Ohio State Football Recruiting: Positions Urban Meyer Must Target for 2014
Ohio State is heading into the 2013 season with a number of holes in the lineup that will need to be attended to with the 2014 recruiting class. The Buckeyes will lose substantial contributors along the lines, in the secondary and at the specialist positions.
Urban Meyer will have to work his recruiting magic this coming year and pull in a few players that can contribute from day one.
This is a look at the top five recruiting needs for Ohio State in the 2014 class.
The Buckeyes will lose all five starters from 2012 along the offensive line by 2014. There are a number of backups that will be able to step in during the next year, but it will become a huge need for the 2014 recruiting class.
Losing that many players at such a key position is a major concern. Urban Meyer will need to find linemen that can compete for the starting jobs immediately.
The Buckeyes will also have rising seniors in 2014 at the line positions, making way for another lineup to take over during the 2015 season. This will be a major selling point for the coming class.
The defensive line for Ohio State will be depleted by the start of the 2014 season, making the next two signing classes crucial for the position. All four of the 2012 starters will be gone by 2014, and half of the line will be seniors that season.
The 2014 class has to pull in defensive line talent that can get experience early and be prepared by year two to contribute. It is a big need for this class, but there won’t be much concern if it can be filled.
The Buckeyes usually get the defenders they want and need. The Buckeyes have some huge commits already for 2013 along the line, but there will still be a major need to be filled in 2014.
The Buckeyes have relied on strong safety play in the past to control the secondary and keep opposing Big Ten offenses at bay. This team will lose every safety from the 2012 depth chart before the 2014 season.
Ohio State is recruiting the secondary hard this year and will continue to do so in the 2014 class. The Buckeyes will have playing time to offer, and should land top athletes at the position because of it.
The 2014 class will be crucial for defensive development, and the safety position may be the most important of the class.
Specialist positions are very important to a program’s success at the major conference level. Without a quality punter and place kicker, a team will struggle to win consistently against the elite talent in college football.
The Buckeyes will depart with their current starting punter this year, and their backup after next fall. Place kicker Drew Basil will also be gone by 2014. The Buckeyes will need to replace both players, but punter will be completely empty.
The Buckeyes currently have a commit at punter for the 2013 class, but specialists are tougher than quarterbacks to judge. Look for this position to remain a focus in the coming recruiting class.
The Ohio State depth chart is full of talent, but after 2014 the Buckeyes will not have a quarterback with experience on roster. The quarterback position needs to be a major focus in the 2014 class.
Urban Meyer has done amazing things with quarterbacks in his college football tenure. Alex Smith and Tim Tebow are two of the Meyer success stories.
As the Buckeyes progress forward with the 2014 class they will focus in on a select few that fit the mold of the Urban Meyer quarterback. It will be his first chance to recruit a quarterback that will completely fit his scheme and players.
Look for this to be the highest watched position in the coming years on the recruiting trail as the best signal-callers in the country lineup to sign with the Buckeyes.