With 22 commitments already in the fold, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is looking to put the finishing touches on his 2013 recruiting class.
Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, that finishing touch won't include 3-star offensive tackle Dan Skipper, Meyer's top offensive line target.
The former Tennessee commit reopened his recruitment after Derek Dooley's termination, and it quickly became a two-horse race between Arkansas and Ohio State. Meyer and the Buckeyes lost that race, though, according to The Denver Post.
Arkansas landsabig recruit in Colorado prep OL Dan Skipper (6-10, 295), who also had offers from Tenn, Ohio State, Michigan and Ole Miss— Dudley E. Dawson (@Dedsports) January 28, 2013
Despite the fact that Arkansas will be going through a transition with new head coach Bret Bielema, Skipper is very familiar with offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and offensive line coach Sam Pittman, both of whom were coaching at Tennessee when Skipper initially committed to the Volunteers.
Meyer was looking to add depth to an offensive line that recently lost one of its most heralded members in Joey O'Connor, but he will have to look elsewhere now that Skipper is off the table.
The only other prospect on Meyer's radar is Cameron Hunt, a 4-star offensive guard who is currently committed to California. If Hunt decides to stick with the Golden Bears, Meyer will likely be stuck with what he has.
Ohio State's 2013 recruiting class features just two pure offensive lineman—4-star offensive tackle Evan Lisle and 3-star offensive tackle Tim Gardner—although defensive line prospects Billy Price and Donovan Munger could both make a switch to add depth on offense.
The Buckeyes return four starters from last year's offensive line in 2013, but all four of those starters will be graduating after the end of the season. Building depth now for 2014 and beyond is one of Meyer's top priorities.
*All recruit rankings per ESPN
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Coach Brady Hoke and the Michigan Wolverines have landed the top running back recruit in the nation, according to Rivals, in Derrick Green.
Michigan fans always cheer for the Maize and Blue, but now they will cheer for Green in the fall.
Green is expected to have an immediate impact on the field as Michigan makes the shift to the pro-style offense. The number one ranked running back is the center piece of Hoke's strongest recruiting class.
However, Green's commitment has deep implications that extend beyond adding an impact player to the Wolverines offense.
With the 2013 season just seven months away—I know, it's never going to get here fast enough—it's never too early to start counting your losses before the spring game picks you right up again, right?
We've gone through each Pac-12 team's core units* and noted the losses in each unit. Some teams have a few holes here and there while others aren't so lucky. We then went ahead and ranked each team from the lowest to highest returning core starters.
In other words, if you return enough guys in each unit to not have to rebuild—rather, reload—you're looking pretty good.
*Some schools' depth charts were not official, so keep in mind that these evaluations are based on the best information we have at the time.