We are now just six months away from National Signing Day for the 2015 recruiting class. Ohio State currently holds pledges from fifteen prospects across the country and only five of them will help put the points on the board in the future.
Let's take a look at some of the possibilities on offense that could help continue the streak of explosive offenses and potentially lift the Buckeyes to another top five class under head coach Urban Meyer.
Venzell Boulware, OT, Creekside (GA)
While there hasn't been a whole bunch of buzz about Venzell Boulware and OSU, he is a realistic option to wind up in the Elite 15. Ohio State is definitely planning to add a couple more offensive lineman in the class to join '15 OT Kevin Feder and '15 OT Grant Schmidt. The Buckeyes jumped into the recruitment of the 6'4, 290-pounder back in February when they extended an offer. The three-star prospect took an unofficial visit to the OSU campus back in May and must have came away very impressed. Boulware initially announced a top five of Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Tennessee and USC in June, but has since cut three schools off of the list. On Sunday, Boulware took to Twitter that his commitment is down to the Buckeyes and the Volunteers.
Matthew Burrell, OT, C.D Hylton (VA)
Another big-time target on the offensive line is the four-star tackle from Woodbridge, Virginia. Newly hired defensive line coach Larry Johnson is leading the way in the recruitment of Burrell and has played a sizable part in getting the 94th ranked player on campus multiple times. In late July, Burrell narrowed his list of offers down to eight programs. Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State and Penn State are the schools that have separated themselves from the pack. The 247Sports Crystal Ball has Burrell widely landing in Columbus but the Seminoles do have one prediction.
Lawrence Cager, WR, Calvert Hall (VA)
One of two positions on offense that have yet to be addressed in the 2015 class is wide receiver. Ohio State does have a commitment from '15 TE Josh Moore, who will help in the passing game and '15 ATH Eric Glover-Williams, but he will likely be used in the Dontre Wilson role, playing the slot and occasionally lining up in the backfield. That is part of the reason that the Maryland native has quickly become a priority. The 6'5, 200-pounder made the trip to Columbus and participated in the Friday Night Lights camp on June 25th in hopes to claim an offer from the Buckeyes. When the camp concluded, Cager got the offer that he wanted and now has them in the lead for his services. Just one week ago, the Maryland wide receiver trimmed his list to seven schools which included the Buckeyes, Crimson Tide, Demon Deacons, Fighting Irish, Hokies, Scarlet Knights and Volunteers. Cager is currently planning on taking an official visit to Ohio State on September 6th, when the Buckeyes take on Virginia Tech.
Torrance Gibson, QB/ATH, American Heritage (FL)
The American Heritage (FL) quarterback made the trip from Florida to Columbus for Friday Night Lights, after the Buckeyes at one point seemed to stopped recruiting him for a bit. After that long drive to Columbus and the experience of the camp in Ohio Stadium, Gibson named the Buckeyes his leader and he has since stood by that statement. As we all know, Head Coach Urban Meyer is no stranger to landing five-star prospects and the next one could very well be Gibson. While Gibson would prefer to be in the QB room with '15 QB Joe Burrow and the current Buckeye signal-callers, he is so athletic that he could find himself being placed with the receiver group. Like Cager, Gibson has an official visit scheduled to Ohio State on September 6th for the game against the Hokies.
Damien Harris, RB, Madison Southern (KY)
Another position that is currently vacant for the 2015 class is at running back. The most likely player to take that spot comes in the form of Damien Harris. The former Michigan commit will be in Columbus, as he has been numerous times in the past, on November 28th for an official visit to check out "The Game". The top running back in the country announced his final five on the 1st of August that included Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Ohio State and Texas A&M. As things currently stand, the Buckeyes are mostly in a battle with the in-state Kentucky Wildcats for Harris' services.
