Ohio State Recruiting Update

With the two main summer camp dates over, and only the Friday Night Lights event left before fall practice starts, where does Ohio State stand with the 2014 recruiting class? Who could be next to commit?

Recent commits:

Stephen Collier – The three-star quarterback is competing in the Elite 11 finals and The Opening in Oregon. He committed on the spot after receiving his scholarship offer from the Buckeyes.

Terry McLaurin – The three-star wideout is also competing at The Opening. McLaurin camped at Ohio State for both of their one-day camps in June and was outstanding each time. After his second camp performance, he was taken in and offered by the Ohio State staff. He committed to the Buckeyes a few days later.

Jalyn Holmes – The four-star defensive end from Norfolk, Virginia gave Ohio State his verbal commitment after visiting the Buckeyes. We spotted some very positive expressions of emotion from Holmes and the Ohio State staff while on the visit and he announced his commitment to the Buckeyes soon afterwards.

Jamarco Jones – The four-star offensive tackle from Chicago, Illinois is the most recent commitment for Ohio State. Jones picked Ohio State over Michigan and Michigan State. The Buckeyes were the assumed leader for most of his recruitment process and were able to hold off the Spartans and Wolverines.

What's next?

Already at 14 commitments and still over seven months away from National Signing Day in February, I expect this sudden onslaught of commitments for Ohio State to slow down. It is a bit out of character for the regime in charge at Ohio State to fill up quick and have only a few spots available heading down the home stretch. Also, the period we are now entering in the recruitment cycle is notoriously slower than other times. Coaches typically unwind immediately after the camp season and take a few weeks off for vacation before attacking the recruiting trail once again. The next Ohio State visit weekend to pay attention to will be the Friday Night Lights camp in July.

One position that may not slow down is at offensive line. The Buckeyes' staff knows the need for quantity and quality at the position and will push for their top targets due to the emphasis they know they have to place on the position.

One situation that is certainly trending positively for Ohio State is the recruitment of Jermaine Eluemunor. The four-star junior college offensive lineman committed to UCLA but visited Ohio State still and was given the red carpet treatment. The Buckeyes put themselves in a great spot by making the visit a home run. One would think Eluemunor seeing the depth chart at his position at Ohio State played a huge role in him enjoying the visit as much as he did.

Ohio State is in a good spot for….

The Buckeyes are in a good spot for Jermaine Eluemunor, but others have Ohio State near the top of their lists as well. Who are those?

Raekwon McMillan – The Georgia linebacker has favored Ohio State for over a year now and I still expect him to sign with the Buckeyes in February. He has been to Ohio State plenty of times, and considering the distance, his lack of return visits in the past few months should not be a concern to Ohio State fans. He knows Ohio State very well, and it is a costly trip when visiting unofficially. The SEC schools will continue to push for McMillan but I think Ohio State will ultimately be his destination.

Damian Prince – The visit from Prince in the month of June is a strong indicator of his interest in Ohio State up to this point. We saw him a couple times being escorted around by other Buckeyes' coaches and Ohio State commit Kyle Trout. The coaching staff in Columbus paid him heavy attention, which is a strong sign of what they think their chances are with the Maryland prospect.

Demetrius Knox – His recruitment has been entertaining already but the fun has yet to start. He was previously committed to Texas but backed off of that verbal pledge. The battle the rest of the way should be between UCLA and Ohio State but anything is possible for Knox. Spots and availability along the offensive line could also make things interesting.

Chad Mavety – The junior college prospect already visited Ohio State and has since told Scout that he intends to speed up his timeline for a decision and will announce where he intends to go to college late July or early August. The Buckeyes are in great position for Mavety and just need to hold off other schools for another month or so.

Jonathan Hilliman – The New Jersey running back raved about his Ohio State visit and now has the Buckeyes as his leader. Ohio State would take another running back if it is the right one, and Hilliman would be. Parris Campbell is not being considered as a running back by Ohio State anymore and they would like to see him at wide receiver, though it has not been a smooth transition thus far.

Erick Smith – As is usually the case for Cleveland Glenville prospects, Smith will announce late but the Buckeyes are expected to be the choice when that day comes.

Marshon Lattimore – Just like Smith, Lattimore will announce his college choice towards the end of the recruiting cycle. Anything but Ohio State would be a surprise.

Quincy Wilson – The Fort Lauderdale safety has visited Ohio State twice within the last year and holds the Buckeyes in high regard. The Ohio State staff wants Wilson and they should be able to land him.

Mike Gesicki – The New Jersey flex tight end camped at Ohio State on June 21 and walked away with an offer. That offer should put the Buckeyes in a great spot to land him, and after earning the offer at camp, it would appear the Ohio State staff wants him.

Others to keep an eye on: Curtis Samuel, Thomas Holley, Matthew Elam, Solomon Thomas, Trevion Thompson, Malik Hooker, and Johnnie Dixon.

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