Meet the Ohio State Football Recruiting Class of 2014

By Jeremy Birmingham on February 5, 2014 at 5:51p
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Ohio State's side of National Signing Day 2014 is in the books, and unsurprisingly, Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes landed another highly-rated recruiting class. One-time Ohio State commitment Lonnie Johnson penned the term "Dream '14" as a name for Ohio State's 2014 recruiting class. Despite his decommitment, the term endured.

It  started with a pledge from Cleveland Glenville prospect Marcelys Jones on Christmas day in 2012. Almost a year after Jones pledged, Ohio State was able to land two of their top targets, five-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan and four-star wide receiver Johnnie Dixon. Jones, McMillan and Dixon have already enrolled at Ohio State, along with four other signees

The Buckeyes welcome in the nation's top linebacker haul, according to 247Sports. They also recognize Ohio State for their number one athlete recruiting haul, as well as defensive backs. The wide receiver and offensive lineman class also made the top five in the country. Overall, Urban Meyer's third class in Columbus is another top three haul for the closer. Today, Ohio State added a surprise commitment when Darius Slade, a New Jersey defensive end who had committed to Michigan State signed with the Buckeyes late in the afternoon.

While Stephen Collier, Johnnie Dixon, Marcelys Jones, Raekwon McMillan, Sean Nuernberger, Curtis Samuel and Kyle Trout enrolled in early January, 15 National Letters of Intent arrived at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center today to complete the class of 23.

Now, let's get to know the class.

 

Kyle Berger

Kyle Berger

  • LB
  • 6-3/215
  • Cleveland, OH (St. Ignatius)
247 ★★★★ Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★ ESPN ★★★★

Berger committed to Ohio State in early April and instantly became one of the key members of Ohio State's 2014 recruiting class. He participated in Nike's The Opening and was instrumental in helping the Buckeyes secure the commitments of a number of other pledges, including Raekwon McMillan. Injured in his team's final preseason scrimmage, Berger is recovering from a torn ACL but is a player the Buckeyes could count on in 2014, especially with his ferocity on special teams. Berger chose the Buckeyes over rival Michigan. 

Dante Booker

Dante Booker

  • LB
  • 6-3/212
  • Akron,OH (St. Vincent-St. Mary)
247 ★★★★★ Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★ ESPN ★★★★

The second of two members of Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary's state championship team, Dante Booker made noise with his talent wherever he went this past year, but maintained his humble and reserved demeanor off the field. He participated in Nike's The Opening and was named the US Army Defensive Player of the Year. Booker is projected to play outside linebacker for the Buckeyes, but could eventually move to a down position along the defensive line. He's big, he's fast and he's incredibly cerebral, always finding a way to make plays around the football. 

Noah Brown

Noah Brown

  • WR
  • 6-2/210
  • Sparta,NJ (Pope John Paul XXIII)
247 ★★★★ Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★ ESPN ★★★★

One of Ohio State's biggest targets at wide receiver, Noah Brown chose the Buckeyes in mid-September and became the first member of the class from New Jersey. Brown is a big-bodied wide receiver, a position that Ohio State was searching for in the last two recruiting classes, but he could also line up in the offensive backfield or as an H-back. Soft-spoken and intelligent, Brown brings versatility and athleticism to the Buckeyes. He chose the Buckeyes over South Carolina and his homestate Rutgers.

Parris Campbell

Parris Campbell

  • ATH
  • 6-0/185
  • Akron,OH (St. Vincent-St. Mary)
247 ★★★★ Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★ ESPN ★★★★

The youngest player in Ohio State's recruiting class, Parris Campbell is lightning in a bottle when he gets the ball in his hands. A threat to score each and everytime he's on the field, Campbell impressed people everywhere he went but is perhaps overlooked a bit in the class due to his very early commitment and the fact that he didn't really consider any other schools once the Buckeyes made him an offer. A state champion for the Irish of Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, Campbell was the youngest participant of all 2014 The Opening attendees. He could play any number of positions at Ohio State, but look for his career to start off in the slot, a là Dontre Wilson.

Stephen Collier

Stephen Collier

  • QB
  • 6-4/210
  • Leesburg,GA (Lee County)
247 ★★★ Rivals ★★★ Scout ★★★ ESPN ★★★

Ohio State's quarterback for 2014, Stephen Collier burst onto the national scene after winning MVP awards in Elite 11 regional quarterback competitions, an achievement that led to his inclusion in The Opening and the Elite 11 finals. He led his Lee County Trojans to the state playoffs in Georgia for only the second time and instantly became a leader of the "Dream '14" when he pledged to the Buckeyes in June, just moments after receiving his scholarship offer from the Buckeyes, an offer he earned by impressing Urban Meyer in person at Ohio State's one-day camp in early June. Collier has enrolled early at Ohio State, and chose the Buckeyes over Wake Forest and Cincinnati, among others.

