Ohio State’s Class Of 2013 Recruits In Football
Eli Apple, CB, 6-0, 184, Voorhees, N.J. (Eastern HS)
Enrolled into Ohio State in January, is a five-star prospect (ESPN 150) who is rated as high as the No. 11 prospect nationally on the ESPN 150 . the No. 1 prospect in New Jersey and No. 6 cornerback prospect (247Sports) . he played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl after helping his HS team to a 7-4 record in 2012 and to a regional semifinals berth . had 17 pass break-ups, two interceptions, 45 tackles, three forced fumbles and a blocked kick in 2012, plus 39 receptions for 770 yards and four TDs on offense . the son of Annie and Tim Apple, Eli recently changed his last name from Woodard to Apple to honor Tim, his father since age 2.
J.T. Barrett, QB, 6-1, 225, Wichita Falls, Texas (Rider HS)
John Thomas Barrett is considered one of the nation’s premier dual threat quarterbacks, although his senior season came to an early end with a knee injury in the fifth game . rated as the No. 11 prospect in talent-rich Texas (247Sports) and a consensus four-star cornerback (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports) . a top 150 player by both Scout and 247Sports and on the ESPN 300 . enrolled at Ohio State in January and is recovering from his 2012 knee surgery and taking part in winter conditioning drills, except for running . coaches expect him to be throwing this spring but aren’t concerned that he won’t be running until later . he rushed for 569 yards with seven TDs and passed for 784 yards and five scores as a senior prior to the injury . he rushed for over 1,500 yards with nine TDs and passed for over 1,600 yards and 14 TDs as a junior.
Marcus Baugh, TE, 6-4, 245, Riverside, Calif. (John W. North HS)
A consensus four-star prospect (ESPN, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports) and a Top 150 player overall, including a No. 73 ranking on the final Scout 100, a No. 102 ranking on the ESPN 150 and a 148 ranking on the final Rivals 250 . considered among the Top 3 tight ends in this recruiting class (Scout and 247Sports) . played in the 2013 Under Armour All-American game . Marcus caught a combined 68 passes for 1,138 yards and 10 TDs as a junior and senior for North . his senior season included 38 receptions for 610 yards and he was named second-team Division II all-state . as a junior he caught 30 passes for 528 yards and seven TDs.
Vonn Bell, DB, 6-1, 190, Rossville, Ga. (Ridgeland HS)
Under Armour All-American … announced he was coming to Ohio State on Wednesday … a five-star prospect by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports, Bell is a one of the top 30 players in the nation with overall rankings of No. 25 by Scout, No. 29 by 247Sports and No. 32 by Rivals . is No. 50 on the ESPN 150 . the No. 4 player in the state of Georgia this season, Bell is also ranked as high as the No. 3 safety prospect nationally by Scout . Bell had 146 tackles and three interceptions as a senior, and on offense he had over 1,700 all-purpose yards and scored 21 TDs . helped Ridgeland to the state Sweet 16 in 2011 as a junior with 119 tackles, five interceptions and three forced fumbles.
Joey Bosa, DE, 6-5, 270, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas HS)
One of the premier football prospects in the Class of 2013 with impressive national rankings of No. 38 (Scout), No. 47 (Rivals), No. 56 (ESPN) and No. 53 (247Sports) . a Scout five-start prospect, Bosa earned the No. 4 overall ranking at his position — strong side defensive end — by both Scout and Rivals . an Under Armour All-American and second-team all-USA Today pick . Aquinas defeated Tallahassee Lincoln, 41-25, to cap a 13-2 season and win the Florida Class 7A state championship in 2012, the school’s seventh state title . a two-time AP first-team all-state selection, Bosa totaled 51 tackles-for-loss in his last two seasons and 19 quarterback sacks, including 27 TFLs and 9.5 sacks as a senior . father, John, was a first-round NFL Draft pick by the Miami Dolphins in 1987 out of Boston College and played three years in the league . Mom, Cheryl, is an Ohio State graduate and an uncle, Eric Kumerow, was a star linebacker for the Buckeyes between 1984-87 and a 1987 co-captain.
Cam Burrows, CB, 5-11, 200, Trotwood, Ohio (Trotwood-Madison HS)
A first-team Associated Press all-state selection as a junior and senior, Burrows helped lead Trotwood-Madison to three consecutive Division II state championship games, including an unbeaten, 15-0 state-title winning season in 2011 . had 14 pass break-ups as a senior for the 12-3 state finalist team and also had 39 tackles . a consensus four-star cornerback (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports) who was the No. 38 prospect nationally (Rivals), an ESPN 150 performer (No. 62) and the No. 2 senior in Ohio (ESPN) . played in the 2013 Under Armour All-American game . a two-time state track finalist in the sprint relays . his brother, Chris, is a senior track and field performer for Arizona State University.
