Ohio Class of 2014: Initial Rankings

The state of Ohio is again a place college coaches are coming into and offering kids left and right. While we feel this class isn't quite as strong as the past couple, there is still plenty of talent, and a number of standouts who will make impacts at the college level.

Bill Greene, Dave Berk and I, as always, sat, debated and discussed the 2014 class, watched over the film again and this is what we're starting with. We expect, as is the case in all years, for this list to change. Last year, it was a bit unusual in that the top of our list stayed the same from the first meeting to the last. I don't believe, right now, as though there is the same kind of unanimous feeling between the three of us we had last year. That's what it makes it all fun though! - Allen Trieu


1
WR
Cleveland Glenville
6-0/175
Has only played one year of varsity football, so there is still a lot of room to improve. I like him best as a defensive back, but he is also a Top-100 wide receiver, so his talent is pretty impressive. Willing to play where his coaches want, so the attitude is where it needs to be. - Bill Greene
2
RB
Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary's
6-1/180
Committed to Ohio State | Another player that still has a ways to go before we see the final product. He has the frame to play college football at 195-pounds, and still keep the 4.42 electronic speed. I see him as a tailback at Ohio State, and a player that can be a star. - Bill Greene
3
LB
Cleveland St. Ignatius
6-2/215
I was propping him as a Big Ten recruit before he had a MAC offer, so I've been high on Berger since watching him play two games live. He has the speed and instincts to play linebacker at the next level, and the frame to play at 230-pounds. Nice outside linebacker prospect. - Bill Greene
4
DT
Winton Woods
6-3/290
Cage is an explosive player along the defensive line with his size, strength and quickness. Already a true inside player, he is capable of taking on double teams while holding his ground and making a play. He is very athletic for a player of his size. - Dave Berk
5
OG
Cleveland St. Ignatius
6-4/285
Committed to Notre Dame | The Irish pledge is a solid run blocker with a great base and the ability to move his feet. At times he plays a bit too high, but that will be corrected. Above average in pass pro, Byrne plays tackle in high school but projects as a guard in the Irish offensive scheme. - Dave Berk
6
Kyle Trout
OG
Lancaster
6-6/280
Committed to Ohio State | Length and athleticism are the two chief assets that have him here. He's constantly improving, and while not a finished product, has the upside to end up as one of the best in this class down the line. - Allen Trieu
7
LB
Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary's
6-3/217
The size/speed/athleticism combination is extremely impressive, and he passes the look test with ease. His play leaves you wanting more from a physical perspective and you'd love to see more direct hits, but he has all the tools to succeed. - Bill Greene
8
LB
St. Clairsville
6-3/235
Committed to Michigan | Great combination of size, speed and athleticism. Smart, high character kid as well. Will be camping this summer to answer some of the questions about level of competition. Will need some time at the college level, but has the tools and upside. - Allen Trieu
9
S
Cleveland Glenville
6-1/190
A hard-hitting safety, but also a player that has gotten better in coverage, as evidenced by his showing at the Best of the Midwest combine. Has good size and decent speed, so Smith has a chance to develop into a contributor at the next level. Primed for a big senior season. - Bill Greene
10
CB
Dayton Marshall
5-11/180
Has the chance to be one of the best players to come out of the Dayton Public League in recent years with his ability to play on both sides of the ball and at multiple positions. Excels at running back and capable of being a receiver, he is a high level defensive back with great hips and a fluid backpedal capable of shutting down a team's top receiver. - Dave Berk
11
S
Lima Catholic Central
6-0/183
Good sized, physically college ready prospect who can come up and support the run, but can also run and cover. He has shown he can play man to man in camp settings and makes a lot of plays on film. He has been steadily adding offers recently. - Allen Trieu
12
S
Massillon Washington
6-1/175
Another player that could play either side of the football, and is a notch below Lattimore in the overall talent area. I like him best as a wide receiver where his electronic 4.5 speed can be used best. Not the most explosive player, but one that plays the game the right way. - Marcus Whitfield
13
TE
Minster
6-6/235
