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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 11/5 - Joshua Norwood commits to OSU, Garrett Taylor down to five.

Joshua Norwood committed to Ohio State. Does this one stand from the Georgia native? At one time Garrett Taylor was committed to Michigan. Since opening his recruitment back up, five schools stand out to him, one of them being Ohio State. Also, junior college offensive lineman Tyler Howell has been hearing from the Buckeyes.

The newest Buckeye, Joshua Norwood
The newest Buckeye, Joshua Norwood

The biggest news from Tuesday is when Ohio State earned their 20th commitment from the class of 2015 when Georgia native Joshua Norwood gave a verbal to the Buckeyes. Norwood, who had kept Ohio State high on his list throughout his process, decommitted from Cincinnati late last night. Norwood is a finesse type of corner at 5'10 and 175 pounds. He has great pure cover skills and excellent speed. Urban Meyer has made a living going into Georgia and taking some of the top prospects and in this case it's no different. By the time signing day rolls around, Norwood will have a plethora of SEC offers, but it was the Bucks who got to him first. Expect this one to stick all the way to the end. Here's the full update along with his highlights.

Taylor down to five:

Since decommitting from Michigan, cornerback Garrett Taylor has drawn more and more interest every day. Now that the Wolverines are a thing of the past, he's down to five schools. The list includes Ohio State, LSU, Miami, Penn State, and Virginia Tech. He has his official visit schedule lined up and will be making his way to Columbus on November 22 when the Buckeyes host Indiana. Ranked as the third best player in the state of Virginia, Taylor has excellent size and speed. Ohio State is in the thick of this race and has as good of a chance as anyone. Currently, Taylor is recovering from a torn ACL, but should be good to go when next fall rolls around. Right now, Ohio State is pegged at a 19% chance to land Taylor according to 247Sports' crystal ball. This one is far from over and bears watching over the next couple of months.

Howell gets Buckeyes' attention:

Junior College offensive lineman Tyler Howell has the attention of Ohio State at a legitimate level. Yesterday he told Scout.com that the Buckeyes have been in contact with him the most. Howell, a 6'9 monster, has offers from some of the top programs in the country--including Ohio State. There are still holes on this season's offensive line and a commitment from Howell could help close some gaps. He'd have a chance to earn playing time right away next season. Howell is set to visit Columbus for the Michigan game at the end of the year. That visit will be telling. Ohio State is obviously in a good position and needs to keep making strides through November and December.

Future Buckeyes looking sharp:

Checking in on a couple commits, George Hill and Joe Burrow each have their teams ranked #1 and #2 in the Ohio state Division III polls. Hill, a 2016 commit, has his Hubbard Eagles in the top spot while Athens comes in at the second spot led by Burrow. These two schools could be on a crash course to square off come playoff time. For you natives, this will be the game to check out when the time comes around. Hubbard will take on Tallmadge this week while Athens squares off against Granville.

Quick Hits:

- 2016 linebacker Eric Rogers visited Ohio State over the weekend. We caught up with him to find out how it was and it didn't disappoint. Check out the full update from our own Charles Doss here.