10-0 start adds fuel to Buckeyes’ recruiting fire

Doug Lesmerises of The Cleveland Plain Dealer chimes in this Sunday morning on the latest from Urban Meyer and the Buckeye recruiting trail.

“At 10-0 — now one of just four unbeaten teams in the nation after losses Saturday by Alabama and Louisville — with 17 oral commitments and a 2013 class currently ranked No. 6 in the nation by ESPN and No. 7 by Rivals,” writes Lesmerises, “it’s not a bad time to be selling the Buckeyes. Or as Meyer said on his radio show last week, ‘Ohio State is kind of hot right now.'”

The Buckeyes, per Lesmerises, presently have 76 active scholarship players, with 13 seniors leaving after the season. With an 82-scholarship limit thanks to Jim Tressel-based NCAA sanctions, this means 19 slots will be open.

“And while Ohio State is spreading its message around the country after a year of transition,” Lesmerises continues, “the Buckeyes are still playing to the interested parties at home as well. Of the 17 oral commitments, seven are from Ohio.”

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