Bank Blog: 2014 In-State Recruiting

Now that Ohio State has landed the first commitment of the 2014 class, let's take a very early look at what in-state juniors could be in line for offers. Although this type of look is always best done after National Signing Day, here is a quick glance at the top Ohio juniors.

With the 2014 recruiting class looking to be short on numbers once again, and with the state of Ohio appearing to be down in terms of top-end talent, who are the in-state candidates with a chance at being offered in the future?

QUARTERBACK: Need to take at least one, and while numbers would seem to prevent taking two, it's not out of the question.

DeShone Kizer: Probably rated the highest in-state quarterback on Ohio State's board, but a longshot for an offer at this time. He probably needs a great camp showing, and things to fall apart with out of state candidates.

Others: Cody Callaway. Joey Duckworth. Chris Durkin. Adam Bertke.

TAILBACK: Not a real need with all the young talent on the current roster.

Mikel Horton: Urban Meyer has to be enamored with what a big back can do in this offense after watching Carlos Hyde, Rod Smith and Brionte Dunn this past season. Horton is that type of back, but possibly not quite as talented as those three.

Parris Campbell: No need for Meyer and company to watch much film here, as Campbell put on quite a show in front of the Buckeye coaching staff in the state championship game. Always a need for speed.

L.J. Scott: Kind of forgotten because his team was not very good this year, but Scott is a player with Ohio State type talent. A combination speed/power back.

WIDE RECEIVER: One of the key spots to watch in the 2014 class, and there are top talents available in-state. Marshon Lattimore is the CLEAR number-one prospect in Ohio, and a near-lock for the Buckeyes.

Thaddeus Snodgrass: Received his "offer" last summer, and found out it was not an "OFFER" when he tried to commit recently. Is the refusal a "not now", or a "not ever"?

Dareian Watkins: Put on quite a show at last summer's camp, and followed it up with a big junior season. Could also serve as an emergency quarterback, and has the talent to play safety. With a shortened roster, versatility is a big plus.

Derek Kief: Another player that showed well in camp, and proved it on the field. Is there room for a possession receiver?

TIGHT END: Looks like there will be one in this class, and it could come from out of state.

Ethan Wolf: Probably the top tight end prospect in-state, and is picking up BCS offers.

Chance Sorrell: Might eventually be an offensive tackle down the road, and reminds folks of Reid Fragel.

Darryl Long: An impressive looking athlete, and the offers are starting to come in. More of a project at this time, but might have the most upside.

Jacob Betschel: Will need a big camp, and was looking good at last summer's camp when injured. Has battled injuries to date, but an intriguing prospect.

OFFENSIVE LINE: Probably the biggest area of need, and the state's top players are already making choices. Ohio State has landed Marcelys Jones, while Notre Dame picked up Ohio's best in Jimmy Byrne.

Nick Richardson: Might be the number-two offensive lineman in Ohio for 2014, and a definite candidate for an offer. Plays tackle, which is a must-recruit position.

Kyle Trout: Another pure tackle, and the player with the most upside among the juniors. A definite Big Ten football player, and a Buckeye offer would not be a shock.

Nathaniel Devers: An inside player, which probably eliminates him at Ohio State, but plays the game the right way. Can also project to defensive line.

DEFENSIVE LINE: It's been proven in two classes that Meyer collects defensive linemen like NBA players collect classic cars. Quantity and quality. Not seeing much out of the interior players, and the same could be true on the outside. Right now, they are mostly projects that would need to camp and impress. Going outside the state has not been a challenge on the defensive line.

LINEBACKERS: It looks like Meyer will land the top two in the state, Dante Booker and Kyle Berger, and that might not be the order I would have them rated. Berger is a stud, and a relative unknown in-state. To me, Berger is top-five in Ohio. Maybe higher. And Ohio State is in great shape with out of state talents, so they could be done in Ohio.

Others: Tegray Scales. Davonte James. Airius Moore. Dameon Willis. Dorian Hendrix.

SAFETY: Another area they could look out of state, but one player could surprise by being offered.

Erick Smith: The Glenville junior is almost a rarity in recruiting, in that he is an UNDERRATED Tarblooder. I would have him as a candidate in the Top-10 in Ohio, and a near sure-thing for an offer from Ohio State.

Darius West: Nice looking prospect, and a certain Big Ten recruit.

Nilijah Ballew: Another sleeper prospect that impressed as a junior.

Marcus Whitfield: Could also play wide receiver, and his versatility will be looked at favorably. A Big Ten recruit.

CORNERBACK: Always will be a position of need as the spread offense rules college football, but the Ohio junior prospects are mostly projects at this time. Do not see an in-state cornerback offered without a strong camp showing. Ohio State is in great shape with SEVERAL top out of state talents.

Alonzo Saxton: Probably the best of the lot in Ohio, but a longshot for an offer.

KICKER: It's time to start searching for the replacement for Drew Basil, and they will certainly go national in an attempt to get the best one possible.

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