Ohio State Football: Recruiting Targets from SEC Territory in Class of 2014

Billy George@@billzonwheelzCorrespondent IIMarch 4, 2013

Ohio State Football: Recruiting Targets from SEC Territory in Class of 2014

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    Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes reeled in players from all over the country in the 2013 recruiting class, putting together one of the finest recruiting classes in the land. This gave Buckeye nation a reason to be excited about this upcoming season, and it created optimism for the future of the program.

    In order to consistently compete for conference and national titles, however, the Buckeyes have to reel in top-notch players on a consistent basis. And there's no greater place to search for such talent than in the land of the SEC, which each of the last eight national-championship-winning teams call "home."

    So, without further ado, here are all of the prospects from SEC territory that Ohio State has sent scholarship offers to in the 2014 class, listed in alphabetical order by last name. 

    Note: All of the ratings in this article are drawn from 247sports.com.

Myles Autry: RB, Norcross, Ga.

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    Size: 5'9", 175 lbs

    Rating: 92 (4-star prospect) 

    Storyline: Slippery would be the best word to describe Mr. Autry. Having the speed of a gazelle, he seems to just slither his way through arm tackles. He's very shifty as well, and he doesn't appear to be afraid to lower his shoulder and bust through defenders for big gains. 

Alex Bars: OT, Nashville, Tenn.

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    Size: 6'6", 287 lbs 

    Rating: 91 (4-star prospect) 

    Storyline: You can't see too much of Alex Bars' skills displayed in the given video, but all I've heard about the kid has been good. He has a good dose of power and a big body and can play both ways on the line of scrimmage, 

Kalvaraz Bessent: ATH, Kingsland, Ga.

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    Size: 5'11", 170 lbs 

    Rating: 93 (4-star prospect)

    Storyline: Though he is being primarily recruited as a defensive back (intercepting six balls in the 2012 season), Bessent has the skill set needed to line up in the backfield on offense as well. The standout Georgia product rushed for 481 yards this past season while averaging over eight yards a pop. He's a gamer! 

Jeb Blazevich: TE, Charlotte, N.C.

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    Size: 6'4", 230 lbs 

    Rating: 91 (4-star prospect)

    Storyline: Blazevich has good hands, great range, decent size and excellent speed to play the tight end position. While the two-way prospect out of the Tar Heel state has some pretty impressive highlights, they pale in comparison to the amount of scholarship offers he has. 

Orlando Brown: OT, Duluth, Ga.

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    Size: 6'7", 345 lbs 

    Rating: 90 (4-star prospect)

    Storyline: If you were to search for some of the biggest offensive linemen in the 2014 class, Orlando Brown's name would most likely come up. Out of Peachtree Ridge High School, Brown's combination of height and weight give him the body of a prototypical left tackle on the offensive line, and his power and awareness give him the potential to become a great one. 

Lorenzo Carter: DE, Norcross, Ga.

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    Size: 6'6", 232 lbs 

    Rating: 100 (5-star prospect) 

    Storyline: Lorenzo Carter is one young man who doesn't let his tremendous size slow him down. Sure, he has power, a quick initial burst off of the line of scrimmage and the ability to blow up plays in the backfield, but there's something special about defensive linemen who can keep up with dual-threat quarterbacks. Carter can do just that. 

Khairi Clark: DT, Hollywood, Fla.

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    Size: 6'2", 325 lbs 

    Rating: 96 (4-star prospect)

    Storyline: A team captain as a junior, this Hollywood, Florida native knows how to wreak havoc on the football field. He has an uncanny change-of-direction ability for a guy of his size, he's quick and he seems very strong in the middle of the defense. 

Kain Daub: LB, jacksonville, Fla.

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    Size: 6'3", 227 lbs 

    Rating: 98 (5-star prospect)

    Storyline: After evaluating about 100 different prospects in the 2014 class, I've come to the conclusion that Kain Daub is one of the hardest-hitting defenders in the country. He has all the intangibles needed to play the linebacker position such as size, speed and an excellent tackling ability, but what stands out the most about this kid is his awareness. He seems to always be in the right place at the right time to make a play. 

