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6 2014 Elite Recruits Ohio State Is Still After

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IOctober 24, 2013

6 2014 Elite Recruits Ohio State Is Still After

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    Ohio State is coached by Urban Meyer, who has restored the Buckeyes back among the top recruiting programs in the country. Meyer is a legendary recruiter, Ohio State has great tradition and its brand has a national appeal.

    The Buckeyes have constructed an impressive recruiting class, but they would still like to add to the group before February arrives. Ohio State is after many uncommitted prospects, but only the best of the best will be focused on.

    Among the prospects on this list, the Buckeyes have a great shot to land a terrific linebacker. Plus, a great JUCO offensive lineman could opt to come to Columbus. 

    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals247Sports and ESPNU.

Solomon Thomas, DL

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    A native of Texas, Solomon Thomas is one of the strongest defensive end prospects in recent memory. 

    At 6'3" and 256 pounds, he can bully tight ends on the edges. Thomas has good quickness at the snap to get upfield, and he plays strong at the point of attack. He can set the edge versus running plays with power to anchor when fighting offensive linemen. The thick-bodied defender also has adequate pass-rushing ability.

    Ohio State is in the mix, according to 247Sports, but Stanford may be the team to beat for the 5-star prospect. 

Chad Mavety, OT

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    247Sports
    247Sports

    From Nassau Community College in New York, Chad Mavety is among the best JUCO players in the country. At 6'6.5" and 320 pounds, he could make an immediate impact in 2014 for whatever program that signs him.

    He plays with solid technique, but he has natural strength and athleticism. The 4-star recruit has the versatility to play all across the line. He can dance with rushers in space, adjust to inside moves and dominate on running plays. 

    Ohio State leads Florida State and Alabama, per 247Sports

Marshon Lattimore, CB/ATH

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    Marshon Lattimore is a 4-star recruit from Cleveland. He is a versatile player who can play quarterback, receiver, cornerback or safety for a team.

    Lattimore is 6'0" and weighs 175 pounds. The Ohio native makes a ton of plays on the field due to possessing graceful movement skills. Lattimore is great around the ball, and he also has impressive speed and quickness.

    He's an instinctive player who just needs to find a home to settle into. His hands, range and vision make safety his best position. 

    He's expected to sign with Ohio State, according to many experts at 247Sports

Thomas Holley, DT

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    Thomas Holley is a converted basketball player who has huge potential. The Brooklyn native is a physical specimen at 6'4" and 285 pounds.

    Holley displays great quickness at the snap to engage with blockers in a flash. He's strong at the point of attack, has great power and can bully his way past the line of scrimmage. Holley's athleticism from playing hoops also helps his movement skills in the trenches.

    He needs to improve his technique, but Holley has the talent to be dominant in a few seasons. The majority of the experts at 247Sports expect him to sign with Ohio State. 

John Smith, ATH

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    247Sports
    247Sports

    John Smith and his college coaches will have a tough decision to make about the direction of his career. The California native is so talented at receiver and safety that he has All-American potential at both positions.

    Smith, who is 6'1" and 200 pounds, is an explosive athlete. He displays a terrific burst when the ball is in the air, plus, he has the strength of a tight end. With his loose hips, Smith plays with outstanding range on the third level of the defense.

    Safety may be where he belongs, but it would not be shocking if he opts to play receiver. Ohio State would love to have the dilemma of where to play the 5-star athlete. 

Raekwon McMillan, LB

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    Raekwon McMillan is a 5-star linebacker who is a monster in the box. The Georgia native has outstanding size at 6'2" and 242 pounds.

    McMillan is an athletic defender, but it's his explosive power that separates him from other 'backers. He plays big at the point of attack by delivering strong strikes to blockers. To get clean, McMillan uses his hands well to shed before he bursts to the ball to make stops.

    He needs to get better in coverage, but McMillan is ready to combat running plays at the college level. Ohio State is expected to beat out Clemson and Alabama, according to 247Sports

2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map

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    Many of the top recruits the Buckeyes are still after can be found on the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map! Use this mobile-ready tool to track the nation's premier prospects!

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.

     

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