11W Recruiting Staff Roundtable

By Alex on August 9, 2012 at 3:00p
Will Spence be everything we hoped for and more?Spence might be the top frosh in '12 (JWinslow.com)

In the last year, our recruiting coverage here at Eleven Warriors has vastly improved.

Not only did I do everything I could to help bring you all the latest happenings on the trail, but we were also fortunate enough to bring on Dave to help with both football and basketball, as well as our two new young guns in Miles and Derek, who I'm convinced don't sleep after working with them over the last couple of months.

While we continue to plan to bring you bigger and better things on the recruiting front in the coming months, we figured we might as well use the assets we have, thus the first ever 11W Recruiting Staff Roundtable.

In this edition of the roundtable, we'll talk about our thoughts on the current state of the class of 2013, how we expect the class to finish, what 2014 players you all should keep an eye on, which 2014 quarterback we prefer in the early going, and which 2012 signees we think will have the biggest impact this fall.

Join us after the jump to hear more from Dave, Miles, Derek, and myself on all of these topics, and be sure to chime in with your opinions or inquiries in the comments section below so that we can answer any questions you may have as the summer recruiting season comes to a close.

Currently sitting at 16 commits, how do you feel right now about the recruiting class of 2013? Who are the commits you are most excited about and are there any current verbals that left you questioning the staff's decisions?

Dave: The 2013 recruiting class has been everything I expected to this point. Yes, it can be frustrating to see Michigan with a higher-rated class right now, but in reality, who cares? Urban has locked down some legitimate athletes that will undoubtedly be household names by they time they leave Columbus and a few commitments have been major surprises (i.e. Marcus Baugh and Michael Hill).

I am most excited for Jalin Marshall. He is that type of super athlete that Urban has been wanting and he will not disappoint. I expect him to have 5+ receptions, 5+ carries, and a few big special teams plays per game by the time he's an upperclassman.

I am not in the least bit tentative about any offer. The staff knows what they need and they know the abilities of these players and the team's needs more than any expert can analyze. If Urban is extending an offer, I believe in the prospect.

Miles: I'm very happy with where the class is at right now. Most people forget Urban has had much less time than other coaches to get to know prospects and has still been able to assemble a top 10 class.

On the offensive side of the ball, I'm most excited to see Jalin Marshall and Ezekiel Elliott. Defensively, I'm most excited to see Joey Bosa, the nephew of former Buckeye great, Eric Kumerow. In addition to Bosa, I'm excited to see Cameron Burrows, the first commit of the 2013 class, as well as Eli Woodard.

Derek: It seems standard protocol to applaud the job Meyer has done with recruiting but I truly think the new head coach and the Buckeye staff have done a great job so far with the 2013 class. 

The spots that needed to be addressed heading into the class were an elite quarterback, one to two more offensive tackles, a linebacker or two, playmakers at the wide receiver position, and to add more depth in the secondary.  They got the elite quarterback they needed in JT Barrett, Evan Lisle is a highly touted prospect at offensive tackle, and the secondary class that includes Eli Woodard, Cam Burrows, Jayme Thompson, and possibly Darron Lee is one of the nation's best groups.  At linebacker, Ohio State is in position to possibly land Tyquan Lewis and Mike Mitchell, and perhaps Christopher Worley, with Florida commit Daniel McMillian taking a look as well. 

The only question mark with this class right now would be the lack of playmakers at the wide receiver position outside of Jalin Marshall.  Help could be on the way, though, with the possibilities of Devon Allen, James Quick, Shelton Gibson, and others.

Alex: Right now I feel pretty good about the class, especially considering the sanctions, but the finish will be very important. I think a lot of us thought Urban Meyer was going to come in and basically pick and choose who he wanted in this class. That was not the case for 2013, as the recruiting cycle starts earlier these days and the staff didn't get to partake in that full cycle with this class. Urban won't get to pick and choose for 2014 either, but I think it will be an even stronger class, which is scary considering this will be a top 10 group.

Who am I to ever really question the staff's evaluation of a player? That is the truth, but with it being said, there are times where coaches "take chances" with certain players who may be considered projects. The one everyone is talking about there is Timothy Gardner. I haven't seen enough of Gardner to judge him, but he will need to cut more weight to play at the level OSU wants him at.

Another player who is extremely talented but there are question marks around is Darron Lee. I'm glad we took him for his talent, but I would love to know what position the coaches see him fitting in at. I love him at safety or star, but if he can grow into an outside linebacker and play with punch at the position, he can be a scary athlete to have in the arsenal for the Silver Bullets.

With this class expected to number somewhere from 20-22 players, what positions do you feel are the biggest need for the remaining spots to fill? What players do you expect to take these spots and finish off the class?

James Quick is a top talent at a position of need

Dave: It has to be expected that the staff will take more receivers. I still think James Quick will commit to Ohio State when it's all said and done and Shelton Gibson will do the same. The other open spots are up in the air, but the focus should be on offensive line depth and defensive backs.

Miles: The class is definitely lacking playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. I expect Marshall and Elliott to be great players, but they simply aren't enough.

On offense, I expect the Buckeyes to close out the class with Louisville (KY) Trinity WR James Quick, who is favoring the Buckeyes and hometown Louisville right now. In addition to Quick, I feel Cleveland Heights (OH) WR Shelton Gibson will be a member of this class when/if he takes care of his academics.

Defensively, I feel the Buckeyes will add a linebacker, a viper (DE/LB hybrid), and a star (LB/S combo).

I feel Plano (TX) Prestonwood Christian Academy LB Mike Mitchell will fill the 'backer spot. The Buckeyes currently hold the lead for Mitchell, although Florida State and Texas A&M are still in the running for his services.

I feel Tarboro (NC) DE/LB Tyquan Lewis will fill the viper spot. Lewis has visited twice this summer, most recently for the Friday Night Lights camp, and appears to be down to Ohio State and his home state school, North Carolina. The Tar Heels may even be full along the defensive line, which would make Lewis a near Buckeye lock.

Lastly, I believe Glenville (OH) LB/S (star) Christopher Worley will round out the class on the defensive side of the ball. Securing the commitment on Worley would keep the Glenville-Ohio State pipeline flowing.

Derek: Linebackers and wide receivers are crucial in filling out the remainder of the class. 

At linebacker, the light at the end of the tunnel is a little brighter because a strong chance exists that Tyquan Lewis, Mike Mitchell, and/or Chris Worley will be Buckeyes. 

At the wide receiver position, things are a bit more grim.  Shelton Gibson is the one that OSU has best chance at, but outside concerns have prevented it from being a "sure thing".

If there are six spots left, I see Donovan Munger, Christopher Worley, Shelton Gibson, Tyquan Lewis, and Mike Mitchell as five players to definitely be Buckeyes.  Gibson would be, pending that everything off the field works out.  A sixth spot would likely be saved for a talent like Vonn Bell or James Quick.

Alex: Looking at remaining spots, I would like to see two wide receivers, one offensive lineman, two linebackers, and another defensive back. I think adding a linebacker and another receiver should be the biggest priorities.

As for filling out the class, that is a tough one to answer. Right now I would say Donovan Munger, Tyquan Lewis, Mike Mitchell, and Shelton Gibson are four players I see in. I will go out on a bit of a limb and predict Vonn Bell will be in as well. If there are one or two more spots left in the class, all of the names mentioned above could be in, as well as guys like Dorian Johnson, Daniel McMillian, Dennis Finley, Devon Allen, Ryan Timmons, and many others still on the board.

Looking forward to the class of 2014, who are four or five players that fans need to know about right now? Who do you think will be the first player in the class to commit to Ohio State?

Dave: Da'Shawn Hand, William Crest, Drew Barker, Raekwon McMillan, and Thaddeus Snodgrass. I would love Hand to commit early (#1 player in the class) so the class could be built around the best player in the nation. But realistically, I could see a more tied to Ohio State player like Snodgrass committing early, as Meyer definitely will sell every receiver and athlete on his success with Percy Harvin, and that sell will reel in several top prospects.

