OSU Has Three of Fastest 10 Players in 2014 Class

By DJ Byrnes on January 28, 2014 at 11:11a
Speed Kills

Speed kills in football, and Urban Meyer has been known to cherish the trait. Good thing for Buckeyes fans, because his latest class is dripping speed according to a list of the top ten fastest prospects in the 2014 class:

For the record, Bleacher Report listed five-star Alabama early-enrollee Tony Brown as the fastest player in the country. No other team has two recruits on this list, let alone three. 

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PittBuckeye's picture

This is just becoming dangerous.

OSUBias's picture

I just glanced at this and thought the picture was the engine from the Purdue logo, and I thought "Yeah that seems like an appropriate slogan for Purdue."

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CptBuckeye24's picture

If speed kills, they will live forever

BigKat45's picture

Oh nos! Will national media has to change its narratives about not having SEC speed? I scared.

"Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” - Urban

cronimi's picture

I know you're joking, Kat, but it's a serious thing. The national media will have to change their narrative (all of a sudden, speed is bad). And such 'intellectual whiplash' can cause serious injury to one's mind, if not one's reputation.

bleedscarlet's picture

No no no.... everyone has speed at the skill positions its the DLine speed that sets the sec apart.... wait, what?... OSU is fast there also?.... it's the speed at left guard that makes the difference in the sec........

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BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

SEC B1G Buckeye Speed!
It's a real thing.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

I took it once, sophomore year. Almost had to go to the emergency room for a heart attack...

popeurban's picture

Sounds like my adderall experience. 

Killer nuts's picture

What B10 defenses will be saying...

BUCK-I-FAN's picture

Maryland lol pun intended.

Killer nuts's picture

What the SEC will be thinking...

Unky Buck's picture

See how quick they are?

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Deadly Nuts's picture

All three of those players come from northern states!


Killer nuts's picture

Ssshhhhhhhh, don't tell anyone, you don't want to mess with the narrative

JohnnyKozmo's picture

BINGO!!!  I hate the SEC Speed argument, and that the only places to find speed is in the south and west.  Does the SEC play faster? Absolutely yes! But it's not always because of faster players.  It's got more to do with coaching schemes, and being aggressive to the ball.  You watch an LSU or Bama defense, and they make the offense adjust from the first play.  It seems like they play with 20 guys on defense sometimes.  OSU is going after and getting the same kids that Bama, LSU, Florida, Georgia, etc. go after.  No one is going to convince me that it's by pure chance that OSU ends up with slower players year in and year out, and therefore cannot compete with the SEC. 

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bucksk1n's picture

They use the euphemism southern speed because they can't say what they really mean.  
These are the facts:

  • The percentage of African-americans is greater in the south than it is in the north. (About double the % of population in SEC states than in B1G states).
  • African-americans are more likely better football players than the rest of the population as proven by the fact they make up 60% of the total NFL and much higher % of skill positions.  An African-American kid is 10x more likely to play D1 college football than all other races combined.  That isn't because African-Americans get preferential treatment. :P

Can you imagine Kirk Herbstreit or Lee Corso saying this on gameday?  
  - Iowa needs to get more African Americans on their team!
It's much safer to say the B1G needs more 'southern speed'.  It doesn't mean players are better in the South or slow in the North.  It's just a saying that we are stuck with because they have to be politically correct.

