Ohio State Football: 5 Freshmen the Buckeyes Can Build Around
Urban Meyer put together a recruiting class at Ohio State in 2013 that has the potential to be the foundation for another national championship run.
His class of 24 recruits is full of talent across the board, and with players that can help in both the present and the future.
Several players in this class will get on the field right away, but the true mark of any recruiting class is about which players will contribute significantly for years to come. Those players make classes special.
OSU hopes that several of its freshmen can be those players. Here are five that the Buckeyes can build around in the future.
QB JT Barrett
Ohio State needed to find the heir apparent to Braxton Miller, and they may have found one in J.T. Barrett.
Barrett, like Miller, is a dual-threat passer with the ability to break defenses down with both his arm and his legs.
He is already enrolled at Ohio State but is still rehabbing from an ACL injury he sustained in the middle of his senior season of high school.
Miller is only a junior, so Barrett will have two years to learn the offense from the sidelines and get healthy before he likely becomes the starter in 2015.
S Vonn Bell
Landing Vonn Bell on national signing day was a tremendous win for the Buckeyes.
With the safety position being a problem last season, they needed a playmaker who can stabilize the position. Bell is that playmaker.
He may play right away as a freshman, but he should be able to grow into a very talented safety as he sees more playing time.
With both safeties set to graduate after 2013, Bell could be the type of player that can be a leader in the secondary.
DE Joey Bosa
John Simon may have graduated, but freshman Joey Bosa seems to be cut of the same cloth as Simon was.
Bosa has a relentless motor and is an incredible athlete on the defensive line. He has the athleticism to either bull rush the quarterback or contain the edge on a running play.
Bosa and Simon play the same way, so it shouldn't take long for Buckeye fans to see the two in the same way.
If he can play anything like John Simon did, the defensive line will be in good hands.
LB Mike Mitchell
For a school like Ohio State, which has produced great linebackers in recent years including James Laurinaitis, Bobby Carpenter and A.J. Hawk, the Buckeyes linebackers have struggled in the last two seasons.
Enter Mike Mitchell, who may be one of the best overall athletes among recruits in the class of 2013.
Mitchell not only has college-ready size, he has an outstanding 40-yard time of 4.39 according to Scout.com.
He could be the future at middle linebacker once he figures out the speed of the college game and becomes familiar with OSU's defensive playbook.
WR Jalin Marshall
Jalin Marshall may be one of the most electrifying skill players the Buckeyes have brought in for quite a few years. Putting him at slotback in Urban Meyer's offense means he will likely get the ball 10 to 12 times per game.
He could be the closest thing OSU has had to a Percy Harvin, who obviously took Meyer's offense at Florida to another level.
Marshall may be that athletic, showing outstanding acceleration and elusiveness to break off a big run at will. He may not be as fast as Harvin, but he can be almost as tough to stop.
Marshall will probably be on the field very quickly and be a big-time playmaker for years to come.
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