James Clark, WR, 5-11, 170, New Smyrna Beach, Fla. (New Smyrna Beach HS)
Did not commit until Wednesday. … Was a first-team Florida 6A all-state pick by The Miami Herald as a senior when he led New Smyrna Beach into the state playoffs . he totaled 87 receptions for 1,954 yards and 29 total TDs for his career . had 49 receptions for 1,112 yards and eight TDs as a senior . had 28 catches for 576 yards as a junior . he placed fifth in the 100 and sixth in the 200 at the 2012 Florida outdoor state track championships.
Gareon Conley, ATH, 6-2, 170, Massillon, Ohio (Washington HS)
The No. 1 player in Ohio as a senior (ESPN 150) and a first-team AP Division I all-state selection, Conley is an athlete with wide receiver-cornerback skills that earned him consensus four-star status (ESPN, Scout, 247Sports, Rivals) . the No. 43 overall prospect nationally by ESPN and the No. 14 cornerback prospect (247Sports) . played in the Under Armour All-American game . as a senior Conley caught 50 passes, averaged 21.9 yards per catch and scored 16 TDs while on defense he had 13 pass break-ups, an interception and 25 tackles . Washington was 11-2 during Conley’s senior season and advanced to the regional finals . recorded four interceptions and 30 tackles as a junior.
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, 6-0, 205, St. Louis (John Burroughs HS)
Elliott verbaled to Ohio State weeks ago and then wavered before finally signing his letter of intent late on Wednesday night and electing to not stay close at home to play at Missouri — the alma mater of both his mother and father … He became the 24th member of the recruiting class … Elliott is the only true running back in the class … He was the St. Louis Post-Dispatch offensive player of the year last fall, accounting for 3,061 all-purpose yards and 50 TDs on a 13-1 team … Elliott rushed for 2,155 yards while averaging 10.6 yards per carry, scoring 40 times on rushes … He also caught 16 passes for 383 yards and four TDs, then added 523 yards and another six scores on returns. … Finished his three-year varsity career with 100 touchdowns, 92 of them in his final two seasons. … Rated the ninth-best running back and 47th best prospect in the senior class by Scout.com.
Tim Gardner, OL, 6-5, 320, Indianapolis, Ind. (Lawrence Central HS)
Gardner was a 2012 AP first-team all-state performer for Lawrence Central, the Indiana Class 5A state champion, and he was also named to the Indiana Football Coaches Association’s Top 50 all-state team . considered the top offensive lineman in the state by the Indianapolis Star and he was also named to that publication’s “Super Team” . Gardner helped his undefeated (15-0) Bears team average 328.5 rushing yards and 38.5 points per game in 2012 . was rated as the No. 5 prospect in Indiana as a senior and the No. 24 offensive tackle prospect by 247Sports . a three-year starter, he also helped Central to the 2010 Class 5A state final before losing to Fishers.
Michael Hill, DL, 6-2, 305, Pendleton, S.C. (Pendleton HS)
U.S. Army All-America Bowl invitee . a consensus four-star prospect by (ESPN, 247Sports, Scout, Rivals) and one of the Top 20 defensive tackles in the nation by Scout (No. 16) . listed on the ESPN 300 (216) . named to the South Carolina Shrine Bowl this year and the No. 6 player in the state by 247Sports, Hill had an unfortunate end to his senior season, injuring a hand in the eighth game that caused him to miss the remainder of the season and all post-season all-star games . Pendleton finished 8-4 on the year . Hill was dominant as a junior playing in the middle of Pendleton’s line for coach Paul Sutherland . he recorded 25 tackles-for-losses and 81 total tackles despite persistent double-teams against him . he also had six sacks as a junior and had four as a senior before his injury.
Trey Johnson, LB, 6-2, 220, Lawrenceville, Ga. (Central Gwinnett HS)
Committed on Jan. 4 on national television while playing at the Under Armour All-American Bowl . a consensus four-star prospect (ESPN, Scout, Rivals and 247Sports) and one of the top senior prospects in Georgia, Johnson is rated as high as the No. 3 inside linebacker prospect in the nation (Rivals and 247Sports) and he is the No. 48 overall player on the ESPN 150 . Scout listed him as the No. 16 outside linebacker . Johnson recorded 456 career tackles for Central Gwinnett and was coached by Todd Wofford . as a senior he had 140 tackles and four sacks and as a junior he had 164 tackles, including 25 tackles-for-loss . named first-team all-state by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a senior and second-team 6A all-state by the Georgia Sportswriters Association.
