National signing day is just one week away, and college football coaches around the country are hard at work trying to put the finishing touches on their 2013 recruiting classes.
There's no exception for Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Despite boasting 23 verbal commitments already while pushing dangerously close to the 82-scholarship limit levied against the university in 2011, Meyer is scouring the country looking for the final additions to Ohio State's '13 recruiting class.
With a number of targets still on their radar, the Buckeyes could finish out this year's recruiting cycle with a bang. That also creates the potential for a big letdown on national signing day, especially when you factor in one of Ohio State's most prized commitments might be wavering on the Buckeyes.
Keeping in mind that Ohio State has room for just two additional commitments (at the most), below is the best-case/worst-case scenario for Ohio State's 2013 recruiting finish.
On February 5—the eve of national signing day—Ohio State target and 4-star propsect Ryan Timmons passes on the Buckeyes and commits to Florida. Losing out on Timmons isn't a huge blow after Meyer received a surprise commitment from 4-star JUCO receiver Corey Smith the week before.
The following day at Ridgeland High School in Calhoun, Georgia, Ohio State's top remaining target—4-star safety Vonn Bell—chooses the Buckeyes over Tennessee and Alabama.
A few hours later, current Cal commit and 4-star offensive guard Cameron Hunt loses his uncertainty and flips to the Buckeyes. His commitment eases the pain of losing out on Dan Skipper and fills the hole left by Joey O'Connor's departure.
With those commitments, Ohio State's 2013 recruiting class is finished. Prospects like Dontre Wilson and James Clark are left out, but Bell and Hunt sufficiently plug the areas of need for Ohio State.
The fax machine in Urban Meyer's office stays busy all day as it spits out the National Letters of Intent from Ohio State's current 23 commitments alongside its two newest additions in Bell and Hunt.
After gaining crazy amounts of momentum following Ohio State's undefeated season, Meyer and the Buckeyes stumble across the finish line on national signing day.
Timmons chooses Florida over Ohio State on February 5. Bell chooses Tennessee over Ohio State, Hunt sticks with Cal and Meyer's other top prospects—Wilson and Clark—spurn the Buckeyes.
To make things worse, long-time commit and 4-star running back Ezekiel Elliot flips his commitment from Ohio State to Missouri.
The Buckeyes finish with just 22 commitments, and despite the fact that Ohio State finishes with a top-10 class, the national signing day letdown haunts Meyer until he gets a chance at redemption in 2014.
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