Miles: Offensively, fans need to keep an eye on ATH Jalen Hurd from Tennessee. At 6-3/200, Hurd is one of the best playmakers in the 2014 class and currently has Alabama in the lead, followed by OSU.  He has expressed interest in playing running back in college and the Buckeyes are offering him that opportunity.

Another player to keep an eye on is Springfield (OH) WR Thaddeus Snodgrass, who in my opinion is the top offensive player in Ohio for the class of 2014. It's shaping up to be a battle between the Buckeyes, Michigan State, and Notre Dame for Snodgrass' services.

Defensively, two players jump off the page. The first being Woodbridge (VA) DE Da'Shawn Hand, the number one player in the class of 2014. The only schools Hand has visited thus far are Alabama, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech, but he is expected to make a trip to Columbus this fall. Hand isn't expected to make a decision until after his senior season, so there is a long way to go on this one.

The second 2014 player Buckeye fans need to know about is LB Raekwon McMillan out of Georgia. McMillan recently visited Ohio State for the second time this summer and enjoyed himself. He is the top linebacker target in the 2014 class and has the Bucks and Georgia out in front.

It's tough to forecast the first commit, but if I had to guess, I would go with Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius OL Jimmy Byrne. It's still really early though and things can easily change.

Derek: It's difficult to narrow it down to only four or five as I think the 2014 class has the capability to be better than the 2013 class.  I'll go with five out of state prospects and five in the state of Ohio, as there are just too many to choose.

Outside of state borders, names to know are going to be QB Drew Barker, OL Demetrius Knox, OL Orlando Brown Jr., LB Clifton Garrett, and LB Raekwon McMillan. 

The five 2014 recruits inside Ohio to know would be WR Thaddeus Snodgrass, OL Kyle Trout, OL Jimmy Byrne, LB Dante Booker Jr., and DB Darius West.

I think the first player to commit to Ohio State in the class of 2014 will be Dante Booker.  Other possibilities would be Jimmy Byrne or, pending an offer and how soon, Darius West.

Alex: Another tough one as there are just so many talented players in this class. Like Derek, I will also go with a list of Ohioans and a list of out-of-staters.

In Ohio be on the lookout for WR Thaddeus Snodgrass, QB DeShone Kizer, OT Jimmy Byrne, LB Dante Booker Jr., DB Darius West, RB Ashton Jackson, LB Davonte James, and ATH Dareian Watkins.

Out of state, there are so many talented stars, but I'll list a ton and go with all of the quarterbacks (Allen, Barker, Henderson, Crest, Watson), RB Derrell Scott, RB Donte Williams, RB Mikale Wilbon, WR Mark Andrews, WR Braxton Berrios, WR Tyre Brady, WR Johnnie Dixon, WR Artavious Scott, TE Jeb Blazevich, OT Mason Cole, OT Denzel Ward, OT Damian Prince, OT Orlando Brown Jr., OT Demetrius Knox, OT Jamarco Jones, OT Braden Smith, OT KC McDermott, DL Da'Shawn Hand, DL Andrew Brown, DL Malik McDowell, LB Clifton Garrett, LB Raekwon McMillan, DB Nick Glass, DB Tony Brown, DB Montae Nicholson, DB Quincy Wilson, DB Quin Blanding, DB Jabrill Peppers, DB Damon Webb, DB Edward Paris, and others [loses breath].

As for the first commit, I will go with Dante Booker Jr. out of Akron (OH) St. Vincent-St. Mary.

There has been a lot of talk so far about the quarterbacks in the class of 2014. Right now the staff has said they plan on taking just one player for the position, although speculation is that could end up being two players. If you had to choose just one of the quarterback prospects in the class to take today, who would it be? If you could take two, who would be your second pick?

The next great Urban Meyer QB?Will Drew Barker be Meyer's first choice at QB?

Dave: If I'm head coach, I'm taking William Crest. Crest fits the mold of a Braxton Miller or JT Barrett, who are both perfect for the spread. If I could take two, I would take Drew Barker and Crest. One dual-threat and one pro-style quarterback, giving my team the ability to match-up against any defense and show opponents different offensive looks and schemes. Refer to: 2006 Florida Gators with Leak and Tebow.