Darron Lee, ATH, 6-2, 205, New Albany, Ohio (New Albany HS)
Played quarterback, wide receiver, safety and returned punts and kickoffs as a junior for the New Albany Eagles and he played primarily in the secondary and at quarterback as a senior . Lee was named a first-team AP Division II all-state cornerback as a senior after recording five interceptions with three punt return TDs, and accounting for over 1,700 yards of offense and 21 TDs . he helped New Albany advance to the Division II state semifinals and to a 11-3 overall record as a senior . Lee did it all in a third-round win over Marion-Franklin, throwing for two TDs, rushing for a 36-yard score, returning a punt 82 yards for a touchdown and making the game-clinching interception in the final minute . team was 9-3 and a state qualifier in 2011 . Lee is considered a four-star prospect (Scout) and the No. 29 safety prospect by Scout . ESPN ranks him the No. 28 prospect overall in the state of Ohio . originally from Chattanooga, Tenn., Lee moved to Ohio as an eighth grader . Mom, Candice, is a news anchor for the local NBC affiliate WCMH.
Tyquan Lewis, DE, 6-3, 223, Tarboro, N.C. (Tarboro HS)
Enrolled at Ohio State in January … is a four-star defensive end prospect (Rivals, Scout, 247Sports) . a Top 25 DE … HS team won three consecutive North Carolina Class 2A state championships and had won 21 consecutive games before falling in the 2012 state championship to East Lincoln . Lewis was injured in the title game but still played and earned defensive player of the game honors . he finished his senior season with 13 sacks and was named to the AP all-state team . he had 12 sacks among his 63 tackles as a junior.
Evan Lisle, OL, 6-6, 290, Centerville, Ohio (Centerville HS)
Lisle is a member of the ESPN 150 (No. 106) and is rated by ESPN as a Top 5 player in Ohio by ESPN, Scout and 247Sports . also regarded as the top offensive lineman in the state and a Top 10 prospect nationally by Scout, Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN . a consensus four-star player (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports) and a special mention AP Division I all-state honoree in 2012 . only Ohioan named to the 2012 USA Today All-America team . Centerville went 6-4 in 2012 . selected for the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl . father, Steve, went to West Point and brother, Nick, is in the Army.
Jalin Marshall, WR, 6-0, 190, Middletown, Ohio (Middletown HS)
Marshall was considered the No. 1 prospect in Ohio by 247Sports and the No. 2 prospect as a senior by ESPN and Rivals . a skilled quarterback who rushed for a school-record 4,759 yards during his career, including more than 1,400 yards as a senior with 14 TDs scored, Marshall is being looked at as a wide receiver for the Buckeyes . a five-star prospect by Scout, he played receiver in the 2013 Under Armour All-America game and had a 44-yard reception . as a quarterback, he passed for 2,240 yards as a senior . also totaled 4,929 all-purpose yards during his career and scored 52 rushing TDs and 54 total TDs (two receiving) . one of the Top 50 prospects in the nation (ESPN, Rivals, Scout) . had a 56-yard touchdown rush on his first varsity carry as a freshman, and rushed for a career-high 312 yards as a senior vs. state champion Cincinnati Moeller . 2012 state Division I long jump champ (23.00).
Mike Mitchell, LB, 6-4, 225, Plano, Texas (Prestonwood Christian HS)
Is one of only two middle linebackers nationally to receive a five-star rating by Scout . also a five-star prospect by Rivals . Scout’s No. 2 middle linebacker announced Jan. 5 on national TV, and while playing in the U.S. Army All-American game, that he would be attending Ohio State . the No. 10 overall player in the state of Texas, Mitchell is rated as high as the No. 26 overall prospect (Rivals) and No. 28 by Scout . also a member of the ESPN 150 (No. 128) . grew up in Winter Park, Fla., but spent final three years in Texas . played for Prestonwood Christian as a sophomore and senior, and for Plano West as a junior . he recorded 151 tackles and 11 sacks as a junior and then totaled 186 tackles, 32 tackles-for-loss (11 of them sacks), seven forced fumbles and even returned a kickoff for a touchdown as a senior . father (Ken Mitchell) played two seasons in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons.
Donovan Munger, DL, 6-4, 290, Shaker Heights, Ohio (Shaker Heights HS)
Consensus four-star prospect (Rivals, Scout) … Was a two-way lineman and was recruited by the Buckeye coaches to play along the defensive line . is considered among the Top 25 tackles (Scout, 247Sports, ESPN) nationally with a No. 18 ranking by 247Sports his highest . he helped Shaker Heights to a six-win improvement from 2011 to 2012 — the team went 8-2 this season — by recording 70 tackles, including 14 tackles-for-loss with six quarterback sacks and 23 pressures . named second-team AP Division I all-state in 2012.