Johnnie Dixon

Johnie Dixon

  • WR
  • 5-10/185
  • Palm Beach Gardens,FL (Dwyer)
247 ★★★★ Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★ ESPN ★★★★

Perhaps the biggest "surprise" of Ohio State's 2014 class, Florida standout Johnnie Dixon shocked many when he picked the Buckeyes over Miami and Alabama in late December, but it was never a question for Dixon. He attended Ohio State's home win against Wisconsin in late September and fell in love with Buckeye nation. The Buckeyes' biggest target at wide receiver for 2014 was recruited and won over by Buckeyes' wide receiver coach Zach Smith. Dixon participated in the The Opening has enrolled already at Ohio State, where he hopes to make an impact in his freshman season.

Jalyn Holmes

Jalyn Holmes

  • DE
  • 6-5/225
  • Norfolk,VA (Lake Taylor)
247 ★★★★ Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★ ESPN ★★★★

At one time Jalyn Holmes was a surefire "lock" to become a Florida State Seminole, but one visit to Columbus changed everything for the Norfolk star. A pure, nasty, pass rushing defensive end, Holmes committed to Ohio State on his first visit and gave Zach Smith his first major recruiting "win" as a Buckeye assistant. Despite some injury issues and a mid-year suspension due to an on-the-field incident, Holmes persevered and became a leader in the "Dream '14, becoming instrumental in the Buckeyes landing Raekwon McMillan. Holmes participated in The Opening and should push for playing time as a freshman because of his nose for the quarterback.

Malik Hooker

Malik Hooker

  • DB
  • 6-2/185
  • New Castle,PA (New Castle)
247 ★★★★ Rivals ★★★ Scout ★★★★ ESPN ★★★★

One of the least recognizable athletes in the Buckeyes' class but perhaps the best overall athlete, Malik Hooker was a college basketball prospect who happened to excel on the football field as well. His talents translated very well to defensive back, and Hooker will likely start his Ohio State career at safety. He's big, he's fast and he can jump out of the gym. He's known for his spectacular highlight reel plays, but don't be fooled: he can play the game. Hooker chose Ohio State over Michigan and Pitt.

Sam Hubbard

Sam Hubbard

  • LB
  • 6-6/225
  • Cincinnati,OH (Moeller)
247 ★★★★ Rivals ★★★ Scout ★★★★★ ESPN ★★★

Sam Hubbard became Ohio State’s sixth commitment when he flipped from Notre Dame’s lacrosse team. Hubbard is quite possibly the best athlete in Ohio State’s class, playing safety in high school at 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds. Ohio State plans on using Hubbard as a strong-side (SAM) linebacker, which could be a scary proposition for opponents given both his size and ability in pass coverage. The Cincinnati Moeller product shot up the recruiting rankings after a phenomenal senior season and he is only getting better. Hubbard arrives at Ohio State as a critical member of the nation’s top-ranked linebacker class, a position that all of a sudden has excellent young depth.

Marcelys Jones

Marcelys Jones

  • OL
  • 6-5/325
  • Cleveland,OH (Glenville)
247 ★★★★ Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★ ESPN ★★★

Marcelys was the first member of the 2014 recruiting class to pledge to Ohio State. Despite plenty of speculation of a potential flip to Kentucky, the Ohio native has already taking classes in Columbus. Jones is one of five offensive linemen that signed with Ohio State, which will be important, as the Buckeyes will look to replace four starters up front.  The Glenville pipeline continues with Marcelys Jones being joined by a pair of teammates, Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith.

Jamarco Jones

Jamarco Jones

  • OL
  • 6-5/290
  • Chicago,IL (De la Salle Institute)
247 ★★★★ Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★ ESPN ★★★★

The Buckeyes landed a commitment from Jamarco Jones in late June, but it wasn’t until yesterday that he would confirm his intentions to sign with Ohio State. One of the nation’s top offensive lineman prospects, Jamarco was a key piece to this highly rated class. The All-American should have an opportunity to compete for playing time as a freshman with four spots to fill on the line.

Demetrius Knox

Demetrius Knox

  • OL
  • 6-4/295
  • Fort Worth,TX (All Saints Episcopal)
247 ★★★★ Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★ ESPN ★★★★

Demetrius Knox is the first Eleven Warriors member to sign a letter of intent with Ohio State. Like fellow lineman Jamarco Jones, his recruitment was the subject to rumors regarding potential late visits. The consensus four-star prospect could be a candidate to start at guard, as a freshman, for the Buckeyes.  Knox drew rave reviews during The Opening. The one-time Texas Longhorn verbal has maintained that he was always an Ohio State fan, but wanted to make the best decision for himself.

Marshon Lattimore

Marshon Lattimore

  • DB
  • 6-0/180
  • Cleveland,OH (Glenville)
247 ★★★★ Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★ ESPN ★★★★

The third member of Ohio State’s trio from Cleveland Glenville High School, Marshon Lattimore was always expected to be a Buckeye. The potential shutdown corner committed during the Army All-American game. His size and athleticism makes him a factor to contribute as a freshman, whether that is in the secondary or on special teams. Lattimore was named as one of four finalists for the prestigious U.S. Army Player of the Year Award. The Buckeyes’ secondary issues could be helped with the signing of the nation’s top defensive back haul, according to 247Sports.

