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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 12/19

Offers and visits and calls, oh my! Recruiting season might technically be in a "dead period" but for Ohio State, they don't have to do much to get a recruit's attention. Coach Meyer and company work around the clock to bring the greatest athletes to the 'Shoe.

After looking like Sander's decision was down to South Carolina or Ohio State, he surprised everyone by committing to Texas A&M
After looking like Sander's decision was down to South Carolina or Ohio State, he surprised everyone by committing to Texas A&M

The recruiting battles are a constant fight throughout the season and the offseason periods. Anything can happen at any point in time. News hit late last night that the number one JUCO linebacker in the country, Tommy Sanders, had committed to Texas A&M. This decision was met with a little bit of shock from recruiting gurus as the fight for Sanders' services seemed to have come down to Ohio State and South Carolina. In fact, Sanders was supposed to announce at his school on Wednesday, but word leaked out that the Aggies had nabbed one of the better defensive prospects in the class of 2013.

That puts the Aggies at an eye-popping 34 commitments in the class of 2013. Oversigning, indeed. There's no need to worry for Ohio State, though. 2013 linebackers Mike Mitchell and Trey Johnson still are the big uncommitted prospects that Coach Meyer and his staff would love to have. Here's more official word on Sanders':

2014 wide receiver Lonnie Johnson was expected to announce on Friday after telling the media he would do so. Widely expected to be the Buckeyes' first commit of the '14 class, Johnson has postponed his announcement until after his teammates from the class of 2013 decide where they want to go. In my opinion, this shows a little bit of class the fact that he doesn't want to hog any of the spotlight from the rest of his teammates, but you can make your own judgement:

As you can see above, 2014 defensive back Kalvarez Bessent was offered by Ohio State yesterday. The Buckeyes weren't quite done in that category as they also gave an offer out to '14 RB Chris Williams. The coaching staff loves to have plenty of defensive backs in their pocket just in case a situation would arise where they need the extra depth. Both athletes are extremely talented, though, and are prospects that can only excite Coach Meyer.

Finally, '14 wide receiver Demarre Kitt is planning to visit Ohio State on February 10th, only a couple days before National Signing Day for the class of 2013. If you're wondering what kind of interest Kitt has in the Buckeyes, he's already showing quite a bit of excitement for his visit that's nearly two months away. See for yourself: