- West Virginia offered Joe Mixon
- Virginia Tech offered Quenton Nelson
- Michigan State offered Alex Bookser
Raekwon McMillan Charlotte NFTC Highlights
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Twelve months ago, Ohio State’s offensive line might have been the biggest question mark on the team. Now it is the linchpin.
“It feels way different,” left guard Andrew Norwell said. “We’ve settled in and try to be leaders.”
A year ago, Norwell was the only starting lineman in the same spot he had played in 2011. The Buckeyes had to replace three multiyear starters, and a converted tight end was fighting a true freshman at right tackle.
When coach Urban Meyer described the unit as “nonfunctional” at the start of 2012, it wasn’t hyperbole. But with offensive line coach Ed Warinner’s relentless work, the line jelled quickly.
The Buckeyes finished the season ranked 10th nationally in rushing yards per game (242.3), averaging 5.2 per carry. Quarterback Braxton Miller and running back Carlos Hyde deserve much of the credit, but so do their blockers.
Illinois defensive lineman Dylan Thompson became the fifth member of Ohio State’s 2014 recruiting class yesterday when he committed to the Buckeyes.
The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Thompson had 14½ sacks and 22 tackles for losses last year for Montini Catholic High School in Lombard, a Chicago suburb.
“He was one of the defensive linemen that Urban Meyer really targeted for this recruiting class,” said recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic. “Meyer told him he was one of the top two guys Ohio State had on its board at his position.”
After traveling to Columbus, Ohio on March 22nd, three-star 2014 strong-side defensive end Dylan Thompson verbally committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes on March 23rd. He became the fifth recruit from the Class of 2014 to verbally commit to OSU. Thompson joins recruits: Marcelys Jones, Kyle Trout, Parris Campbell, and Damon Webb.
The Lombard, Illinois recruit had received offers from the Ohio State Buckeyes, Arkansas Razorbacks, Clemson Tigers, Illinois Fighting Illini, Indiana Hoosiers, Iowa Hawkeyes, Iowa State Cyclones, Missouri Tigers, Ole Miss Rebels, Purdue Boilermakers Syracuse Orange, Tennessee Volunteers, and Vanderbilt Commodores.
Charlotte NFTC Notebook (247sports)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It was 41 degrees.
It was windy.
And yes, it rained throughout much of the day.
But as awful as the conditions were at Sunday's star-studded Charlotte Nike Football Training Camp, five-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan of Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County didn't complain.
"I've played in worse," the country's No. 1 inside linebacker prospect told 247Sports. "It was pouring down rain once at a game in Hinesville."
The said, the weather did present some issues. For McMillan … and for everyone else that showed up and braved the elements.
'Besides the fact your hands and toes started getting numb, you weren't able to plant like you wanted to, and your coverage wasn't as crisp."
McMillan, the No. 18 prospect in the 247Composite, arguably was the top draw at the camp, which featured several other big-name prospects.
Not that long ago, he called Ohio State his leader and said Clemson was a very close second. But after Sunday's camp, McMillan said he no longer has a leader and is in the process of assessing things.