Football Recruiting: Top Priorities

By John Brandon on February 14, 2014 at 4:00p
64 Comments

In the 2014 class the needs were obvious – offensive line and linebacker. This year, after three straight top-five recruiting classes, the needs may be less glaring but they are still there.

After focusing on receivers, athletes and defensive backs for the past few seasons, don't expect these positions to be as much of a focal point in this class moving forward - especially when the first three commits in the 2015 class come from these positions. However, it will be important for Ohio State to land their targets at a few other key positions - primarily quarterback, running back, tight end, offensive line and defensive line.

Let's take a closer look at these positions - who the Buckeyes are targeting and who could end up being in "The Filthy '15" (yes? no?)

quarterback

Despite landing Elite 11 dual-threat quarterbacks in the past two recruiting classes, quarterback remains an important need for the Buckeyes, who lose Braxton Miller after this year. Why? Because Braxton Miller is the only quarterback on the team that has attempted more than a couple of passes. Yes Barrett, Jones and Collier all appear to be good candidates but at this point we really don't know how any of them will pan out.

As for targets, Ohio State has a few really elite guys they are in on early. Torrance Gibson is a highlight reel waiting to happen - at 6-foot, 4-inches tall and 200 pounds, he is a unique combination of size, speed (reportedly ran a 4.37 40-yard dash) and passing ability. He has tremendous upside and is more developed in the passing game than most dual-threat guys at this stage. Many believe he could be an elite receiver as well if things didn't work out at quarterback. FILM

Brandon Wimbush is not nearly as big (6-foot-2) or fast (4.65) as Gibson, but he is elite in his own right. He does a really nice job of standing in the pocket and throwing strikes, and he is like a running back in the open field. He also does a really nice job of keeping his eyes downfield while scrambling in the pocket, a very rare ability for a high school junior. FILM

The other top target is Jarrett Stidham. Like the other two, Stidham is another big (6-foot, 3-inches tall), fast (4.57) quarterback. He does a great job throwing in the pocket and on the run, and runs the ball well too. He definitely looks to pass first but is a good open-field runner - primarily running the ball on designed runs as opposed to scrambles. He's really an ideal fit for a short, quick-pass offense with a read-option mixed in as well. FILM

Too Early Prediction: Torrance Gibson - Ohio State has made him their top priority and are recruiting him as a quarterback. If they don't get Gibson I think they will get Wimbush, but I don't think they will get both. Stidham seems like more of a longshot at this point but Tom Herman has pulled a top quarterback out of Texas before.

The way the staff is offering quarterbacks continues to indicate that they would like to take two in this class, but at this point it's really hard to say who would be willing to be the second quarterback. Dwayne Lawson, who we caught up with this week, could be an option for the second quarterback spot.

RUNNING BACK

After not taking a "true tailback" in the 2014 class, the Buckeyes would probably like to add at least one (and probably two) for the 2015 class. Ohio State only has one senior (Rod Smith)  and no juniors on the roster, meaning that the position is young and still pretty deep. Still, you can never have enough running backs and they didn't really target the position in 2014. I say this because while Parris Campbell and Curtis Samuel played running back in high school, it's not clear exactly how the staff plans to use them. At 184 lbs. and 185 lbs. respectively, Campbell and Samuel probably won't be between-the-tackles runners unless they bulk up. The same can be said for Dontre Wilson, so while there are plenty of young backs on the roster, only Zeke Elliott, Warren Ball, Bri'onte Dunn and Rod Smith are likely going to be playing the tailback position.

Carlos Hyde brought an entire new dimension to Urban Meyer's offense, one that hadn't been seen from the running back position on the majority of his teams. Meyer and Co. have made it clear that they would like to keep the "power-spread" a focus of the offense, which means they'll need to add depth at tailback. 

The top running back targets for Ohio State right now are Damien Harris, Jerome Baker, Jacques Patrick, Michael Weber and Soso Jamabo. Mike Mitchell transferring really hurt the Buckeyes with Jamabo and at this point Weber seems to heavily favor Michigan State despite Ohio State recruiting him hard.

Ohio State is feeling really good about Jerome Baker, and they got Harris to visit a few days ago. Those two are the primary targets right now and the Buckeyes would love to get both. Jacques Patrick is another guy they are chasing really hard. He will be tough to pull out of Florida but he really fits what Ohio State is looking for (6-foot-2, 220 lbs, 4.5 forty). The Buckeyes are also targeting Bryce Love, Taj Griffin, Chris Warren, Andre Robinson, T.J. Simmons and others.