Terry McLaurin

Terry McLaurin

  • WR
  • 6-0/190
  • Indianapolis,IN (Cathedral)
247 ★★★★ Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★ ESPN ★★★★

Ohio State’s 13th commitment came from four-star wide receiver Terry McLaurin in late June. McLaurin camped at Ohio State multiple times and wowed the coaching staff with every opportunity he got. His hard work would finally be rewarded after multiple camps. At the time, many wondered if the staff had reached, but the speedster would silence any doubters with his senior year showing.  Indiana’s Mr. Football has seen his stock rise from a three-star sleeper to one of the top 200 prospects in the nation.

Raekwon McMillan

Raekwon McMillan

  • LB
  • 6-2/242
  • Hinesville,GA (Liberty County)
247 ★★★★★ Rivals ★★★★★ Scout ★★★★ ESPN ★★★★★

Urban Meyer was able to seal the deal with top target Raekwon McMillan. The five-star linebacker was the top prospect on Ohio State’s board. McMillan drew plenty of praise from multiple writers for his professionalism and maturity throughout the recruiting process, where he would select the Buckeyes over Alabama and Clemson. As one of the members of the nation’s top linebacker hauls, Raekwon will compete with Curtis Grant for instant playing time. The Under Armour All-American is already enrolled and has been working out with the football team. 

Sean Nuernberger

Sean Nuernberger

  • K
  • 6-2/220
  • Buckner,KY (Oldham County)
247 ★★ Rivals ★★★ Scout ★★★ ESPN ★★★

Sean Nuernberger is the most likely candidate in the class to earn a starting job as a freshman. Already campaigning for recognition with his Twitter handle “Sean4Heisman,” Nuernberger is next in line to take over the kicking duties at Ohio State. Sean is a three-star and one of the best kickers in the country after an incredible season that saw him hit multiple long field goals, including a school-record 57-yarder. Sean also excelled as a punter, averaging over 40 yards per kick. His strong leg also resulted in touchbacks on nearly every kickoff. Nuernberger enrolled early to get a leg up on the competition and should be another great kicker at Ohio State.

Curtis Samuel

Curtis Samuel

  • WR
  • 6-0/185
  • Brooklyn,NY (Erasmus Hall)
247 ★★★★ Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★ ESPN ★★★★

Curtis Samuel may very well be the most electric player in a class filled with athletes. Samuel was the New York Gatorade Player of the Year and was a semi-finalist for the U.S. Army Player of the year award. Samuel has good size at 6-foot and 185 pounds, while running a legit 4.36-40 yard dash. Like many Buckeye commits, Samuel attended the prestigious football camp The Opening this past summer and wowed people with his athleticism. Samuel enrolled at Ohio State in January and is already gearing up for spring ball. Ohio State plans to use Samuel in a variety of ways that include running back, slot back and wide receiver. In the Army All-American game, Samuel showed that he is an All-American level defensive back too. Samuel comes to Ohio State as a part of the top “athlete” class in the country according to 247Sports.

Darius Slade

Darius Slade

  • DE
  • 6-5/238
  • Montclair,NJ (Montclair)
247 ★★★ Rivals ★★★ Scout ★★★ ESPN ★★★

A surprise late addition to the Buckeyes' class, Slade committed and signed with Ohio State on signing day when he decided to take another look at Ohio State rather than signing with Michign State. The Spartans offered an ultimatum to Slade, letting him know they'd not take him if he didn't sign with them today, so he instead has signed with the Buckeyes. A fierce pass rusher who amassed an incredibly 37 sacks in his junior and season seasons of high school, Slade is the first true "win" for new Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson, Sr. Slade initially committed to Nebraska before flipping to Michigan State. The Buckeyes never want to turn down talented defensive lineman, and with Slade they've added another to their stable.

Erick Smith

Erick Smith

  • DB
  • 6-1/185
  • Cleveland,OH (Glenville)
247 ★★★★ Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★ ESPN ★★★★

Erick Smith continues the Glenville-to-Ohio State tradition as another star Tarblooder. Smith played high school football with Ohio's top-rated defensive back, Marshon Lattimore, but in the Army All-American game Smith showed that he is an elite defensive back in his own right. Considered a Buckeye "lock" for a while, Smith announced his decision to be a Buckeye with Lattimore at the Army All-American game, joining the top defensive back class in the country. Smith's athleticism and versatility will give him a chance to compete for early playing time, likely on special teams next year. Smith is a consensus four-star and ranked as the third-best prospect in Ohio.

Brady Taylor

Brady Taylor

  • OL
  • 6-5/276
  • Columbus, OH (Bishop Ready)
247 ★★★ Rivals ★★★ Scout ★★★ ESPN ★★★

Brady Taylor became Ohio State's 22nd commit just recently, when he "flipped" from Virginia Tech upon receiving a scholarship from Ohio State. Taylor is a local product, playing high school ball at Columbus' Bishop Ready High School. Taylor was always a Buckeye fan, so receiving the Ohio State offer was a dream come true. Taylor didn't pick up an offer until late, but make no mistake - he can really play and has all of the necessary tools to be a top offensive tackle at Ohio State.

