Meyer Keeps Recruiting Train Moving with Big Weekend

By Alex on February 11, 2013 at 2:00p

It was a rough day for Thad Matta and the Ohio State basketball Buckeyes yesterday, as they fell to the Indiana Hoosiers, 81-68, in front of a sold-out crowd at Value City Arena.

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Fortunately for Ohio State fans, all was not lost though, as Urban Meyer used a big basketball weekend to his advantage to host a slew of talented prospects and netted the verbal pledges of one two three new prospects for the class of 2014.

OT Kyle Trout, DE Lawrence Marshall, and ATH Parris Campbell became the newest Buckeyes, joining DB Damon Webb and OL/DL Marcelys Jones to give the OSU staff five pledges for the, not even a week after the 2013 class signed on the dotted line.

Trout's commitment was expected since being offered a few weeks ago, but the pledges of Marshall and Campbell came as somewhat of a surprise. Nonetheless, they give Meyer a huge head start on the new recruiting cycle and put my prediction of "over eight" 2014 commits by April 1 as a pretty safe bet.

With news of the class more than doubling in size yesterday, we felt it was a good time to break down the newest members of Buckeye Nation to give you some insight into what their skill sets are, as well as the impact they may make when the arrive in Columbus.

Join us after the jump to see what Kyle Trout, Lawrence Marshall, and Parris Campbell can offer the Scarlet and Gray.

Kyle Trout, OT, Lancaster (OH)

While Marcelys Jones is likely going to play either offensive guard or defensive tackle at Ohio State, Kyle Trout (6-6/285) was recruited by the Buckeyes as a left tackle and has a chance to make an early impact when he arrives in Columbus.

Lancaster head coach Rob Carpenter has seen many great players come through his program, but he has high praises for Trout. He says his latest star has the potential to be better than former Ohio State OL Jim Cordle, who was a multi-year starter in Columbus at multiple positions, and has been a member of the New York Giants since 2010. Trout is ranked as the nation's 12th-best offensive tackle according to the 247 Composite and has earned consensus four-star status. He is the top offensive lineman in the state, according to 11W staff evaluations, and the best part is he has a lot of room to get better.

If Trout's great frame, long arms, and ability to play every snap to the whistle weren't enough, the local product's athleticism is what sold Ohio State. Luke Fickell was lobbying for an offer to go to Trout for a long time, but it wasn't until Ed Warinner saw how well the big guy moved on his feet during one of Lancaster's basketball games that the OSU offensive line coach pushed Meyer to extend a scholarship.

That offer came following a visit to campus on January 26 and although it took Kyle a couple of weeks to act on it, he finally decided to pull the trigger and commit to the staff yesterday over offers from Michigan State, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Illinois, Pittsburgh, Purdue, and others.

Trout is an excellent catch for the Buckeyes and he is a player they pursued very hard over the last month. He was told by the coaches that they think he can enter the two-deep as a true freshman and with a chance he can enroll early next winter, he'd be in prime position to do so, especially considering four of five starters on the offensive line are departing after next season.

Lawrence Marshall, DE, Southfield (MI)

Shortly after Trout went public with his commitment, word began to leak that more verbal pledges could be on the way after prospects met with the staff early in the morning. 

It didn't take long for commit number two to emerge, as word spread quickly that Southfield (MI) DE Lawrence Marshall would be the fourth member in Ohio State's recruiting class of 2014.

Rated as a four-star prospect and the 16th best weakside end in the nation by the 247 Composite, the 6-3/225 Marshall is a pass-rushing machine off the edge. He fits the perfect mold of what OSU is looking for in the LEO position, a hybrid player who lines up as a defensive end, but can also drop back into coverage like a linebacker at times.

Noah Spence and Steve Miller will likely take over for Nathan Williams at the LEO spot in 2013, but securing the commitment of Marshall ensures a plethora of talent will continue to flow down the line for the Buckeyes to utilize as they look to build a national championship caliber defense.

The best part about landing Marshall may not even be gaining his talents. The Detroit area native grew up a fan of Michigan, and had offers from the Wolverines and Michigan State, spurning his home state programs and further helping the Buckeyes to "plan the flag" in the state up north after locking down Detroit Cass Tech DB Damon Webb earlier this year.

Marshall definitely needs to hit the weight room to fill out his frame and will certainly have to expand his coverage skills to play LEO, but he gives Urban Meyer a fast, athletic, and aggressive lineman to add to his collection of Silver Bullets.

Parris Campbell, ATH, Akron (OH) St. Vincent-St. Mary

It was reported a few weeks ago that Parris Campbell was offered a scholarship from Ohio State, but it turned out those reports were a bit premature. The Bucks definitely had interest in the St. Vincent-St. Mary star after watching him go for 156 yards on 14 carries with 3 touchdowns in the state title game, but they wanted to get him on campus first before extending a scholarship.

That visit came yesterday and sure enough, so did the offer. As fast as that offer came, it got accepted even faster. The longtime Buckeye fan always dreamed of playing in the Horseshoe and he knew if Urban Meyer ever gave him that chance that it wouldn't take long for him to jump on it.

The 6-0/180 speedster plays mostly running back for the Irish, but is being recruited by OSU as an athlete. This past year he recorded over 1,300 yards and 28 touchdowns on the ground and also caught 13 passes out of the backfield. In college he could end up staying as a back, moving to wide receiver, or even playing defensive back, but one thing that's for sure is Campbell will bring speed to Columbus.

A two-time state track champion, it was only a matter of time before the Akron native blew up on the recruiting scene. Luckily for Buckeye fans, the coaches were in attendance for his state championship performance, and as I mentioned a few weeks back, he was someone who grabbed their attention and kept it since that game.

He had offers from Michigan State and Tennessee before committing to the Bucks, and while he's not currently rated by the recruiting services yet, it is expected he will be a four-star athlete when he gets camp exposure this summer.

I am a huge fan of this kid and think he has tremendous potential to excel at the next level. They will definitely have to peg down a position for him when he arrives on campus, but have plenty of time to think about it and for now can just sit back and watch him make plays on the field.

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SuperBuckFan08's picture

Sunday Funday. I'm still pumped about these kids pulling the trigger. #Juice

Because I couldn't go for three.   -Woody-

Smanpoint10's picture

with campbell committing do you think meyer takes only one more bigger back?

Alex's picture

I don't think Campbell plays RB at OSU so yeah 1 bigger back and maybe 1 scat type

OHBuckInCA's picture

That's my guess, though they could move him out to wide receiver if things get to crowded.  Here's to hoping the big back is Jalen Hurd!

"The time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect." - Woody Hayes

tennbuckeye19's picture

I'm excited about having him in the 2014 class, but I am curious; with Marshall growing up a Michigan fan, and having offers from both UM and MSU, why did he pull the trigger to commit to Urban and OSU?

Doc's picture

Urban > Hoke.   OSU > AACC

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Urbanmania's picture

I'm wondering the same thing and also whether he will be a Dymonte Thomas situation where the other side is fairly confident that they have a good possibility of flipping him up until NSD.

OldColumbusTown's picture

Big difference being Marshall already having the offers from UM and MSU.  Dymonte Thomas was sort of "ignored" for a time by the OSU coaching staff, and jumped on the UM offer.  Many believed that after Urban had come in and extended the OSU offer, Thomas would/could possibly make the switch.
Marshall is already being seriously pursued by the in-state schools, and yet still chose to head south.  I don't think you can count out in-state childhood favorites, but this one is quite a bit different than the Thomas situation.

cinserious's picture

Kerry Coombs visits with the michigan guys all the time and that will continue all the way till NSD.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

Citrus's picture

Funny, not getting Dymonte Thomas worked out fine for us. Vonn Bell

RedStorm45's picture

Trout recruited as a left tackle, but will end up as a guard or defensive tackle?  Am I reading that correctly?
Big weekend, great summary!

GABuckeye's picture

No - Marcelys Jones will be a guard or DT.

RedStorm45's picture

dee dee dee, reading issues.

Man of Scarlet and Gray's picture

Hey man I know I always forget to respond to you but I just wanted to say your brother was my teacher freshman year, and I still go into his room to talk to him everyday also your sister in law was my tennis coach and I live across the street from the house you guys lived in when you grew up here! Kinda crazy small world stuff but anyways go bucks!

 "I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault."
--Jack Tatum

BoFuquel's picture

The BOT"S of the 2 representatives of The Li'l Eleven from That State Up North are alredy feeling the heat.When The Joke dosen't make The B1G Championship game again this year,he's gone,and Sparty is gonna Sparty as always.So why would anyone want to waste their young life with either of these incosequential programs, when you get an offer from TOSU and be in the middle of the action for the next 3 to 5 years.But The Pope is stepping down at the end of the month.Urb may take this oppertunity to become Petrus Romanus.You remember I predicted such if the Buckeyes went 12-0 in 2012.GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

buck-I.8's picture

For what it's worth, for people who have been voicing their concerns about Marshall's size: 247's updated profile on Lawrence lists him at 6'3'' 225. With more than a full year of HS left, he should be about average side for a DE.

Adam H's picture

Jim Cordle is and forever will be the best offensive lineman from Lancaster. Don't even try and say otherwise Alex.  Jimmy!

pdpepper's picture

Alex, you mentioned over 8 commitments by April 1st.  I can't imagine you were counting on these three addiional commitments (Trout probably, not sure about other 2), but who are the other 3 or more you see committing by April 1st?

Alex's picture

I just knew things would move quickly but didn't have exact names pegged for 8...just think it will be higher

ODEEZ330's picture

11w staff or anybody else are the taco comparison's for
Marshall legite or sour grapes out of ttun. I know urb offered marshall and not taco so that's all I need to know but id like your guys opinions

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Alex's picture

I'd say they are somewhat similar but Marshall is more polished at the same point in their development. Taco is a bit longer and rangier while Marshall is faster and plays with more control.

buckeye76BHop's picture

^^Taco Ch. is not a bad player what so ever.  He'll be a good Weak Side DE or OLB for them up there.  He wasn't offered bc we wanted the ones we got (Bosa, Price, Hill, Sprinkle, Tyquan L even though he'll possibly play OLB...etc).  OSU will be down right SICK at DL...the entire country will see what I mean in late August when Buffallo's QB is running for his life.  
Marshall is part of a bigger picture...he's been reported as saying he'll be working on Malik McDowell (and I'm sure Marshall and Webb both will be working on way more than just him up there).  I really hope Urban and Co. (considering Malik's always been a fan of Urbs) sway him away from the dark side and he commits to OSU over tTUN.  It's going to be tough but in the end...OSU gets Malik IMO of course and possibly due to attaining Law.Marshall;-)  

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hail2victors9's picture

Some of these kids think they can sway their buddies with no problem.  I don't know if it made it over here or not, but David Dawson has been tweeting on how he'll get Webb to flip to Michigan.  I don't see it happening, personally, but I also don't see Marshall and Webb having much pull for McDowell.  I mean, they don't even attend the same HS.  But with recruiting, you never know until the ink dries.
Regardless, I keep hearing McDowell is a two-horse race, right now between Michigan and ND.  Alex or Staff, feel free to elaborate on what you've heard.

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!

~Bo Schembechler

rgarrett22's picture

I thought the phrase was "plant the flag" not "plan the flag." Mistake or am I missing out on some reference as to why it's "plan" the flag?