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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets - DB Chad Clay names top 6, JaQuan Lyle to have surgery

Find out which programs made Clay's top six, and all the rest of today's Ohio State recruiting news.

2016 DB Chad Clay
2016 DB Chad Clay
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The Ohio State coaching staff are searching high and low for class of 2016 defensive backs. With offers out to many of the elite prospects in the country, the Buckeyes are now just waiting for one of those standouts to join the fold.

Last night OSU didn't pick up a verbal pledge, but learned they are still in the running for one of the top cornerbacks in the 2016 class. Four-star recruit Chad Clay announced via his Twitter page that he has a new top six of Georgia, Florida, Ohio State, LSU, Tennessee, and Mississippi State.

Fresh off a recent visit to Athens, Clay, a 6'0, 180-pound Georgia native, is considered a Georgia Bulldog lean at the moment. With plans to graduate from Peachtree Ridge High early, his recruitment could be coming to an end in the coming months.

Unless Chad makes a trip north to OSU relatively soon, the Buckeyes might find themselves on the outside looking in for his commitment. If he does indeed stay in the south, Ohio State is still in good shape with many other quality defensive backs from the soon-to-be senior class, and should be in the mix to add a few to the 2016 unit before it's all said, and done.

Lyle to have surgery today

Future Buckeye guard JaQuan Lyle will go under the knife on Friday to repair a torn meniscus in his knee, and will miss the rest of his prep season at Florida's IMG Academy.

Not looked as anything too serious, the surgery will give Lyle time to bounce back to 100% before arriving in Columbus over the summer -- a lot like current OSU standouts D'Angelo Russell and Jae'Sean Tate, who both had surgery last year.

The fifth member of Thad Matta's class of 2015, Lyle is considered the 10th shooting guard and 42nd-overall prospect in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Quick Hits:

  • According to Jeff Borzello of ESPN, Ohio State has been in contact with four-star combo guard Markelle Fultz of DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Maryland. A smooth 6'4 and 170 pounds, Fultz has yet to receive an offer from Thad Matta and the OSU staff. While the Bucks haven't dealt out an offer yet, programs such as Texas, Arizona, Memphis, Maryland, and Georgetown have.