Ohio State Feeling Peachy in 2014

By Alex on March 13, 2013 at 1:30p
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During the Jim Tressel era, life on the recruiting trail was good for the Buckeyes. OSU continuously brought in top-rated classes and relocated the best talent across the Midwest to Columbus.

Buckeye Nation wants McMillanRaekwon McMillan is one of the top players in Georgia

While he didn't recruit nationally the way Urban Meyer does, Tressel did bring in some big-time players from outside of the region as well. That included SEC country, where he consistently signed highly ranked recruits from Florida, and also had success of late in the state of Georgia.

By bringing in four-star prospects DB Brandon Mitchell, QB Antonio Henton, DE Keith Wells and seeing DB Anderson Russell, DL Cameron Heyward and CB Bradley Roby have successful careers at OSU, the Buckeyes were able to create serious momentum in the Peach State.

That momentum continued when Meyer came to town, bringing a rock star persona and stellar reputation in the region thanks to his national title days at Florida.

The Buckeyes' coach failed to bring in any Georgia talent in 2012, but in his first full year on the trail, he landed two of the state's best prospects in 2013, five-star S Vonn Bell and four-star LB Trey Johnson.

The plan to go after the best prospects in Georgia has definitely not slowed down in 2014, as the Bucks have already extended offers to nearly 20 Peach State natives.

Logic states that if enough offers go out that some will have to be accepted, but in Ohio State's case logic may not be needed because many of these top players are buying what Meyer is selling and the Bucks have a chance to do serious damage in a state that is so plentiful in talent for 2014.

By now everyone should be familiar with Gainesville QB Deshaun Watson. Watson is currently committed to Clemson, but has mentioned Ohio State as the top school he'd look at if he wavers from his pledge to the Tigers. Keep an eye on what the OSU staff does in terms of offering another quarterback, as that will tell you how they feel about their chances with what could be the nation's top passer.

Two elite running backs the staff is after include Cedartown's Nick Chubb and Norcross's Myles Autry.

Chubb will be a tough pull from the South, after rushing for over 2,600 yards with 38 touchdowns last season. He is visiting campus this spring though, and it may be Meyer's lone chance to sell him before he cuts his list, so the trip is a big one.

Autry on the other hand, grew up an Ohio State fan, and is supposed to come to Columbus for a visit in early April. I think Autry will be recruited as an athlete, and the Bucks have a great shot to land him if they want him.

Tyrone Sandy Creek WR Demarre Kitt recently had an excellent visit to Ohio State and plans to come back again this spring or summer. Following the trip, the 6-1/185 receiver put OSU in his top two along with Clemson, so the Bucks are in a good spot for the former Georgia commit.

Orlando Brown Jr. of Suwanee Peachtree Ridge is another prospect high on Ohio State and his mom, from Cleveland, grew up a fan of the Buckeyes. Brown recently named seven schools as his favorites and in addition to OSU other schools included were Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Michigan, Oklahoma, and South Carolina.

I-O!Myles Autry and Lorenzo Carter like Ohio State

On the other side of the line, the Bucks are looking at some talented defensive line prospects from Georgia. Those offered include DT Elisha Shaw, DT Chris Williams, DE Lorenzo Carter, DE Dante Sawyer, and DE Andrew Williams.

Looking at the tackles, Shaw is rated as the nation's third-best at the position, but it appears Alabama and Georgia may be tough to beat at this point. Williams is a teammate of Kitt's at Sandy Creek, but he too will be tough to grab out of the South, although his OSU recruitment has really just started to get going.

At defensive end, Sawyer appeared to be the top candidate to end up in scarlet and gray, but momentum hasn't been as positive in the last month and a visit will be needed to see how real that interest is. Carter, a teammate of Autry's at Norcross, has also spoken highly of the Buckeyes, but he is the nation's third-ranked player and competition is stiff. Williams hasn't really said one way or another which way he is leaning at this time.

Another prospect OSU fans are familiar with is Hinesville Liberty County LB Raekwon McMillan. Ever since visiting last summer, McMillan has been high on Ohio State and has had the program as his leader over Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and USC for a while now. Another visit, with Autry, is planned for early April, so expect the Bucks to solidify their place on the All-American's list during that stay.