Too Early Prediction: Jerome Baker (+1) - he loves Ohio State and he is one of their biggest targets. Baker can play either running back or linebacker at the next level but right now the Buckeyes are recruiting him as a running back. This is likely due to the need at the position and the huge haul at linebacker they brought in last year.

Regardless, I think the Buckeyes will land another running back in addition to Baker, I'm just not sure who it will be at this point. They would really like to get Damien Harris or Jacques Patrick, but Chris Warren, Andre Robinson, Andrew Dowell (not offered yet) and T.J. Simmons could all be strong options at tailback. I'm optimistic about Harris but he'll be tough to land.

If they choose to go after another hybrid/slot back, Taj Griffin or Bryce Love would be top choices. Nate Strong could also be a good candidate if/when things heat up between Ohio State and Terry Beckner (high school teammates). Either way, the Buckeyes have plenty of great options to choose from at running back this year.

Tight End

After landing a big time tight end target in 2013, Ohio State didn't take any in the 2014 class. Now, with three tight ends on scholarship - one senior and one dealing with legal issues - it will be necessary for the Buckeyes to grab at least one but probably two tight ends in the 2015 class.

Chris "Another Day, Another Offer" Clark is the primary target at tight end for the Buckeyes, but his recruitment is going to be a "dawg-fight" with Georgia and others. Clark is visiting Ohio State in late March, so we'll have a better idea of where the Buckeyes stand after that, but for now Clark says things are even at the top.

Hale Hentges is another guy that Ohio State likes a lot. He has an offer, he visited Ohio State in October and the Buckeyes have continued to stay in contact with him, coach Hinton visited him a few weeks ago too. Garrett Williams is strong target too, but he will be hard to lure out of the south.

One guy to really keep an eye on is Jackson Harris. Harris just picked up an Ohio State offer yesterday and has been high on the Buckeyes for a while. He has been on the Ohio State  radar for quite some time and there is a lot of mutual interest.

Locally, C.J. Conrad (Lagrange, Ohio) is a name to watch. Conrad holds offers from Illinois, Pitt, Indiana, Kentucky, Syracuse, Duke and a handful of MAC schools. If Conrad gets a Buckeye offer, I imagine he will have a tough time turning it down.

Too Early Prediction: Chris Clark and C.J. Conrad - Clark is the Buckeyes top priority at tight end and he is really high on Ohio State without even visiting yet. The fact that Ohio State remains "even" with Georgia (and others) after he visited Georgia a couple of weeks ago says a lot. I think the Buckeyes will land their top target Clark, and I think C.J. Conrad will eventually get offered and become a Buckeye.

Offensive line

Even after reeling in a stellar offensive line class in 2014, it remains a priority for 2015. There are only two senior offensive linemen but five juniors and they are still in the process of adjusting to losing four starters from this past season.

James Daniels and Steven Gonzalez are more obvious candidates, as both appear likely to be Buckeyes in the end. After that it's a bit less obvious. There is a lot of mutual interest between Ohio State and Drew Richmond, one of the top tackles nationally. Sterling Jenkins, Matthew Burrell and Chuma Edoga are other top players that are interested in Ohio State (although Edoga just named Tennessee his favorite) along with several others. Of guys that have yet to be offered: Sam Madden is highly touted and has the Buckeyes in his top 3 and several local products (Rob Dowdy, George Brown Jr., Noah Listermann, Larry Wells) would be interested if offered.

It's a little murky at this point but the Buckeyes have cast a wide net as offensive line is once again a priority.

Too Early Prediction: James Daniels, Steven Gonzalez, Drew Richmond, Rob Dowdy and Sam Madden - I think more early commitments are made, the Buckeyes will make some more offensive line offers and Dowdy and Madden will eventually get offered and commit.

Defensive line

A small offensive line class in 2014 combined with the new hire of Larry Johnson means I expect Ohio State to have a huge defensive line class this year. Additionally, there are a bunch of elite defensive linemen the Buckeyes are in on early.

Losing Vrabel hurt d-line recruiting for a while, but Johnson has already shown what he can do on the trail.

Top targets include Tim Settle and Christian Wilkins on the interior, Terry Beckner, Jashon Cornell, Darius Fullwood, Kyle Phillips and James Lockhart on the ends. Lockhart has named Baylor his leader, Cornell is likely bound for Notre Dame and Phillips favors Tennessee, but the Buckeyes are in good shape with all of the other targets listed.

