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Ohio Recruits Ohio State and Michigan Are Fighting For in 2014 Class

Billy GeorgeCorrespondent IIApril 2, 2013

Ohio Recruits Ohio State and Michigan Are Fighting For in 2014 Class

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    As an Ohio State fan, it's hard to admit that the Michigan Wolverines football program has generated more wins than any other college football team in the country. While Michigan has had a tremendous amount of success over the years, a lot of that can be credited to Ohioans.

    Many of Michigan's all-time greats were from the state of Ohio, including 23 of their 78 All Americans, and two out of their three Heisman trophy winners (Desmond Howard and Charles Woodson). Perhaps that's why Michigan and Brady Hoke have offered scholarships to 23 different Ohioans in the last two years. 

    During the 2012 season 22 of the 99 players on Michigan's roster (22.22 percent) were from Ohio. Hoke is looking to repeat this trend in order for Michigan to sustain success.

    Brady Hoke of all people knows this, and If he can have the same type of success as he did this year (snagging nine top-notch recruits from the Buckeye state in the 2013 class), look for his team to make a push to compete for Big Ten titles in the next few years. 

    So without further ado, let me introduce you to the four Ohio recruits who have received offers from, and are considering going to both Ohio State and Michigan. Oh and I will chime in the reason why they should become Buckeyes as well!  

Kyle Berger: Outside Linebacker, Cleveland, Ohio.

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    Storyline: A lot of college and pro players have come out of St. Ignatius High School over the years. Some of which include former Buckeyes Anthony Gonzalez and LeCharles Bentley. The next in line to potentially reach the NFL through Ohio State is Kyle Berger, an outside linebacker who has gotten scholarship offers from 15 different schools.

    Size: 6'3", 205 pounds

    Scouting report: Berger has the perfect build to play the linebacker position in college. His wide frame is one that can easily be built on, and it will only get bigger and more toned in the next few years as his workout regimens should increase in intensity wherever he decides to go to school.

    Schools of interest: Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, South Florida, Stanford, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and West Virginia

    Scholarship offers from schools of interest: Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, South Florida, Tennessee,and West Virginia

    Reason to become a Buckeye: To take part in winning a national championship under Urban Meyer  

Dante Booker: Outside Linebacker, Akron, Ohio

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    Storyline: This kid reminds me of a younger and faster version of Ryan Shazier. Using every inch and every pound of his impressive body frame, he perpetually reminds opposing ball-carriers that it's not smart to run in his direction. 

    Size: 6'3",  210 pounds

    Scouting report: Having the body of a prototypical linebacker at the collegiate level, Booker is liable to simply lay people out. Though he has a rather large frame, he carries himself very well, reportedly running a 4.5 40-yard dash. 

    Schools of interest: Auburn, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee and Wisconsin

    Scholarship offers from schools of interest: Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and Tennessee. 

    Reason to become a Buckeye: To take part in winning a national championship under Urban Meyer 

Marshon Lattimore: Athlete, Cleveland, Ohio

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    Storyline: Ohio State has gotten many players out of Cleveland's Glenville High School, such as former first-round NFL draft pick Ted Ginn Jr. and Heisman trophy winning Troy Smith. The next guy the Buckeyes are going after from Ted Ginn Sr.'s fabulous football squad is this stud athlete who has gotten offers from schools in just about every major conference in college football.

    Size: 6'0", 175 pounds

    Scouting report: Lattimore has nearly the same build as former Ohio State receiver Ted Ginn Jr. and he's arguably just as fast. Mainly being used on offense and special teams, he uses his breakaway speed to make play after play for his team, just as Ginn did in his years playing for his father. However, Lattimore is a more polished route-runner at this point in his career.

    Schools of interest: Akron, Alabama, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, Toledo, USC and West Virginia

    Scholarship offers from schools of interest: Alabama, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, Toledo and USC.

    Reason to become a Buckeye: To take part in winning a national championship under Urban Meyer 

Erick Smith: Safety, Cleveland, Ohio

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    Storyline: Wait, there's another player that Ohio State is targeting from Ted Ginn Sr.'s Tarblooders football squad? You bet! One would assume that Glenville was competing for state and national titles year after year with all of the college talent that they've churned out over the years. But unfortunately for Ted Ginn Sr., this isn't the case. Nevertheless, Smith is one of the better athletes in all of the 2014 class.  

    Size: 6'1", 185 pounds

    Scouting report: Smith has almost the same exact build as former Buckeye defensive back Travis Howard. However, Smith may be a little quicker, showcasing the same type of speed as other former Tarblooders stars. 

    Schools of interest: Alabama, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Tennessee

    Scholarship offers from schools of interest: Alabama, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Penn State and Tennessee

    Reason to become a Buckeye: To take part in winning a national championship under Urban Meyer

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