Billy Price, DL, 6-4, 305, Austintown, Ohio (Fitch HS)
Price was the AP’s 2012 Division I co-defensive player of the year in Ohio (along with Gareon Conley and Tracy Sprinkle) and a first-team all-state pick . a consensus four-star prospect (ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports, Scout) . rated among the top 200 players in the Rivals 250 and a member of the ESPN 300 . rated as the No. 17 defensive tackle nationally by 247Sports and No. 21 by Scout . helped Fitch to a 9-2 record in 2012 and to the state playoffs . also helped Fitch to the state playoffs in 2010 with a 10-2 record and again in 2011 . was named first-team all-state as a junior when he recorded 40 tackles with three sacks, 10 TFLs and an interception . placed seventh in the discus at the 2012 Ohio outdoor state track and field meet after placing sixth in the shot and second in the weight throw indoors.
Corey Smith, WR, 6-1, 190, Akron, Ohio (Eastern Mississippi CC)
The first junior college prospect to sign with Ohio State since Larry Grant (a member of the San Francisco 49ers’ Super Bowl team) signed out of Community College of San Francisco in 2006 . Smith, from Akron Buchtel High School, played on an unbeaten (10-0) Grand Rapids (Mich.) CC team in 2011 before the college discontinued the program after 80 years . Smith had 28 receptions for 438 yards and two TDs for Grand Rapids . played at Eastern Mississippi CC, located in Scooba, Miss., in 2012 . he recorded 51 receptions for 733 yards and nine TDs for the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges’ north division champion . caught 11 passes for 113 yards vs. Northwest C.C. and seven passes for 158 yards vs. Southwest C.C. . named the No. 9 junior college prospect in the nation by 247Sports and the No. 3 receiver . Smith will have three seasons to complete two years of athletic eligibility at Ohio State.
Tracy Sprinkle, DE, 6-2, 241, Elyria, Ohio (Elyria HS)
The 2012 AP first-team all-Ohio selection and Division I co-defensive player of the year, Tracy Sprinkle recorded 19 sacks and 30 total tackles-for-loss among his 103 tackles as a senior . dominant games included five sacks against Amherst Steele and four sacks (and 12 tackles) against Hudson . also named the AP Northeast Ohio All-Lake District Defensive Player of the Year as a senior . Elyria was 7-3 in both 2012 and 2011 . Sprinkle, a Top 30 strong side defensive end by 247Sports, had 27 sacks his final two seasons of play . he was a third-team all-state pick as a junior after making 94 tackles and eight sacks . Elyria High’s Chase Farris is a third-year sophomore offensive lineman at Ohio State . Sprinkle enrolled at Ohio State in January.
Jayme Thompson, DB, 6-2, 185, Toledo, Ohio (Central Catholic HS)
Thompson is a consensus four-star prospect (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports) and among the top 250 prospects in the nation (No. 204 on the Rivals 250 and No. 218 on the ESPN 300) . considered the top safety in Ohio (ESPN) and the No. 12 prospect in the state . played in the All-American bowl Dec. 27 in Houston . helped lead his Central Catholic Fighting Irish, coached by Greg Dempsey, to the 2012 Division II state title and a 14-1 record . Central defeated defending state champion Trotwood-Madison, 16-14, in the title game for the second state title in school history (2005) . Thompson was an AP all-state pick as a senior when he had 48 tackles, an interception and two fumble recoveries . he also helped Central to the state playoffs in 2011 and was a second-team AP all-Ohio pick . played at St. Francis DeSales in Toledo prior to attending Central Catholic as a junior and senior . moved to Toledo from Washington, D.C.
Dontre Wilson, RB, 5-10, 174, DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto HS)
Announced Feb. 4 live on TV that he would accept his Ohio State scholarship offer . Wilson is the No. 5 player in Texas and considered one of the Top 100 players in the nation and a consensus four-star prospect (ESPN, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports) . rated as the No. 5 all-purpose back by Rivals . ranked overall as high as No. 50 and the nation’s No. 10 running back by Scout) . also rated No. 55 on the ESPN 150 and No. 100 on the Rivals 250 . led DeSoto to the Texas Class 5A Division I state semifinals as a senior by rushing for 1,895 yards and 37 TDs and catching 37 passes for 750 yards and nine scores . Wilson finished his high school career with over 3,200 rushing yards, 1,200 receiving yards and 81 TDs.
Christopher Worley, S, 6-3, 195, Cleveland (Glenville HS)
A special mention AP all-state pick as a senior, Worley led Glenville to an 8-2 record this season by recording 89 tackles with nine sacks, five interception returns for TDs and five forced fumbles . for his career he had 161 tackles, 13 sacks, eight interceptions and seven forced fumbles . a Top 25 senior prospect in Ohio (No. 20 by 247Sports and No. 25 by ESPN) . extends a streak of Glenville Tarblooders signing with Ohio State to 12 consecutive years.
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