Shaquille Davidson: WR, Gaffney, S.C.

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    Size: 6'0", 170 lbs 

    Rating: 96 (4-star prospect)

    Storyline: For his spread offense, Urban Meyer is hoping to get all the playmakers he can at the wide receiver position. Shaquille Davidson is one receiver whom Meyer is targeting in the 2014 class. Davidson has good speed and even better hands, and he used both of these to gain 683 yards receiving (averaging nearly 24 yards per catch) and haul in eight touchdown receptions during the 2012 season. 

Johnnie Dixon: WR, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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    Size: 5'10", 187 

    Rating: 90 (4-star prospect)

    Storyline: Johnnie Dixon is one of the fastest wide receiver prospects in all of the 2014 class. The 33 receptions and 610 receiving yards he accumulated in the 2012 season are a great demonstration of such speed. He has a tough decision to make, as he has a boatload of scholarship offers. 

Reilly Gibbons: OT, Saint Petersburg, Fla.

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    Size: 6'6", 278 lbs 

    Rating: 92 (4-star prospect)

    Storyline: If you took Gibbons' helmet off and got an up-close visual of his face, you would probably see a guy who was gritting his teeth on every given play. That's the kind of effort he seems to bring, and he has size and power to complement it. 

Elijah Hood: RB, Charlotte, N.C.

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    Size: 5'11", 209 lbs 

    Rating: 93 (4-star prospect)

    Storyline: Running back coaches love to have guys who always keep their feet moving while carrying the rock. They would have just that if a guy like Elijah Hood were on their team. Regardless of whatever contact is initiated on him, his motor never seems to stop running. Perhaps that's why he's one of the most sought-after running back prospects in the South.  

Jalen Hurd: RB, Hendersonville, Tenn.

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    Size: 6'3", 225 lbs 

    Rating: 98 (5-star prospect)

    Storyline: Even though he plays in a rather soft 5A football conference, Jalen Hurd is a flat-out beast. He rushed for over 3,000 yards this past season, leading his team to a 15-0 record and state championship, and was named "Mr. Football" in Tennessee. 

    What's scary about this kid is the fact that he runs a 4.37 40-yard dash and has the body of a linebacker. 

Vincent Jackson: LB, Tampa, Fla.

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    Size: 6'2", 235 lbs 

    Rating: 85 (3-star prospect)

    Storyline: Instead of classifying Vincent Jackson as either a linebacker, defensive lineman or safety, I believe he is one of those guys you can simply call a "football player." No matter where he lines up on defense, he is the one player on his team who's liable to make a big play on every down. 

Demarre Kitt: WR, Tyrone, Ga.

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    Size: 6'1", 182 lbs 

    Rating: 91 (4-star prospect)

    Storyline: Kitt's simply a playmaker on the offensive side of the ball. What I like about him the most is his ability to make oncoming defenders look silly after the catch. With deceptive speed and enough awareness to know what to do with it, he weaves his way around would-be tacklers with ease, making huge plays for his high school team. He has good hands, too, and although his route-running ability may be a bit sketchy, it will only improve with time. 

Chris Lammons: ATH, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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    Size: 5'9", 170 lbs 

    Rating: 88 (3-star prospect)

    Storyline: With the speed Chris Lammons has, he can keep up with wide receivers and running backs (positions he sometimes plays). However, he primarily plays the quarterback position. When you take into consideration all of these things, he could become a dangerous weapon in an offense similar to Urban Meyer's, despite his small stature. 

Johnathan Lloyd: ATH, Graham, N.C.

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    Size: 6'0", 175 lbs 

    Rating: 90 (4-star prospect)

    Storyline: Mr. Lloyd is basically a slightly bigger version of Chris Lammons, although he probably means a little more to his Southern Alamance Patriots football team (who went 3-6 in 2012) than Lemmons means to his team. Nevertheless, his talents can be utilized in a spread offense in more ways than one. 

Josh Malone: WR, Gallatin, Tenn.

