While we wait for more Urban Meyer news, we can at least celebrate with some recruiting news. Lakeland (FL) wide receiver Ricquan Southward switched his commitment from Miami (FL) to Ohio State tonight, becoming the 16th member of the 2012 class.
Southward, listed at 6-2 190 pounds, is ranked as a 4 star product on ESPN. His film is incredibly impressive, and the young man has playmaker written all over him. Despite losing out on Dwayne Stanford, the Buckeyes now have four wideouts on board in 2012 with Southward, Frank Epitropolous, Mike Thomas, and Roger Lewis. This season has proven that the Buckeyes are as in desperate need of more talent at wide receiver, and will be losing Posey again to graduation. Devin Smith and Evan Spencer show promise for the future, but more bodies are needed. These four guys are definitely a step in a the right direction.
With the Meyer situation going on, many will instantly link this commitment to him, but Southward made it clear to Bill Kurelic that he feels at home in Columbus. He had a great visit during the Penn State game, and has had a great connection with Stan Drayton. One has to wonder if he also sees the major potential for early playing time. Regardless, this is a huge pickup for Ohio State, and the 2012 class continues to beef up despite all the factors swirling around the program.
Check out his film after the jump