Most Essential Ohio Get?

lljjgg's picture
April 11, 2013 at 3:02p
12 Comments

After reading in Gene's Quick Bits thread that Marshon Lattimore plans to visit Michigan (not a huge surprise), it got me to thinking about the sort of meltdown many fans might have if we miss on Lattimore this year -- not to mention, if Michigan were to get him haha. I feel a bit spoiled in the sense that it seems like every year lately between Coaches Meyer and formerly Tressel (both excellent recruiters, both largely engineering high points in OSU football win-wise) we manage to snag almost all of the top 5-10 Ohio talents. There have been some misses: we all remember he-who-must-not-be-Kalised, for example. Also, in doing some quick research I found that 2010 was arguably the year we missed out on the most Ohio talent in recent memory (only grabbed 3 of the top 20 Ohioans that year) -- but we did manage to land some underrated out-of-staters who've since been terrific (Big Hank, Bradley Roby, etc).

I was wondering what, if any, Ohioans you feel like are essential gets for this particular class? Either by team needs or in securing top Ohio talent in general?

List of Rivals' current ranking of Ohio talent:
http://rivals.yahoo.com/ohiostate/football/recruiting/rankings/rank-3214;_ylt=Atl2gjbC58XdPiB79S7XuZx2tJB4

^Couple of points of interest to me:
*I was suprised how much higher they have Nick Richardson (who OSU has not offered) ranked than Marcelys Jones
*Nilijah Ballew is an interesting prospect -- and one that I haven't heard almost anything about to this point; might be one of those late risers ala Gareon Conley last year.

Comments

UrbzRenewal's picture

it got me to thinking about the sort of meltdown many fans might have if we miss on ​Lattimore this year

We won't miss on Lattimore. The reason he hasn't committed yet is because of the Glenville concept of having stars (with the exception of Jones, to lead the class) wait out on their commitments to draw more attention to their teammates.

lljjgg's picture

I tend to agree with you on that (both that we'll inevitably get him, and that he hasn't signed on yet because of the Glenville connection). My feeling was that once we got Marcelys Jones in the class, Lattimore would likely take awhile -- as a way to give other Glenville guys a look. i.e. if Urban Meyer/Brady Hoke/Nick Saban comes to Glenville later in the process to visit Lattimore, they'll get a look at other Glenville recruits from this class and next that may otherwise be overlooked.

Whether we get him or not (I'd say we do), do you think Lattimore qualifies as a "must-get"? What about Booker?

MN Buckeye's picture

The one essential get on my list is Lattimore.  However, I also think we need Booker and Kief.

Buckabroad's picture

Agreed MN Buckeye. Lattimore, Booker and Kief all are must gets from Ohio in my eyes.

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

theobi's picture

Give me Lattimore, Booker and Kief and I'll be happy.

Poison nuts's picture

Seems to be settled. I'd also say Booker, Lattimore, Kief as must have/really need...

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

buckguyfan1's picture

I badly want all these great prospects as well, but I caution on calling any a "must" have.  If our staff does all they can do(I think we know they will) and the kid chooses another school(particularly TSUN) he's wasn't the right fit anyway.  Wish him well and beat his ass when and if we play against him.

osubuck57's picture

Lattimore,Booker,and Kief!!

SCOTTC.

redfox's picture

Booker/Kief/Lattimore come on down.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

No love for Erick Smith?

247 seems to be a lot higher on Campbell, Kief, Jones, and Hubbard than Rivals is.

http://247sports.com/Season/2014-Football/RecruitRankings?InstitutionGro...

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

Lawver_5's picture

I would like for Smith to be in this class, but I don't think I would consider him a must get