ToetotheFace's picture

"African-americans are more likely better football players than the rest of the population as proven by the fact they make up 60% of the total NFL and much higher % of skill positions.  An African-American kid is 10x more likely to play D1 college football than all other races combined.  That isn't because African-Americans get preferential treatment. :P"
Be careful about saying all other races. Polynesians have a way, way higher percentage of nfl players per capita. Blacks(if you're going to complain about something else being PC, then why use a term we do not use for whites? I'm not going to call a white person European-American or Caucasian) are naturally more athletic in some ways than Whites, just like Whites will probably always dominate winter sports because whites were naturally adapted for the conditions over 1000s of years. Still though, average economic worth plays a very significant role in the situation, as does culture.
The black players definitely deserve to be where they are, you're right it isn't special treatment BUT, I do think it is a bit ridiculous what we're seeing with black coaches. Psuedo scientists publishing studies that more diversity is needed at head coaching positions, despite the fact that Black population percentage is already represented. That annoys me on two levels, the fact that Black people suddenly represent all Minorities(never hear them talking about the need for Asian coaches and Latin coaches), and the fact that they would NEVER endorse something like this to happen in sports(unless it is blacks in the MLB lol). I don't care that much, because I realize I am in a much better situation than the average minority, but there is definitely a solid presence of reverse racism in their reasoning. I'm going to laugh when enough illegal immigrants come over from Mexico that they are the most significant minority, and it suddenly all switches around because the leaders(politicians, businessmen, etc.) want to save their asses. Then suddenly Latinos will represent all minorities.
 Anyways since this is a sports site and I don't want to increase my already high chances of getting banned for this post, since these topics are so sensitive to so many; I'll leave off on this. Urban Meyer is one of the best recruiters in the country, he can pull players from anywhere in the country, and tOSU will match all the speed of southern teams. As a Midwest team I also hope we retain power, but given how much success he had with Hyde this season I'm sure that is in his plans.    

Jeeves's picture

On your point about Hispanics passing Blacks as the largest minority, it has already happened: 
The Census Bureau reported last month that overall Hispanic population jumped 42 percent in the last decade to 50.5 million, or 1 in 6 Americans. Blacks increased a modest 11 percent to 37.7 million, with declines particularly evident in big cities such as New York, Detroit, Cleveland, and St. Louis, Mo.

buckeyefanatic's picture

Would like to see speed measurables for OL/DL!

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Deadly Nuts's picture

Top 10:
SEC Commits- 3
Ohio State Commits- 3


BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

+1 for you Zimmy for making me read something in my Scooby Doo voice...

BoFuquel's picture

I like speed; OH YEAH! GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

DannyBeane's picture

But are they Jimmy John's fast?

Nashville Buckeye's picture

Love the fact that we are becoming a fast, dynamic team.  I don't want us to lose the big bruisers though.  Some of our best athletes were NOT the 4.3 and 4.4 guys.
Eddie George wasn't a burner.  Beanie Wells wasn't a burner.
I love the speed, but don't want to lose the physicality that has made us who we are!
Go Bucks!

Dips's picture

Urban Meyer recruits exactly like I do in NCAA #14.
Sort by: Speed

rock flag and eagle's picture

Wow.  That's impressive.  But, since they are WR in an Urban Meyer offense, all I need to know is if they can block for a running QB. 

d5k's picture

3781 yards from scrimmage and 32 total TDs in 3 years:
Patience, grasshopper.

Kurt's picture

This seems inaccurate beacuse the fastest people in the country come from south.

AngryWoody's picture

All other schools only have one.

I laughed so hard.

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Tony Brown is currently failing at outrunning the long arm of the law, however.

youngbuck95's picture

Anyone else look at the actual article and notice that they have listed 40 times for each person on the list, yet the order of the list doesn't coincide with the times at all? Granted, reported 40 times can be extremely unreliable regardless of the source, but it just seems odd considering these rankings are then completely arbitrary. Bleacher report is essentially saying, He just looks faster than the other guy.

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Not only that but they make no mention of how big the actual sample size was.  Instead, 

"We examine 10 prospects well-prepared to hit the ground running in college while keeping opponents on their heels"

So basically they cherry picked these guys because they thought they were fast.  I'm not saying that our guys aren't fast, but this report brings no facts to the table.  

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toad1204's picture

Bleacher Report bleacher reporting.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

otrain2416's picture

I still find it baffling that Parris Campbell didn't get invited to an AA game. 

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

Statutoryglory's picture

Maybe he's too young?  Only thing I can think of.

