Eight Future Buckeyes Appear in Rivals Final Top 100 for 2014

By DJ Byrnes on January 20, 2014 at 12:23p
Ohio State will be represented well in the future.

Last week, 24/7 released their final Top 247 of 2014. Scout too released their final Top 300 rankings. The Ohio State Buckeyes 2014 class represented well in each, and Rivals' final Top 100 rankings are no different.

  • No. 19, LB Raekwon McMillan, Five-Star
  • No. 40, CB Damon Webb, Four-Star
  • No. 45, OL Demetrius Knox, Four-Star
  • No. 49, WR Curtis Samuel, Four-Star
  • No. 51, DB Erick Smith, Four-Star
  • No. 55, DE Jalyn Holmes, Four-Star
  • No. 63, LB Dante Booker, Four-Star
  • No. 94, OL Jamarco Jones, Four-Star

Rivals lists Ohio State's 2014 "The Dream" recruiting class as the second best class in the country, trailing only Alabama. Ohio State also has twice as many commits in the final Rivals Top 100 than the rest of the Big Ten has combined (4).

For those asking about the omission of Marshon Lattimore... welll...


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iBuckeye's picture

Where is Marshon Lattimore? He is #1 in the state so he should be in front of Erick Smith.
EDIT: http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/player-Marshon-Lattimor...
His profile says "no rating" under national. They haven't updates his page or something. So make that NINE top 100 players.

k scho's picture

I was wondering the same thing. How the heck could he drop out of the top 100. Erick Smith looked better in the Army game but Marshon looked pretty good in that too.

rdubs's picture

My guess is that means he will be outside of the top 100.  Likely in top 250 though.

TheBadOwl's picture

He's listed at #1 in the state and #3 at his position (ATH). The third ATH listed in the top 100 is ranked 48th. Probably just an oversight, right?
EDIT: Also, Lattimore has a 6.0 ranking, and Jamarco Jones has a 5.9. I'm pretty sure they just messed up when inputting their top 100.

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tennbuckeye19's picture

My guess is that they're still editing the list. Some things don't add up. Lattimore's not listed nationally, yet #1 in Ohio. Smith is ranked higher nationally now than Booker, yet they have Booker ranked ahead of Smith in Ohio.

Statutoryglory's picture

They first update the national ratings then a couple of days later the states.

ChineseBuckeye's picture

I am with you. I think this is just a Rivals' system error. On Lattimore's personal page, he is listed as #1 in Ohio and #3 Athlete. So he should be between #2 ATH Bo Scarbrough (#16 nationally) and #4 ATH Ronnie Clark (#48 nationally). He should also be ahead of both Dante Booker (#63) and Erick Smith (#51). So my guess is Lattimore is around #40, pretty close to Damon Webb. And yes, we have 9 top 100 players.
BTW: Is the state ranking supposed to match the national ranking? Then how come the #2 Ohio player Dante Booker is #63 in the nation while #3 Ohio player Erick Smith is #51? I just found their ranking algorithm so weird.

kmp10's picture

CFT counts Ohio State with nine (9) players in Rivals top 100... or so I'm guessing as they mention, in their article about SEC recruiting domination, that OSU accounts for "75%" of the B1G's 12 top 100 players. The B1G and ACC, by the way, tied for second place among the five big conferences (B1G, ACC, SEC, Big12, Pac12) for most Rivals top 100 players. The dreaded SEC has 38. 
The good news is that Ohio State is recruiting better than anybody in the country except for 'Bama (and the difference is minimal). The bad news is that the talent gap between the SEC and the B1G continues to grow. While the Buckeyes are beating up on most of the B1G (generally speaking anyway) even the bottom half of the SEC (Kentucky, for eg.) is significantly out recruiting the B1G champion, MSU. 

mh277907's picture

Is there enough time for us to catch *ichigan???


740buckeye's picture

A little surprised Lattimore didn't make the cut as well.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

If Kwon is #19 and a 5 star...How many total 5 stars are there this year, according to the folks at Rivals???

Unky Buck's picture

When I used to frequent the Scout page a long time ago (in a galaxy far, far away), I recall them always listing in upwards of (30) 5-star guys. I don't quite understand that, but it's their system. So seeing that from Rivals doesn't really shock me either.

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Crimson's picture

#33, Jalen Hurd, brings up the rear.

