After a bit of a hiatus due to the camp season and other events, Five for Friday is back. This week's edition takes a look at five uncommitted prospects in the 2014 class that I think have the best chance to wind up signing with Ohio State on the third Wednesday in February.
1. Raekwon McMillan.
To cut to the chase, I think McMillan will be a Buckeye when all is said and done. The Hinesville (GA) Liberty County linebacker has visited the Ohio State campus several times and has had them out in front for a long, long time.
The only threat to Ohio State could be the Crimson Tide. At one point, the four-star prospect was very apprehensive about the thought of playing for Alabama but has now warmed up to the idea and lists Alabama as his second school of choice.
Urban Meyer is the big reason why the fifth rated middle linebacker has the Buckeyes as his favor. I do not see that changing.
The top player in Ohio will wait a long time before announcing his intentions on where to attend college. He will not publicly show his cards before but the Buckeyes are in fantastic shape. He is a two-way standout for Glenville and can excel at cornerback and wide receiver in college. Ohio State could have another lockdown corner opposite Damon Webb in Lattimore.
3. Erick Smith.
Another top prospect from Cleveland (OH) Glenville, Smith's recruitment should play out identical to Lattimore's. A four-star safety, Smith has plenty of top offers to choose from but Ohio State should win out for his services.
The Fort Lauderdale (FL) University School three-star prospect has visited the Buckeyes' campus unofficially twice, with the most recent being a few weeks ago. Ohio State has Wilson very high on their recruiting board and hopes to land the sunshine state safety.
He is not a lock by any means as a few other schools are in play but the Buckeyes have a legitimate chance to complete their secondary haul with Lattimore, Smith, and Wilson.
5. Austin Roberts.
Finding a fifth strong possibility to land in the Ohio State class was much more difficult. Plenty of options exist amongst candidates such as Demetrius Knox, Jermaine Eluemunor, Chad Mavety, Damian Prince, Jonathan Hilliman, Curtis Samuel, Johnnie Dixon, and Mike Gesicki.
Knox is not a recruit that anybody should be comfortable making predictions for. Eluemunor appears to be similar in that regard as well.
Mavety still has a few visits he wants to take. Damian Prince is a prospect coveted by several programs and expects to make a very late decision with a handful of schools still in play.
Hilliman has Ohio State out front but plans on taking a few more visits before shutting his process down as he nears a decision. Curtis Samuel has yet to take a visit anywhere not named Rutgers.
Johnnie Dixon likes the Buckeyes but I think Miami ultimately lands the standout receiver from Florida. Gesicki was offered by Ohio State after his camp performance on June 21 but has yet to come off the board, which is puzzling.
Roberts is a prospect that seems to understand the twists and turns of recruitment and the legitimacy of offers. If he indeed does visit Ohio State, I think he shows up with the purpose of committing.