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    Size: 6'2", 190 lbs

    Rating: 95 (4-star prospect)

    Storyline: With his great size, hands and route-running abilities, Josh Malone reminds me of former Buckeye Devier Posey when he's playing the wide receiver position. But with his speed and elusiveness,, he reminds me of former OSU receiver Ted Ginn Jr. when being used as a return man. Put those things together and you have a fine prospect. By the way, Malone had an unofficial visit at Ohio State in June of 2012. 

Jacob McCrary: WR, Miami, Fla.

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    Size: 6'0", 170 lbs 

    Rating: 90 (4-star prospect)

    Storyline: McCrary's another receiver who makes defenders look flat-out silly in the secondary. He has some experience playing in the secondary as well. However, he's pretty much as adequate a receiver prospect as anyone in the state of Florida in the 2013 class. 

K.C. McDermott: OT, Wellington, Fla.

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    Size: 6'6", 285 lbs

    Rating: 97 (4-star prospect)

    Storyline: With a big body that will only get more toned wherever he decides to go to school, K.C. McDermott is one of the best offensive tackles in the country. He has all the components needed to have a tremendously successful college football career. All he needs is a group of playmakers around him so that his abilities can be more widely recognized. 

Raekwon McMillan: MLB, Hinesville, Ga.

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    Size: 6'3", 236 lbs 

    Rating: 98 (5-star prospect) 

    Storyline: After evaluating over 100 different recruiting prospects in the 2013 class, I've come to the conclusion that Raekwon McMillan is one of the hardest-hitting players in the country. It' seems as if opposing ball-carriers are metal and he is a magnet, as he is in on every single play. Nothing demonstrates that more than the astonishing 152 total tackles (15.2 tackles per game) and 22 tackles for loss that he racked up in the 2012 season.

Anthony Moten: DT, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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    Size: 6'4", 279 lbs 

    Rating: 90 (4-star prospect)

    Storyline: Forget about power and athleticism. It's obvious that Anthony Moten possesses those qualities. What's most impressive about this kid is his reaction speed and ability to position himself where all the action is on the football field. He is one of the better defenders in the entire state of Florida. 

Kevin Mouhon: OLB, Norcross, Ga.

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    Size: 6'2", 225 lbs

    Rating: 93 (4-star prospect)

    Storyline: When you have a linebacker on your team who's as fast as a running back, you have something special. That's just about what the Norcross Blue Devils have in Kevin Mouhon, as he reportedly runs a 4.6 second 40-yard dash. He used such speed to rack up a whopping 152 tackles, five sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery in the 2012 season, all while carrying his team to a 15-0 record and the Georgia 5A state championship. Just glance at some of his highlights and you'll see what all the hype is about. 

Dante Sawyer: DE, Suwanee, Ga.

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    Size: 6'3", 240 lbs 

    Rating: 90 (4-star prospect)

    Storyline: Although Dante Sawyer doesn't showcase a lot of speed on the football field, he has enough strength, power and awareness to make up for it. What I like about Sawyer is his ability to bully offensive linemen and consistently make plays in his opponent's backfield. 

Artavis Scott: WR, Tarpon Springs, Fla.

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    Size: 5'10", 175 lbs 

    Rating: 95 (4-star prospect)

    Storyline: If you were a football coach in dire need of a player who was dangerous with the ball in his hands, you would undoubtedly get along with this Florida wide receiver prospect out of East Lake High School. He can burn defensive backs while playing the wide receiver position, make guys look foolish as a return man and brush by guys while breaking tackles when he rushes the football. 

Derrell Scott: RB, Havelock, N.C.

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    Size: 5'11", 175 lbs  

    Rating: 94 (4-star prospect)

    Storyline: Derrell Scott would be a great fit in an offense like that of Chip Kelly at Oregon. He's extremely explosive with the rock in his hands, and he has enough elusiveness to weave his way through defenses for huge chunks of yardage. He reminds me of guys like De'Anthony Thomas and Kenjon Barner. 

Elisha Shaw: DT, Tucker, Ga.