Van Jefferson, WR, Ravenwood (TN)
Ohio State and tight end coach Tim Hinton have invaded Brentwood, Tennesee in hopes of landing the 5th best player in the state. Since offering Jefferson back in September of 2013, the four-star prospect has made stops to Columbus three times, with the most recent one coming in the middle of July. Buckeye coaches Tim Hinton, Zach Smith and Urban Meyer have also made trips down to Ravenwood High School to visit the 6'3, 170-pounder. As of now, the most likely destination for Jefferson seems to be Georgia, Ohio State or Tennessee.
Christian Kirk, WR, Saguaro (AZ)
Ohio State and offensive coordinator Tom Herman have done a phenomenal job with Kirk dating back to May of 2013, when they offered him. To get a prospect from Arizona to visit Columbus twice on his own dime, speaks volumes of the interest level. In a recent video with Richard Obert of AZCentral.com, Kirk says he has a "real good relationship with Coach Meyer" and that Ohio State is "always gonna be competing for a national title." Kirk continued by saying "I really like where I stand with them." The Buckeyes are currently one of six schools in the lead group for the speedster from Arizona. Kirk named Arizona State, Auburn, Ohio State, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC as his top six back in the early stages of August.
Kieffer Longson, OT, Dougherty Valley (CA)
The 6'7, 290-pounder received an offer from the Buckeyes back in November of last year. In July, Longson cut his list to six schools including Arizona State, BYU, Ohio State, UCLA, USC and Utah. While the three-star prospect doesn't get much buzz by Ohio State recruiting fanatics, he has the Buckeyes as one of his top schools in his most recent list. Last night, the California native cut three schools off of his list and named a top three of BYU, Ohio State and Utah. Of course, a few targets are ahead on the board for the Buckeyes but in the case that those prospects go elsewhere, don't count out Longson.
Devante Peete, WR, St. Thomas Aquinas (FL)
Despite the fact that there is plenty of speculation about Peete not having a commitable offer from Ohio State, the four-star prospect is definitely intrigued about the possibility of playing in Columbus. While the Florida native hasn't visited campus at this point, Urban Meyer has been down to see him in the past. Despite Miami (FL) being in the lead, Peete told Ryan Bartow that the Buckeyes are his No. 2 school yesterday. In the update from Bartow, he included that he hopes to officially visit Ohio State and spoke highly of wide receiver coach Zach Smith. While Peete likely should have camped at Ohio State to leave no doubt about the commitable offer, if the other options at receiver fall through, he could be a nice pick-up late in the recruiting process.
Isaiah Prince, OT, Eleanor Roosevelt (MD)
This four-star prospect is another name in play for Ohio State on the offensive line. In June, the Buckeyes had the No. 1 overall player in the state of Maryland on campus for two days and Land Grant Holy-Land's own Miles Joseph spoke to him about the visit. Similarly to Burrell, a lot of credit goes to Larry Johnson in the recruitment of the 6'7, 280-pounder. Coach Johnson developed a relationship with Prince dating back to his time at Penn State and that carried over when he joined the staff in Columbus. On Wednesday, Prince told Drew Champlin of Alabama.com that he has a top four that consists of Alabama, Florida, Maryland and Ohio State. In the interview, Prince says "It's probably going to be awhile" in regards to making a decision.
Drew Richmond, OT, Memphis University School (TN)
Finally, the last prospect we will speak on is the No. 1 overall player in Tennessee, Drew Richmond. The Buckeyes have received three visits for Richmond ever since offering him back in March of last year. Recently, Richmond made a stop to Columbus for Friday Nights Lights but did not participate in the camp. The four-star tackles latest trip was to Oxford as he visited Ole Miss yesterday. The 6'5, 320-pounder will be announcing his collegiate decision on September 9th. Alabama, Memphis, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Tennessee have all received predictions in the 247Sports Crystal Ball for Richmond.
As the days wind down until these prospects have to sign on the dotted line, some players that we are talking about now, won't be options and some players that we aren't talking about will turn into options. As always, we will keep you updated with all of the happenings in Ohio State recruiting.
Of the ten aforementioned prospects, who do you most expect the Buckeyes to land? Leave your answers in the comments below and keep it locked with Land Grant Holy-Land as we break down the possibilities on the defensive side of the ball tomorrow.