This week's look at Ohio State's recruiting will focus on each position group, as the Buckeyes try to land a stellar class for 2011. In this segment we will look at both the quarterback and running back position, detailing who has been offered, and who might be in line for an offer.
At the current time, Ohio State has accepted 11 verbal commitments, and it's believed the 2011 class could number up to 22 members by Signing Day next February.
BRAXTON MILLER: The Chosen One for Ohio State in 2011, and the only quarterback currently holding a written offer from the Buckeyes. The Huber Heights (OH) Wayne star is being looked at the replacement for Terrelle Pryor, and Ohio State is currently all-in on Miller, with the other candidates waiting in the wings. OUTLOOK: Right now, things look good for the Buckeyes, and Miller is the only viable quarterback candidate to be in the 2011 Ohio State recruiting class.
CARDALE JONES: Probably next in line for an offer, but only should Miller declare his intentions to commit elsewhere. Jones has been long-rumored to be nearing an offer, but a recent meeting with Buckeye head coach Jim Tressel came up empty for the Cleveland Glenville gunslinger. OUTLOOK: Either needs to be patient, and hope Miller goes elsewhere, or give up on Ohio State, and look at his other choices.
JERRARD RANDALL: There was some confusion early in the year over whether Randall possessed a written offer from Ohio State, or not. After some research, I can state unequivocally that there is no written offer, although Ohio State has expressed interest in Randall, possibly as an athlete. OUTLOOK: Will need to come to camp this summer and prove himself worthy of an offer, possibly at a position other than quarterback, which he is more than capable of doing.
COLE STOUDT: The darkhorse candidate in the quarterback sweepstakes, but another prospect that will need to come to camp and blow away the Buckeye coaching staff. Stoudt is fully capable of doing just that, should he choose to do so. OUTLOOK: He could end up with an offer, but it would take a lot of other results, like Miller and Jones both committing elsewhere before Stoudt decides on a school.
TEDDY BRIDGEWATER: This one is the longest of longshots, and would follow the Stoudt scenario. I do not see that happening, but Bridgewater is a prospect that has shown interest in Ohio State, even though it hasn't be returned in a while. OUTLOOK: We've seen late offers to quarterbacks in the past (Kenny Guiton-Austin Boucher) when things fell apart late, and that's what would have to happen for Teddy to become a Buckeye, but he is planning on deciding late in the process.
RUNNING BACK: This appears to be an area where there is no need to take one, and any offer would be shocking, but we've been shocked before.
CALVIN PHILLIPS: There was minor interest early, but like anyone listed under running back, an offer would be shocking. OUTLOOK: Phillips has talked of coming to Ohio State's summer camp, to try to earn an offer. To do so, he would have to show a lot more talent than his tape would indicate.
ALLAN WASONGA: Another back that was on Ohio State's radar in 2009, but there appears to be no contact happening currently. Wasonga has a fine offer list, but has talked about doing a camp tour this summer. OUTLOOK: Would have to be considered a longshot, even with a tremendous camp showing, but Ohio State is familiar with him.
TRAYION DURHAM: Keep an eye on this Cincinnati Colerain prospect, because his stock is rising fast, and he fits the Ohio State system to a tee. Durham is putting together a great offer list and is blowing up right now. OUTLOOK: Is he willing to camp at Ohio State, and would they want to add another power back to the mix? Durham is a good player, and there are some that think he's clearly Ohio's top running back.
In summation, I see these two positions yielding a total of one member of the 2011 Ohio State recruiting class, and that could very well be Braxton Miller.
I do not see any running back being added, and the only way I see two quarterbacks being included would be if Miller commits elsewhere, and Ohio State looks to protect the position by taking two.