Miles: If I could only take one quarterback in the 2014 class, I would take Burke (VA) Lake Braddock QB Caleb Henderson. In my opinion, Henderson was the most impressive quarterback at Friday Night Lights in a group that included him, Drew Barker, DeShone Kizer, and Joey Duckworth. He clearly had the best arm and he was a lot faster than I thought he was based on watching his film.

If I could take another quarterback to go with Henderson, it would be Toledo (OH) Central Catholic QB DeShone Kizer. Kizer has great speed but needs to work on his throwing mechanics if he wants to succeed at the next level. With that said, Kizer has the most upside of all the class of 2014 signal callers that OSU is recruiting.

Just a note, Drew Barker is the second-best quarterback the Buckeyes are recruiting in my opinion, but I think he's very similar to Henderson, so I'd rather go with a much different player in Kizer. 

Derek: I've been very adamant about it, but I think Drew Barker fits Meyer's offense like a glove.  He is growing in size, has good mobility, possesses a great arm, improved over the camps he attended, and loves to compete.  His consistency and improvement in accuracy at the Friday Night Lights camp in Columbus is what sold me on him being my guy.

Caleb Henderson would be my second choice, but it would be hard to bring in two top 10 players in one class at the position. A second option would suit players that may fall through the cracks, like Kyle Allen or Joey Duckworth.

Alex: Right now I have Caleb Henderson and Drew Barker on the top of my big board and like Derek and Miles said, I can't see both in this class. If I had to choose one I would pick Barker right now, as I think he moves a bit better and has displayed some intangibles of leadership you want in a quarterback. I'd like to see both in a game first before I make that call though.

As a second quarterback, I would take more of a raw passer/athlete with DeShone Kizer being my first choice. Don't sleep on a guy like Chris Durkin or Joey Duckworth, both of whom aren't the prototypical spread quarterback, but both of whom have shined in the camp setting this summer.

Looking back at the class of 2012, they are now all on campus and are taking part in their first camp. Who is one offensive player and one defensive player in the class that you expect to make an immediate impact?

Dave: Offensively, Bri'onte Dunn is obviously the clear-cut favorite to be the most productive freshman, if he can put the legal troubles behind him. He will most likely get a ton of carries early on, especially with Jordan Hall sidelined.

Defensively, everyone likes to talk about former five-star defensive ends Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington, but I want to say Najee Murray. Murray is a super athlete with a high football IQ who is not afraid to lay the wood when necessary. There has already been discussion that Murray could play in the slot on offense, but I definitely think he will see the field in certain situations on defense and definitely on special teams. I can foresee Murray being that guy who blocks punts and forces fumbles on the kickoff team.

Miles: An offensive player I think will have an immediate impact is OT Taylor Decker. Decker enrolled early back in January and is already second on the depth chart, splitting some first team reps at right tackle behind tight end turned offensive lineman Reid Fragel. I think Decker will be starting by the third week of the season.

On the defensive side of the ball, I'll go with DE Noah Spence, the Buckeyes' top rated recruit in the 2012 class. I think Spence will make an immediate impact as a situational pass rusher and play his way into more field time if he performs well.

Derek: One 2012 offensive recruit that could have an immediate impact is Michael Thomas. He showed great ability during the spring game and has a favorable depth chart at the position.  Taylor Decker is on the minds of many, but if Reid Fragel wins over the right tackle position, the no-huddle offense could limit his ability to substitute and get on the field at times. 

On defense, I like Noah Spence. Ohio State is limited on outside speed rushers, so I think he has the best chance at playing time.

Alex: On offense, I am going to go with Mike Thomas. Right now he is behind Devin Smith, Philly Brown, and Evan Spencer on the depth chart, but I think OSU will go to a lot of four wide receiver sets and I think Thomas could even work his way past one of those players above him. He has good hands, great size, and a tremendous work ethic. Unlike with Taurian Washington or Bam Childress, I don't think Thomas's spring performance was a fluke. Do I expect him to get 12 catches every game? Absolutely not, but 4-5 would be nice and would make for a great freshman year.

