Ohio State Football Recruiting: Multiple OSU Targets in Updated Rivals100
College football fans, and by extension fans of recruiting, eagerly await moments like this to break up the long and grueling offseason.
Rivals.com released its updated "Rivals100" Monday afternoon, a compilation of the top football recruits in the country, and four high school prospects earned their fifth stars in the latest ranking.
Three of those four new 5-star recruits are being heavily recruited by the Ohio State Buckeyes.
McMillan, who has nearly 30 offers from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Miami, Notre Dame, Oregon, Texas and many others, lists Ohio State as his leader at the moment. The 6'2", 240-pound linebacker out of Hinesville, Ga. piled up an incredible 152 tackles during his junior season, 22 of which were made behind the line of scrimmage.
Ohio State's biggest recruiting need in the 2014 cycle is offensive line, and there are few better prospects in the country than Prince. The 6'6", 300-pound offensive tackle has tremendous speed and footwork for his size, which is exactly what Urban Meyer looks for in his offensive linemen.
Mixon is one of the most sought-after running backs in the country, holding over 40 offers from some of the top programs in the nation. The Buckeyes will have an uphill battle pulling this California prospect to the East Coast, though, as he currently favors USC, Cal, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Texas, according 247Sports.com.
Watch analysis on the three targets listed above here.
Only one of Ohio State's eight current commits appears in the updated Rivals100 (4-star cornerback Damon Webb at No. 35). Three of Ohio State's eight commits are 4-star prospects (Webb, Kyle Trout and Kyle Berger), while the other five (Marcelys Jones, Parris Campbell, Sam Hubbard, Lonnie Johnson and Dylan Thompson) have been rated 3-star recruits by Rivals.
It's still very early, though, and Ohio State is heavily in the mix for a number of prospects who made Rivals' cut, including:
- Defensive end Lorenzo Carter (No. 5)
- Cornerback Tony Brown (No. 14)
- Offensive tackle Braden Smith (No. 22)
- Quarterback Kyle Allen (No. 27)
- Cornerback Marshon Lattimore (No. 45)
- Defensive end Jalyn Holmes (No. 48)
- Linebacker Clifton Garrett (No. 55)
- Wide receiver Demarre Kitt (No. 68)
- Wide receiver Mark Andrews (No. 71)
- Offensive guard Demetrius Knox (No. 87)
- Offensive tackle Jamarco Jones (No. 97)
Ohio State won't land all of these prospects, of course, but considering where the Buckeyes stand for many of the recruits listed above, it should be another fantastic recruiting haul for Meyer in 2014.
David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report.
Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412.
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