He's not Terrelle Pryor or Braxton Miller yet, but 2014 QB Stephen Collier is confident he'll produce at Ohio State: Buckeyes recruiting (cleveland)
COLUMBUS, Ohio – He isn’t what Terrelle Pryor and Braxton Miller were during their recruiting processes.
Stephen Collier isn’t a five-star prospect, and his announcement to commit to Ohio State wasn’t a national story.
But Collier, a three-star prospect according to Rivals.com, has something neither of the Buckeyes’ last two long-term starting quarterbacks had.
“I know I am good. I win ball games,” Collier told Cleveland.com during a recent phone interview. “Everyone talks about stars and recruiting rankings, but I have my own validation. Urban Meyer offered me, and that means a lot more to me than any of the recruiting rankings. He picked me to be Ohio State’s quarterback. That’s enough for me.”
Another big basketball prospect, Elbert Robinson, made his announcement today. Though there was reason to be optimistic for the Buckeyes, the Texas big man ultimately elected to take his talents elsewhere.
Ohio State head coach Thad Matta and his staff entered today awaiting the decision of '14 C Elbert Robinson to see where the class of 2014 star would land. Robinson, a 7'0", 322-pound center, made his decision Tuesday morning in an essentially two-horse race between LSU and Ohio State. Looking back at the Crystal Ball, most predictions favored the Tigers (80%) to the Buckeyes (15%).
Georgia Tech and Nebraska also had an outside shot, as mentioned by LGHL's very own Zach Fleer in his article about Robinson. After Ohio State missed out on '14 C Goodluck Okonoboh, the Buckeyes were looking to secure the interior big help that they still could use in this class. Here's more from Zach Fleer's article:
Robinson's father labeled the Tigers as a "tight fit." Cancelling his official visit to Georgetown, Robinson will be choosing between the two teams mentioned above, in addition to dark horses, Georgia Tech and Nebraska.
With Thad Matta's reputation for putting big men in the NBA, Greg Oden, Jared Sullinger, Kousta Koufos, and Byron Mullens, for example, Columbus may be the best fit for the highly-touted center. With the slowed progression of current Buckeye center Amir Williams, Robinson would have a great chance at seeing extended minutes from the jump.
Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, Robinson elected to give his commitment to LSU over his other three finalists. For Matta, Jeff Boals, and company, it's back to the drawing board. And with time running out on the 2014 class, they may need to get creative if they genuinely do feel another big is a necessity.
The 2014 Ohio State recruiting class stands at 18 members, a number that has remained stable for six weeks and might not change until the end of the season barring a quick commitment from one of the top recruits in the state or around the country.
At the moment, the Buckeyes have the No. 5 class according to Scout and the No. 3 class on Rivals.com’s rankings. Only Alabama (No. 1) and Tennessee (No. 2) are ahead of OSU on both sets of rankings.
Driving the class are three nationally ranked linebackers from the state of Ohio, Kyle Berger (6-foot-2, 200 pounds, St. Ignatius), Dante Booker (6-foot-3, 210 pounds, St. Vincent-St. Mary) and Sam Hubbard (6-foot-6, 223 pounds, Cincinnati Moeller). All three are four-star recruits. Deciding which of the three has the most talent depends on which scouting service you choose to trust the most — Rivals.com has Booker as the best of the bunch, Scout.com has Booker third and Berger in first. Berger, though, will miss his senior season after having surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and partially torn MCL and meniscus in his left knee.