Dylan Thompson

Dylan Thompson

  • DL
  • 6-5/270
  • Lombard,IL (Montini Catholic)
247 ★★★ Rivals ★★★ Scout ★★★ ESPN ★★★

Dylan Thompson was Ohio State’s fifth commitment for the 2014 class,  picking Ohio State over offers from USC, Clemson, Tennessee, Ole Miss and others. Thompson found the “perfect situation” for himself at Ohio State and didn’t wait to accept the offer. He led the state of Illinois Class 5A with 13.0 sacks in 11 games in 2013. Thompson looks to follow in Joey Bosa’s footsteps by making an impact at the strong-side defensive end position as a freshman. Dylan actually already has a good relationship with Chris Ash, who was his primary recruiter at Arkansas prior to taking the job at Ohio State.

Kyle Trout

Kyle Trout

  • OL
  • 6-6/300
  • Lancaster,OH (Lancaster)
247 ★★★★ Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★ ESPN ★★★

Trout was Ohio State's third commitment for the 2014 class and their second offensive lineman. Trout has prototypical size, strength and athleticism for an offensive tackle, a huge need for Ohio State. Trout is a consensus four-star, the top lineman in Ohio, and participated in The Opening. He enrolled early at Ohio State with hopes to challenge for a spot in the two-deep on the offensive line - something that is very difficult to do as a freshman. Trout considers himself "freakishly competitive," a trait that Urban Meyer loves and one that should bode well for Kyle at Ohio State. Trout joins four other offensive line commits  at Ohio State that 247Sports considers the No. 2 offensive line class in the nation.

Damon Webb

Damon Webb

  • DB
  • 5-11/180
  • Detroit,MI (Cass Tech)
247 ★★★★ Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★ ESPN ★★★★

Damon Webb surprised some people when he became Ohio State’s second commit way back in January, 2013. Being from Cass Tech, Michigan’s biggest pipeline, many assumed Webb would be a Wolverine as well. Instead, Webb has been one of Urban Meyer’s biggest recruiters, trying to bring several of his Cass Tech teammates with him to Ohio State. Webb is a consensus four-star, top-two player in Michigan, and one of the top defensive backs in the country. Webb provides needed help to a defense that gave up 268 passing yards per game, as he joins the top defensive back class in the country according to 247Sports.

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Go1Bucks's picture

Welcome to Ohio State guys.  We all look forward to your stellar play the next 4 years!
We are proud to have you all as Buckeyes!

"I will pound you and pound you, until you quit." -Woody

+1 HS
oregonianbuckeye's picture

This is a great overview. Thanks again, Birm!

osu07asu10's picture

"Demetrius Knox is the first Eleven Warriors member to sign a letter of intent with Ohio State."

Awesome factoid Birm!

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

Meechy77's picture

Agreed 

Angry staff, Angry team. The Ohio State

+11 HS
unknownmusketeer's picture

How has this not set the record for upvotes?
Currently, 2.

osu07asu10's picture

Meechy! Welcome back to 11w but more importantly Congrats on officially becoming a buckeye!! 

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

+1 HS
Idaho Helga's picture

Great update on the recruits...is it August yet?  Welcome back Meechy!  

Seattle Linga's picture

Congrats and welcome aboard to all - one of the best decisions you will ever make in life. Thanks D Webb and family for leading the Dream 14 class 
WE ARE SO PROUD OF EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU

+1 HS
Poison nuts's picture

Hail, hail, the gangs all here!

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Not yet.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Oyster's picture

Any word on whether hoke was able to pick up Kyles brother Alex?

AZBuckeyePhan's picture

You're the man Birm!! LOVE the pic as well

osu_killernuts's picture

It's a great day to be part of Buckeye Nation!!

jbbucks's picture

Congrats to all...the hard work has been worth it, gents!   Go Bucks!

Jugdish's picture

This is really a great class and meets all the needs for the Bucks. Can't wait to see them in action.

Remember to get your wolverine spade or neutered. TBDBITL

buckguyfan1's picture

Looks like a Winner Birm!

buckeyeEddie27's picture

This is unreal content.  11W you have raised the bar again.  

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

jaxbuckeye's picture

What's to be said that hasn't already been said?  AWESOME class!

DJ Byrnes's picture

*said in my English soccer announcer voice* Urban Meyer, take a bow, lad!!!!

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

CincyBuckeye04's picture

Dear lord. We are truly spoiled. This class is amazing just like the last one. Urban and company never cease to amaze. Welcome to Buckeye Nation fellas!

hit_the_couch's picture

6'2" 220 is pretty damn big for a kicker. Are they sure they don't want him to play safety also?

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

Mizzillion's picture

He's not 220 anymore....  LOL

Zimmy07's picture

Sean4Heisman1 - that's freaking awesome.  Can a kicker be one of my favorite players?

bukyze's picture

As long as you don't take any water breaks.

BuckeyeStrong2's picture

Also, you can never wear a turtleneck on Tuesday... :)

trock's picture

Nugent was, so I say yes

NitroBuck's picture

Sounds as though Sean is already well acquainted with Mickey Marroti.  Welcome aboard to all of the new Buckeyes!

Ferio, tego

Clinger76's picture

Stellar stuff! and players to boot!! Bring on the 2014 season!

Our Honor Defend, I will fight to the end for......O-HI-O!!