The Buckeyes also like Adam McLean (not offered yet), Josh Sweat and a handful of local guys (Elijah Taylor, Rashod Berry and possibly Dre'Mont Jones).

Too Early Prediction: Tim Settle, Terry Beckner, Christian Wilkins, Darius Fullwood, Rashod Berry - I really think Larry Johnson and co. are going to hit a home run on the defensive line recruiting this year and bring in a truly elite class. Rashod Berry is the only one without an offer, but he has a high ceiling and loves the Buckeyes and I see him as a part of this class.

Well, the Buckeyes appear poised for another great recruiting class and these positions are going to be pivotal. Who would you like the Buckeyes to land? Who do you think they will land?

Everything is fluid and these "Too Early Predictions" will probably change many times, but the crucial positions will stay the same. We saw Ohio State fill their main needs in 2014, let's see if they can do it again.

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Hovenaut's picture

Had to remind myself the d-back and linebacker cupboards have been restocked.

Nice look down the road, I like the names at the skill sets and am eager to see what LJSR can do with a full year on the recruiting trail.

 

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

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Alpo's picture

Was thinking the same thing about the back end on D Hov. Took me a second there. The future continues to look bright though, excited for things to come!

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Unky Buck's picture

When reading I went through the same thought and then realized that we are pretty stocked there right now. So yeah, biggest need not a priority but I still think we need a couple solid LB's in the class to help with depth now that Mitchell is gone.

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mtrotb's picture

No way they take 5 offensive lineman again unless we have underclassmen quitting or transferring.  They are not going to have 18 olineman on scholarship.  I think they will definitely take 2 running backs for sure after not taking one this year.

mtrotb

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labuck's picture

Why not?  The OL is weak after the starters and we really do not know what we have this year.  You cannot bank on all five guys that just signed to come in and play at an elite level throughout their collegiate careers.  We can certainly hope that happens but hardly does it ever work that way.  I think signing another 5 this year will give the bucks some great depth and allow them to build the line the way they want for the future.

2002osubuck's picture

Actually, with so many juniors leaving after next year, they're gonna get the guys now to be ready by then. Then we'll have a very solid 2 deep on the o-line for the following 3-4 years with both hauls. 

HotSauceCommittee's picture

I think OSU should just offer kids with unique names this year.

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BuckChoi's picture

As usual, informative and a good read.  Keep the best and bring the best home.  Go get em!

FitzBuck's picture

I can't believe how young the RBs are.  Rod Smith a senior and the rest are red shirt sophomores or younger.  Wow 

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Jbucks's picture

im all for us getting a huge Defensive line haul. maybe throw in another safety, a LB or 2. and then u dont touch that defense (kevin Tollver would be a nice get from LSU though) I know its been asked and answered b4 but I.dont see us taking 2 top QB's I see us redshirting Gibson (which is who I want) bcuz dont forget that kid Barrett was a top Dual Threat, smart & good arm plus with him being redshirt Fr. next year he will have 2 years atleast of playing time when Gibson gets here. as for RB's you go hard for baby Carlos Patrick & a slick runner like maybe webber. at the WR spot u go after guys with size & bulk, you have the "percy Harvin" role & the Teddy Ginn role filled with Wilson, Marshall, Samuel & Cambell now u need the Michael Jenkins role filled as for TE's we need atleast 2 maybe 3 guys at Oline u of course get as much as possible, Meech, J.Jones could go 2 deep next year so I say add atleast 4 more Oline next year as well CANT WAIT FOR SPRING

Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it-John 1:5 SEC meet Ohio State, Ohio State meet SEC

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Jbucks's picture

im all for us getting a huge Defensive line haul. maybe throw in another safety, a LB or 2. and then u dont touch that defense (kevin Tollver would be a nice get from LSU though) I know its been asked and answered b4 but I.dont see us taking 2 top QB's I see us redshirting Gibson (which is who I want) bcuz dont forget that kid Barrett was a top Dual Threat, smart & good arm plus with him being redshirt Fr. next year he will have 2 years atleast of playing time when Gibson gets here. as for RB's you go hard for baby Carlos Patrick & a slick runner like maybe webber. at the WR spot u go after guys with size & bulk, you have the "percy Harvin" role & the Teddy Ginn role filled with Wilson, Marshall, Samuel & Cambell now u need the Michael Jenkins role filled as for TE's we need atleast 2 maybe 3 guys at Oline u of course get as much as possible, Meech, J.Jones could go 2 deep next year so I say add atleast 4 more Oline next year as well CANT WAIT FOR SPRING

Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it-John 1:5 SEC meet Ohio State, Ohio State meet SEC

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millertime2011's picture

Nothing about Nunez? Have we cooled on him?

