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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 5/6 - Brandon Wimbush to commit; Penn State the favorites?

The Buckeyes land among the top teams still in the running for two stand-out prospects in the class of 2015, and send out an offer to a defensive back.

Ohio State made the top five of Darius Fullwood's (left) list of finalists.
Ohio State made the top five of Darius Fullwood's (left) list of finalists.

Monday proved to be a busy day for Ohio State recruiting, as the Buckeyes were able to make the cut for two of the top prospects in the class of 2015 that released a list of the schools still being considered. The first, '15 DE Darius Fullwood, released a list of top five colleges he was still interested in. In no order, Fullwood listed Virginia Tech, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, and Miami.

The 3-star weak-side defensive end from the state of Maryland is expected to make a decision sometime this month and now it's apparent he'll be making a choice between the aforementioned five. The 6'4, 290-pound Fullwood is the ninth-best prospect from Maryland and is ranked as the 20th-best defensive end according to 247Sports. Currently, the Crystal Ball experts favor the Buckeyes (75%) to come out on top for Fullwood's services, with Penn State (25%) having an outside shot.

For '15 QB Torrance Gibson's list, the 5-star quarterback released his highly-anticipated list on Twitter as well, including 15 schools on the tweet. This time, the list was in order of which school Gibson prefers as of now. The schools that made it in order: Tennessee, Auburn, LSU, Ohio State, Clemson, Oklahoma, Miami, Florida, NC State, Oregon, Central Florida, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Michigan, Nebraska.

The 6'4, 200-pound dual-threat has been at the top of every recruiting board for quite some time, as Gibson is ranked just outside the top 10 prospects in the country, at 11th. In the state of Florida, Gibson is the fourth-best recruit and is largely considered the top dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2015.

Ohio State has long been a favorite to land Gibson and even with the Buckeyes checking in at fourth on his list, they'll continue to be one of the schools with the greatest chance of securing a commitment from him. The Crystal Ball experts still have OSU (45%) on top, followed by Miami (19%), Auburn (16%), Tennessee (16%), and LSU (3%).

The Buckeyes sent an offer out on Monday to '15 CB Adonis Williamson, from the state of Indiana. Williamson also received offers from Nebraska and Missouri, adding some extra "oomph" to his offer list. The 6'1, 178-pounder held offers from Cincinnati, Toledo, and Western Michigan before today. While he's not yet ranked on 247Sports, I would imagine that will change with this recent string of offers.

During the 2013 season, Williamson accounted for 41 tackles and 7 interceptions for his high school team Arsenal Tech. As his recruiting process continues, we'll have the latest news regarding his views on Ohio State.

'15 OT Drayton Carlberg picked up an offer late Monday night  from Ohio State. Carlberg has been heavily recruited by fellow Big Ten member Minnesota, but it appears coach Meyer and his staff have their sights set on making an impression early on with Carlberg.

The 6'5, 275-pound offensive tackle was named All-Conference and Second-Team All-State as a junior in high school. Carlberg holds offers from Illinois, Iowa State, Michigan State, Minnesota, New Mexico, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin.

Finally, '15 QB Brandon Wimbush will be making his college decision on Tuesday. As you see above, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Miami, Penn State, and Boston College are all in the running for Wimbush's talents. While there have been moments where it seemed Ohio State had the upper hand, it seems most likely that Wimbush will be heading to State College with James Franklin and Penn State, particularly given that it's been some time since he's been in Columbus.

There's always a chance the rumors could be wrong, in which case the Ohio State pickers in the Crystal Ball will be most pleased, seeing as most of the previous picks for the Buckeyes have switched to the Nittany Lions as of late.