Recruits Ohio State Must Land to Get No. 1 Overall 2014 Recruiting Class

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIAugust 22, 2013

Aug 19, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer during practice at Ackerman Road Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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Ohio State is always a threat to come away with the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation on national signing day, especially with coach Urban Meyer at the helm. 

Meyer is one of the best recruiters in college football, and Ohio State is one of college football's biggest draws. The Buckeyes are a national powerhouse with a national following and a great home-field atmosphere in Columbus, Ohio.

There's a lot to like about Ohio State. Combine that with Meyer's championship experience, and it shouldn't be surprising that the school already has the No. 2 class nationally, according to the 247Sports team rankings. 

Ohio State is going to have to stay strong on the recruiting trail though, because it's not as if Alabama is going to stop recruiting. The same can be said for the likes of Michigan, Florida State, Notre Dame and any of the other powers out there.

If Ohio State and coach Meyer want to finish on top in 2014 (which would be huge for the overall perception of the program with recruits, as if it needed help), here are three recruits the Buckeyes need to land.


Raekwon McMillan, 5-star ILB, Liberty County High School, Hinesville, Ga.

Not to be "Captian Obvious" here, but Raekwon McMillan is easily Ohio State's must-have recruit. He's 6'2'', 242 pounds and runs a 4.79 40 (247Sports). He's the best inside linebacker nationally, ranked No. 1 at the position according to the 247Sports composite, and he's the No. 12 recruit overall.

McMillan's commitment alone would propel Ohio State's class to No. 1, and one has to wonder if his commitment alone would keep it there.

The good news is, Ohio State is the top team on his 247Sports interest list, followed by Florida, Alabama and Clemson. Per the 247Sports Crystal Ball, 88 percent of 34 experts believe he'll end up at Ohio State. Nine percent went with Alabama and three percent think Clemson.

Ohio State is looking good in this race, and his commitment would be a huge recruiting win.


Marshon Lattimore, 4-star CB, Glenville High School (Cleveland, Ohio)

Frankly, it's a bit surprising that Lattimore hasn't committed to Ohio State yet. Ever since info on the 2014 class has come out, Lattimore appeared to have an exclusive interest in Ohio State. With that said, Kentucky has now joined Ohio State on top of Lattimore's 247Sports interest list, so that's a notable development. 

Still, all 41 experts who predicted in Lattimore's 247Sports Crystal Ball believe he'll end up at Ohio State. He's the No. 5 cornerback nationally and the No. 1 player from the state of Ohio, per the 247Sports composite, so he would be a huge pickup for Meyer and his staff.

Lattimore is a big in-state recruit and a major national recruit. A commitment from him would really help out Ohio State's class.


Thomas Holley, 4-star DT, Lincoln High School ( Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Thomas Holley is the No. 4 defensive tackle nationally, per the 247Sports composite rankings. He's a 4-star, according to the composite, but for the record, 247Sports exclusively has him as a 5-star.

Either way, he'd be a big-time recruit for Ohio State to get a commitment from. 

Holley is 6'4'', 285 pounds and runs a 5.19 40, per 247Sports. Considering his size, that's some great speed.

He's one of the top recruits from New York and it looks like Ohio State will be squaring off with Notre Dame and Penn State for his commitment, at least according to his 247Sports interest list

The good news? His 247Sports Crystal Ball favors Ohio State over Notre Dame to the tune of 62 percent to 38 percent, so the experts think the Buckeyes have a good chance here.

Holley's potential commitment would really solidify Ohio State's class at the top.