Mortc15's picture

While "speed kills", I think this topic is overblown. Bama didnt have elite offensive speed during their great run. They had great defensive team speed. Theyre d-line and backers were fast to close up holes and force plays to the sidelines. Having the fastest offensive weapons doesnt equate to having better team speed. It doesnt hurt obviously, but SEC teams aren't looking at that list and freaking out...


NCBuckeye1's picture

There is absolutely no need for reasoned and fair and balanced arguments in a place like this....
Unless of course, your arguments are fair and balanced. Good input.

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JOhio1560's picture

That's good recruiting for you! 
The more important thing is that these guys are just going to get faster. Ohio State has the finest S&C program in the nation and it will be interesting to see what Marotti does to further develop this talent.

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steveoz49's picture

Talking about all this speed is all good and fine, but I'm going to hold back my excitement until I see them on the field.  Speed on the bench doesn't help us score points. 
I'm still waiting to see that game changing speed of Wilson that was talked about all offseason and spring.

d5k's picture

Well when he was out there we saw the speed.  It's all the other stuff that he needs to learn how to do to be a complete football player.  He actually played a lot of snaps in the last few critical games.  He was used primarily as a decoy to open up the inside running game with Hyde though.  But you have to be a threat to be an effective decoy and he was a threat.  Next year he will be primary on more plays rather than a decoy.

Squirrel Master's picture

Really because it was there. The problem was every time he got the ball it was basically the same play. So teams just started keying in on that and he had no chance, yet...
did you not see that each time he did get the ball, was surrounded with nowhere to go, he still got 5-8 yards positive? The kid flashed the speed, he just had no room to get loose because of the horrible predictability of the plays he was used in. Dontre will be the real deal once he learns more of the playbook and Herman takes more advantage of what he can do. All he did after the first couple of games was jet sweeps. Once he can run a route tree and get into the mix of different run formations, he will be tough to stop. Just need to get defenses spread open more.
Now I will say this too, he is small. When surrounded he isn't big enough to break a ton of tackles, at least not until he gets more muscles. So he wasn't the tackle breaker we all expected.
That is why Curtis Samuel will be a big difference, and Jalin Marshall too. They are both 6' plus and bigger. Samuel is just as fast too, so he will be able to get to the edge and still break a few tackles.

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sharks's picture

Brown is currently running track for Bama, and I read that he came in fourth in some race this weekend. Would like to see the mutants who beat him...

A man got to have a code...

JollyFatMan's picture

Track speed doesn't equal football speed. I bet we could find at least a dozen track athletes who run track exclusively in just the SEC who run faster than Tony Brown. 

How firm thy friendship..

hit_the_couch's picture


Track speed doesn't equal football speed.

It matters or else 40 times wouldn't be measured. It also helps to determine the strength of the achilles, which tends to determine starting and stopping power, agility and mobility. It all factors in. 
He runs a 10.5 100 which isn't world class, but it's pretty good. tOSU has guys that fast.

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JollyFatMan's picture

I wasn't referencing that the 40 isn't an important measure, just that his speed, in reality, isn't that fast.. as the man before me mentioned the 'mutants' who ran faster than him. 
Not many athletes can make their speed translate to both sports. As hilarious as Denards reference was, the possibility of fast athletes beating Usain Bolt in the 40 isn't that unbelievable, as Bolt is rather slow out of the blocks. Past that? Well I think Usain proved that in London. 

How firm thy friendship..

Tjames43's picture

He came in 4th in the 60m, his best race is the 110m hurdles where he posted the best time in the country last year (note: Zeke posted the 3rd best time).

hit_the_couch's picture

Speed can be neutralized; let's hope they can actually play and play well at the next level.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Yeti's have feelings too.

d5k's picture

While some dude on bleacher report taking 10 random fast guys and calling them the "fastest 10 guys" isn't very scientific, I like having fast players on my favorite football team.

