Ohio State Loses Pair of Tight End Prospects to Georgia and Michigan

David RegimbalFeatured ColumnistApril 24, 2013

EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 29:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on while playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on September 29, 2012 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes lost two of its top tight end recruiting targets on Tuesday when 4-star prospects Jeb Blazevich and Ian Bunting committed elsewhere.

Blazevich committed to the Georgia Bulldogs over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, LSU, Ohio State and many others, while Bunting—who was recently rumored to be a Notre Dame lean (via mgoblog.com)—surprised many by committing to the Michigan Wolverines

Blazevich is a bullish player who has the frame to block effectively on running plays, but still has the speed and pass-catching ability to split wide in passing sets. Bunting exclusively plays wide receiver in high school, but projects to tight end in college because of his size (6'6", 215 pounds).  

Meyer and the Buckeyes don't have a huge need for a tight end in this recruiting cycle because they have tremendous depth at the position now. Jeff Heuerman, who will be a junior in 2013, and Nick Vannett, who will be a sophomore, have Meyer really excited for the upcoming season.

In a recent interview with ESPN, Meyer said, "The tight end area is the best I've had and I had Aaron Hernandez at Florida. I have two legitimate guys that are very good blockers, good receivers, Nick Vannett and Jeff Heuerman, so we're going to utilize all of our personnel." 

In addition to Vannett and Heuerman, Meyer will also have a 4-star prospect in Marcus Baugh at his disposal. Baugh is a member of Ohio State's 2013 recruiting class and chose the Buckeyes over Cal, Florida, Miami, Nebraska and a host of others.

While losing out on both Blazevich and Bunting wasn't welcomed news for Meyer, it isn't a crippling blow.

On the other end, Michigan is filling a huge need. With the departure of Denard Robinson, offensive coordinator Al Borges and the Wolverines are finally transitioning back to a pro-style offense. With that transition, Borges is looking for a number of tight ends.

"I’m a tight end kind of guy," Borges recently told mlive.com. "I tell guys when we recruit them, when this thing’s working the way it should work, you’ll think you've died and gone to tight end heaven."

Borges' offensive sets will sometimes require two or even three tight ends on the field at the same time, so Bunting's commitment is huge for the Wolverines.


David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report.
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