Ohio State's Top Ten Remaining Targets in the '14 Class

By Miles Joseph on June 25, 2013 at 4:00p
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After the Buckeyes picked up their 11th, 12th, and 13th commitments for the 2014 recruiting class in just the last week, there are only eight or nine scholarships left to be handed out to top seniors from around the nation.

The Buckeyes are still targeting many players to come and join this class that has the potential to be a top five class nationally when National Signing Day rolls around in February of 2014.

Today, we'll take a look at  the top 10 remaining targets Urban Meyer and his coaching staff are chasing to complete this recruiting class.

Things that will be taken to account in these rankings include overall talent, position need, and Ohio State's chances of eventually landing the player.

10. RB Derrell Scott, Havelock (NC)

While I think the Buckeyes have a much better chance to land Jonathan Hilliman if they do decide to add a pure running back to this class, there's no question that the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Scott is a more talented football player at this point in his career. He rushed for 1,742 yards and 34 touchdowns in a dominant junior season.

I think South Carolina is a pretty heavy favorite to land Scott as things currently stand, but Scott told us that he really enjoyed his trip to Ohio State for the one day camp last week. It will be interesting to see if Urban and the Bucks can pry Scott from the south.

9. OG Demetrius Knox, Fort Worth (TX) All Saints Episcopal

It says a lot about the recruiting level Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes are at when a player as talented as Knox checks in as high as nine on this list. He has all of the makings of a dominant guard at the college level – one high school coach told me Knox was the most impressive offensive guard he saw at the Rivals 100 camp earlier this month.

Despite Knox naming the UCLA Bruins his leader a week ago, I think Ohio State has a very good chance at landing Knox. The 6-foot-4, 290-pound guard currently lives in Texas, but he's from Springfield, Ohio and remains a big Buckeyes fan. In fact, you're liable to bump into him on 11W.

He plans on officially visiting Columbus for the Penn State game which will be played under the lights on October 26.

8. Wr Trevion Thompson, Durham (NC) Hillside

Urban Meyer loves to collect playmakers and Trevion Thompson is one of the best in the country at, ahem, making plays.

Thompson visited Ohio State last week and things reportedly went pretty well. However, Clemson holds a sizable lead in this race. It will be a tough one for Urban and the Bucks to pull off, but if they do, Thompson could be something special in the Scarlet and Gray.

7. OT Damian Prince, District Heights (MD) Bishop McNamara

FSU is the favorite to land Prince.

The Buckeyes are still in on several offensive linemen and Damian Prince is one of the five best tackles in this class.

The issue for the Buckeyes in this situation is Prince's high interest in the Florida State Seminoles.

He visited Ohio State last week and his visit went very well. The Bucks definitely made up some ground on the Noles, but will it be enough? There's still a lot of time left in this one as I don't think he'll decide until Signing Day.

6. OT Jermaine Eluemunor, Scranton (PA) Lackawanna C.C.

With four offensive line spots opening up after this season, Eluemunor would be a candidate for early playing time if he chooses the Buckeyes. With junior college experience, the mammoth tackle would be in a great position to step right into one of those spots.

He took his official visit to Ohio State last weekend and had an awesome time. Despite being committed to UCLA, I think the Buckeyes put themselves in the lead. We could see something happen on this front in the near future.

5. ATH Curtis Samuel, Brooklyn (NY) Erasmus Hall

Samuel could come into college and play two or three positions at a very high level. You can easily see him lining up at wide receiver, safety, or running back, but I expect him to play one of the latter two at the next level.

While news on Samuel has been scarce recently, the Bucks are believed to be his leader. The 247 Sports Crystal Ball has him going to Ohio State and it's at 100% right now. I think we'll see him commit to the Buckeyes in the next couple of months.

4. OT Chad Mavety, Garden City (NY) Nassau C.C.

Just like I said with Eluemunor: The Buckeyes will have a lot of holes to plug along the offensive line starting in 2014 due to the large number of graduates after this season. Mavety will have a chance to go into almost any major college and start from day one on campus.

