Ohio State Football: Incoming Freshmen with the Best Highlight Films
When Urban Meyer and the Ohio State coaching staff evaluate a recruit, watching their highlight film is a pivotal part of the scouting process. Meyer doesn't want any part of a prospect who can't compete at the high school level, and watching their highlight film is the quickest way to determine whether a recruit has the competitiveness Meyer seeks.
The 24 members of Ohio State's 2013 recruiting class have that quality. Twenty-one were rated 4-star recruits by 247Sports.com, and they all produced memorable moments during their senior years.
Which of Ohio State's incoming freshmen have the best highlight films? Here are five candidates.
Dontre Wilson, Running Back/Wide Receiver
This 4-star athlete was sensational in high school, piling up 2,645 yards of total offense and 46 touchdowns (37 rushing, nine receiving) as a senior out of DeSoto, Texas. Wilson is expected to play the pivot position at Ohio State, a running back/receiver hybrid role that Percy Harvin made famous during Meyer's days at Florida.
Wilson, a one-time Oregon commit, signed with the Buckeyes after Ducks coach Chip Kelly left for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Joey Bosa, Defensive End
Bosa, a 4-star defensive end out of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., plays with the kind of mean streak that Meyer loves in his defensive players.
Bosa racked up 70 tackles and 13 sacks, dominating offensive linemen from the defensive end and tackle positions. His ability to pursue the ball is amazing, and if he can bring that kind of energy to Columbus, Meyer will have a hard time keeping him off the field.
Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back
Elliott, a 4-star running back out of St. Louis, gave Buckeye fans a scare when he visited home-state Missouri a few weeks before national signing day. The long-time Ohio State commit stuck with the Buckeyes in the end, giving Meyer an outstanding offensive weapon.
Elliott, who has a knack for making huge plays, rushed for 2,155 yards and 40 touchdowns, averaging 10.6 yards per carry on the season.
Mike Mitchell, Linebacker
Mitchell was one of Ohio State's top targets in the 2013 recruiting cycle, and for good reason. The 4-star linebacker plays with incredible speed and awareness and packs a punch when he goes in for a hit.
Mitchell totaled 186 tackles, 32 of which were behind the line of scrimmage, and also had 13 sacks. The 6'4", 222-pound linebacker also returned kicks, showing off the speed he's bringing to the Ohio State defense.
James Clark, Wide Receiver
Clark was one of Ohio State's signing day surprises, and the 4-star speedster out of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., should be a perfect fit for Meyer's spread offense.
As seen in his highlight, Clark has the ability to break open any play. His speed makes him nearly impossible to bring down in the open field, one of the main reasons he averaged nearly 23 yards per reception.
All recruit rankings and stats per 247Sports.com.
David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report.
Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412.
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