Ohio State Football Recruiting Wish List: 10 Players To Watch

    Ohio State football recruiting wish list as of Dec. 28, 2015. Here are 10 players Buckeyes fans will want to keep their eyes on.

    December 22, 2015

    Ohio State football recruiting wish list as 2016 National Signing Day approaches. Ten players Buckeye fans should keep an eye on.

    Unfortunately for Ohio State, there will be no championship repeat this year. Also, and Buckeye fans probably don’t want to hear this, but the team will be losing a lot of talent after this season.

    Ezekiel Elliot has already gone public with his intention to declare for the 2016 NFL Draft. Cardale Jones will likely follow him. Braxton Miller is all out of eligibility, and he’ll be taking his talents to the NFL. And it’s possible J.T. Barrett decides to make the jump, too.

    Oh, and don’t forget that defensive end Joey Bosa is projected as a top five pick. That’s just to name a few of the players leaving Ohio State.

    Urban Meyer sure has his hands full with restocking the talent cabinet. So far, he’s done an excellent job. The Buckeyes are sitting at No. 1 in the 247Sports Composite recruiting class rankings, but they’re trying to hold off Michigan, LSU, Ole Miss and others for the top spot.

    Ohio State lost out on Kareem Walker, the nation’s No. 1 running back. He flipped to Michigan. The Buckeyes also lost quarterback Tristen Wallace, who flipped to Oregon. But even still, the Buckeyes are leading the rankings. 

    Let’s take a look at the Ohio State football recruiting wish list for 2016. The list is comprised of five-star and four-star prospects, as well as a few three-star athletes who could turn out to be steals. 

    Note: 247Sports Composite rankings and star ratings used in this article.

    2016 Ohio State Recruiting Wish List

    1. Rashan Gary, 5-star DT

    He’s a 6-foot-5, 293-pound monster in the middle. He can play a traditional nose and line up on the center, but he rushed the edge in high school, so he can line up on the guards in a 4-3 defense. He has the quickness and technique to beat tackles and guards. He’ll stop the run and rush the quarterback.

    2. Rashard Lawrence, 5-star DT

    You can line him up in a zero technique, and he’ll blow up the center. You can set him up in a 2i technique, and he’ll shoot the gap. At 6-foot-3 and 305 pounds, Lawrence was born to stop the run. He finds the ball quickly and closes off cutback lanes. He’ll be able to make plays in a 3-4 or a 4-3 defensive front.

    3. Demetris Robertson, 5-star ATH

    Offensively, Robertson is as explosive as they come. As long as you get him the ball on the edge, you can sit back and let him go to work. Robertson is the type of player who can take a pitch, a screen or jet sweep and turn up field for 40-plus yards. He can be a real threat on special teams, returning kicks and punts. His accelelartion is top-notch.

    4. Binjimen Victor, 4-star WR

    Victor is the definition of a deep threat. He needs to work on refining his route running, but he’s the kind of guy who can hit the century mark on a handful of catches because the majority of his work is done running fly routes. At 6-foot-4, he has the kind of size that makes him a real threat in the red zone. As long as he attacks the ball at its highest point, the other stuff will come. Victor is a home run threat, and offensive coordinators love home run threats.

    5. Nigel Warrior, 4-star FS

    Nigel Warrior is a complete ballhawk. There are times when he doesn’t break on the ball as well as he should, but his recovery speed allows him to still get over in time to make the play. When he does get the ball in his hands, he’s a threat to take it to the house. He’ll have to work on diagnosing the run a little quicker, but Warrior definitely has the center-field mentality.

    6. Donnie Corley, 4-star WR

    Corley is another wide receiver who’s made his name off of stretching the field and going deep. His footwork is solid, but you’d like to see him make more people miss when he does catch the ball short. He does snatch the ball out of the air, and he isn’t afraid to get hit. He’s just a tough kid in general.

    7. Dwayne Haskins, 4-star QB

    Dwayne Haskins Jr. is an absolute stud. That cannot be stressed enough. Haskins drops dimes on all kinds of routes. He stands tall and flashes sound footwork in the pocket. But the most impressive feature about him is his quick release. The arm strength and accuracy are there, but the rapid release makes him dangerous. He’s also more athletic than you’d think watching film. Haskins is so talented making plays with his arm, that you tend to foget his ability to get out of the pocket and take off down field.

    8. Malek Young, 3-star CB

    Young is generally just an all-around athlete instead of a true cornerback. He’s quick, agile and explosive. If he does end up with the interception, you should start looking down field to figure out where you’re going to try and meet him. Young’s acceleration can destroy pursuit angles. He’s also not afraid to step up and lay a hit on someone. A lot of upside here.

    9. Carlos Becker, 3-star CB

    Becker must have magnets in his hands becaue the ball just seems to find its way to him. At 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, it’s likely he makes the full-time switch to safety. He has solid technique in man coverage and reads the ball well in the air. Becker’s ability to drive through tackles and lay his shoulder into ball carriers is the biggest reason for the proposed move to safety.

    10. Malik Harrison, 3-star ATH

    As a quarterback, Harrison doesn’t have the arm strength or form to be an elite college quarterback, but he is very athletic and elusive in space. Defensively, Harrison has above average play recognition and isn’t afraid to lay a hit on someone.

    MORE: Ohio State Football Recruiting Update


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