Squirrel Master's picture

This is very random because as much as I like Parris Campbell, he isn't faster than Terry McLaurin. McLaurin proved it head to head at the Opening last summer.
So even though I agree these three guys are some of the fastest recruits, I think the order is a bit of a joke!

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Bucki78's picture

And for those wondering brains out there.... Those 3 are all north of the Mason Dixon as well.  Who said the north couldn't have speed either?

"But I don't have to rely on a lot of people to tell me about the traditions of Ohio State. I lived it, I breathed it, I know it and I love it." - Urban Meyer

seafus26's picture

I go to games down here and you're talking about the half dozen to dozen D1 signees (senior only). I go back home and we're looking at one or two per team in a competition and its the world's on fire match up, for whatever reason.  You can be watching games in Texas where the entire squads are going to school wether it be 1AA, even back ups. 

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

DannyBeane's picture

West Virginia really should be considered a Northern State. They did secede from a confederate state during the Civil War. So I'd take those toothless hillbillies with open arms. 
And before anyone gives me grief about my toothless hillbilly remark, West Virginia has some of the nicest people and most beautiful countryside I've ever seen.

hit_the_couch's picture

West Virginia really should be considered a Northern State. They did secede from a confederate state during the Civil War. So I'd take those toothless hillbillies with open arms.

The problem is that most of their people consider themselves to be southern. 
I rarely see them considered a southern state. Many geography books and weather people etc. consider them mid atlantic. I do find it funny if a female from there calls herself a 'southern bell.'

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Unky Buck's picture

I wonder if by Southern Belle she actually is meaning bell and her shape and how she's cracked out...

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DannyBeane's picture

Whenever I go there, I do not get a southern redneck vibe. Appalachian hillbilly is a different type of beast imo with more in common with Pennsylvanian and Southeastern Ohioan. Whatever makes them happy I guess. I still think the WV mountains has the best view of the night sky that you can get.

Hovenaut's picture

Three yards and a cloud of vapor trails.....
This is not our father's/grandfather's Ohio State.

d5k's picture

With the way Urban is recruiting on offense, I see a lot of the Chip Kelly style where 3-4 guys are a threat to take it the distance even if they receive the ball behind the line of scrimmage.  A bunch of elite punt returners who can do other things as well.

cpewster's picture

With some of the listed 40 times Johnnie Dixon should be on that list too. He's faster than 3-4 of those guys.

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Bucksnut13's picture

This is by far my most favorite thing about Urban Meyer led teams...speed! He definitely had the speed with harvin, rainey, demps, deonte thompson, moody and crew. Now he is building it here with zeke, dontre, j marsh, parris campbell and samuel. I enjoyed watching hyde fall forward for an extra 2 yards on every carry, but I enjoy it more when a small, quick athlete breaks a defenders ankles and takes it to the house. Speed over size every damn day of the week and twice on saturdays. Those small players seem to become increasingly harder to tackle when a fresh set of legs run out on nearly every down.

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seafus26's picture

Some of our repsonses are ignorant (not all). Win all the track meets we want but eventually trench explosiveness is important, too. But football realizes the speed is at DL and even OL positions, too?  Why call other conferences out unless we're also including trench speed, too (as well as QB development). ANYWAY, I'd like to try and remember outloud, didn't McLaurin out run Speedy Noll and everyone else at that nike or whatever it was camp in oregon this passed summer? I think our boy is under shown.  Times are times away from each other.  But that was same clocks, on the same day.

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buckeyedude's picture

I guess we better buckle up!



acBuckeye's picture

This is nice to have, but the beefy dudes up front and the guy taking the snaps are the guys that usually win and lose games for you.

pcuzz1's picture

I can not wait to watch Curtis Samuel. seems like the dude has it all. Speed ( a lot of it), elusiveness, top notch athleticism, and that "IT" factor for making big plays

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ScoobyKnows's picture

I am so pumped for the 2014 season!!!!  Buckeye speed is right!