, '13 4-star LB Trey Johnson is high on Ohio State, and vice versa. Along with Mike Mitchell, the chances of landing Johnson are looking pretty favorable. Rumors are swirling that Johnson's head coach said Trey will be announcing at the upcoming Under Armour game, which is in the first week of January. It's certainly something to keep an eye on, as Johnson just recently decommitted from Auburn and might pull the trigger on a Buckeye commitment.