Young's Buckeye Board: Wide receiver

Ohio State currently has seven commits to the 2014 recruiting class, and the assistant coaches have hit the road during the spring evaluation period checking out top prospects. Who is on the Buckeye recruiting board? Derek Young takes a look at the wide receiver position.


The number they take at the position is certainly subject to change. At least two bigger outside wide receivers should be added to the class. The rest will depend on what numbers look like towards the end of the cycle. They will have a better idea of the numbers crunch in December and January, and should have offensive line and linebacker figured out by then.


1. Demarre Kitt, Trevion Thompson, Derek Kief, Lonnie Johnson, and Ermon Lane.

Kitt announces his college choice on June 10th and is down to Ohio State, Clemson, and Tennessee. He has visited the Buckeyes twice in the last three months and left his last trip to Columbus with Ohio State as his leader.

Trevion Thompson has also visited Ohio State's campus already and is one of the better receivers in the class. The North Carolina native has attracted a lot of attention from the Buckeyes' staff thus far.

Derek Kief and Lonnie Johnson are both great predictions to be in the Ohio State class. It could be just a matter of time for Kief, while Johnson may have a few off the field issues to take care of yet. If all goes well, they will both be signing with the Buckeyes in February.

I added Ermon Lane to the top of the board due to his incredible skill. Alabama is in a great spot for the Florida receiver. The Buckeyes could be fortunate if he tags along with defensive back Quincy Wilson on a summer trip to Columbus.

2. Mark Andrews, Austin Roberts, Josh Malone, and Johnnie Dixon.

Arizona standout Mark Andrews visited Ohio State earlier in the month and came away with a better appreciation for the school. He is a prospect that can line up at tight end and line up on the outside to create mismatches in the secondary.

Austin Roberts is a player that the Ohio State staff envisions as an H-Back. He visited for the spring game and told Scout that it was a trip that exceeded expectations for him. He will be making a college choice in a few weeks and the Buckeyes and Hurricanes appear to be in top position for his services.

Josh Malone has been to Columbus in the past to check out the Buckeyes' campus but the interest has not really taken off. A visit over the summer needs to happen for this recruitment to be one to pay attention to.

3. Saeed Blacknall, Artavis Scott, Jonathan Lloyd, Devante Noil, Isaiah Ford, Shaquille Davidson, and Jalen Brown.

The above group contains the prospects that are the biggest long shots on the list. Blacknall has been visited by the staff a few times and the New Jersey product has taken some long distance trips to a few of the SEC schools. Columbus has yet to be a stopping point for the four-star receiver.

Lloyd, Ford, and Davidson all hold Ohio State offers but the interest between the recruits and Ohio State has yet to grow into anything significant. Without a visit it is "no shot" more so than it is "long shot".

Artavis Scott visited Ohio State last summer for the Friday Night Lights camp and lit it up. He has not returned since despite making visits on separate occasions to Louisville and Michigan. He is a teammate of Wolverines' commit Mason Cole and could follow him there.

Devante "Speedy" Noil might as well not be even mentioned. He's bound to stay in the south and maybe inside his home state of Louisiana, and join the LSU class.

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