Ohio State Football Recruiting: Latest Buzz on Remaining Targets for Buckeyes

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVMarch 17, 2017

Ohio State already has one of the top football recruiting classes in the country, but Urban Meyer is still not finished with this group.

There are still a number of prospects that are either uncommitted or have given only a soft verbal that are still in play for the Buckeyes. In the college football world, nothing is final until someone signs a letter of intent.

With that in consideration, here is the latest buzz on recruits looking at Ohio State.

Note: All photos are courtesy of 247Sports


Vonn Bell, Safety

One of the top remaining players in the class is likely on top of Urban Meyer's wish list.

Vonn Bell is a playmaking safety that always seems to be around the football. He makes big plays in the passing game and is solid in run support as well.

After taking an official visit to Ohio State, he had nothing but high praise for the program and the coaching staff. Bell told Kipp Adams of ESPN:

Urban Meyer said he needed me there and that they have no depth next year, so they need players like me that can get it done. Ohio State definitely still has a chance to sign me. You would have to be crazy to give up on Coach Urban like that.

You cannot really say anything bad about Urban Meyer. That is a guy that knows what he is doing and is on track to be on the national championship pace with Coach Nick Saban.

Although Bell still is planning on taking trips to Alabama and Tennessee, the safety really seemed to take in everything Ohio State had to offer.

With playing time readily available and a chance to play for a championship-caliber team, it will be tough to pass up. 


James Clark, Wide Receiver

Fast-rising wide receiver James Clark has entered the picture for Ohio State, although it seems like he would be a longshot to end up in Columbus. 

Meyer first contacted the Florida native on Sunday, with Clark saying that he was "definitely interested" in going to Ohio State, according to Chris Hays of the Orlando Sentinel

Unfortunately, Hays later reported that the receiver chose to make his final official visit to Clemson instead. This makes sense based on how late the Buckeyes got into the game, but it is disappointing nonetheless.

Clark maintains that Ohio State is still in the picture, but it will be tough to get a commitment without getting him on campus for a visit.


Cornelius Elder, Wide Receiver

With the team's obvious need at wide receiver, Ohio State recently hosted Cornelius Elder on campus for an official visit, according to ESPN.  

While it disappointed a few people that he did not commit on the spot, there is still plenty to be encouraged about in the recruitment of the talented receiver.

For one, he certainly enjoyed the possibility of winning a Heisman Trophy with the Buckeyes. He tweeted a picture of himself holding up one of the many awards that the school has won over the years:


One day my name will be on this!! instagr.am/p/UZgLzqymes/

— Corn Elder (@AIR_CORN23) January 12, 2013


It is obvious that Ohio State will give him plenty of opportunity to shine with his incredible speed and elusiveness.

Elder will stand out anywhere, but he can be a star with the Buckeyes and it seems like he has acknowledged this fact.