We are now under three weeks from National Signing Day for the 2015 recruiting class. Last month, I took a look at some prospects that were possibilities for the "Elite 15," however some names have come off of the board and the Buckeyes will now have to look elsewhere to fill the rest of the class.
'15 CB Juwuan Briscoe, one that I ultimately thought would wind up in the class, committed to Georgia. '15 WR Lawrence Cager pledged to Miami (FL) at the Army All-America Game and is currently visiting Alabama, but he is no longer an option. '15 CB Brian Cole will stick with the Wolverines after they hired Jim Harbaugh. One player that Ohio State really would have liked to add, '15 DT Neville Gallimore, instead chose Oklahoma. '15 RB Damien Harris made his decision to play at Alabama over Kentucky and the Buckeyes, though he wasn't much of an option with a running back already in the class. '15 OT Kieffer Longson, who had Ohio State in his top four, choose BYU, as expected. Finally, '15 DT Christian Wilkins, in a bit of a surprise, chose Clemson over Ohio State and a few others.
So, who's left as possibilities for the Buckeyes to add to the current 7th ranked recruiting class in the nation? Let's take a look.
Jarius Adams, CB, Dwyer (FL), Rutgers commit
This is a new name that has popped up on the Buckeyes radar. According to Wells Dusenbury of ESPNWestPalm.com, Ohio State was at Dwyer High School on Friday to check in on Adams and some 2016 and 2017 prospects. I do know that WR coach Zach Smith was in the sunshine state two days ago, so he was the likely coach to check in on Adams. As of now, the three-star Scarlet Knights pledge does not hold an offer from the Buckeyes, but he is getting more attention in the past few days. Michigan and Kansas are his two most recent offers. We'll have to wait and see if Ohio State wants to get involved. Current Buckeye redshirt freshman WR Johnnie Dixon attended the same high school as Adams.
Damon Arnette, CB, St. Thomas Aquinas (FL), South Carolina commit
Another name that wasn't listed on last month's edition is Damon Arnette from Florida. The St. Thomas Aquinas cornerback is currently committed to Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks, but he is taking some visits. The 6'2, 185-pound prospect is currently in Ann Arbor for an official visit with the Wolverines. He will then head to South Carolina's campus and make their official. The weekend after his official in Columbia (SC), Arnette is planning to see the Buckeyes campus in Columbus on the 30th of January. Arnette is a three-star and the 60th-ranked CB in the 2015 class.
Terry Beckner, DT, East St. Louis (IL)
The Buckeyes still haven't added another defensive tackle to pair with '15 DT Robert Landers of Wayne (OH). But they are still in the mix for the nation's 16th overall player and nation's 5th-best defensive tackle. The five-star is still scheduled to be in Columbus next weekend for his official visit and they'll have to roll out the red carpet. As of now, Missouri still seems to be the team to beat for Beckner and East St. Louis head coach Darren Sunkett agrees, according to Frank Cusumano of KSDK in Missouri.
Venzell Boulware, OT, Creekside (GA), Tennessee commit
The nation's 38th-ranked offensive tackle is one that has always had the Buckeyes in the picture. Back in June, he even included the Scarlet and Gray in a top five group. Just one month later, however, Boulware committed to Tennessee shortly after an unofficial visit to the Knoxville campus. Nonetheless, the Buckeyes will still get another chance to add the three-star tackle to the class later this month. The in-state Georgia Bulldogs tried to make a late run at Boulware with an offer 12 days ago, but to no avail. Boulware will only consider sticking with the Volunteers or flipping to the Buckeyes. The 6'4", 290-pound offensive tackle is expected to make his official to Columbus next weekend before visiting Tennessee on the 30th.
Porter Gustin, DE/OLB, Salem Hills (UT)
Despite not really needing another linebacker or edge rusher in this class, Gustin is one player that you just can't turn down. The Salem (UT) native is one of the best high school players in the country and would be a versatile piece for the silver bullet defense. Perhaps the biggest threat to add Gustin is USC and at the moment, the 54th overall player is scheduled to be on their campus for a visit. Next in line for Gustin is a trip to Tempe (AZ) to officially visit the Sun Devils. While things aren't set in stone yet, the four-star talent is likely to see the Buckeyes the weekend after that. Gustin has already made one official visit to Notre Dame in the past and Arkansas coach Bret Bielema is trying to get one from him as well.
Kareem Orr, CB, Notre Dame (TN)
Orr, who may be a new name to some, is one that was included in last month's piece. When I spoke to the former Louisville commit some time ago, he told me that he had a phone conversation with TE coach Tim Hinton and that he wanted to offer Orr, but needed the green light from the rest of the staff. Well, it looks like Hinton was given the green light. Two days ago, Ohio State offered the Chattanooga (TN) defensive back and they will now see if they can get him on campus before NSD comes around. Orr is currently in Arizona for an official visit with the Sun Devils. Other programs in the mix include Clemson, Georgia, Indiana and Mississippi State.
Isaiah Prince, OT, Eleanor Roosevelt (MD)
It seems to be a three-team race for the best player in the state of Maryland. The three programs hoping to get the commitment of Prince would be Alabama, Maryland and Ohio State. Currently, Prince is in Tuscaloosa for an official visit to check out the Crimson Tide's campus. Next weekend, it'll be the Buckeyes opportunity to impress the 6'6", 272-pounder. The final visit will likely go to Randy Edsall and the in-state Terps. With the late visits scheduled, it'll likely be a NSD announcement for the nation's 6th-best offensive tackle and 100th overall prospect in the class.
Austrian Robinson, DE, Trinity-Pawling School (NY)
Another new name is on the board and yet another prospect that the Buckeyes will have to beat out Big Ten competition in hopes of landing. Maryland is the leader, as of now, for New York's second best player. Other schools trying to land the signature of Robinson include Miami (FL) and Ole Miss. Larry Johnson is the primary recruiter for the three-star player and has secured an official visit from him. Robinson will be on campus on January 30th, which is looking like a big day for official visitors.
Josh Wariboko, OG, Casady School (OK)
It's down to three for the mammoth 6'4", 315-pound offensive lineman from Oklahoma. Despite previously being committed to the Sooners, Wariboko is still considering Oklahoma, as well as Ohio State and UCLA. The four-star prospect has already made official visits to the aforementioned campuses but is still trying to decide where he wants to play his college ball. The plan for Wariboko at this time is to make some unofficial visits to the schools prior to NSD so he can be sure on his decision.