Tjames43's picture

Did Lattimore perform that bad in the Army game to drop 45+ spots? I thought he did well

JFKBuckeye's picture

Marshon went from top 50 to out of the top 100 smh. There is no way he should've slipped that far. From what I understand I heard he impressed folks down in San Antonio as well as Erick Smith

MN Buckeye's picture

So Erick Smith was impressed with Lattimore, too?

iBuckeye's picture

If you look at my first post in this thread I linked his rivals page. I could be wrong, but I don't think he dropped out of the top 100. It says "no rating" under the 'national' part of his page. So I think they just haven't updated his page or something. It'll be fixed.

UrbanCulture's picture

I have a bad hunch that this isn't the case. I'm taking a random guess that he checks in at #103

mobboss1984's picture

These rankings are questionable. Lattimore should be higher and Raekwon should be too. 

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toad1204's picture

Did 247 start using ESPiN's evaluation forms?

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Lattimore exclusion must be a mistake, or they are re-working their positional and state rankings as well. Several "athletes" ranked behind him on Rivals are in the top 65-70...so must be an oversight I guess.
Either way, he's a great prospect, and look forward to seeing him in Scarlet and Gray!

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CLEBuck's picture

After they do the Rivals 100 they come out with the 250.  Lattimore will be in the 250, they don't update the positional and state rankings until then.  He will fall it looks like.

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teddyballgame's picture

So Lattimore is not a top 100 player anymore? 

Tjames43's picture

Just for information sake here is his ranking on every other site 
247 composite: 40
So my confusion, or should I say our confusion, is justified. I would enjoy and explanation.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Someone should tweet Mike Farrell and ask him what's up with Lattimore.

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TilstheHun3's picture

If he had committed to Bama he would be Top 30, no question...

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jamesrbrown322's picture

He'd be a 5 star and future Heisman and Thorpe candidate if he was a Bama commit.

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Jordan Wagner's picture

I've yet to see 100 prospects better than Marshon Lattimore in the 2014 class. 

Tjames43's picture

Im pretty Sure there arent even 50 

ohhiyo's picture

if he didnt care about the rankings how could it movtivate him

Statutoryglory's picture

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DJ Byrnes's picture

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kareemabduljacobb's picture

Not sure why Lattimore isn't in the top 100.  They must not have updated his personal profile then as people have stated about.  If I had twitter, I'd send @rivalsmike a question about why Lattimore isn't in the top 100 when his personal rankings are as high as they are.  Oh well, I like how Smith made a big jump.  I think he could be another Donte Whitner for us down the road.  Big safety that can cover, yet come up and hit like a linebacker.  Been awhile since we've had a B.A. safety.  Now with Bell, Burrows and Smith and all the others we have, plus all of our corners we've been getting... it's an embarrassment of riches.  Can't wait to see how these guys perform in the next few years.

PittBuckeye's picture

I'm in the confused about Shon club, but good for Erick Smith getting some much deserved love. I'm happy to have them all joining the S&G.

BuckeyeChris's picture

LOL...in May of 2013 scUM had the #1 class. Now? Welcome to #23?!  :) 
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Jdadams01's picture

Just like the last few years, they busted out of the hate, but couldn't land anyone else down the stretch. Their on field performance this year opened some eyes, methinks. 

VestedInterest's picture

Their recruiting classes mimic their September Heisman's.

bleedscarlet's picture

Great class.... Shon will care even less when he's killin it at The Shoe........

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I know he's not a Buckeye commit, but Speedy Noil should be in the top 10.

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

I like 98.43 percent of your comments, but this is the kind of thinking that leaves me baffled. Even if we were all talent scouts - obviously we're not - and we all got to see the top 200 or so prospects in person and spent considerably more time evaluating them in other ways - which doesn't happen - the final precise decisions on whether a kid should be, in the top 10 versus ranked 20 - 40, etc., are fairly arbitrary.
I'm not one who claims that recruiting rankings are pointless. They're imperfect but highly useful tools. If you bet the "horses" (which college football recruits will produce at the highest levels), armed with recruiting rankings, you'll pick more winners than you would without such guides, but you'll still miss a lot, too.    

Unky Buck's picture

I like 99.040678 percent of his comments...
And Hove has stolen 10.5968177407638992067 percent of his helmet stickers.

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I still have the throne. :D

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Youngbuck85's picture

Wow. Just went and watched marshon and ericks highlights from senior year.... Both are off the charts athletic. Very impressed with smiths physicality as a tackler and skills as a wideout. Both look like top 50 players