The 2016 recruiting class has been an interesting one to follow thus far. The Buckeyes have watched prospects like Terrell Hall, George Hill, Kareem Walker, and Tristen Wallace, who were once big pieces of the class, depart with intentions to play their college ball elsewhere. But as things stand today, the Ohio State coaching staff has still put together a tremendous recruiting class that features 17 prospects and find themselves inching out LSU for the No. 1 recruiting class in the country.
With that being said, the Buckeyes still have some spots available. How many? Well, that's up in the air right now. But it's safe to say at least five or so will be added to the class come National Signing Day 2016. Let's take a look at some offensive prospects that are still possibilities for Head Coach Urban Meyer and Ohio State.
Donnie Corley, WR, Detroit Martin Luther King (MI)
This one is a tough one to get a read on. Right now, I would pick the Spartans to be the eventual landing place for the four-star receiver. However, during a recent Michigan player of the year ceremony, Donnie Corley was spotted sporting a black Ohio State hoodie. The Buckeyes were also able to convince him to make an official visit this past week after his scheduled announcement date had to be postponed. You can never count out Urban Meyer and the staff did have one last chance to impress the 6'3, 182-pounder. But was it enough? We'll find out eventually.
Prediction: Michigan State
Dwayne Haskins, QB, The Bullis School (MD), Maryland commit
Earlier in the recruitment of Dwayne Haskins, it looked like it was a matter of when and not if he would be a Buckeye. The 6'3, 180-pounder referenced Ohio State as his "dream school" when he received an offer from the Scarlet and Gray back in April of 2014. However, Haskins would eventually decide to stay in-state and commit to then Maryland Head Coach Randy Edsall. Since then, the Terrapins have made changes to the coaching staff and their is uncertainty on the status of offensive coordinator Mike Locksley who played a major role in getting Haskins' pledge. Ohio State has since decided to try and hop back in the race for the four-star QB and were able to secure an official visit from him this past weekend. With no QB in the class anymore, expect Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes to put on the full-court press in attempt to lock him up.
Prediction: Ohio State
Tylin Oden, QB, Spring Hill (TN), Louisville commit
As I mentioned above, I see Haskins being the prospect to fill the QB void in the class. If that indeed is the case, I would certainly expect Tylin Oden to not be a Buckeye. In the scenario that Haskins does stick with Maryland or even flip to Florida, I would bet Ohio State could reel in the 6'5, 180-pounder. Co-Offensive Coordinator/QB coach Tim Beck has recently made a stop to see Oden and the Tennessee prospect told me that he felt an offer from the Buckeyes was "likely." But until that offer comes, nothing serious can come about between the two parties.
Binjimen Victor, WR, Coconut Creek (FL)
Long-time Ohio State target Binjimen Victor is the other pass-catching possibility for the Buckeyes. The 6'4, 170-pound sunshine state prospect would be an exceptional add to the class and would give Ohio State an unreal pair of WR's with him and Austin Mack. While he is currently pegged to the in-state Gators in the 247Sports Crystal Ball, I have him as a Buckeye come NSD 2016. One big reason would be the fact that Jim McElwain and Florida already have four commitments from Wide Receivers in the class. Plus, surely Victor sees the possibility of receiving early playing time in Columbus.
Prediction: Ohio State
While only four prospects are listed as possibilities above, things will undoubtedly change as recruiting is very fluid. If the Buckeyes have some misses, more offers will go out and more visits will come. But for now, these are four big names to watch at this time. As always, Land-Grant Holy Land will keep you updated with the latest happenings in the Ohio State recruiting world.