COLUMBUS — Contrary to public opinion, there are actually some positives about the Ohio State football team not being eligible for post-season play.
Foremost being that head coach Urban Meyer — who is known as one of the best recruiters in the country — can devote all of his energy courting high school prospects, while others have to split time with bowl game preparations.
Thus far, it's proving to be an advantage.
In the past week, Meyer has snagged two big-time prospects for the class of 2013, including former University of Michigan commit, cornerback Gareon Conley of Massillon (OH).
Conley — a 6-foot-2, 170-pound athlete — gives Meyer the versatility he covets. Conley is labeled by many scouting services as a cornerback, but he could make the switch to the offensive side of the ball being that he has superb play-making ability, something the Buckeyes were lacking greatly in 2012.
The Buckeyes also landed a 300-pound defensive tackle in Shaker Heights (OH) star Donovan Munger. Like the aforementioned Conley, Munger also brings versatility to the Buckeyes, being that he can also play on the offensive line.
Versatility has always been a hallmark for Meyer in recruiting, picking up great athletes who can play multiple positions. Thus far, the Buckeyes coach has received commitments from such athletes like ESPN 150 stars, Jalin Marshall (Middletown, OH) and Ezekiel Elliott (St. Louis).
Both Marshall and Elliott put one in mind of former University of Florida standout Percy Harvin, a player who dominated opponents for Meyer by playing wide receiver, in the slot and at tailback. With Meyer's spread offense, Marshall and Elliott should be major factors the moment they step on campus.
Of course, Meyer has also received commitments from pure position stars like cornerbacks Eli Woodard (Voorhees, NJ) and Cam Burrows (Trotwood, OH.), as well as defensive end Joey Bosa (Fort Lauderdale, FL.).
Woodard is the prize of the class so far, ranking as the sixth overall prospect in the nation by ESPN. Woodard should step in and help a struggling secondary with his incredible abilities. As will Burrows, who is currently the 39th rated prospect by ESPN.
Bosa — a 6-foot-4, 260-pound end — is a prospect in the mold of a J.J. Watt. He has a great opportunity to step in and compete for the position vacated by the graduating John Simon. His addition gives the Buckeyes one of the best young defensive fronts in the nation.
Currently, the Buckeyes have 19 verbal commitments for the class of 2013, and will surely add more in the next two months. With possible early NFL departures, the Buckeyes could sign up to 25 players for this year's class.
Right now, Meyer has his eyes on some serious prizes. Players who could put the Buckeyes class at the top in the nation.
And the good news for Buckeye fans ... he's got all the time in the world to woo them to Columbus.