The Dream ’14 class is slowly but surely marching toward completion. The group is certainly star-studded and should easily be one of Urban Meyer’s best Buckeye recruiting classes to date. Currently the group consists of 22 players, seven of which have already enrolled in classes to get a jump start on life at a football power house.
It is these seven I want to focus on. By enrolling early they’ve shown the Scarlet and Gray a lot of love. So, I’d like to return the favor by taking a look at some of the finest highlights from their high school reels. So without further adieu:
McMillan is the lone consensus five-star in the class and the nation’s top rated linebacker. The hope is he’ll be able to contribute right away at a position that could certainly use the help. McMillan is an incredibly gifted athlete who has the size and strength to be a run-stopping nightmare, but he also has the top-end speed to pursue the edge or drop back into coverage. The recruitniks on this site have said it before, but I’ll say it again: there isn’t much McMillan can’t do.
Here’s a gem of a highlight from Raekwon’s reel. This is how you blow up a play ladies and gentlemen.
It’s no secret Urban and co. are recruiting speed at skill positions. There are some absolute burners in this 2014 class, but perhaps none as fast as Curtis Samuel, a four-star athlete out of Brooklyn, NY. At the Opening last July, Samuel was clocked with a blazing 4.36 forty. His entire highlight reel is a joy to watch, but perhaps no play shows off his speed more than this punt (kick?) return. No less than four different players have an angle on Curtis. Didn’t matter.
Meyer was able to pull the talented Johnnie Dixon out of Florida, securing his commitment over Miami and Alabama. He’s listed as the nation’s No. 16 wide receiver. The kid has speed for days and is someone who I believe will see the field early and often in 2014. Here’s Dixon showing off some ridiculous balance en route to an 80 yard TD.
Trout was one of the earliest commitments in the 2014 class, and Meyer didn’t need to go far to find him. The 6’6’’ 285 lbs offensive lineman hails from Lancaster and is rated as the No. 12 tackle in the nation. Trout is a talented four star prospect who is expected to come in and provide depth at a position that saw the most attrition in 2013. Here he is absolutely destroying a would-be tackler.
Keeping the Cleveland Glenville pipeline flowing is offensive lineman/ defensive lineman Marcelys Jones. He’s been committed for quite some time as he pledged to Urban way back in December of 2012, making him the first commitment in the 2014 class. Jones is the No. 14 ranked guard in the state, and he’s a force to be reckoned with at 6’4’’ 354 lbs. Here he is taking on a blitzer and asking him to take a seat.
Collier will be one of three quarterbacks trying to win the coveted role of Braxton Miller’s backup in 2014. The Leesburg Georgia product is a true dual-threat who has proven he can make plays through the air and with his legs. He’s a speedy kid, but he’s also got the size to break a few tackles. Coming in at 6’4’’ 210 lbs, Collier is a bear to bring down in the open field. Here’s a great example of what he brings to the table. Rolling to his left, he keeps his eyes downfield and fires a bullet.
But, as aforementioned, Collier’s abilities don’t stop there. Here he is rumbling and stumbling on his way to a ridiculous rushing TD.
Last but certainly not least is Sean Nuernberger, a German born kicker/punter out of Butler, KY. The kid has a huge leg and after the departure of Drew Basil he’ll be vying for the starting spot against senior, Kyle Clinton. Nuernberger is a two-time Kentucky first team all state kicker and there’s a reason for it. Check him out nailing what looks to be a 52 yard field-goal.
It's probably safe to say these aren't the last highlights we'll be seeing from these seven. Welcome to Ohio State gentlemen. We're happy to have you.