Outside of McMillan, the Buckeyes also have an offer out to Norcross LB Kevin Mouhon. Mouhon is high on Tennessee and Auburn right now, but if the staff can get Autry and/or Carter on board, they will certainly do their best to get in the four-star prospect's ear.

Finally, defensive back targets on Meyer's radar are CB Kalvarez Bessent, S Chris Williams, S DJ Smith, S Cortez McDowell, and S Nick Glass. Right now I would say the two most likely prospects to end up in Columbus on that list are McDowell and Glass.

Ohio State was one of the early schools to recognize McDowell and finally offered the Locust Grove product a scholarship back on February 6. A visit will definitely be needed before you can put this one in serious consideration, but he has spoken very highly of the Buckeyes' staff, including Everett Withers and Urban Meyer. McDowell had 60 tackles, 10 pass break-ups, 2 interceptions, and a sack in his junior season.

Glass has been a Georgia commit for quite some time now, but has expressed repeatedly that he is open to looking at other schools. One of the schools he always mentions is Ohio State and he has told me that he has spoken to other Georgia prospects about heading to Columbus to play together. Glass just transferred from St. Pius X to Peachtree Ridge, the school Bradley Roby attended and that Orlando Brown goes to, so that is good news for the Bucks. He is being recruited by Everett Withers and plans to get to campus sometime this spring or summer when his schedule permits.

As you can see, the Buckeyes are certainly being aggressive when it comes to recruiting Georgia's best. With Urban Meyer's track record and some Peach State natives on the roster to help recruit, it's hard to imagine the program not being successful in landing some of these elite playmakers.

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dubjayfootball90's picture

this is why I love 11W. Gives you the in depth scoop on recruiting. 
Edit: among other things, of course.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

Poison nuts's picture

Georgia...Geooorgia...always on my mind...
Thanks for the article Alex. Do you have any thoughts on OSUs chances with D Watson?

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

Alex's picture

I think they're solid, but it may not be the timetable they want. May have to offer another QB after spring evaluation.

CC's picture

I hope that's an "H" not a "U".

d5k's picture

I'd certainly forgive Lorenzo if he commits, but that is the Miami (FL) 'U' rather than an 'H'.
Ninja'd.

DefendYoungstown's picture

We had better hold our peaches until we figure out this alleged freshman incident.

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

RBuck's picture

Just one question: Where can I get one of those O-H-1-0 shirts?

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

Poison nuts's picture

The Barnes & Noble on Campus had them last time I visited last year, otherwise - Online

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

RBuck's picture

Thank-a-you.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

Poison nuts's picture

Welcome

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

cinserious's picture

got my red one from Dick's Sporting goods.

Gone ham, be back soon...

Alex's picture

I believe he intended an H although it does look like a U...could be wrong...regardless he does seem intrigued by OSU

jackson's picture

Alex, and news about lorenzo carter yet ?

osubuck57's picture

Lovin these Georgia recruits.If we land even 2-3,it's a plus for us.Autry and McMillan being 1a and 1b.Like our chances with Carter too!!

SCOTTC.

MediBuck's picture

Recent photo of the tOSU coaching staff pillaging recruiting the warm, fertile lands to the south:

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

cinserious's picture

If we land 4 or 5 Georgia guys for '14, it will be like throwing a haymaker at the SEC west and knockin' em out cold. Kitt, Glass, McMillan, Autry have all discussed playing together; if its not for the Buckeyes, its not anywhere. What a statement that would make!

Gone ham, be back soon...

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Add Carter to that mix, and the SEEEEECEEEE hate toward Ohio State will grow larger.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

LouGroza's picture

Thought Autry said he intended to play football and basketball in college. Cannot remember where and also unsure if he was joking but that was what he mentioned a few days ago.

buckeye76BHop's picture

Not trying to sound too overconfident...but I think OSU pulls in 5-6 or possibly more GA recruits.  It sure will help in the future when it comes to nabbing great recruits from the south.

"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 

fear_the_nut70's picture

While I think this is possible, this is where it gets interesting as I think at most we take 19-20 next year.  Can't pilfer all those kids from Georgia, try and take all the kids from the worst state ever, and still protect all the kids from Ohio (yes I know, you don't get everyone and this shyte usually works itself out.  Still, 19-20 is a smallish class).  Should be interesting.

Citrus's picture

Millions of peaches! Peaches for free! Millions of peaches, peaches for me!

Look Out!!!