Breaking Down the '14 Corners on Ohio State's Short List

By Miles Joseph on April 23, 2013 at 4:30 pm

The Ohio State coaching staff has done excellent work landing elite cornerbacks the past couple of years, thanks mostly to the impressive recruiting jobs from head coach Urban Meyer and defensive backs coach Kerry Coombs.

Jabrill Peppers is a five-star talent according to everyoneJabrill Peppers is a five-star safety.

In the 2012 class the Bucks landed high upside corner Armani Reeves. They followed this up in the 2013 class by landing a stellar list of names including the likes of Eli Apple, Cam Burrows, and Gareon Conley.

This good run continues with the current class with the pledge of Detroit Cass Tech's Damon Webb, considered by some to be the best player in the state of Michigan.

You can never have enough elite corners, however, and many are still considering the Buckeyes. The list of cornerbacks on Ohio State's radar includes Jabrill Peppers, Jalen Tabor, Tony Brown, and Quincy Wilson, among others.

Saying that, the staff will probably only accept one more commitment from a corner, unless it's Marshon Lattimore and another corner who both want to commit since Lattimore could play on the offensive side of the ball at the college level.

Join us after the jump for a look at where Ohio State stands with Peppers, Tabor and some of the other corners mentioned above.

Jabrill Peppers, Paramus (NJ) Catholic

Jabrill Peppers might be the best defensive player in the 2014 class. 247Sports has him as the fourth-best prospect in the 2014 class and his offer list includes every team that has won a meaningful football game in the last decade.

He's definitely a guy the Buckeyes would want to have in this class, but there's a lot of competition for his services. He visited Ohio State a couple of weeks ago and the visit went pretty well; however, his visit to Michigan went even better, making them the likely favorite at this point. Stanford and LSU will also have a big impact on his recruitment.

Jalen Tabor, Washington (DC) Friendship Academy

Tabor is one of many talented prospects who attend Friendship Academy in Washington, DC. I don't think the Buckeyes have a great chance with Tabor as things currently stand, but things could change for the better after he visits Ohio State this week.

Expect the red carpet to be rolled out for the junior star because this is the Ohio State coaching staff's one chance to make a big impression on Tabor. The Buckeyes are also interested in his teammate, running back Jonathan Haden, the younger brother of Cleveland Browns corner Joe Haden.

Marshon Lattimore, Cleveland (OH) Glenville

Glenville's Marshon Lattimore

Lattimore is very, very high on Ohio State's list for this cycle. He's a Glenville product and is regarded as one of the state's best player's in the class of 2014.

He has been productive on both sides of the field for Glenville. He could star at corner or at receiver for the Buckeyes — and expect a healthy debate in the coaches meeting room over his services if he does choose the Scarlet and Gray.

I think the Buckeyes lead for Lattimore right now, and they have already secured a commitment from fellow junior teammate Marcelys Jones, which can only help.

Tony Brown, Beaumont (TX) Ozen

Brown might be the top junior in the state of Texas, which is saying quite a lot. The Buckeyes need to get him on campus before his interest can be considered legitimate, but if they do eventually get him on campus, watch out.

Right now it's pretty safe to say the LSU Tigers lead for his services as he has family ties to LSU. The Buckeyes could have something to say about that before his recruitment comes to an end — he has told me a couple of times that he is really interested in Ohio State.

Quincy Wilson, Fort Lauderdale (FL) University School

Wilson is a player who is flying a little under the radar, but that shouldn't last too much longer because he can flat out play. Wilson talks to the Ohio State coaches pretty frequently and seems to have pretty solid interest in playing for the Buckeyes.

This is a situation that will need to be monitored in the coming weeks and months, but seeing him play his college ball in the Scarlet and Gray definitely isn't out of the question.

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