On defense, I will also go with Noah Spence. With Nathan Williams coming off his injury and the need to get John Simon down the line and out of the LEO spot, I think Spence will flourish if he shows early he can make things happen when rushing the passer. I expect Simon/Williams to handle the primary duties at that end spot, but expect Spence to get early opportunities in passing situations to show his skills. Like with Ryan Shazier last year, the more Spence plays and gets comfortable with play recognition and what is going on around him, I think the more he sees the field and I expect a nice year from the nation's top player (according to Max Preps).


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johnny11's picture

i Like it guys nice write up

Bj Mullens over Sully's picture

Great stuff guys, when do you expect the first qb offer to go out, half-way through the season or not till the end?

Favorite Buckeye: Obviously BJ Mullens

Alex's picture

I say once they see all of their top 4-5 targets live...maybe towards the end of the season or at earliest, midway....unless they are completely sold on someone

sir rickithda3rd's picture

i cant wait for 3rd down situations on d and the amount of options urban has.... williams spence hankins and simon pinning their ears back... bringing extra rushers wont be necessary it will be like we have 13 defenders on the field lol

mark may wins douchebag of the year... again

rampageripster's picture

I think we could see a Texas-like avalanche of early '14 commits... the way these recruits have been interacting, it seems like getting one or two would create a domino affect to land a large chunk of them
this 2014 class will be a special one

Cause I couldn't go for three

Crimson's picture

I love the roundtable, and I hope there are more to come!

Ken-Yon Rambo's picture

"On defense, I will also go with Noah Spence. With Nathan Williams coming off his injury and the need to get John Simon down the line and out of the LEO spot, I think Spence will flourish if he shows early he can make things happen when rushing the passer. I expect Simon/Williams to handle the primary duties at that end spot, but expect Spence to get early opportunities in passing situations to show his skills. Like with Ryan Shazier last year, the more Spence plays and gets comfortable with play recognition and what is going on around him, I think the more he sees the field and I expect a nice year from the nation's top player (according to Max Preps)."
Agree 100% with this ^
To me, this issue is one of the big keys to the season.  The coaches have made it clear that the top 3 DL are:

  • Simon
  • Hankins
  • Bennett

The coaches have also made it clear they will get their top 4 DL on the field regardless of position.  So to me, it seems like if a healthy Nate Williams or Spence can come on as that 4th guy, we have a true speed rush guy to complement the 3 beasts above.  If Goebel or Bellamy end up being that 4th guy, then we have 4 stout D-linemen who should perform above average as a group.  But I'd rather have a true speed guy in the mix.  
Personally, I hate the thought of John Simon playing Leo, and seeing him drop back on certain passing downs.  He is such a dogged pass rusher.  

How firm they friendship...

Alex's picture

Yeah, I actually think you won't see Simon drop back as much from LEO as you would Williams...I think he will be attacking more, with the drop back being the element of surprise

Ken-Yon Rambo's picture

I hope so.  One of the disheartening aspects of the game with the school up north (other than the fact that Andrew Sweat was out, Christian Bryant was out, and Ryan Shazier was playing on one leg), was seeing Simon drop back as the Leo during that game.  
Wasn't sure if this was specific to that game plan of containing/spying Denard Robinson, but I hope it doesn't continue as a trend.  

How firm they friendship...

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Very cool time to be a buckeye fan.  Thanks for the write up guys.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

avail31678's picture

Awesome article.  Very informative.  I love summaries like this, because although I follow recruting regularly I forget names often and I like to see updated statuses on guys I'm impressed with.  Can't get enough recruting info and opinions, especially during what seems like the longest offseason ever. 

MJT's picture

Do you all see tOSU recruiting Kizer as an athlete and then seeing where he fits in on the offense?

"Paralyze resistance with persistence."  -Woody Hayes

Alex's picture

QB all the way...don't think he's suited for anywhere other than WR and I personally think that's a stretch...Kizer is a college QB for sure, just needs to fine tune his passing mechanics....a dynamic playmaker who will start at a B1G school

tennbuckeye19's picture

I'm not sure Kizer would go for that with other schools offering him strictly as a QB. 