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John Brandon's picture

Nunez is an interesting situation because he's definitely behind the 3 guys I mentioned. The question is - would he come on as a 2nd QB in this class? I don't think so seeing as how he has a bunch of other offers but I'm not sure. I'll try to get in contact with him.

This kind of shows the issue with trying to take 2 QBs and why I don't think it's going to happen. If a guy is good enough for Ohio State to want him he can go elsewhere and have a better chance of playing early. If a guy is willing to come to Ohio State as a second QB in the class it's probably because no top schools are interested in him. Now, there may very well be an excellent QB target who would be willing to come in and compete with one of the top dual-threat guys in his same class but I don't see it happening, meaning if they take 2 qbs the second one would have to be a reach in my opinion

osubuck57's picture

Would love to get Warren out of Texas. Know he tore his acl last year, but have to love the pedigree, and his size.

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John Brandon's picture

really like him - he's huge would be an ideal between the tackles to give this offense some physicality that El Guapo gave them. Same with Baker

ITWASME's picture

Nothing about wide receivers??

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John Brandon's picture

Going to be a smaller WR class in my mind - EGW, I think they get Devante Peete too and maybe one more guy but that's about it

Jbucks's picture

sorry bout the double comment, my phone messed up & sent 2, not sure how to delete 1, & as 4 my reasoning for taking atleast 4 Olineman, other than Meech & J.Jones (to me) there isnt a sure thing with the other 3 guys, M.Jones needs to shed around 15lbs of bad weight & get his base stronger & faster off the snap, Trout coming off leg injury correct? so with my thinkin you gotta take a C a OG a OT & 1 other for good measure, oh btw I like the filthy 15 montra

Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it-John 1:5 SEC meet Ohio State, Ohio State meet SEC

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2014nationalchamps's picture

IN URB WE TRUST:

 there are 3 things in this life that is guaranteed.

1. Death

2. Taxes

3. UFM will haul in a top 5 recruiting class.

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DefenceWinsChampionships's picture

Don't you think you're being a little bold with 5 OL AND 5 DL? Add our three current commits and the 6 QB/RB/TE you mentioned and were already at 19 players. The local long snapper would make it 20. That means you think we'll only get a combined 2-3 WR/LB's? I'm not sure that seems very realistic. 4 and 4 may be a better guess IMHO.

John Brandon's picture

Quite possibly! But I don't think they are taking 2 QBs. I think that may be the plan but I don't think it's going to happen.

Quarterback recruiting is tricky because unlike most other positions, you can only play one quarterback. If it is indeed what they would like to do, the Buckeyes are going to have a tough time in my opinion convincing two quarterbacks to join the class. Bringing in two freshmen quarterbacks almost guarantees that one of them will never see the field, and no top-ranked quarterback is going to sign up for that (in my mind at least). This means they will probably have to settle for a lower-tier guy, and I think there are better options than taking a second "project" quarterback. We'll just have to wait and see.

Here's my rough full position breakdown if you're interested:

QB - 1 

RB - 2 

WR - 2/3 (Glover-Williams, maybe Peete, maybe Van Jefferson etc.)

TE - 2

OL - 5

DL - 5

LB - 2/3 (Conner, Hilliard, Kilby-Lane etc.)

DB - 2/3 (Edwards, Dean, maybe Fitzpatrick or McFadden etc.)

Total: 21-24

24 is a little high so maybe only 5 combined WR/DB and 9 combined OL/DL which gives 22 which is perfectly reasonable imo. It will depend on which guys are available and interested.

ToothBuck's picture

I always envy when teams like Alabama or USC convince multiple highly-rated signal callers to come in and compete during the same year.  Who knows, with Urbz, maybe this will be the year?

Jbucks's picture

24 is just right imo, were back at full force with schollies, why not use em? depth is key

Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it-John 1:5 SEC meet Ohio State, Ohio State meet SEC

John Brandon's picture

we'll see, it's a smaller senior class so that could make the class a little smaller

TMac's picture

Only 13 seniors and the +3 schollys back = 16 spots - the rest have to come from attrition - getting to 24 would take an additional 8 - which seems unlikely. Class size should be closer to 20. 