Has great size and athleticism and has shown he is versatile and can be used in multiple ways. Still has room to fill out and could really end up being a huge mismatch as he continues to get bigger, stronger and faster. Also a high character kid. - Allen Trieu
14
WR
Springfield
6-2/175
The Springfield product has speed to burn and can beat about any defensive back off the line of scrimmage. A high reward player, Snodgrass must continue working on his concentration and being more consistent catching the ball. Shows the tools to be an extremely high level player in college and will be pursued by many. - Dave Berk
15
WR
Cincinnati LaSalle
6-5/195
The first thing that stands out about Kief is his physical size at 6-foot-5. While some could look to bulk him up and make a tight end, he's athletic enough to run extremely smooth routes while showing great concentration and soft hands with his ability to catch the ball away from his body. Don't expect him to be a deep speed threat, however, he'll make the big catch in traffic and is not afraid to block. - Dave Berk
16
QB
Youngstown Ursuline
6-4/225
We always felt Durkin was a little under-valued and then he's recently picked up a couple of BCS offers. He has great size and he's a dual guy who can run and make plays with his feet as well as his arm. In general, I'd say he doesn't get the attention he probably deserves. - Allen Trieu
17
CB
Winton Woods
5-11/175
With great burst and hips Edwards is a player college coaches will be in hot pursuit of in the 2014 recruiting class. While he excels in coverage, Edwards is also extremely strong in run support and not afraid to make the big hit. Shows the ability to catch the ball and is also a major threat on special teams in the return game. - Dave Berk
18
QB
Toledo Central Catholic
6-5/215
Has the size that college recruiters are looking for, and his overall game is improving all the time. Has great leadership skills and is a true dual threat quarterback. Needs to tighten up- his throwing motion, but that comes with hard work and dedication. There is a lot to like with Kizer. - Bill Greene
19
LB
Cincinnati Moeller
6-6/210
While football is his second sport, Hubbard has shown the physical tools to play at a high level helping Moeller win a state championship. A high school safety, he projects as an outside linebacker or rush defensive end as he gets bigger physically. Tough, hard nosed player not afraid to mix it up with his best football ahead of him if college football coaches can pull him away from lacrosse where he's already accepted a scholarship from Notre Dame. - Dave Berk
20
LB
Cincinnati Colerain
6-2/215
Scales lets his actions on the field speak more than he does off it. A hard sideline-to-sideline player, Scales is not afraid to make the big hit and is consistently one of the top players in Ohio. Also an accomplished wrestler, Scales has the athletic ability to be a high level player in college. - Dave Berk
21
S
Galion
6-2/185
A versatile prospect who could play several positions in college and has played several in high school, we see Watkins as a safety or potentially a wide receiver. He the size and athletic ability to make the transition to either, which is why he's adding offers at the rate he currently is. - Allen Trieu
22
DE
Trotwood-Madison
6-3/220
One of the top pass rushers in the 2014 class in Ohio, and a player with a lot of potential. Not the biggest or longest player at defensive end, but has explosiveness off the line and plays hard. - Bill Greene
23
RB
Cincinnati St. Xavier
5-10/190
Slashing back with good instincts and quickness. Hilliard was very productive last season against good competition. Isn't a big big back, but can run between the tackles and runs hard. Might be a little underappreciated right now, but he is a very good football player. - Allen Trieu
24
CB
Columbus Bishop Hartley
5-11/175
Have watched Saxton the past couple of years and the biggest thing holding him back from being one of Ohio's elite players is the number of injuries he's suffered. While none have been too serious, Saxton, when healthy, shows the ability to be a top cover corner and his speed makes him a threat on special teams in the return game as well. - Dave Berk
25
RB
Marion-Harding
5-11/220
Probably the forgotten man in Ohio for 2014, but Scott can play in the Big Ten. Suffers from playing on a poor team, but he has been able to gain yards on his own and there's no questioning his toughness. Similar player to DeVeon Smith from the 2014 class. - Bill Greene

Next Ten:
26. Travon Hudson, WR, Cincinnati Colerain
27. Chris Frey, OLB, Upper Arlington
28. Mikel Horton, RB, Lakota West
29. Shane Roy, DE, Reading
30. Davonte James, OLB, Springfield
31. Jarrett LaRubbio, OG, Lakota East
32. Joseph Henderson, DE, Shaker Heights
33. Marcelys Jones, OG, Cleveland Glenville
34. Adam Bertke, QB, Marion Local
35. Nick Richardson, OG, Westerville South


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