2014 College Football Recruits Who Could Spurn Ohio State
Ohio State is in the middle of another outstanding recruiting year. The Buckeyes' 18-man class is No. 3 in the 247Sports recruiting rankings, as it features several studs.
However, head coach Urban Meyer is a restless and relentless recruiter, so do not expect his program to rest on who it already has. Ohio State is looking to add more talent to its class, yet it will not land all of its targets.
A trio of receivers could opt for ACC schools, while a defensive lineman from Texas could end up anywhere.
Alex Bookser, OL
Alex Bookser is a 4-star offensive lineman who has good athleticism. At 6'6" and 295 pounds, Bookser has the ability to dance with rushers in space to protect the quarterback.
The Pennsylvania native is wanted in Columbus, but Pitt appears to be the favorite, according to the experts at 247Sports. Other schools are in the mix, but look for Bookser to choose the Panthers over Ohio State.
Trevion Thompson, WR
From North Carolina, Trevion Thompson is a 6'3", 188-pound receiver. The 4-star prospect has great quickness to launch into his routes off the line.
Thompson can cut sharply to separate from defenders at junctions, plus he has good hands. The stud receiver also has impressive run-after-catch skills. The burst Thompson plays with on the perimeter would be a good fit in Ohio State's offense, but he may have other plans.
Schools such as Clemson and North Carolina are on his mind, says 247Sports.
Myles Autry, RB/ATH
Hailing from powerhouse Norcross High School in Georgia, Myles Autry is a talented 4-star prospect who plays bigger than his listed size at 5'9" and 175 pounds.
As a running back, Autry has the strength and toughness to hold his own when running inside. Yet he also possesses the quickness to skate to the edges to turn the corner. Autry has potential as a cornerback due to his solid instincts and short-area quickness in coverage.
Ohio State is one of his top schools, per 247Sports, but Florida State and Oregon are also thick in the mix.
Travis Rudolph, WR
A 4-star recruit, Travis Rudolph is a similar receiver to Reggie Wayne of the Indianapolis Colts. At 6'1" and 185 pounds, Rudolph displays great quickness off the line.
He gets downfield in a hurry due to above-average speed, plus he has no issues getting in and out of his cuts. Rudolph attacks the ball with his hands before quickly transferring upfield after the catch.
He's one of the top receiving targets for the Buckeyes, but Florida State and Florida do not want him out of the Sunshine State, according to 247Sports.
Johnnie Dixon, WR
At 5'10" and 187 pounds, 4-star receiver Johnnie Dixon doesn't seem big. However, a closer look reveals an athlete with a thick frame who has good strength.
Dixon, who is from Florida, can skate away from defenders quickly at junctions. He also has the strength to break tackles after the catch, plus he exhibits the awareness to settle in holes in coverage. Dixon is a well-rounded player who plays a lot bigger than many think.
Playing in Columbus is an option for him, but he is expected to sign with Miami, according to many experts at 247Sports.
Solomon Thomas, DL
Solomon Thomas is a 5-star defensive end who can play on the strong-side due to his strength. Yet, at 6'3" and 256 pounds, the Texas native may grow into a defensive tackle in a few seasons.
Thomas has adequate quickness at the snap to attack, but he plays better when holding up at the point of attack. He can set the edge versus running plays, plus he is capable of shedding blocks with power.
Although he is one of the toughest recruits to get a read on, Ohio State is among a group of schools Thomas is considering, says 247Sports. Yet it appears Stanford may be his leader at this time.
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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.