There are lots of superlatives flying around out there for Ohio State’s 2013 recruiting class, and deservedly so. Scout.com ranks it the best in the nation. Rivals.com puts it at No. 2, behind…
Todd Kelly Jr. made his latest college visit a family affair. “It was cool,” the ESPN Watch List prospect said of last weekend’s visit to Columbus to check out Ohio State. “I liked it. My second time up there with my dad, but it was mom’s first time and our first time actually touring the campus and learning about the academics.” While Kelly’s mom will certainly have a say in her son’s decision, she won’t make the final call. When asked of her input, Kelly said, “She said she liked [Ohio State] but that she had already experienced college and that it is ultimately my decision on where I want to go.
Cornerback D’Andre Payne just picked out a new high school — Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate — and he’s also picked out some favorite colleges. The ESPN Watch List prospect transferred from Howard D. Woodson just last week and was a little groggy while he adjusted to the longer school day. But his recruitment’s just beginning to come into focus. Seven schools are currently standing out, and Payne said he might even have an early favorite.
The Big Ten classes are signed and sealed. You can see ESPN’s final class rankings as well as grades for all the Big Ten teams . As we put a bow on National Signing Day 2013, let’s take a look at some superlatives … Biggest winner: Ohio State. The Buckeyes took a great class and made it even better on signing day with the additions of elite safety prospect Vonn Bell and four-star receiver prospect James Clark. They also held onto running back recruit Ezekiel Elliott.
One thing Urban Meyer has definitely brought to the Big Ten is some serious signing day drama. Meyer flipped several recruits Ohio State’s way last year, and on Wednesday the Buckeyes were one of the big stories on signing day again. They won battles for two key blue-chippers in ESPN 150 safety Vonn Bell and four-star receiver James Clark, while also keeping ESPN 150 running back Ezekiel Elliott in the fold after he took a late visit to Missouri.
Ezekiel Elliott (St. Louis/John Burroughs) teased Ohio State fans by taking an official visit to Missouri late in the recruiting game. On Wednesday afternoon, after a 10-month courtship, the ESPN 150 running back went where his heart was and announced he’d sign with the Buckeyes. He sent his national letter of intent after a news conference. “I’m a part of a new brotherhood that will forever be special to me,” Elliott said. “I’m ready to do big things.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer discusses his highly ranked recruiting class, the art of recruiting players nationally, how his background in the SEC helps him at Ohio State, the expectations in Columbus this season and more. Listen here to SVP & Russillo .
Welcome to BuckeyeNation’s live coverage of national signing day for the Ohio State Buckeyes. We’ll be with you throughout the day providing up-to-the minute updates on OSU’s Class of 2013. Watch live coverage on ESPNU | Talk signing day on our “Horseshoe Pit” forum Follow the live blog after the jump. Already enrolled: CB Eli Apple (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern) : Apple is the only five-star athlete for the Buckeyes and one of just 11 nationally according to ESPN.
The weekend visit to Texas is over, and now, it’s time for ESPN 150 athlete Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) to make a decision. When that decision will come, however, is still to be determined. Don Wilson, Dontre’s father, said to expect a decision before national signing day. “It’s wearing on him a little bit, and he’s been quiet about the situation,” Don Wilson said Sunday afternoon. “I haven’t been bothering him much about it, but I can tell he’s ready to get it over with.
Ohio State fans will have to wait until national signing day to see if they have their ESPN 150 running back in the fold. Ezekiel Elliott (St. Louis/John Burroughs) has been a commitment to the Buckeyes since April 1, but took an official visit to Missouri over the weekend. Both his father and mother starred at Missouri so it was thought to be just a visit of relaxation. The 6-foot, 205-pound Elliott even said so in an ESPN.com article leading up to the trip with the Tigers.