While we wait anxiously to see who verbals to Ohio State after a big recruiting weekend, I thought it would be fun to look back at some of the players who flirted with the Buckeyes, but wound up elsewhere. I am always curious to see how they pan out, and I find myself checking statistics regularly, and even watching games to view the players that could have wound up in Columbus but chose to play elsewhere.
To be on this list a player:
a) Had to have received an offer from OSU
b) Had to have at least given the Bucks some serious consideration (in most cases having made a visit)
c) Must have completed at least one year in college
d) Must be on an FBS team roster for the 2012 season
My list does not include players who Ohio State should have pursued but didn't such as Le'Veon Bell and Chris Borland. Rather this is an inventory of guys who were on most fans wish lists, but wound up spurning the Buckeyes. I have also provided an update on their progress to this point. Here goes with the offense (defense to come later):
Tajh Boyd (QB, Clemson) - A stud who came into his own as a sophomore, throwing for 3828 yards and 33 touchdowns, plus running for another 5, leading Clemson to a 10-4 record. Tajh would have been a great addition in 2009, but I'm very happy with Braxton.
Spencer Ware (RB, LSU) - The Cincinnati Princeton product started hot for the Tigers last year, then got suspended, lost his starting job, and never really recovered. He finished his sophomore season with 707 yards and 8 touchdowns, and is projected to start for LSU in 2012. However, Ware's power running style was a better fit for Tress than for Urban.
Marlon Brown (WR, Georgia) - I really wanted this monster athlete, who was supposed to light it up for the Bulldogs. However, he enters his senior year with only 28 catches for his entire career. Maybe the light goes on in 2012.
Darius Jennings (WR, Virginia) - As a true freshman Jennings caught 20 passes for 238 yards and 1 td, plus averaged 20 yards per kick return. The Buckeyes could use his athleticism at receiver this season.
Ja'Juan Story (WR, Florida) - After redshirting in 2011, Story gets a chance to show what he can do for the Gators this year.
Dion Sims (TE, Michigan State) - Entering his redshirt junior year Sims has never been a star, but is a nice player. Last year Dion caught 12 passes and had 3 touchdowns, which is decent production, but I think OSU has the better player in Stoneburner.
C.J. Fiedorowicz (TE, Iowa) - A part time starter for the Hawkeyes as a sophomore, he caught 16 passes and found paydirt three times. I think he very well may become a star in 2012. Of course you can't blame a tight end for spurning Tressel, Bollman and company, but I bet he wishes he could play in scarlet and gray now!
Josh Jenkins (OG, West Virginia) - The missing part of the Block O line that never produced at OSU up to expectations, Jenkins missed last year due to injury and will be a fifth year senior. He has been very good for the Mountaineers, and was 2nd team Big East in 2010, but will now play in the Big 12.
Seantrel Henderson (OT, Miami) - Henderson is a dirty word in Buckeye circles, as he would have been a great addition to the class of 2009, but instead went to the highest bidder (USC) until they wound up on probabation. Then he and his dad decided Miami looked like a good destination. After two seasons starting for the Hurricanes he may become a superstar this year.
Aundrey Walker (OT, USC) - One that got away from the Glenville pipeline, Walker shed a bunch of weight while playing as a backup last season. He is expected to start in 2012, and would look really nice in scarlet and gray.
Morgan Moses (OT, Virginia) - How did OSU lose two players to Virginia? I'm not sure, but Moses is the real deal, earning 3rd team ACC last year as a sophomore.
Angelo Mangiro (OG, Penn State) - Mangiro redshirted in 2011, and should be a backup this season, so we may have to wait to see what the Bucks missed out on this one.