Ohio State Football Recruiting: Positional Breakdown for the Class of 2014
Urban Meyer and his staff are out and at it again, putting together another solid class.
The class may not finish as high nationally as Meyer’s previous two classes. That’s not because of quality, but quantity.
The Ohio State Buckeyes will only have 14 scholarship seniors in 2013. The 2014 recruiting class will probably be around 20 members due to other players leaving.
There is also a good chance that Bradley Roby and possibly Ryan Shazier will forgo their senior seasons’ for the NFL draft. Along with those four scholarships, it’s normal for a team to lose four to five more players.
So far, Ohio State has nine commitments, so the class is about halfway full.
Here is a positional breakdown of who is committed, who the Buckeyes are after and who will likely take the remaining spots in the class.
Deshaun Watson seemed to be Ohio State's top priority at the quarterback spot. The Buckeyes will likely take one recruit at this spot due to this being Kenny Guiton's final college season.
However, Watson has committed to Clemson.
Allen, Scout's top-rated quarterback, seems to be the top target. But it will be tough to get him out of the west with several of the nation's top schools chasing him.
If the Buckeyes fail to get Allen out of the west or Darlington or Harris out of the south, Kizer might not be a bad consolation prize.
Depending on which recruiting site you visit, the Buckeyes already have one running back committed in this class in Parris Campbell.
However, at 6'1'', 180 pounds, Campbell could end up at wide receiver or in a hybrid spot, so I expect to see another running back in this class.
Who that ends up being is anybody's guess.
There hasn't been much movement at this position yet, but Urban Meyer has a way of recruiting playmakers, so this shouldn't be a big concern.
Ohio State will, barring transfer, have four tight ends on the 2014 roster. That means bringing in a tight end isn't a need in this class.
It seems to me the Urban Meyer would take a top-notch playmaker at the tight end spot this year. But it has to be the right type of player.
or Mark Andrews.
Lonnie Johnson is already a member of the 2014 class. As mentioned, earlier Parris Campbell could be another.
Since Ohio State will lose Corey Brown, Chris Fields and hybrid Jordan Hall, I expect the Buckeyes to add at least one more receiver. Two if they are the right players.
Kief and Andrews are both listed as over 6'4'' and would qualify as a big receiver the Buckeyes could use.
Marshon Lattimore, a Glenville Tarblooder, will likely be a member of this class and has top-flight playmaking ability.
Curtis Samuel is another player who is high on Ohio State, according to 247 Sports; he could be a good fit in the hybrid spot.
Kief and Lattimore are in-state prospects with offers, and those don't normally get away, so I expect to see them round out the receiving class.
The Buckeyes are going to lose Jack Mewhort after the 2013 season. But because the team will only have three true tackles going into 2014, I expect Ohio State to take three in this class.
Meyer has said that the offensive line will be the main focus for the 2014 class.
On the inside Ohio, State is better prepared to fill in after the graduation of Corey Linsley, Andrew Norwell and Marcus Hall.
Because of that, the Buckeyes won’t need to look to junior college players who could step in; they simply need to add numbers for depth.
The early commitment from Marcelys Jones was a good start.
Now with Demetrius Knox strongly considering coming to Columbus, via 247 Sports, the Buckeyes could be close to finishing their business on the interior.
Listing all of the possible defensive ends who could be a member of this class would take too long.
The problem for Meyer could be that because he has done a stellar job recruiting the defensive line the past two seasons, he doesn't have much room in this class.
The limited scholarships could keep the number of defensive linemen in this class to three, maybe four if the class goes over 20 members.
Dylan Thompson has already locked up his spot at defensive end.
Meyer could stop there and take two defensive tackles, but I wouldn't expect him to deny a commitment from an elite recruit like Jalyn Holmes.
The 2013 roster does not feature any defensive linemen in their final year of eligibility. That is why I don't expect to see many recruits on the front line.
But I would also be shocked to see Meyer not bring in at least one big-time defensive tackle.
Andrew Brown would certainly fit that moniker, but he will be hard to get out of the state of Virginia.
As with the defensive line, the Buckeyes don’t have a senior in the linebacking corps.
However, because of the glaring lack of depth in this group behind Shazier, the Buckeyes are looking for at least four linebackers.
If the Buckeyes can land McMillan, then that will probably be all.
If they miss out on McMillan—and Clifton Garrett—then they may just stick with three for the year. But Meyer has had a pretty good record with linebackers since becoming Ohio State’s coach.
The Buckeyes don’t have a senior at cornerback, but it’s all but a done deal that Bradley Roby won’t pass on the NFL draft again next season.
Therefore Ohio State needs at least one cornerback, and it has already locked up Damon Webb.
It’s somewhat unclear whether there will be another cornerback in this class. The Buckeyes went hard after Jabrill Peppers because he is an elite playmaker, not necessarily because the team wanted two corners.
With Peppers choosing Michigan, it will be interesting to see if the Buckeyes turn up the heat on other defensive backs.
They also could get Marshon Lattimore, who is considered a receiver but could also move to the defensive backfield.
Corey Brown, Christian Bryant, Jamie Wood and C.J. Barnett are all seniors this season.
The Buckeyes have good depth at safety, so the Buckeyes don’t need to take three safeties in 2014.
Erick Smith from Cleveland Glenville has an offer, need I say more?
Meyer has a track record of landing top safeties, and he continued that by getting Vonn Bell last year.
I expect Meyer to go hard after another safety, which could be John "JuJu" Smith if he’ll come all the way from California.
One thing is for sure, Ohio State is going to need to find a kicker/punter for the 2014 season.
Drew Basil is going to be a senior and is expected to handle both the kicking and punting responsibilities.
Perhaps the best answer is to get a graduate to transfer in from another school and play immediately.
If not, the Buckeyes will have to find a freshman they can trust to handle both duties. In a class with limited numbers, I just can't see Meyer taking two special teams recruits.