WOLFofOHIO's picture

Great class..am very excited for this year. urban recruits..

there is no greater joy than watching Michigan get slammed. in anything

toad1204's picture

Trout's a three star on ESPN, pshhh.
Is there a rose in the pic?

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

HandsOfSweed's picture

Is it my imagination, or does anyone else notice that Dylan Thompson looks like a 28 year old man? Urbz flipping guys from pro teams now?
 

WezBuck28's picture

He is...just got a late start..

gutterwaste's picture

Personally, I see a young, less  jheri curled Kenny Powers.  See also: "Willard" from the original Footloose

toad1204's picture

Thompson's head fits perfectly on that body. 

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Buckeye06's picture

Birm, here is my question(s)
Overall, who would YOU put as the top 5 classes in order?
2nd, how well do you think OSU addressed needs vs. wants in this class?
 
Thanks

Hovenaut's picture

This is awesome.

Very impressed with this class, damn great to be a Buckeye.

To the 11W folks...many thanks to your top-notch efforts in covering these young men from start to finish. Take a bow, gentlemen.

High fives all-around!

"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

RedStorm45's picture

*Hubbard is a 5 star by Scout.

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Corrected it, thanks. Seeing all those stars gets a bit disorienting.

jamesrbrown322's picture

This rundown is awesome! 11W is without a doubt the best!

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

BamaBuckeye144's picture

I like this class. Batman likes this class too.
 

OH-IO!

Squirrel Master's picture

First of all, Demetrious Knox is probably the most important player in this class. If you watch his video you will see he played left tackle in TEXAS. Its not like he wasn't manhandling low level talent. But the most important thing is that he will be probably the best prospect as a pull guard I have ever seen. The way he finishes off blocks and goes downfield to create lanes for runners, its going to be awesome to have a guard like that. Also what is great is that he doesn't just drop back on passing plays and waits for the defender to engage him. He gets into position, scans the situation and goes and MEETS the defender. By doing this, he isn't just allowing a guy to get a full head of steam into him. He will be dominant in our running game but I think he will lead this line in pass blocking too!
so this is how I break this class down:

  • 4 out of 5 OL that could be easily in the 2 deep their freshmen years, and I am not saying that because of lack of depth. I think Taylor will use a year to develop more first but the other 4 could play right away (not that Taylor can't but I think he has potential to be special later)
  • 4 linebackers that are 6'6'', 6'3'', 6'3'', 6'4'' (Raekwon isn't 6'2'' and Booker is easily 6'4'') That is huge!
  • Safeties that are big and athletic. I think the current safeties will be starting (Powell, Bell and I believe it was said that Burrows will be the STAR/nickel) but these kids coming in will add to an area that was thin last year
  • 4-5 guys who we know for a fact that can run 4.3's.
  • a monsterous 6'2' kicker. Can you say Janikowski?
  • just a 6'4'' QB that is Ivy league material, two lockdown corners, 6'2'' possession receiver that can run like Hyde and MORE Dlinemen that eat QBs for lunch!

 

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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buckguyfan1's picture

I can feel your enthusiasm!  Has Coombs been over for dinner?

gumtape's picture

We had a pro-bowl all american guard before. His name was alex boone. The only problem was that bollman used him as a tackle.

just another psycho, irrational, delusional Ohio St fan

buckeyedude's picture

Hey SM: I thought you were going to say Meechy is the most important player in the 2014 Buckeye class "because he has an 11W account and access to the premium lounge luxury suites."

In addition: I CAN say Janikowski.

 
 

Meechy77's picture

Aww shucks

Angry staff, Angry team. The Ohio State

+5 HS
Run_Fido_Run's picture

Report card
Talent = A+
Character = A+
Cool sounding names = A-

osu07asu10's picture

Would landing Darius Slade bump that cool sound names grade up a bit? 

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Definitely. I was kidding about the A-, as there are some really cool sounding names in this class. Just no crazy names like Quentin Jammer or Michael Stonebreaker, etc.

buckguyfan1's picture

Slade would be a super way to cap it off!  Now crack the whip on the 2015 class!

pabdublin78's picture

Amazing group of athletes and people!   You guys will no doubt leave a great legacy when your Buckeye careers are over... 

BuckNutzGasMan's picture

So I woke up this AM at 4 (PHX AZ)(baby actually woke me up).  Turned on the signing day preview...  The first graphic that ESPN puts up is how all 14 SEC schools recruiting classes are in the top 40.  Buckeyes #6. I guess I dont really have a point besides the fact that ESPN sucks.

SaltyD0gg's picture

I must have missed that Hubbard is 6'6". That's a ginormous LB.
Oh and, "a leg up on the competition"...

Pain of Discipline
Pain of Regret
Take Your Pick

gobucks96's picture

The class that addressed all the needs and strengthened the team across the board. Well done 11W staff and well done coaches..

2014nationalchamps's picture

signing day is becoming a holiday in my household. Urb is awesome. I cant wait till next season. Go bucks!

O-H-I-O  for life

ChazBuckeye's picture

This should be the #1 class.  They're really good and I wouldn't be surprised to see some getting playing time early in their careers.  Especially the fast athletes, linemen and Lbs.  

