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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 2/6 - '16 QB Jarrett Guarantano puts recruitment on back burner

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2016 QB Jarrett Guarantano
2016 QB Jarrett Guarantano
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After signing a star-studded class of 2015 prospects yesterday to national letters of intent, Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes are turning their focus on talented 2016 recruits. While OSU is about to hit the trail hard to once again to bring another top-tier recruiting class to Columbus, one of their main junior targets is planning on putting his recruitment on the back burner.

Class of 2016 four-star quarterback Jarrett Guarantano tweeted out Thursday evening that he is "taking a few steps back with this recruiting thing." Guarantano, the son of former Rutgers great James Guarantano, was thought to be close to making his college choice in the coming weeks, but that looks to be no longer the case.

Arguably the top signal caller on the Buckeyes' big board, Guarantano has put together a stellar scholarship offer list over the last year or so. Rutgers, Oklahoma, Alabama, Michigan State, and Ole Miss are just a few of the schools after the 6'4, 200-pound New Jersey native at the moment.

With a year before he signs on the dotted line with a university, Guarantano has a tough decision ahead of him. Not rushing to verbally commit will secure him more time to focus on making the right choice, which won't just play a huge part in his football career, but life after the game.

'16 Buckeyes earn recruiting honors:

The crew over at Scout.com released their top 100 class of 2016 rankings yesterday, and three future Buckeyes made the cut. Running backs Kareem Walker (13), George Hill (60), and tight end Jake Hausmann (84) all found their names mentioned with the best soon-to-be seniors in the country.

While Walker, Hill, and Hausmann might be the only current commits on the list, a ton of potential Buckeyes join them. Defensive tackle Rashan Gary (1), offensive tackle Greg Little (5), defensive end Nick Bosa (6), offensive lineman Michal Menet (41), defensive back Levonta Taylor (49), and offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg (55) are just a few of the many OSU targets that litter the list.

Want to see the full list? Scout.com has you covered.