It is always interesting to see how players pan out that were recruited heavily by the Buckeyes but chose to go elsewhere. In part one we looked at offensive players who rejected OSU, and in this edition we'll consider those on the defensive side.
Let me remind everyone of the criteria:
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:
Tank Carradine (DE, Florida State) - A Cincinnati native who spent two years at junior college, Tank was coveted by OSU, and would have been a beast last year when Nathan Williams went down. At FSU he registered 38 tackles and 5.5 sacks.
William Gholston (DE, Michigan State) - Not sure the Buckeyes had much of a shot at Gholston, who chose the Spartans early on, but with his last name most fans dreamed of seeing him in Columbus. William came up big as a sophomore in 2011 with 70 tackles, including 16 for loss with 5 sacks.
Shayne Hale (DE, Pittsburgh) - Early in the recruiting process Ohio State went after this native of Pennsylvania and offered him, but then they seemed to cool as things progressed. Good thing. Hale has registered all of four tackles in three seasons!
Jordan Hicks (LB, Texas) - Another resident of the Queen City who opted for an out of state school, Hicks started playing well last season as a sophomore. He finished with 65 tackles (4 for loss) and 4 passes broken up. I look for Jordan to become a big timer in 2012.
Trey Depriest (LB, Alabama) - This one hurt the most, in my opinion, since Trey grew up about an hour from Columbus, and the Bucks were looking for linebackers in the '11 class. However, you can't blame a guy for selecting the Crimson Tide, who won it all last season. After registering 25 tackles as s true freshman, Depriest should see more time in 2012, but could have probably started down the stretch at OSU last year.
Ejuan Price (LB, Pittsburgh) - Price verbaled to the Buckeyes, but then changed his mind after Tatgate was exposed. He wound up playing quite a bit for the Panthers as a true frosh in '11 and had 27 tackles with 4 sacks.
Lamarcus Joyner (CB, Florida State) - A super fast corner, Joyner nearly cast his lot with Ohio State, but wound up with the Seminoles. As a sophomore he finished with 54 tackles and 4 interceptions, garnering 2nd team ACC honors.
Jabari Gorman (DB, Florida) - Notice a pattern here? A lot of guys coveted by OSU wind up in the Sunshine State! Gorman played sparingly as a freshman in 2011, winding up with only 8 tackles, and seems awfully small to be at safety.
Bradley McDougald (S, Kansas) - Bradley originally verballed to Ohio State, but changed his mind (after the staff cooled on him) and wound up in Kansas. He played a couple of years at wide receiver before moving to safety as a junior, which worked out well as McDougald had 89 tackles and 7 passes defensed.
Josh Shaw (S, USC) - Shaw was another player who nearly chose Ohio State before eventually picking Florida. After making an immediate impact with the Gators, to the tune of 22 tackles, he opted to head home to California, and will be eligible this fall for the Trojans.
Dan McCarthy (S, Notre Dame) - The Buckeyes came calling for this Youngstown native but he followed his big brother to South Bend. Unfortunately for him, he has not had the success of his brother, Kyle. As a junior in 2011, Dan played mostly special teams and finished with 10 tackles.
Justin Green (CB, Illinois) - Green loved Ohio State (where his big brother played), but desired to toil at running back, whereas the Buckeyes saw him as a defensive back. Guess what? He went to Illinois and wound up at corner! After playing well as a sophomore (55 tackles) he seemed to digress last season and lost his starting spot, but still had 35 tackles and 3 pbu's.