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

fear_the_nut70's picture

We know there is a bit of an art to the ratings, so consider this somewhere between 1 and 6.  Alabama's class is absolutely loaded-I believe Nick got 5 five star kids and it's the most ever collected in one recruiting class (heard that on ESPiN, so take it for what it's worth).  Still, I am absolutely excited to see what Dream '14 can do.  I hope these kids take the opportunity to heart and know that, all that promise without the hard work doesn't mean a whole lot.

Danify's picture

Great class! Plus, it makes it even better with Darius Slade possibly signing too, along with Jeff Greene.

Nutbuck1959's picture

ESPN always seems to rank our recruits lower than other services.

gunni070's picture

Guys on 97.1 talking about this very subject.  Funny how three recruiting services have us in the top 5, and ESPiN has us 7, recently dropping below one of their beloved, Florida.  Maintain the narrative guys.

jamesrbrown322's picture

Let's see how many games they win, and perhaps they can make ESPN eat some crow.

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

osuxrow07's picture

"Hubbard arrives at Ohio State as a critical member of the nation’s top-ranked linebacker class, a position that all of a sudden has excellent young depth."
 
Linebackers. ::swoon::

Set the Earth Reverberating

Seattle Linga's picture

When Urban focuses on something - he accomplishes it with five stars

German Buckeye's picture

Well the SEC is clearly the best top to bottom conference on the field, so it only goes to say they are winners in recruiting.

jamesrbrown322's picture

I mean, if an SEC school offers you, you've got to be at least 4 star recruit, or they wouldn't waste their time...unless it's Vanderbilt or Missouri.

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

TilstheHun3's picture

4 star? If an SEC school offers you then you are a 6 star, if Bama, it is 8...
If you sign with Ohio State and run a 4.36, you instantly run a 4.6...
If you are the best LB in the country but sign with tOSU over Bama, you are no longer the best...
If you sign the best class in the B1G, it doesn't matter because the Alabama and Florida pee-wee leagues sign even better classes... and pay better too
If you aren't Alabama, it's not really a good class, it's just alright comparatively...
If you aren't a Bama commitment, you are just leftover scraps for other teams...
Screw E$ecPN... Screw the $EC... Screw them all.
Great article 11W!
This is an amazing class! Welcome to the Family, make us proud.

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?
 

+2 HS
zhamilton05's picture

Yeah, if Darius Slade does flip, it will just be the rich getting richer (forgive me a cruel chuckle). [cruel chuckle]
You know who looks interesting? Dylan Thompson. I know, I know a "depth" guy for the DL, along the lines of Joel Hale. Probably...but did you watch his highlight tape? Dude swallows ballcarriers for lunch. If he can tone his body and develop his burst off the edge, he might get some snaps at SDE after The Bosa leaves.

AJW_16's picture

Love this class. This has been a great two days for OSU with Jamarco reaffirming and this class signing up today drama-free. After the Buckeyes finished off Iowa last night I just felt good vibes coming out of Columbus. Let's make it continue for the rest of the year and make 2014 a year to remember.
Nov. 8 against Sparty can't get here fast enough. So excited for this season. #urbtopia

"Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you." 

BuckeyeJAK's picture

Being a proud buckeye keeps getting easier Job well done on the recruiting trail.... Nows lets go kick some of TTUN butt !!!!!

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BoFuquel's picture

Best of luck to all. Now get to work. GO BUCKS!

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

Seattle Linga's picture

So excited to see the trio from Glenville produce over the next few years. 

+1 HS
buckeyetodd's picture

The enthusiasm is nice, but this is a rather inexact science. We shall see in the near future just how good these guys are at the next level.

ToddT

JOhio1560's picture

I really like this class!  The coaching staff has done an awesome job of getting the guys they want.  Can't wait to see these guys in action! Especially all the LBs.

"You Win With People" - Woody Hayes

Buckifan4Life's picture

Curtis Grant,...you better get it together because Mr. McMillan is coming for ya and he's bringing a lot of downhill tackling technique with him. Strap it up and get ready for some serious competition and may the best man win.
 
Go Bucks!

Zimmy07's picture

Grant needs to spend a lot more time in the film room, I think.  He seems as if he has the athletic ability to be great but is held back by having trouble recognizing what the offense is doing.
Hopefully these new recruits should push him to get better at that.

Buckifan4Life's picture

Yeah, I agree it is probably cerebral. I know this, Reakwon knows how to tackle and he hits with authority, so if Grant can figure out reading an offense, he may be able to keep RM at bay since he is a seasoned LBer. I haven't forgotten about Trey and Mike though...
 
Go Bucks!

jkrk's picture

I'll be shocked if this class doesn't bring home a title at some point. 

rkylet83's picture

Curtis Samuel has next level speed.  He reminds me of Ted Ginn the way he moves so fast and effortlessly.  

jamesrbrown322's picture

Am I the only one that sees Parris Campbell and thinks Joey Galloway...?
I also see McMillan and Booker and think they compare favorably to two Derricks - Brooks and Johnson. I know I am optimistic, but so what?

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

Buckifan4Life's picture

Very Impressive class!!!
Coach Meyer and his staff did a wonderful job!
I am excited for the Spring game already...
 

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Buckabroad's picture

Excellent post.