The junior college standout made his first trip to Columbus a little over a week ago and had a great time. At this point, nearly everyone in the recruiting industry has Ohio State pegged as the destination for Mavety. He plans on returning to Columbus for his official visit for the Indiana game.

3. OT Jamarco Jones, Chicago (IL) De La Salle Institute

Jones will be a great pickup for a B1G school. He has narrowed his list to Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State. He will choose one of those three schools this Thursday at 2 p.m. ET at his high school.

While both the Spartans and Wolverines have gained some ground on the Buckeyes over the past few weeks, I still fully expect Ohio State to be his destination when he announces his future school Thursday. He will have the chance to come in and play right away for the Scarlet and Gray.

2. ATH Marshon Lattimore, Cleveland (OH) Glenville

Ohio's top player is coveted by almost every football major football program in America, including his home state Buckeyes. He was dominant on both sides of the football for Glenville in 2012 and will be able to play wide receiver or cornerback once he gets to college, with corner his most likely destination.

Lattimore has visited Ohio State many times, a lot more than any other school. He wants to look at a few more programs before sitting down and making a decision. I think it could go to signing day – like it has with most Glenville recruits, but in the end, I think he'll be a Buckeye.

1. LB Raekwon McMillan, Hinesville (GA) Liberty County

We've finally reached number one on our countdown of the Buckeyes' top 10 remaining prospects. McMillan was a pretty easy choice. He was a force for Liberty County last year compiling 152 tackles, 22 of which were for loss.

At 6-foot-2 and 242 pounds, McMillan is considered the nation's top inside linebacker and that is a position of need for Ohio State.

McMillan has visited Ohio State several times and has enjoyed each and every one of his trips to Columbus. The Buckeyes will face stiff competition from the likes of Alabama and Clemson in this race, but in the end I think he'll pledge to the Bucks.

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Poison nuts's picture

Thanks Miles...11W recruiting has been on point as of late! Is Erick Smith missing because it's thought that he's not a top 10 target? I ask on account of the perception that Lattimore & Smith look like a package deal so it seems that if you want Lattimore, then you want Smith too, no?

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Dayton Buckeye's picture

I would be thrilled if we end up half these recruits.  I have complete faith in our coaching staff.  We will end up with an outstanding class.

Calgarybuck's picture

I'm interested in Miles opinion on what happens with Eric Smith with him and Marshon claiming to be a package deal.

Cincinnati Mac's picture

Exact question I had once I saw the list.

BuckinBama's picture

Ths will be another top 5 class, maybe even top 3 for sure.

AndyVance's picture

What a star-studded list... If the Buckeyes land even half of these big guns, it will be a special, special class.

SilverBulletNYC's picture

I haven't heard Samuel playing Safety or RB in college...his high school coach even says he will be playing the...wait for it...Pervin Harvin position.

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Remington2323's picture

Thanks for the write up Miles. Go Bucks!

ScarletGray43157's picture

A program is on the right track when it is consistently in on the top talent nationally as well as the top in-state talent.  If OSU makes this a consistent pattern then good things will happen.  

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tdible2132's picture

So in your opinion Miles, Jermaine Eluemunor is not quite as important of a "get" as Chad Mavety?  I know recruiting rankings have Eluemunor as the slightly higher ranked prospect, but they are obviously neck and neck.  Is there any reason that you'd prefer Mavety over Eluemunor?  I myself am not really sure who I'd rather have between the two, so that's why i asked to hear what you think about the two in comparison.

Buckeye Rocket Sci's picture

The likelihood of getting the recruit was also taken into account. As such, it could be that Mavety would be preferred given that Eluemunor is currently committed elsewhere.

