Ohio State's Weekend Trifecta

Ohio State accepted commitments from three out of state prospects in the past week, and all three have been on campus recently. Other than Jalyn Holmes, both Stephen Collier and Terry McLaurin earned their offers with camp showings. What is Ohio State getting with these three players?

Jalyn Holmes: Four-star defensive end. 6-foot-5, 235-pounds. Norfolk, Virginia. If there is any position Ohio State has recruited with the best in America under Urban Meyer, it's certainly defensive end. When you look at names like Noah Spence, Adolphus Washington, Se'Von Pittman, Tyquan Lewis and Joey Bosa, there's no doubting the emphasis Meyer places on the defensive line. Landing Holmes is certainly a coup for the Buckeyes, and he was highly-rated on the defensive end board. Credit goes to assistants Zach Smith and Mike Vrabel on the commitment. HOW DOES HOLMES IMPACT THE ROSTER? He will find a crowded depth chart when he arrives, but Holmes has as much raw ability as any defensive end on the roster. The combination of size, speed and athleticism would see Jalyn Holmes competing for playing time at any program in America in the near future. He might only be 18-years old, but in recruiting terms Holmes is a Man.

Stephen Collier: Three-star quarterback. 6-foot-4, 210-pounds. Leesburg, Georgia. While there's no arguing that Collier wasn't Ohio State's first, second or even third choice at quarterback, there is a lot to like with this kid. He has great size and above average arm strength, and will be given every opportunity to earn playing time with the Buckeyes. He will be battling Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett to be the successor to Braxton Miller. There are no character questions about Stephen Collier, and he appears to be a great leader and a positive-attitude person. HOW DOES HE IMPACT THE ROSTER? Like every member of the roster, if Collier is the best player at his position, he gets the job. Should Ohio State continue to recruit higher-rated quarterbacks in this class, that would still hold true, even if they pull a Deshaun Watson out of their hat. In the worst case scenarion that he becomes a Kenny Guiton-type, the hope is that he embraces the role like Guiton has and he wins you a game when you need him most. At best, he develops further as a passer and runner, and beats out Jones and Barrett to be the starter.

Terry McLaurin: Three-star wide receiver. 6-foot, 175-pounds. Indianapolis, Indiana. There is something to be said about camping for the offer you want the most, and McLaurin came to Ohio State twice and impressed both times. Urban Meyer loves speed, and McLaurin has that and more. He might have the versatility to play both inside and the slot for the Buckeyes, and while there is more of a need on the outside do not count McLaurin out in the slot. He also has good hands, and runs good routes. HOW DOES McLAURIN IMPACT THE ROSTER? In the Meyer offense, there can be four wideouts on the field together, so the position needs to be stocked with talent. Should McLaurin prove to be able to play outside, he increases his chances of playing early greatly. As an inside slot receiver, he will need to beat out names like Jalin Marshall, Dontre Wilson, and possibly Parris Campbell, but a path to the field seems to be easier on the outside. I haven't heard of him doing it, but I'm interested in McLaurin as a possible return man also.

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