Ohio State Football: Where to Watch OSU Commits and Targets This Weekend

David Regimbal@davidreg412Featured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 28:  Urban Meyer speaks to the media after being introduced as the new head coach of Ohio State football on November 28, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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As far as recruiting weekends go, it doesn't get much bigger than what's in store for Ohio State over the next few days.

Many of Ohio State's top commits and targets will be featured in two high-profile games this weekend—the Under Armour All-America Game and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Ten prospects who have already committed to Ohio State will suit up for these games—five for the Under Armour All-America Game and five the U.S. Army All-American Bowl—while a number of Urban Meyer's top remaining targets will take the field as well.

It should be a very busy weekend, and one that could end up being huge for the Buckeyes.

If you're hoping to get an early look at some of Ohio State's soon-to-be freshmen in addition to seeing if Meyer can add to his already stellar 2013 recruiting class, use this as a guide on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

Here's a list of where Ohio State commits and notable targets will be suiting up this weekend.

Under Armour All-America Game

Friday, January 4 at 5:00 p.m. (EST) in St. Petersburg, Florida (ESPN)


Marcus Baugh, 4-star tight end

Baugh is the typical pass-catching tight end that Meyer covets in his spread offense.

Joey Bosa, 4-star defensive end

After signing Se'Von Pittman, Adolphus Washington and Noah Spence last year, Meyer will bring in another elite defensive end this season with Bosa.

Cameron Burrows, 4-star cornerback

Burrows, out of Trotwood-Madison (Ohio), is an elite cornerback who's comfortable playing man-to-man coverage or dropping back and playing zone.

Gareon Conley, 4-star cornerback

Conley will join Burrows in the defensive backfield for both this game and the duration of his college career after de-committing from Michigan last month to join the Buckeyes.

Jalin Marshall, 4-star athlete

After playing quarterback in high school, Marshall will make the switch and play wide receiver at Ohio State. Many think he could fill Meyer's "Percy Harvin role." 

Notable Targets:

Vonn Bell, 4-star safety

It looks to be coming down to a battle between Ohio State and Alabama for Bell's services, but the safety from Georgia will likely extend his recruitment past this weekend in order to visit both schools.

Trey Johnson, 4-star linebacker

Johnson de-committed from Auburn after Gene Chizik was fired, and the Buckeyes have been his leading suitor throughout. Johnson will announce his commitment at the game, where most expect him to pick the Buckeyes.

Trey Johnson WILL be announcing tomorrow as planned. And I think I know where he's going. Scratch that. It's Ohio State.

— Bill Greene (@BillBankGreene) January 3, 2013

U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Saturday, January 5 at 1 p.m. (EST) in San Antonio, Texas (NBC)


Eli Apple, 5-star cornerback

Apple is Ohio State's highest-rated recruit by ESPN (ranked the No. 6 prospect in the entire country), and completes a group of cornerbacks that the Buckeyes desperately need for its depth.

Ezekiel Elliot, 4-star running back

Meyer is so high on Elliot as a running back that he stopped trying to recruit the No. 1 running back in the country, Derrick Green. 

Michael Hill, 4-star defensive tackle

The massive defensive tackle out of South Carolina will add to an already loaded defensive line when he makes it to Columbus this summer.

Evan Lisle, 4-star offensive tackle

One of the few true offensive linemen in Ohio State's 2013 class.

Johnny Townsend, 3-star punter

Townsend fills an immediate need at Ohio State and has been punting the ball very well this week.

Notable Targets:

Shelton Gibson, 4-star wide receiver

Gibson arrived in San Antonio wearing Buckeyes gear, and most expect him to end up in Columbus.

Mike Mitchell, 4-star linebacker

Mitchell will be making his decision this Saturday during the game, and like Johnson, many think he's an Ohio State lock.

James Quick, 4-star wide receiver

Quick is one of the top wide receivers available, and the 4-star prospect seems legitimately torn between Louisville and Ohio State. This is as close to a coin flip as you'll get.

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