Young's Buckeye Board: Cornerback

Ohio State currently has eight 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 cornerback position.


COMMITTED (1): Damon Webb.


1- Marshon Lattimore, Tony Brown, and Jabrill Peppers.

The three that headline the top targets at the cornerback position for Ohio State are a collection of rare talent. The 2014 class' most loaded position as far as top-end skill is probably at cornerback.

The state with arguable the best cornerback class is Texas and the Buckeyes are in pursuit of one of their bests in Beaumont, Texas five-star Tony Brown. He has expressed interest in Ohio State but has yet to visit. LSU is in command position but the Buckeyes have an opportunity to make it interesting if they can get Brown on campus.

Peppers has already visited Columbus to check out Urban Meyer's program but it wasn't as good of a fit as the one he has with the Michigan coaching staff. The Wolverines are in a prime spot to land the nation's fourth best cornerback prospect.

Marshon Lattimore is one of those rare breeds of athletes that have the ability to excel at multiple positions in college. Scout has him listed right now at wide receiver and he is certainly dynamic on the offensive side of the ball.

For the purpose of this series, I have him listed as a cornerback. Ohio State is recruiting him as an athlete and he has expressed desire to play on the defensive side of the ball. Either way, the Buckeyes should feel good about their chances of landing the in-state star.

2- Parrker Westphal, Jalen Tabor, Nick Watkins.

The second group of cornerbacks would probably be in the first group during any other recruiting cycle. Parrker Westphal has visited the Buckeyes' campus a couple times but seems to be focusing on a few other schools not named Ohio State. Michigan has made him a priority since they offered and are on the short list to lock down a commitment from the Illinois native.

Tabor and Watkins hold offers from Ohio State but have yet to really focus or concentrate much on the school. With the secondary class the Buckeyes were able to bring in last year, numbers could be a squeeze.

3- Chris Lammons, Kiy Hester, Nick Ruffin.

Another talented bunch of corners in the third group is led by Florida native Chris Lammons. I think the key to landing Lammons will be a summer visit, and the best way would be to have him join Quincy Wilson on the trip to Columbus.

Nick Ruffin told Scout that he had interest in Ohio State once the Buckeyes offered him a scholarship. The big corner from Atlanta would be a real coup for the coaching staff.

Much like Ruffin, Hester has expressed interest in the Buckeyes' program. For it to be anything more than that, a visit will have to be received from the four-star talents.

4- Dravon Henry, Wesley Green, Jared Tucker.

I think the Ohio State coaching staff would like to see each of these three at camp. All have offers but to really earn a spot in the class, a strong camp performance in Columbus could be essential.

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