Rapping Bum's picture

I want Raekwon McMillan to commit first, personally.  I like it that nobody said Ohio State needs a 'Shane Morris'  in the 2014 class.  Also, I would really like to OSU land both Bryne/Trout. 
Lastly, this would be awesome if this were a moderated podcast, or had audio.  Maybe someday, anyways awesome job.

Help is on the way.

Alex's picture

maybe we can throw in a monthly recruiting podcast or Ginter can have all of us on for a special recruiting segment in the 11Dubcast

tennbuckeye19's picture

That would be fantastic.

AGL's picture

Just like the reads.  That is what makes 11W such a great site.  2014 potential recruits look and sound great.  V. Bell would be nice 2013.


ODEEZ330's picture

i think the first comit in 2014 will be booker and he'll be recruiting the other in state guys hard and also garret and raekwon to form the "B1G 3" lb's. i love this kid najee murray man does he lay the wood, they know how to play football in steubenville thats for sure and watching him play you can tell he's a steubenville kid the way he hits. at this point with the quarterbacks in 2014 i like barker and kizer.  just sharing my opinion on a couple of the questions i also think se'von pittman may make an impact, this kids range on the d-line is nutz in high school if the team ran to his side he made the play for no gain or a loss everytime in the very competitive federal league, i even saw him stick brionte dunn for a loss a few plays than glenoak started running to the other side and dunn had a huge game lol

stark county football

buck-I.8's picture

Don't feel bad, Dunn ran for 250 against my high school.

ODEEZ330's picture

lol nice

stark county football

M Man's picture

Re: the picture.  Does the single black stripe mean anything?

tennbuckeye19's picture

Freshmen are wearing them.

Alex's picture

yes, it does...Meyer has put a black stripe on every frosh helmet and they have to earn the right to take it off....motivation tactic

DefendYoungstown's picture

I love the black stripe, everything is about respect and earning it with UFM. This is great, it keeps ego's in check. 

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Awesome article. I love the recruiting news the most on this site. Thanks! Its crazy to think about the exponential rate at which this site has grown over the last two years. Amazing work everyone.

One question regarding the 2014 class. Although its probably rediculous to ask this, but say we don't land one of the top QB's in Barker or Henderson. We still have Barrett from the 2013 class, so would it really hurt? And when we do land Marshall, couldn't the staff just move him back to QB like he plays/played in high school?

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

rampageripster's picture

1) Marshall might get a couple of early snaps in practice, but he will never play QB during an actual game... except maybe in special sets
2) We are in on no less than 6 pretty talented QBs in '14, we'll get one of them for sure.

Cause I couldn't go for three

Ohio State Ombre's picture

awesome work, cant wait to read more!

Brian Bornemiss's picture

What Is The Status Of Mike Mitchell & Vonn Bell? When Do You See Them Making A Commitment? Chances %They Will Pick Buckeyes? 
Great Article Too!

buckeye76BHop's picture

I'm just curious Alex and/or others if you think Vonn Bell is going to commit to OSU?  I noticed not much was said besides holding a spot (which I can totally see why).  However, he's been pretty quiet and it seems he wants to stay close to home (which would put Tenn ahead of us I think...).  It seems as if Worley will probably commit before Bell if he's allowed by the staff to do so.    
Also I totally agree with all four of you on Najee Murray.  Saw him a couple times last year in HS and at the Big 33 game.  He can lay the wood on running backs and WRs.  He could be a Honey Badger type guy for OSU IMHO.  We'll see but I think he will see the field this year in some compactly.  

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

rampageripster's picture

Bell is SUPER quiet, everything is really speculative.  I don't recall him ever actually saying he wanted to stay close to home, and I think that is a talking point that is a little overblown (imo).  All we do know is that Bell came to tOSU twice on his own dime, including competeing in a camp he had no obligation to even be at.  We'll be in it til the end.
Worley confuses me... he is taking his time, which is vintage Glenville, but he is not playing the recruiting game that other Glenville stars have made so cliche.  I honestly have no real take on what he will do.  You have to think tOSU is in good shape, but only time will tell.
There is a possibility the staff takes both, because Worley has a lot of versatility and Bell is the sort of sure fire talent you don't say no to.