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allaboutthedubbayous's picture

I'm with you on this on TMac... I counted 12 Seniors plus the 3 back from sanctions... (12 - 13, either way, SMALL Senior class).  I think the 2015 class comes in around 17-19 unless there are quite of few transfers and medical hardships.  Looking at the list of Juniors, I see one, MAYBE 2 that would leave early for the draft.

BuckeyeJAK's picture

Is there any update on Mike  Mitchell and his possible transfer ?

Mark May is a mental midget

BTwrestle04's picture

Not sure what kind of update you're looking for. He has definitively left the program regardless of whether he is transferring to another school or putting football on the back burner for now. Not sure what else there is to update you on?

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John Brandon's picture

he's gone, tbh I don't know if he'll ever play college football again. It's incredibly tough for him and he's taking a year off

johnblairgobucks's picture

thanks for the information John.... Seeing these high school juniors becoming potential building blocks to the foundation of the Ohio State Football program is made all the more interesting when a clear view of the situations and prospects are presented.

Go Bucks!

BuckeyeRealist13's picture

I thought we all agreed on the Famed15!!!!!!

I've spent time in the South, I don't care what anybody says they don't have the passion for football that us Ohioans have. 

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Jbucks's picture

famed 15 is good but think bout it, were going after the big nasties this year famed 15 kinda seems more athlete/skill guys

Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it-John 1:5 SEC meet Ohio State, Ohio State meet SEC

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BuckeyeB9B82501's picture

I will take the 15+ that you have mentioned. Add in another 3 or so for the depth and we should have another top 5 class (of course ESecheatPN will have 7-8 SECheat schools in their top 10). Thats why I dont even pay attention to ESecPN polls. They are way too biased towards the south. All other recruiting services are pretty square and fair to all D1 schools and like I mentioned earlier if we get the mentioned kids + a few more we will have 4 str8 top 5 classes. With the talent and talented depth UFM and co. have brought in the future looks very bright. TOSU will be challenging for the Naty every year and thats what Buckeye Nation is wanting. Its our time to shine and time for our Dynasty to begin!!!!!!!! Watch out CFB the Buckeyes are coming!!!!!!!! :-D GO BUCKS!!!!!

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

dubjayfootball90's picture

damn, big time analysis and tons of good info. Thanks, John.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

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Codeezy's picture
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BeijingBucks's picture

Freakish '15

 

 

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Poison nuts's picture

Forever 15? Wait that sounds like one of those personality switch, I'm young again movies...

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Seattle Linga's picture

This next class is going to be off the charts

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Alpo's picture

Agreed Seattle. It also seems like we keep saying that year after year, and they keep getting better and better! Guess this Urban guy knows what he's doing, huh! Love it, keep em coming!!!

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Seattle Linga's picture

We've been truly spoiled at the staff and I personally like the Ash and Johnson additions 

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Seattle Linga's picture

This Dream 14 class has got to be one of the fastest classes we've ever had. Go Bucks

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BuckeyeB9B82501's picture

I also think that we take 1 elite QB and on the nickname for this class ........ Filthy 15 sound down rite BAD ASS!!!!!! Love it; the 2014 class laid the foundation for the future (the 2012 & 2013 classes made us relevant again) and the 2015 class will build the depth for the future. By then the 1st 2 classes will be developed and have the maturity and experience to lead and mold the 2014 & 2015 classes. Look out b/c this team by then will be down rite nasty, mean, dangerous and dominant!!! "FILTHY 15" and beyond ; look out CFB!!!!

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

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Jbucks's picture

not to take anything from the kid, but do we really want Rashod Berry at DE? his listed height/weight is 6'4 215, isnt that just a tad (20-25 lbs) under weight for even just a edge rusher? sounds like LB weight or even DB weight

Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it-John 1:5 SEC meet Ohio State, Ohio State meet SEC

John Brandon's picture

Jamal Marcus came in at 225 and he's been a beast in limited time. I'm personally a fan of playing a lighter "hybrid" type weak-side defensive end (not necessarily full-time) because it gives you a lot of the benefits of a 3-4 defense (better pass coverage, easier to mix up blitz combos etc.) while still keeping the 4-3 front too.

Especially in OSU's defense, the playcallers have liked dropping the "viper" into pass coverage - whether it's been Noah Spence or Nate Williams before him. At the core it gives you more flexibility and when you're building the depth that Ohio State is, it's nice to have more specialty type guys. When he adds 15-20 lbs at Ohio State he could be a real beast imo. The other thing is - he's a phenomenal athlete, he plays wide receiver and return kicks in high school as well. 

