Ohio State Football Recruiting: Players Who Will Shine as Freshman

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IFebruary 7, 2013

Photo Credit: 247Sports
Photo Credit: 247Sports

Urban Meyer has done it again, as the recruiting master led Ohio State to a great recruiting class that will reap instant and long-term dividends. 

The Buckeyes' 2013 class is ranked fourth in 247Sports' team rankings and third in ESPN's.

Here are some of the bigger studs of the class, who will make an instant impact.  


Vonn Bell, S

Vonn Bell is the prototypical safety. He is 6'0", 180 pounds and, according to 247Sports, he runs the 40 in 4.45 seconds.  

In 247Sports' composite rankings, he is the second-best safety in this class. 

He is effective in the run game. He is a solid but not great tackler, but he takes great angles and covers a lot of ground. 

He is also strong in pass coverage—especially in zone coverage. He has good instincts and solid ball skills. 

Along with our next recruit, Bell is going to bolster the Buckeyes' secondary from Day 1. 

Eli Apple, CB

Eli Apple is rated as the third-best corner in this class by ESPN and the fifth-best in 247Sports' composite rankings. 

At 6'0", 185 pounds with room to add bulk to his frame, Apple has the body to compete with some of the bigger receivers in college football. 

He also has the explosiveness to hang with any receiver. 

Corner is a tough position to make the adjustment from high school to college football, but Apple is well-rounded and talented enough to pull it off. 

His instincts make him dynamic in zone, and in man, he is solid in press coverage or playing off the line. 


Jalin Marshall, WR

Jalin Marshall is an outstanding athlete. He primarily played as a wildcat quarterback in high school, but his real potential is at wide receiver.

It is at wideout where he is rated the fifth at the position by ESPN, and fourth-best in 247Sports' composite rankings. 

Marshall is quick and elusive. He has outstanding change-of-direction ability, and at 6'0" and 190 pounds, he can also take a hit. 

Obviously, Marshall will have a lot of nuance to learn at the wide receiver position, but his natural athletic ability will make him a factor right away.