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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Guide: OSU recruiting during dead period

By Brad Bournival

As of this moment, we sit smack dab in the middle of a dead period that lasts through Jan. 3, 2013. While it’s considered “dead,” it really isn’t at all.

It’s a time when coaches aren’t allowed to meet recruits in-person whether on campus or off. Prospects can still visit bowl practices, but only if those practices are open to the public. They still can receive calls from coaches once a week.

While Ohio State really never stops the recruiting process -- the Buckeyes have amped up efforts with no bowl game -- it does slow down a bit during the holiday season.

With that in mind, here’s a look at the good, the bad and maybe a little bit of what to expect down the line with the school.

THE GOOD

Linebackers lining up: The Buckeyes still don’t have a linebacker in the bunch, but ESPN 150 seniors Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) and Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) have plans to announce their decisions at their respective all-star games. There are many who feel Ohio State will be the choice for both. Even if that isn’t the case, the fact both should announce no later than Jan. 5 gives the team enough time to go after other recruits should one or both of them decide to go elsewhere.

Quick decision: James Quick (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) still has Louisville out in front of Ohio State, but the ESPN 150 wide receiver went on an official visit to see the Cardinals and didn’t come home as a commitment. The lead is slim for Louisville and with Urban Meyer’s proficiency as a closer, Quick still remains in the picture for the Buckeyes at this time.

THE BAD

Wide open wideouts: While Quick is still in the air there is just one true wide receiver in the class in Taivon Jacobs (Forestville, Md./Suitland). Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) can be used at the position, but the spot continues to be a need and not just an interest in regards to wrapping up the class.

Vonn Bell to Ohio State is still alive, but who knows: While some haven’t given up on the idea of adding the ESPN 150 safety, the chances are slim. Ohio State is first up in his list of official visits on Jan. 11. That means the Buckeyes are pretty much all or nothing in regards to grabbing him. If they don’t do it in the next two weeks, it’s expected he won’t go uncommitted longer than the following weekend when he visits Alabama. Tennessee would get him next if he leaves the Crimson Tide without a commitment.

WHAT TO EXPECT

It ain’t happening, but it will in a flash: Don’t expect a commitment until after the dead period. That said once that time is up expect the class to fill up fast. There are a few precious spots and an official visit weekend of Jan. 11 lined up. Meyer and Co. want to turn their attention to the class of 2014 soon, so this year’s class could wrap up quickly.