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tdible2132's picture

Well actually I'd have to disagree with that.  At this point it's looking more likely that we land Eluemunor.  He is visiting Arkansas this weekend, and will make his final decision mid next week.  He has definitely been trending OSU though and many insiders are predicting him to flip to OSU mid next week.  The crystal balls (FWIW) on 247 now have OSU 47% and UCLA 35% after people have been changing their predictions over the last couple of days.  Even our old pal Alex has predicted Eluemunor to flip next week and be a Buckeye.  It seems that we are actually in a really good spot to land both of these players right now, and I think many people are pegging a flip to OSU from Eluemunor next week FWIW.

tdible2132's picture

I just think it's slightly more likely we land Eluemunor at the moment because a lot can happen by the end of the summer when it comes to Mavety.  Who knows though, I think we have a GREAT shot to land both.

rkrumm's picture

For my money, Matt Elam is more important than any player not an OL. He would give OSU a dominate DT that they have not had in forever. He will tie up 2 OL and free the other DL and LB to get to the ball. Just think of the big DT that have come out of the SEC in the last few years. He to me is the number 1 must get.

Buckeye Rocket Sci's picture

That surprises me, thanks for the info! In that case, maybe it was just a game of "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe" as to who goes ahead of the other? Both would be huge for us as immediate starters/contributors! Here's hoping the trend keeps on going

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mh277907's picture

I'm excited to see which recruits come out of no where this year to commit (besides a very good one in Holmes). Unfortunately, since we have the best closer in the game, we have to wait until close to NSD to find out (cue Enter Sandman music).

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dgrubbs's picture

What do you think are the chances the Bucks can land some more top D-line prospects like a Matt Elam or Elijah Shaw?

Urban Nation Army's picture

Elam is a giant! If we take any more DL I really hope it's him.

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Say Ohio State misses out on Knox, and Eluemunor, who would replace them on this list?

Oh, and i'd put Samuel in the top 3. Shocking I know.

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Urban Nation Army's picture

Nartrell Curtis is one name.

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

Urban Nation Army's picture

If we get the top 3, I'll be thrilled with whoever else the coaches decide to take!

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

Hovenaut's picture

That's a perfect ten....some big time talent listed there.

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UrbanBuckeye's picture

Just wait until the 2015 class and beyond when we don't have scholarship restrictions. Going to be a lot of fun for us recruitniks.

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route4buckeye's picture

Cough cough EGW cough cough.

SaltyD0gg's picture

Do you think they take another QB if the right one comes calling?

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pjtobin's picture

Nice. That is my kind of a day. 

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alust2013's picture

I'd say we are doing pretty well with recruiting so far. I'd love to see another group of great LBs come out of the Silver Bullets as well, perhaps some combination of Shazier, the new freshmen and McMillan if he commits.

...and Michigan still sucks.

Oldschoolbuck's picture

Miles, have you guys been staying at LaQuinta... cuz you have your ducks in a row & are knocking it out of park!
Great job!

weimerad's picture

I disagree that Thompson should be part of the top ten remaining targets. While it would be awesome to land him i think the shipped has sailed and its wishful thinking at this point. I would replace him with Quincy Wilson. Dude is a stud.

weimerad's picture

Forgot about Elam too. I can see the remaining commits being the top 7 above plus Wilson and Elam, or another DL

okiebuck's picture

Amazing how the times are changing with the Urban Express; a top ten wish list that has only one kid from O-H-I-O on it.

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captain obvious's picture

We already have most of the top Ohio kids committed

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Miles Joseph's picture

haha yeah... Bucks have already taken most of what they want from the Buckeye state though

cinserious's picture

Is it just me or does it seem like Ohio state is consistently playing behind the 8 ball when it comes to recruits from md, dc, Philly, ny, etc. with the shape penn st is currently in and the East c, , oast prowess meyer historically has, why can't we slam dunk these northeastern guys? Don't get me wrong, we've scooted some beasts like Eli apple but it seems for the most part when i see a guy from dc or MD, i don't have much confidence.

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buckskin's picture

Great insight Miles, it's hard to go wrong with a top ten list.  Wasn't FSU also the team to beat for Jayln Holmes, just like they are for Prince, or was it another school?