By Emmett Golden
It is Christmas day for college coaches everywhere, and Ohio State’s head coach Urban Meyer must have been on Santa’s nice list. The Buckeyes have put together a very impressive recruiting class. Most recruiting sites ranking it as on of the top classes in the nation.
Georgia defensive back and five-star recruit Vonn Bell is arguably the biggest steal of the 2013 class. Deep into the recruiting process most experts thought Bell would end up at Tennessee or Alabama. Urban Meyer believes that co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Everett Withers was responsible for the Buckeyes nabbing Bell. “It was as good a job recruiting as I’ve ever seen,” said Meyer on his radio show Wednesday afternoon.
Another big get for the Buckeyes is Desoto, Texas running back Dontre Wilson. Wilson was headed to Oregon until former Ducks head coach Chip Kelly decided to leave for the NFL. Once Kelly left Wilson started talking to other schools. Wilson, at 5-foot-10 and 174 pounds, finished his high school career with over 3,200 yards rushing, 1,200 yards receiving and 81 total touchdowns.
Joey Bosa, defensive end out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida could end up being Meyer’s John Simon of this recruiting class. Bosa (6-foot-5, 270 pounds) was ranked in the top 50 on just about every recruiting website (#38 on Scouts and #47 on Rivals). With John Hankins leaving for the NFL and Simon graduating the defensive line was an area of focus for the Buckeyes.
Meyer also added Shaker Heights defensive lineman Donovan Munger. Munger, 6-foot-4, 290 pounds, played well for Shaker over his career as a starter, piling up 70 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, six sacks and 23 quarterback pressures.
The Buckeyes also nabbed the number one ranked player in Ohio according to ESPN. Gareon Conley from Massillon will be taking his talents to Columbus. Listed as an “athlete,” Conley caught 50 passes last season, averaging 21.9 yards per catch and scoring 16 touchdowns. Conley was excellent defensive back as well. It will be interesting to see how Meyer will use him
The 71-south pipeline continues to flow as Glenville will send yet another recruit to Columbus. Safety Christopher Worley committed on January 11th, becoming the 19th Tarblooder to attend OSU since 2002. That makes it 12 consecutive years that the Buckeyes have recruited a player out of Glennville.
Emmett Golden covers Ohio State football and joins Jerod Cherry and Will Burge on Three Deep from 7-9 p.m. Monday-Friday on ESPN 850 WKNR.
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