Ohio State Football: 2014 Signees Who Likely Won't See Field Until Junior Season

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIFebruary 10, 2014

Ohio State Football: 2014 Signees Who Likely Won't See Field Until Junior Season

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    Ohio State's 2013 season didn't end as planned, but the Buckeyes reloaded on the recruiting trail by pulling in the No. 3 class in college football.

    Along with last year's class, rated No. 2 in the nation, this haul makes for a bright future for OSU.

    However, it also ensures that some of the talented newcomers will lose the early battle for playing time in Columbus.

    Click on for a list of talented members of the 2014 Ohio State recruiting class who might not make a significant on-field appearance for a few seasons.

    Note: All player and team recruiting rankings based on 247Sports composite ratings.

OT Brady Taylor

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    Of all positions, offensive line is one of the most difficult for recruits to play right away.

    Few high school prospects have the physical skills necessary to start on the line for a program like Ohio State.

    Brady Taylor, a 3-star recruit from Columbus, Ohio, is the smallest of the five incoming offensive linemen for OSU and the lowest rated.

    The Buckeyes' OL class is stacked with All-Americans and has two early enrollees. Taylor could be an anchor along the offensive front, but it might be some time before he reaches that level.

DE Darius Slade and Dylan Thompson

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    Ohio State will bring back its whole defensive line next year, including a stud true freshman, Joey Bosa.

    The Buckeyes have some depth at the position, too, and even more talent coming in with the 2014 class.

    Jalyn Holmes, a 4-star US Army All-American from Norfolk, Va., is most likely to take what little early playing time will be available along the defensive front. He chose OSU over a long list of suitors, including Clemson, Florida State, Notre Dame and USC.

    If Holmes pans out as expected, it'll be tough for 3-stars Darius Slade and Dylan Thompson to break into a large role early.

QB Stephen Collier

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    Next year's starting job is out of the question for 3-star quarterback Stephen Collier with Braxton Miller returning.

    Looking toward the future, Collier will still have to beat out a pair of talented players for the starting role, including Cardale Jones and former 4-star J.T. Barrett.

    Barrett, a talented dual-threat player, looks to be the quarterback of the future for the Buckeyes.

    That means Collier will probably be waiting in the wings for some time.

S Malik Hooker

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    Malik Hooker, a 3-star from New Castle, Pa., is a talented prospect, but he's almost an afterthought in OSU's stacked class.

    Though he could play early at numerous other programs, he likely won't in Columbus.

    Three 4-star All-American defensive backs—safety Erick Smith and corners Damon Webb and Marshon Lattimore—will be joining Hooker in the 2014 class.

    The 2013 class also featured several highly touted defensive backs, namely Vonn Bell and Eli Apple.

    While several spots will be opening up in the secondary, there are already plenty of players lying in wait.

LB Sam Hubbard

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    In a situation similar to that of Hooker, 4-star athlete Sam Hubbard (likely a linebacker or safety) has talent but will be heading into a stacked depth chart.

    In the 2014 class alone, the Buckeyes boast three linebackers rated higher than Hubbard: 5-star Raekwon McMillan and 4-stars Dante Booker and Kyle Berger.

    OSU also has two 4-star linebackers set to play from last year's class: Trey Johnson and Mike Mitchell.

    Hubbard has a lot of potential, but he isn't likely to beat out a player like McMillan or Mitchell for a starting position right away.

WR Terry McLaurin or Parris Campbell

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    Ohio State brought in a strong class of wide receivers, which will make it impossible for all to see the field early.

    Early enrollees and 4-stars Curtis Samuel and Johnnie Dixon figure to have a leg up on Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin for that early playing time.

    They could also be looking up at 2013 4-star Jalin Marshall.

    This is all with Devin Smith, Evan Spencer and Jeff Heuerman, three of OSU's top four receivers from last year, returning for 2014 action.