I would say he's a ways away from an offer but he's on the radar

nm_buck's picture

How about Freak15?

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Youngbuck85's picture

Man that d line could be LOADED. Could be alot like Urbans first class with spence Washington Pittman and Schutt

DC-town's picture

In my opinion, we need a big d and o line haul...DT can't be looked at as a position of depth right now- highly touted recruits there but adolphus, Schutt and hill have some questions-

Hope carter has a big year and same with Bennett , but some Baller DT's would be nice.  Can't have enough elite oline men either

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John Brandon's picture

exactly, Settle and Wilkins value can't be overstated - near must-gets in my opinion after skipping out on DT in 2014

sharks's picture

1. Filthy 15 is great.  Need to be a little nastier as a team, and I think this title fits.

2. You really think Mitchell might give up football for good?  I cannot imagine that's what his dad wants for him...

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John Brandon's picture

2. Nope, I'm just saying it's a possibility. All I'm saying is it's going to be really hard to return to the football field, but if anyone can do it it's Mike

Jbucks's picture

I really like the Defensive line group you got predicted (thanks for clearing up that Rashod deal for me ntw) but Settle, Wilkinson are the big nasties yuh gotta love to have plusBl Beckner seems to be legit star potential.

Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it-John 1:5 SEC meet Ohio State, Ohio State meet SEC

buckeyeboy31's picture

Right now we have 15 scholarships for the '15 class....saying it will be 21-24 in size bums me out that we lose potentially 6-9 players early for whatever reason

Jbucks's picture

u got draft, graduation... im sure some guys like Spence go to draft, Brax, Bennett, both Grants, Smith, Spencer (im pretty sure dont hold this against me) will be going to draft/ graduating so thrres 7 guys

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buckeyeboy31's picture

There are 12 seniors, and we get 3 scholarships back....maybe Spence goes pro early, but other than that we're looking at more than normal attrition

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m5987usus's picture

Torrance is an awesome athlete who will fit urbans system amazingly

O-H!

Jbucks's picture

just seen top WR Christian Kirk set up a visit with us on the 27th, another small speedster (5*) that just seems to get TDs w/atleast 50% of the touches he gets. SPEED KILLS but wow we need a big guy to throw too... when is Urban gonna coral the "Michael Jenkins role"? we can atleast input our TE's more often if we cant get the bigger WR's

Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it-John 1:5 SEC meet Ohio State, Ohio State meet SEC

BuckToAsT's picture

Hopefully the 2015 class bonds early enough to come up with their own nickname.  It worked like a charm with the Dream14.  Maybe we'll get some friendly inter-class competition happening.  

Li Xiao Buckeye's picture

I like "The Fantastic '15" personally, but that's probably because I live in my mother's basement and secretly want to be a superhero. 

I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine. - Bruce Lee

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youngbuck32's picture

I'm interested in knowing the positions of strength in high school football in Ohio... do we produce all around talent or do we produce great position specific talent ie linebacker or o-line... would that be possible to even categorize?

Can't is the real "C" word!

13THandSummit's picture

I was disappointed when we lost Jeb Blazevich to Georgia. Could it be a blessing in disguise if we get Clark instead? Should Buckeye fans be rooting hard for Jeb to succeed (so Clark would want to be the main TE somewhere else), root for him to fail (so it doesn't look like UGA is the place for TE's) or does Blazevich have no impact on Clark? Thanks and good work.

Silver Bullet 10's picture

I think Wilkins goes to Boston College, Settle to Alabama, and Beckner to LSU. I have no idea who we will land, but they'll be a great group. Who knows, maybe we land a few of those guys, but I will be very surprised if we get any.

MN Buckeye's picture

Could happen, but I will be optimistic and trust that Urban will get the ones he really wants.

BGSUBucksFan's picture

Late on asking this, hope you see it John.  Any news on George Campbell?  Know he has an offer, does the staff still want him?  At 6'4" and a 4.3 40 (and also a Michigan decommit), seems like someone worth fighting for.  Is he simply not very interested in OSU?

FWIW, read yesterday on Twitter Jashon Cornell tweeted Hilliard with "#FutureTeammates", while Campbell chimed in with a "#PossibleFutureTeammates"

WesPatterson23's picture

I personally think Christian Kirk is one of the main targets of the group. After watching his highlight tapes he looks like a big time playmaker. I think one or two more "Percy Harvin" players will be included in this class, and he fits the mold perfectly.