Ohio State's defense was a disaster for much of 2013 and one game in 2014. The Silver Bullets didn't get much production from linebackers not named "Ryan Damn Shazier," this past year, but fret not, because help is on the way.
24/7 is breaking down recruiting class ranks by position as we hurdle towards February's National Signing Day. Today is linebackers, and Buckeye fans will rejoice at their No. 1 ranking:
The Buckeyes have once again reeled in a stellar group of linebackers, headlined by five-star Raekwon McMillan. The No. 2 inside linebacker in the country, McMillan is a physically college-ready run stopper who excels inside the tackle box. Top247 prospect Dante Booker has a nose for the football, a great frame, and the versatility to play all three linebacker positions depending on his physical development. Top247 prospect Kyle Berger was sidelined his senior season with a torn ACL, but on film he plays with incredible intensity, consistently wraps up on contact, and shows the range and proper angle pursuit to be a sideline-to-sideline player, but needs more experience in coverage as he often plays right on the line of scrimmage. Sam Hubbard is another Top247 prospect that has impressed with his size/athleticism combo, and he could end up playing outside linebacker as well.
*Scene cuts to Urban Meyer relaxing in the throne room of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center while sipping a chalice of scotch-on-the-rocks.*