Who Will Be the Next Prospect to Commit to the Ohio State Buckeyes?

Austin Kemp@@Theaustinator_1Analyst IMay 6, 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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With summer starting to approach, recruiting is starting to heat up in a big way.  Unofficial visits are being taken almost every weekend, and teams are looking to lock up a few prospects before the summer camps start up.  In Ohio State’s case, there’s some prospects that could pull the trigger in the Buckeye’s favor at any time.  


Derek Kief

Derek is a 6’5" receiver from Cincinnati and has showed the Buckeyes the most love out of any school the past couple of months.  Visiting the Buckeyes twice since March 30th, including being in attendance for the spring game, Kief is a receiver that Ohio State must reel in.  With the highly-touted class Urban Meyer was able to bring in earlier this year, it did have a couple of holes.  One was the lack of the offensive line and another was the ability to grab a big, outside receiver.  Kief can be just that guy for the Buckeyes.  

This race isn’t over, as Alabama, Northwestern and Kentucky are all in the hunt, but there’s no doubt Ohio State has the eye of Kief.  You could see a commitment at any time, as a commitment would almost positively assure him early playing time. The Buckeyes don’t have many of his kind on the roster.


Chase Winovich

Urban Meyer has hit linebacker recruiting hard, and with a commitment from Kyle Berger already, Winovich has emerged as another target.  Throughout the month of April, Chase picked up an offer and made two unofficial visits to Ohio State.  The interest is definitely there.  There’s a catch, though.

Michigan has emerged as a major player as well, and Winovich has plans to visit them this coming weekend.  What does this mean?  With Winovich taking an equal amount of visits to both schools, it shows who the two favorites are.  After this weekend, he should have a great idea where he’ll want to play football.

At 6’4", Winovich has the frame to add muscle, as he’s only listed as 215 pounds.  A linebacker that relies on speed and instincts, the Pennsylvania native is a key prospect for Buckeyes to keep an eye on during the month of May.


Jamarco Jones 

On Sunday, Jamarco Jones announced his top four schools, in no particular order: Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan and Michigan State—SB Nation Recruiting (@SBNRecruiting) May 5, 2013.

Jones is 6’5", 290 pounds and is an offensive tackle from Chicago, Illinois. 

Why does Ohio State have a great shot here?  It’s simple:  There’s a huge emphasis on offensive line recruiting for this year’s class, and there’s no doubt that the red carpet will be rolled out for Jones and just about every other offensive line prospect. 

Jamarco Jones has a chance to be one of the most dominant linemen in the country, as he was named the Core 6 Athletes camp overall MVP in February.