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

cinserious's picture

So many athletes, so much potential. I couldn't be prouder. Go Bucks!

"Get him a body bag, Yeah!"

Edincostarica's picture

CONGRATULATIONS to these young men and their families for joining the Buckeye Nation. And our "THANKS" to the awesome coaching staff.

OSUpawn's picture

I believe the SEC players put their pants on one leg at a time like we do.

GoBucksOSU's picture

Can't wait to see this class in action on the field.

Seattle Linga's picture

Quality Kids with Quality Coaches = A 5* Quality Program

2014nationalchamps's picture

after suffering through the browns, im glad to be a buckeye fan. At least I can root for one dominant team.

O-H-I-O  for life

Seattle Linga's picture

Big Browns fan here in the PNW watching the Seahawks parade on TV. Wife is a huge fan and since 87 they have been my 2nd favorite team.

BuckeyeRick's picture

Is this the last class with the NCAA scholarship reductions?

bucks15's picture

Yep, Urban has his full arsenal next year.  Imagine these last two classes if they each had 3 more scholarships.  
The future is more than bright.  

krodawg's picture

Welcome, men of scarlet and gray! I'm stoked to see how Urban and the rest of the coaches mold all of this talent into a team.

m5987usus's picture

Birm thanks so much for all of your work man

IGotAWoody's picture

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Stephen and I are VERY excited!! Rock ON, BUCKS!!

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

This class is unbelievably freakishly big strong fast and talented.

 

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

I've added Darius Slade to the mix.

Seattle Linga's picture

You da man Birms - your day never ends - now get back to work!!!!!!!!!!!
In all honesty did you get any sleep last night ?

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

About three hours.

Seattle Linga's picture

All for the 11W commitment

Zimmy07's picture

Thanks for all the hard work - this site is excellent!

Seattle Linga's picture

Two great points:
--- Accurate information reported here first 
                       --- It's free

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740Bucks's picture

Love the pic.... nice work!! Can't wait to see the Dream '14 in action.
Birm - does 11W do a tailgate for the spring game? If not... you should!!

"My idea of a good hit is when the guy wakes up on the sidelines with train whistles blowing in his head." - Jack Tatum

2002osubuck's picture

I didn't think we could get a better class than last year but Urban did it again and pulled out another amazing class. The speed in this class is unbelievable getting 3 of the top 10 fastest guys in the country. Not to mention, the LBs are going to make significant impacts as true freshman. Can't wait to see these guys in the S&G this fall.

buckz4evr's picture

Jeremy, you did an amazing job on this article.  Everything we want and need to know about these recruits is right at our fingertips.  Thanks for all the hours you put into this to make this one of the best articles ever!  I am sure many of us will be referring back to it for a long time.  Again thanks for all the effort you put into this.

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Jordan and John did a lot of the work here as well, Jason and Walt with the design. Team effort here!

BuckNutzGasMan's picture

uhmmm... i feel bad slade is not in picture

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Slade is in the picture, top right

BuckNutzGasMan's picture

is it strange no rbs in this class? 
 

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Not really, when you look at the roster. Plus, Parris Campbell and Curtis Samuel both fit the "hybrid" role of a RB/WR, so they could move around.

BuckNutzGasMan's picture

thanks man.  just found your site a few months ago.  AWESOME!!!  this is my first year of recruiting.  didnt realize it was so stressful.

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Ha, this year was easy for Ohio State. ;)

osubuckeye4life's picture

Excellent write up Birm. 
I can't wait to see these guys on the field!!!!
Another epic haul brought to Buckeye Nation by Urban Assault.

Oldschoolbuck's picture

Once again 11W shows why it is the best site for all things Buckeyes!
The doldrums were definitely setting in after a) The way the season ended for our beloved 2013 S&G; b) the inexplicable meltdown of the b-ball Bucks over that 6-7 game stretch; c) the bloody freakin' weather!
The addition of new coaches on D; the talent just signed by The Closer; Thad seemingly (hopefully) getting the b-ball ship righted; and one day closer to Spring have moved this fan from "meh" to "Oh, hell yeah!"
Welcome young Buckeyes. Enjoy your time in C-bus and take home a handful of gold pants when your playing days are over!

Whoa Nellie's picture

Thanks for the great work on recruiting, guys.  Much appreciated no matter how little attention Ramzy pays to it.  lolz

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

bucknut8's picture

BIRM: do you happen to have any links for recent classes? Id like to go back & check out & reread a few of the past classes if I could. Or where could I find them? 
Thanks Birm for the class overview. We have one heck of a class once again. Go Bucks! 

#Buckeyes

740Bucks's picture

Bucknut8...
http://ohiostate.247sports.com/Season/2014-Football/Commits
You can change the year to look at previous classes

"My idea of a good hit is when the guy wakes up on the sidelines with train whistles blowing in his head." - Jack Tatum

bucknut8's picture

Thanks for the info 740. Gave u and upvote. But i meant for like an article like this one based on the 2013 & 2012 classes & etc. 

#Buckeyes

ScarletNGrey01's picture

The graphics and presentation on this are awesome as well as the content.  Great summary / bios for each player.  VERY impressive and informative.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

Nicholas Jervey's picture

For anyone interested in memorizing the class or just seeing how many you can name, I made a Sporcle quiz for the class of 2014.

