At running back, four-stars Antonio Williams of North Carolina and Demario McCall of North Ridgeville, Ohio, are in the mix for carries but trailing a trio of veterans.
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On the other side of the ball, defensive backs Jordan Fuller and Jahsen Wint figure to contribute on special teams if not early in a rebuilt secondary, and linebacker Keandre Jones has caught the attention of the head coach early on.
Fuller was a big-time prospect in New Jersey last year who picked Ohio State over Michigan and Notre Dame just before signing day, and Jones is a four-star prospect who flipped from an earlier verbal commitment to Maryland, his home-state school.
A three-star prospect from Brooklyn, N.Y., Wint could end up as a diamond in the rough.
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Then of course there is Nick Bosa. A five-star prospect from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas like his consensus All-American brother, Joey, the younger Bosa is taking it slow as he recovers from knee surgery. Meyer still said to look for him on the field this fall, though, as defensive line coach Larry Johnson likes to rotate as many defensive linemen as he can during a game.
Meyer also mentioned Jonathon Cooper, a four-star pass rushing prospect from Gahanna-Lincoln in the Columbus suburbs, as a potential early contributor. Cooper is also coming back from an injury that cut short his high school career.