Cause I couldn't go for three

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Guys... I love the write up.  I had a small surgery last week so I've been home reading articles and forum posts all week.  It has definitely helped me pass the time.
I'm really glad to see the staff build a ridiculous defense, but I also like to see our offense put up some points too. 
QUESTION:  Do you see the staff going hard for BOTH Quick and Gibson or do you see them settling for 1 and trying to load up the skill positions in the 2014 class?

Joe Beale's picture

ESPN Classic is currently showing the 1980 Rose Bowl game against USC, for anyone who's interested. Ah, flashback to my very first post as an 11W staff member.

HolyBuckeye1093's picture

I think Decker wins the RT job by the start of Big Ten play, Spence will contribute immediately with his pass rushing skills, Mike Thomas will become the #1 WR by the end of the year, Brionte Dunn will get significant touches because of his versatility, and Marcus will be all over the field because of his high motor. Those are my top five impact freshmen.

buck-I.8's picture

Agree with everything except the WR bit. It's unlikely that a possession WR will star as a #1 in the spread, but I do see him starting and contributing by season's end.

Hayze's picture

Wondering why you guys didn't mention Jonathan Haden, RB out of DC and brother of former Florida and Meyer coached Joe Haden. He's an elite running back (some say best athlete in the family) and he recently named the Buckeyes as his leader.

Derek Young's picture

They have to take a QB in 2014, maybe 2.

Worley would be a LB is what I'm hearing so him and Bell have no bearing on each other.

Last thing I was told about Vonn Bell is that nothing has changed. OSU still one of his favorites. 

OSU leads for Mitchell and Lewis still. 

Hope that answers all the questions posed. 

schooey's picture

I had never followed recruiting as much as I have since finding this site. You guys do a fantastic job. 

cbm 1929's picture

twitter blew up last night between two of the top linebackers in country who all could become buckeyes, and early: clifton garrett and raekwon mcmillan.  the discussion was saying their camp circuit buddy, dante booker (maybe the top player in ohio 2014) "said he's in," which started a back and forth from garrett saying "we good...decent 2014 lb corps....more like unstoppable" to raekwon miller, who replied "i'm in too."  garrett ultimately responded "let's do this!"
this is all proceeded by booker's interview with bill green, where he said ""I also hung out with (top 2014 linebacker prospects) Raekwon McMillan and Clifton Garrett, and we talked about being the "Big Three" at Ohio State."
gotta like our chances there!!!!!

yankeescum's picture

What are the chances that Dareian Watkins is a QB in college (most specifically at Ohio State)?

Alex's picture

He is getting better every day at QB, I just don't think so....maybe we take him as an ATH and see if he can hang a bit at some QB? 

Buckeye Joey Vegas's picture

I like what I'm hearing but, if I hear or read the name Percy Harvin used one more time I'm gonna scream!!! Let it go people!! Someone will step up and be found, believe me. There is too much talent there for that not to happen. We know what Urban is looking for and we don't need to have his name used for the discription EVERY TIME!  My choice for freshman to watch for under the radar, Jamaal Marcus!! The next up and coming Ryan Shazier! Hit, stick & drive on the tackle! If you get a chance watch his high school video. Very fundamentally sound! GO BUCKS!!

Jst Sayin'!

jaybuckeye16's picture

Can anyone answer my question about who are the top 2 O linemen for next years class from the state of Ohio? And are they favoring scUM? I live in Toledo(actually Bedford Mich,5 min walk to Ohio) so we are always arguing bucks vs scumbags, and my buddy says top Ohio lineman is a Mich lean...truth to that?!


Hayze's picture

So far it looks like Jimmy Byrne and Kyle Trout are the top lineman in Ohio. Byrne has an offer and is considered to be an OSU lean. Trout doesn't have an offer yet but many think he'll commit on the spot once he gets one.

Derek Young's picture

Top 2 OL are Trout and Byrne in my mind.

Byrne is down to OSU, Mich, and ND.  Think OSU should feel good about it.

Trout doesn't have an offer from OSU or Mich yet.  Could get it. 

osubuckeye4life's picture

Thanks for the round table guys! I love all this recruiting coverage. 
Who do you believe will be the last to committ in the 2013 class?