I am not a recruiting expert.  I rarely see high school games and I DO NOT talk to coaches or players.  I do, however, follow recruiting pretty closely (via the Internet) and listen to what the "so called" experts have to say. -Brent
Redgie Arden, Ironton, Ohio - #9 LB per Rivals.com; 6-5, 225, 4.7 speed.  Arden could end up at DE at Ohio State.  He doesn't have great speed, but the word is, he's a beast.  Great frame.  Arden's considered to be one of the top LB's in the country and has been ranked higher (than 9th at LB) by some other sources.  The term "blue chip" is probably appropriate here.  

Adam Olds, Dublin, Ohio  - #46 OL per Rivals.com; 6-5, 270, 4.9 speed.  Olds is probably the best O-line prospect in the state this year, however it is a down year for O-lineman in Ohio.  He is a center and is a bit lighter than recent OSU O-line recruits, which could be a good thing. Olds could have probably gotten offers from most big-time programs, and Ohio State definitely needs bodies on their line.  He holds a 3.6 GPA.  

Andree Tyree, London, Ohio - #29 TE per Rivals.com; 6-3, 265, 4.8 speed.  Tyree could play TE, LB, DT, or DE at Ohio State and the latest guess is that he will play DE.  He played TE and LB this past season in high school.  Tyree looked very impressive at Ohio State's camp this past summer.  Up until that point, he wasn't a lock to receive offers from the big-time programs, but he impressed the coaches, got an offer, and committed.  

Ryan Cook, Martinsville, IN - #71 OL per Rivals.com; 6-7, 295, 5.25 speed.  Cook is the first OSU recruit from Indiana in over 25 years.  He very much impressed the Buckeye coaches at their summer camp.  Cook is said to have great technique.  He is also very strong and has qualified academically.  Cook provides another desperately needed body on the offensive line.  

Dustin Fox, Canton, Ohio - #7 Safety per Rivals.com; 6-0, 190, 4.4 speed.  Fox comes from great bloodlines.  His brother started for Penn State a few years back and he is the nephew of former Buckeye great, Tim Fox.  At least one ranking had Fox as the #1 prospect in Ohio this year.  He is a phenomenal all around athlete with great speed.  

Angelo Chattams, Dayton, Ohio - #10 WR per Rivals.com; 5-11, 180, 4.45 speed.  Chattams is generally considered to be is one of the top five prospects in Ohio this year.  He's been compared to Joey Galloway, a speedster that has the ability to hit the home run at any time.  The top four receivers on Ohio State's depth charts are gone after this year, so if Chattams is as good as advertised, he could get an opportunity to play early.  

Simon Fraser, Upper Arlington, Ohio - #8 DE per Rivals.com; 6-6, 240, 4.9 speed.  Fraser is arguably the top prospect in the state this year.  He was part of the Division 1 state championship Upper Arlington team and he dominated in the state final.  Fraser has a motor that won't quit and could be a great one at Ohio State.  He could stand to add some muscle weight to his 6-6 frame, but he may be talented enough to play as a true frosh.  
Brandon Schnittker, Sandusky, Ohio - #71 RB per Rivals.com; 6-3, 240, 4.7 speed.  Schnittker will be a second generation Buckeye.  He was thought to be a Michigan lean at one point but came to his senses and committed to Ohio State.  Schnittker has good speed for his size and is an outstanding student.  His GPA stands at 4.5 and he scored a 29 on his ACT's.  

Ja Ja Riley, San Diego, CA - #55 RB per Rivals.com; 6-2, 180, 4.46 speed.  Riley is a versatile athlete who can play several positions.  He is rated higher by some other sources (than Rivals.com) and was recruited by Washington, Oklahoma, and Kansas State.  He could get a look end up at WR, DB, or at TB at Ohio State.  Some reports say that he is closer to 200 pounds. 

Chris Vance, Ft. Scott, Kansas - 4 star per rivals; 6-3, 180.  Vance is considered one of the top junior college prospects in the nation.  Rivals.com does not rank JUCO's with underclassman, but they do rank Vance 4 out of 5 stars (with only 5 WR's ranked 5 out of 5.)  He's got great size and is said to be extremely hard to bring down.  Rivals.com does not list a speed for Vance, but Bucknuts.com lists him with 4.6 speed.  

Ryan Hamby, Cincinnati - #45 TE per Rivals.com; 6-5, 225, 4.7 speed.  Hamby committed to Ohio State after Cooper was fired and before a new coach was named.  He could end up playing TE or on the offensive line at Ohio State.  Hamby caught 52 passes this pass year at Moeller, a pretty big number for a high school tight end.  

Chris Gamble, Sunrise, FL -  #89 WR per Rivals; 6-2, 180, 4.5 speed.  Rated as the #1 WR in Florida by three Florida newspapers.  SuperPrep rates as #20 WR nationally.  Were it not for some academic concerns, Gamble would have been rated higher by Rivals, but now looks good to qualify.  Good size and speed.  Getting Gamble means the Bucks have 6 receivers now (not including Chattams or Maurice Lee) so it filled a need.  Gamble plays DB as well.. 

Marcus Green, Louisville, KY - #85 OL per Rivals; 6-3, 300, 5.3 speed.  Wants to play DT at Ohio State.  Both DT and all OL spots will be thin, so Green has a definite opportunity.  Played both ways his senior year (playing OT on offense.) Benches 400 pounds.  Chose OSU over Texas, Michigan State, and Indiana.

Mike Nugent, Centerville, OH - #8 K per Rivals; Nugent becomes Ohio State's 2nd scholarship kicker and will battle Josh Huston for the place kicking and field goal duties now that Stultz has graduated.  Nugent made 5 out of 7 field goals this past season with a long of 52 yards.   

Quinton Thomas, Ft. Lauderdale, FL - #90 DE per Rivals.com; 6-4, 235, 4.8 speed.  Ranked as the 34th best prospect in Florida per SuperPrep.  Said to be still growing.  Could be a project but has a great frame.  Will join teammate Chris Gamble at Ohio State.

Maurice Hall, Columbus, OH - #10 TB per Rivals.com; 5-10, 185, 4.3 speed.  One of the most perfect recruits you could sign.  4.0 student, senior class president, sub-4.4 speed, benches more than twice his weight, 51 TD's and over 3,000 yards his senior year.  Lives in the workout room (when he isn't studying of course.)  Has been compared to Warrick Dunn.

Lydell Ross, Tampa, FL - #26 TB per Rivals.com; 6-0, 210, 4.6 speed.  Rated as the #40 prospect in the nation (overall) by Tom Lemming.  Great combination of size and speed.  Idolizes Eddie George.  Just turned 17 years old and is said to be still growing.  Very intelligent and handles himself very well with the media.

Non-scholarship commitments (preferred walk-ons)

Steve Winner, Dublin, Ohio - Unranked OL per Rivals.com; 6-7, 275, 5.05 speed.  Winner had at least one scholarship offer from a smaller school (Ball State) but wanted to join his teammate Adam Olds in being a Buckeye.  He has a pretty big upside and a great frame.  Winner probably needs to add some muscle, but could get more playing time than most walk-ons with OSU's depth problems on the offensive line.

Joe Bradley, Upper Arlington, OH - Not listed in Rival.com data base; linebacker; 6-2, 205
Notes on rankings and stats:

I have listed ratings from Rivals.com.  The ranking comes from a compilation of recruiting gurus that work with the Rivals.com ring.  These players are ranked among their respective positions against all prospects across the nation.  The height, weight, and speed listings are per rivals as well.  These statistics can vary considerably from source to source. 
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