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PittBuckeye's picture

That's the type of dedication I like to see
Forgot Brady Taylor, Dylan Thompson, Dylan Thompson, and couldn't come close to Seans last name.

BuckNutzGasMan's picture

i missed Noah Brown and Holmes

GoBucks713's picture

Welcome to the greatest university on God's Scarlet and Gray Earth Gentlemen. How Firm Thy Friendship.....

-The Aristocrats!

Seattle Linga's picture

Agreed Agreed Agreed 713

SaudiBuckeye's picture

I thank you Jeremy and The 11W team for yet another fantastic effort. 
After reading it occurred to me the most immediate impact this class might have is taking our special teams to a new level.
 
 

Only a Buckeye truly understands what it means to bleed Scarlett and Gray

Braxton2Devin's picture

Collier is a 3 star on Rivals 

Braxton2Devin's picture

Just saw that LSU passed us

PF_Flyers22's picture

This is all just awesome. 
But did you all see Campbell's video? I think it might have been the first time his videographer ever used a camera. Like every time, it was the first time by some flaw in the space-time continuum. 

Type G's picture

We got a guy named Raekwon. Nuff said. Wu-Tang forever!

"No time for love, Doctah Jones!"

Buck Commander's picture

Birm......Malik McDowell ......could he change his mind or...his parents change his mind to go to Ohio State??????   Mich. St. Still hasn't received his LOI YET.......Was just wondering.

Silver Bullets are not only for drinking and killing werewolves they are also for destroying all teams in the BIG TEN..................BOOYAH JACK

nm_buck's picture

Good grief if I'm coaching the Bucks I'm not sure I would want any part of that situation.  It can't be good for the kid or the team.

buckeyechad1's picture

Thank you and good luck you will love the campus and everything that comes with it hope to see all of you on TV here in south Carolina please make me a proud buckeye I only live 20 miles from Clemson funny thing I was in Miami but none of my Clemson friends were I had to giveem hell about that best of luck make us proud

ScarletGray43157's picture

If they live up to their potential it is an excellent class.  What is this, the second class for UFM at OSU?  Buckeyes are on the right track to have football success.  

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

BuckSince79's picture

I was taking the time to re-watch the highlight videos of each recruit and Sam Hubbard really jumps off the screen.  Always flying around and making plays.  Still not sure why the discrepancy in Star Ratings between services but he is going to be player.  Maybe it's his height that makes him look out of place - a 6'6'' safety.  He looks like he was shot out of a cannon when tracking down the ball and delivering hits.  He is going to be one to watch and I can't wait to follow his career at tOSU.

Ginger_buckeye's picture

I had to watch hubbards video after this haha but yeah he absolutely FLIES to the ball and can break down and tackle I'm excited to see what he can do. Him and mike Mitchell from last years class are a lot alike.

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bafiesta's picture

Last year's class was just as talented, but this class fits our needs better.  We hit it out of the park at DB, LB, & OL which were our biggest needs.  Great WR class too which was another area of need.
Next year QB, RB, & DT will be the biggest needs.  
 

jamesrbrown322's picture

If you look at next year's potential recruits, we OSU is in good position with QBs, RBs, OGs, and some DBs. I'm not sure about DLs yet, but it's still a long way away...
COUNTING DOWN TO NAVY!

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

Ginger_buckeye's picture

I know it's like beating a dead horse but damn espn is sippin the hell out of some sec kool aid. Oh well this class is tops in my book. But I guess rankings don't matter in February they matter in November. Let's go out there and bring home this natty. Go bucks!!!

We don't give a d*** for the whole state of M*******

TilstheHun3's picture

Urban is just getting started.

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?
 

metzbuck3320's picture

Looking forward to what these young men can bring to the table. They certainly have all of the tools to be successful.

+1 HS
IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

This is the future of the program. Cannot wait to see these guys play (and throttle TTUN regularly)

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

edr4225's picture

 

lets go bucks!!

+2 HS
bigbadbuck's picture

I like the way Raekwon just pushed all the other hats away from him

Battles are sometimes won by generals; wars are nearly always won by sergeants and privates. Football is no different, the guys down in the trenches win the games, not the coach.            

BuckeyeB9B82501's picture

All I am thinking about rite now is ...... can you think how big a 6'6" 230lbs safety roaming around the middle of the feild could be for us !!!! You can take it to the bank that EVERY wr/slot/te will have 1 eye on Hubbard and be very affraid going for a ball over the middle. I mean he has the ability to change a game with 1 hit (remember how the Big Kats' hit on Mizzu'sQB changed the game completely around). If he were to play safety, TOSU 2ndary would be the most feared of any in CFB (Bell and Hubbard and Worley????) That tandem would be scary to know you would have to go up and get a ball. Almost as scary as Tatum and co. was!!!!!!!! The 2014 class was the foundation for the future. Look out CFB the BUCKEYES are comin!!!!!!!!!

Buckeye Dynasty starts in 2014 baby !!!!!! GO BUCKS !!!!!!!! O - H - I - O