ESPN Releases Latest Recruiting Rankings

January 14, 2014 at 4:18p    by Jordan Wagner
McMillan, Jones make ESPN's list

The final ESPN300, ranking the top 300 football prospects in the nation, is out and it features 11 different players committed to play for Urban Meyer and Ohio State.

The most recent additions to “Dream14,” linebacker Raekwon McMillan at No. 13 overall, and wide receiver Johnnie Dixon at No. 34, headline the list for the Buckeyes.

Somewhat surprisingly, Cincinnati Moeller's Sam Hubbard is missing from the rankings. A five-star on Scout, Hubbard doesn't even crack ESPN's top 300.

Rank Player Pos. Grade     Rank Player Pos. Grade
13 Raekwon McMillan LB 90   153 Curtis Samuel ATH 84
34 Johnnie Dixon WR 85   166 Jalyn Holmes DE 83
45 Marshon Lattimore ATH 84   172 Demetrius Knox G 83
58 Damon Webb CB 84   178 Parris Campbell ATH 83
74 Jamarco Jones OT 84   183 Erick Smith S 83
130 Dante Booker LB 83          

As a result of the update, Ohio State's class falls from fifth to sixth in ESPN's team rankings. According to the 247Sports composite ranking, which polls several recruiting services, Ohio State has the No. 2 class in the nation.

Michigan is second in the Big Ten with nine commitments in the ESPN300. Alabama leads all schools with 17. 



Thomas's picture

Dante Booker ranked 13th on 24/7 sports. I, I just don't understand... Why ESPN so stupid!?!

TheBadOwl's picture

IIRC Sam Hubbard: #2 OLB on Scout, #48 OLB on ESPN.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

Liening's picture

17 out of the top 300 for Alabama.  11 and 9 for for the 2 best B1G recruiting classes.  That right there is what we must fix as the first step back to a respected B1G conference.


ajbosu1's picture

That's one service, ESPN, that is often thought of as the least credible in recruiting. 
I am not disagreeing that we need to continue to recruit well, but the sky is far from falling. 

Golden Buckeye's picture

OSU has 17 of the top 247 on 247sports.  And we have fewer commits than Bama.  Although they definitely have the best class in the nation, OSU is right up there with em.  Now the rest of the B1G needs to step up too, but OSU is definitely keeping up with the best of the SEC.

Jordan Wagner's picture

107 of the 267 commits in the ESPN300 are headed to SEC schools.

Unky Buck's picture

So ESPN only put 267 players in their list of the top 300 players? Color me shocked...

If you jiggle your monitor, does that make a jiggly gif?

KingKosar's picture

Unky, I believe it means that the balance of players are still uncommitted?  

Unky Buck's picture

Now color me stupid...

If you jiggle your monitor, does that make a jiggly gif?

CPDenn's picture

267 are committed.

Iwearmocs's picture

I'm almost surprised they didn't drop McMillan lol

BUCKfutter's picture

ESPN's rankings are so far skewed to the south it's ridiculous.  Booker and Campbell way underranked, as is Hubbard.  Smith at 183 is a joke.  Curtis Samuel at 153??  All northerners.

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

PittBuckeye's picture

Hubbard was hurt wasn't he? That never helps. The other guys, I like to think it'll make em' play with a chip on their shoulder. Probably over thinking that though.

BUCKfutter's picture

I know Berger tore up his knee.  Hubbard wasn't hurt that I know of, but that doesn't mean that he wasn't.

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

2002osubuck's picture

Hubbard had a great year, it was Berger who was hurt. 247 moved Hubbard up 100 spots to 132 and scout has him a 5* #2 OLB but we all know eSECpn rates Ohio players and Midwest players lower in general. We have 17 commits in the top 247 recruits on 247sports and eSECpn has 17 guys from bama in the top 267 just shows how biased they are.

BUCKfutter's picture

Also, no McLaurin, another northerner

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

TheBadOwl's picture

Seriously, you'd think that after tearing up ESPN's huge combine (The Opening) and then winning Mr. Football in Indiana, he'd get a little bit of respect from ESPN.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

Matt F's picture

But, ESPN is known for their in depth analysis.

jedkat's picture

that's in-derp analysis.
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otrain2416's picture

 If you wanna know how bad ESPN is at ranking players OSU isn't even considered a top 5 recruiting class according to them. 

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Denny's picture

Yes but where does ESPN rank this recruiting class on NCAA Football the Video Game


cinserious's picture

ESPN is so incredibly rediculous with their bias anyway, but with the recruiting rankings, ESPN looses any little bit of credibility it might have still had (outside the South).

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

3-yrds_and_a_CLOUD's picture

ESPN is completly garbage, and I have personally been boycotting them both on the internet and TV for about 6 months other than must see games. For news I use Yahoo sports and various other sites like SN. I have been watching CBS sports for TV news or not at all and ust using the internet. I cannot stand any more of the bias and bull shit from ESPN.  

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TilstheHun3's picture

Personally I think the title should have been "ESPN Releases Latest $EC Pile of Shit"

What is this? A center for ants?!? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?

dcbucks's picture

I'll take a couple more Jalyn Holmes' at #166. 

I_Run_The_Dave's picture

If you read the explanations you'll see that ESPN admits to being subjective in their rankings.  I'll bet it goes something like this:  
-- Give Southern player an artificial boost in rankings.  Give Northern and Western player an artificial drop in rankings.
-- See where players above have interest and scholarship offers.  Determine if players are likely to commit to SEC and if so, further boost in rankings.  Otherwise, further drop in rankings.
-- If player commits or enrolls early to SEC school, boost even further.  If player commits or enrolls early to any other school, drop even further in rankings.
-- Ignore performances in combines and all star games, even when lower ranked players outperform higher ranked players.  Because they were obviously overachieving and can't sustain that kind of success.  The higher ranked players would have played better if they had been playing Stanford football.
-- Now that even the SEC bottom feeders have "top ranked" recruiting classes, use this to perpetuate artificial preseason rankings for SEC teams, so that no matter who wins and loses in the SEC, an artificially high number of them will maintain high rankings throughout the season because of strength of schedule.

cinserious's picture

^^I-run-the-dave's^^ comment above is so true. Everything ESPiN does in a nutshell. It's complete bullshit, but that's what happens when one corporation has a virtual monopoly on everything sports-related. Hopefully FS1 will pick up alot of steam in the coming years and force ESPiN's regional bias to only be watched by people in the Southeast. 

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

Bucksfan's picture

Five star recruit gets offered by Ohio State...
Immediately downgraded to 3 stars by ESPN.

st pete bch buckeye's picture

No way there are 182 players better then E Smith.  Basically if you didn't play in the UA game you suck.

kb1's picture

The whole 'espn tried to help ACC poach B1G teams' just threw more fuel to the fire. F them.

UrbanAssaultVehicle's picture

...about espn. GO BUCKS!

GingerJaw's picture

I've never put much stock into the rankings. The real ranking should come out 2 years later, when they're heading into their Jr/(R)So years. That's also a lot more telling for how our coaching is. AJ Hawk came in as a 3*, left as a legend. Product of good coaching and hard work.

dc28's picture

I totally agree with you. Rankings are for water cooler talk. Wait until these student athletes are all conference, all american, or major award winners before labeling them as a ranked recruit. I figure that there were several great college players that were ranked below 5*s. Ranking recruits is just as silly and stupid as having preseason rankings. Neither of them matter.

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