Ohio State Recruiting Look: Defense

Ohio State has already landed the bulk of their 2014 recruiting class, but there are still spots left to fill. How are things progressing on the defensive side of the ball?

Defensive Line:

The Buckeyes already have Jalyn Holmes and Dylan Thompson committed at the position. Holmes will be more of a rush-end type while Thompson could slide inside and man the spot that Garrett Goebel made his plays from. Other prospects on the radar at defensive line are Solomon Thomas, Thomas Holley, Matthew Elam, Malik McDowell, and Derrick Nnadi. I can see Ohio State taking one more along the line, or two if the right two.

Solomon Thomas visited the Buckeyes' campus in June along with Notre Dame and enjoyed both visits. Ohio State has a chance to grab Thomas and need to hope to bring him in on an official visit. Thomas Holley is a similar situation. The Buckeyes hosted him in July and have put themselves in the mix. An official visit would need to be the next step to reel in the New York defensive tackle.

Matthew Elam, Malik McDowell, and Derrick Nnadi are all less likely. Elam visited Ohio State but I think Alabama and Kentucky are in the best spot to land the massive lineman. McDowell and Nnadi have yet to visit Columbus to check out the Buckeyes. Both have mentioned possible stops but there's nothing to see until it happens.

Linebacker:

The Buckeyes have revamped the position with the additions of Kyle Berger, Sam Hubbard, and Dante Booker. There may be more good news to come for Ohio State as well. They are in command for blue-chip prospect Raekwon McMillan. They have lead all along for the Georgia native and they should land him in the winter months.

The only other candidates among linebacker prospects to claim a spot would be Clifton Garrett or Petera Wilson. Garrett is taking harder looks now at schools in the SEC and I don't see the Buckeyes being a threat. Petera Wilson could find himself in the SEC as well. I think Ohio State wraps up the position with Berger, Booker, Hubbard, and McMillan.

Defensive Back:

One is already in the fold in Cass Tech's four-star cornerback Damon Webb. He was one of the first to commit to Ohio State in the 2014 class and will provide the Buckeyes with a lockdown cover corner. Other possibilities for the secondary in the Ohio State class are Marshon Lattimore, Erick Smith, Quincy Wilson, Tony Brown, Juju Smith, and Jamal Adams.

There are more prospects on the radar than those six but I think they would only come into play if Ohio State were to miss on enough ahead of them, and I don't think they will. The Buckeyes really want the two Glenville athletes and I think they get them. Quincy Wilson is another prospect at the top of their board and they are in a good spot to land him as well.

Tony Brown, JuJu Smith, and Jamal Adams are five-star prospects that are just tough to turn down at any point. I can't see Ohio State's class having either of the three in it but they will chase them. The Buckeyes' may get official visits from the supreme talents and already have one locked up to host JuJu. I wouldn't hold my breath though.


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