Young Thoughts: OSU Recruiting Summary

The junior day/spring football phase of recruiting is over, and the spring evaluation period is now upon us. As the coaches hit the road to see prospects work out in person, where does Ohio State currently stand in their attempt to fill the 2014 class? Derek Young takes a look.

The Current Commits:

Marcelys Jones – I would be surprised if Jones didn't go out and take visits with fellow teammates Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith, but should sign with Ohio State in the end.

Kyle Trout – The Lancaster native visits Columbus almost weekly and is as solid a commit as anyone in the class.

Kyle Berger – The St. Ignatius linebacker recently picked the Buckeyes over the Wolverines and will spearhead the class moving forward.

Sam Hubbard – The versatile athlete also committed to Ohio State not long ago and may not be the last to do so from the southwest portion of the state.

Dylan Thompson – The Chicago area standout committed on his first visit to campus nearly a month ago and was in Cincinnati for the spring game.

Damon Webb – The Cass Tech product spurned the home-state Spartans and Wolverines for the Buckeyes in February and all signs point to him remaining loyal to his pledge.

Parris Campbell – He is the youngest of all the commits and a prospect with one of the higher ceilings of potential.

Recent Visitors:

Daniel Helm – The tight end visited this past Friday but left without an offer. An offer may come eventually but Michigan appears to be in the best position.

Drake Harris – Ohio State got their chance to impress Harris this past Friday but he left to attend Michigan's spring game on Saturday, and later issued his commitment to Brady Hoke. Harris to Michigan should stick.

Donte Williams – The Durham (NC) Hillside running back has an offer and visited Ohio State a week ago. It's hard to imagine another running back in the class, though.

Trevion Thompson – He visited with his teammate Donte Williams, and the talented wide receiver is a top target on Ohio State's board. Getting Thompson on campus in the spring is a good start, and a return trip over the summer would put this one in the "serious" category.

Raekwon McMillan – He named Ohio State his leader after taking visits to a few SEC schools, along with the Buckeyes. His next visit to Columbus is expected to take place over the summer, and the plan is to have both his parents with him. That could be a visit worth paying attention to.

Demarre Kitt – The Buckeyes are his leader with Tennessee trailing but that's not what to focus on. After Kitt visits the Tennessee spring game next weekend, the Volunteers will probably lead. Ohio State is in the mix and that is what matters.

Chris Williams – A teammate of Kitt's, Williams had a fantastic time on his trip to Columbus. Ohio State and Ole Miss are at the top for him and he could be an option later on if the staff misses on a few other prospects.

Derek Kief – The Cincinnati La Salle wide receiver opted to visit Ohio State for their spring game over Kentucky. The Buckeyes are in position to land him and it could happen soon.

Dante Booker – If his unofficial visits are an indicator, Booker will be playing his college football for Ohio State. He is taking his time with his decision and when he chooses to announce is anyone's guess.

Chase Winovich – He was recently offered by Ohio State and Michigan, and visited both. Winovich could be returning to Columbus in the near future, and if he does, I would expect him to commit to the Buckeyes.

Lonnie Johnson – He visited for the spring game with his Core 6 team. A visit to Ohio State with his family will be the indicator.

Austin Roberts – The Carmel (IN) product claims an Ohio State offer and was in Cincinnati for the spring game. He may need to come to camp for serious consideration.

Quenton Nelson – The Scout 100 prospect has offers from a lot of the heavy hitters, and it was quite the coup for the Buckeyes to host him on an unofficial visit early on. He enjoyed his visit and getting him on campus again will be important for Ohio State's chances.

Alex Bars – The Tennessee native visited Ohio State a few weeks ago. The talented offensive lineman has family roots with the Penn State, Notre Dame, and Michigan programs. Notre Dame and Michigan are in the best spot.

Alex Bookser – The four-star offensive lineman from Pennsylvania has visited many campuses and reeled in offers from college football's bests, including Ohio State. He is expected to narrow his list of schools down towards the end of spring.

Caleb Henderson – Ohio State could have landed the quarterback out of Virginia had they offered and pushed, but weren't ready to. Henderson instead chose to wrap his recruitment up and commit to North Carolina.

Jabrill Peppers – The five-star defensive back has now visited three of his four favorites in LSU, Ohio State, and Michigan. I fully expect him to visit Stanford at some point as well. I don't see a decision coming from Peppers until the end of the cycle.

Juwann Bushell-Beatty – He's a teammate of Peppers and the talented offensive lineman, who has an offer from Michigan, left Columbus without an offer.

Sam Mustipher – The Olney (MD) Good Counsel offensive lineman has been to both Ohio State and Notre Dame multiple times. The Irish sit in the best spot currently.

Mike Gesicki - He is another bigger wide receiver type that the Ohio State staff is targeting. An offer did not come on the visit. Gesicki may need to camp for one.

Braden Smith – He is one of the better-put-together prospects on the offensive line and is completing a tour to multiple schools, which included Ohio State. I would expect Smith to narrow his list of schools down very soon.

Marshon Lattimore – You know the drill. Expect a late announcement from Lattimore. Ohio State is the favorite to land him.

Demetrius Knox – He will be the center of possibly the most entertaining recruitment to watch. Sit back and enjoy the show. Having already hosting Knox on a visit, it is shaping up to be Urban Meyer's steal for this cycle.

Daniel Gresham – He is high school teammates with Knox, and accompanied him on his visit to Columbus. During the visit Gresham was offered but the limited numbers should prevent another running back from joining the fold.

Darius West – He's a very good safety prospect but with all the names Ohio State is in on, it will be tough for him to ever receive an offer. Kentucky could nab West.

Looking Ahead:

The evaluation and contact period starts today. The coaches will again be out on the road visiting the schools of prospects. You can expect the usual; Kerry Coombs to be in Michigan, Mike Vrabel in Chicago, and Tom Herman in Texas. The entire coaching staff will cruise throughout the entire country for talent.

Wide receiver Dallis Todd of La Mirada (CA) is slated to visit next weekend. It will be interesting to see if he makes it out to Columbus. He already had to cancel a visit to Ohio State a couple weeks ago and was at Oklahoma this past weekend.

Linebacker Clifton Garrett travels down south once again next weekend to LSU and Alabama. The SEC looks appealing to about any prospect. He is doing his homework, researching and checking out all of the schools he is considering, as he should.

The good news for Ohio State fans is that he is deliberate and takes his time with the process. An abrupt college choice on a first visit to a school won't happen with Garrett. He likes the Buckeyes a lot and they will be tough to beat, even for the SEC powers.


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