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    Size: 6'5", 295 lbs

    Rating: 97 (4-star prospect) 

    Storyline: Judging by his highlights, Elisha Shaw is one of the finest defensive line prospects in all of the 2013 class. He shoves his way through offensive linemen on what seems like every play, he is a sack master and he's liable to get into the backfield at the same time as the football. This guy has scary potential. 

Bentley Spain: OT, Charlotte, N.C.

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    Size: 6'6", 275 lbs 

    Rating: 96 (4-star prospect)

    Storyline: Bentley Spain is one of the few offensive linemen in this class who could contain guys like Elisha Shaw and Anthony Moten. While he has a rather impressive body frame, it pales in comparison to the amount of effort and intensity he brings. As one of the most prodigious offensive linemen in the country, Spain is very highly sought-after. 

Donell Stanley: OT, Latta, S.C.

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    Size: 6'4", 327 lbs 

    Rating: 95 (4-star prospect)

    Storyline: Just about all that was said about Bentley Spain can be applied to Donell Stanley. However, I don't think Stanley is quite as dominant as Spain. Nevertheless he is a great prospect who'll make a college football coach very happy in the near future. 

Moral Stephens: TE, Perry, Fla.

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    Size: 6'4", 200 lbs 

    Rating: 90 (4-star prospect)

    Storyline: There probably isn't a faster tight end than Moral Stephens in the entire 2013 recruiting class. You can almost classify him as a big-bodied wide receiver.who happens to be an excellent blocker. Whatever you call the kid, he had 38 receptions for 620 receiving yards (16.3 yard AVG), and 11 touchdowns in the 2012 season

Kentavius Street: DE, Greenville, N.C.

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    Size: 6'4", 255 lbs 

    Rating: 90 (4-star prospect) 

    Storyline: Street is arguably the best player in his entire district. Whether he's causing opposing quarterbacks to throw the football before they want to, stopping ball-carriers dead in their tracks or being a 255-lb. wrecking ball in the backfield, he is a constant threat out there on the defensive side of the ball. 

Trevion Thompson: WR, Durham, N.C.

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    Size: 6'2", 177 lbs 

    Rating: 97 (4-star prospect)

    Storyline: With his combination of speed, size, good hands and a nose for knowing just where to go while in possession of the football, Trevion Thompson may be the best receiver in all of the South. The list of scholarship offers he has received is enough evidence to prove his worth.

Denzel Ward: OT, Bradenton, Fla.

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    Size: 6'8", 295 lbs

    Rating: 81 (3-star prospect)

    Storyline: In his own words, some of his strengths include "Athleticism, long arms, quick feet, flexibility, finishing through blocks, and good at anchoring down to stop the pass rush." Ward did admit, however, that one his weaknesses was "Playing against high competition." With good coaching, time in the weight room and more repetitions versus top-tier talents, he should blossom into a fine offensive tackle in his college career. 

Andrew Williams: DE, McDonough, Ga.

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    Size: 6'4", 231 lbs

    Rating: 91 (4-star prospect)

    Storyline: Capable of playing on either side of the line of scrimmage, Williams knows just how to carry out his duties on the field. He's a player who knows what his role is, and he does all that his coaches ask of him and then some. You couldn't ask for a more obediently reliable player in the 2014 recruiting class. 

Petera Wilson: LB, Memphis, Tenn.

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    Size: 6'3", 220 

    Rating: 89 (3-star prospect)

    Storyline: There aren't too many videos to showcase Petera Williams' skills as a football player, but when you consider all of his honors and achievements, he appears to be as good as advertised. Wilson was one of the players on Pepsi's 2011 Best of the Preps team; he was named First-Team All-Region; and he was named to Max Preps' 2011 and 2012 U.S. Air Force All-American Football Team.

Quincy Wilson: CB, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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    Size: 6'2" 195 lbs 

    Rating: 86 (3-star prospect)

    Storyline: Using his speed and size, Quincy Wilson gets after the ball and the ball-carriers very quickly, and at times he seems to come out of nowhere to make big plays. I guess that explains why he is one of the captains on a team that went undefeated in the 2012 season, winning the 3A state championship and was dubbed the 24th-ranked high school football team in the country. He's gotta be a darn good player!