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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 12/21

If you're reading this, you've likely made it past the end of the world. Time to head back to reality, where Coach Meyer and his staff continue to bring in the best athletes they can get and keep battling for the services of future playmakers.

2013 safety recruit Vonn Bell with Everret Withers and Urban Meyer
2013 safety recruit Vonn Bell with Everret Withers and Urban Meyer
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In case you missed it, or weren't paying attention to the recruiting news yesterday, a rumor was flying around that 2014 offensive lineman Marcelys Jones came near to giving a commitment in the class of '14. Jones later down-played the rumor, but where there is smoke there is usually fire. It's something to keep an eye on, because Jones is actually scheduled to visit Ohio State on January 13th. Another interesting tidbit is that 2014 recruits aren't allowed to commit to Ohio State until after National Signing Day for the class of 2013. Interesting tactic by Meyer, but evidence of that (see: Johnson, Lonnie) might just prove too overwhelming.

Urban Meyer picks the best of the best for his recruiting classes and that much we can be sure of. Class of 2013 commits Evan Lisle and Joey Bosa both made the USA Today All-American team with Lisle running with the first team and Bosa with the second. Both are in quite good company and can both hold their heads high as they leave their high school career behind. Here's what they had to say about Lisle:

All-Conference selection past two years and All-State this season.

Ohio State added another preferred walk-on player Thursday when 2013 LB Jake Chestnut made his decision to play for the Buckeyes. Chestnut is very good in an academic stand-point, but in case you needed any convincing on what Coach Meyer is getting in Chestnut, here's the evidence.

2013 commit Tyquan Lewis joined the fray of impressive recruits and he continues to show why Ohio State was vying his talents so much. After his season Lewis has added another award to his collection. He was selected to the Associated Press All-State Defensive 1st team. Lewis received 15 out of a possible 17 votes, which was the most votes for a defensive player. Lewis led the Vikings for the second consecutive year with sacks and really turned up his game during the playoffs where he averaged at least two sacks per game in the playoffs.

Lewis is listed as a four star athlete and has an impressive time in the 40-yard dash. His big 6-foot-4 230 pound frame has been a force on the gridiron. When he goes to college to play for the Buckeyes, he will move from defensive end to linebacker.

ESPN shared a tidbit about '13 safety Vonn Bell and how important it is to land the 4-star from the state of Georgia. Bell has narrowed his list to Ohio State, Alabama and Tennessee. Here's more from the article itself:

Virtually every single Ohio State fan -- or at least those glued to Buckeyes recruiting -- has already circled Jan. 13.

There's not a bowl game or some big commitment announcement scheduled for that date -- at least not yet -- but it is when ESPN 150 safety Vonn Bell (Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland) will conclude his official visit to Ohio State.

One of three schools lined up for Bell along with Alabama and Tennessee, Ohio State is getting the first visit of the bunch and could be the biggest for the Buckeyes.

The Vonn Bell sweepstakes really come down to Alabama and Ohio State in my opinion, and while I feel the Buckeyes currently have a tiny bit of a lead, it really could go either way. We only have about a solid two months before National Signing Day, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled on the latest from the Bell situation.