Total Players: 23 (15 4-stars, one 5-star)
Head of the Class
5-star inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga.)
McMillan is exactly what every college coach looks for in a middle linebacker recruit. The 6'2", 242-pound Liberty County High School standout sniffs out plays off the snap and swarms to the football like a freight train.
He tallied at least 150 tackles in each of the past two seasons, per 247sports, proving himself as more than capable in pass coverage. McMillan is rated the nation's No. 1 inside linebacker prospect.
Ohio State earned his signature from a group that included Auburn, Clemson and Alabama.
Urban Meyer made significant defensive strides during this recruiting cycle. Ohio outside linebacker Dante Booker earned honors as the national defensive player of the year at U.S. Army All-American Game festivities and burst onto the scene as one of the state's best with 157 tackles as a sophomore, per 247Sports.
The linebacker corps becomes even deeper with the additions of Sam Hubbard and Kyle Berger. The 4-star recruits hail from Cincinnati and Cleveland, respectively.
The Buckeyes secondary also receives an infusion of talent, led by Cleveland defensive back duo Erick Smith and Marshon Lattimore. Detroit product Damon Webb is rated fifth nationally among cornerbacks.
Ohio State welcomes a impressive group of offensive skill players. Curtis Samuel, Johnnie Dixon and Parris Campbell are each electric in the open field and fire up the passing attack. Four-star offensive tackle Jamarco Jones stuck by his initial commitment after briefly flirting with Michigan State late in the recruiting process.
3-star quarterback Stephen Collier (Leesburg, Ga.)
You rarely refer to an incoming quarterback recruit as underrated but that may be the case with Collier, a 6'4", 208-pound prospect. Ohio State offered him in June but only thee other BCS squads extended a scholarship during his recruitment process (Boston College, Wake Forest and Cincinnati).
He is rated the country's 17th-best dual-threat quarterback in 247Sports' composite rankings and didn't even crack the top 50 in Georgia. However, his senior statistics are impressive (2,300 passing yards, 1,000 rushing yards and 44 total touchdowns, per 247Sports) and Meyer immediately identified promise in Collier when he attended Buckeyes camp last summer.