A few days later, the Buckeyes' staff made up for the loss with a huge addition in Fort Worth (TX) All Saints' Episcopal School offensive lineman Demetrius Knox. Formerly of Springfield, Ohio, Knox is a four-star prospect and rated as the seventh best offensive guard in the nation.
Knox adds to an offensive line class that already includes Marcelys Jones, Kyle Trout, and Jamarco Jones. It was a position of emphasis heading into the 2014 cycle and the Buckeyes' coaching staff has cleaned up and already made it one of the strong points of their class before the month of August has hit.
Now the question that looms is how many more will they take at the position and who are the possibilities.
They want to land at least one more. I think they can take two more if it is the right two.
The Maryland product is arguably the best prospect left on Ohio State's radar and will be the top target moving forward.
What makes Prince stand out and a bit different than the current commits is what he brings to the table. The four-star prospect can be a pure left tackle at the next level and that may be the only thing missing in the 2014 class along the offensive line thus far.
Ohio State hosted Prince on an unofficial visit in June and made up a lot of ground. They are a huge threat for his services and I expect them to be in the running up until the day he chooses what college to attend. The next step for the Buckeyes in luring the big-time prospect to Columbus will be an official visit in the fall.
One bit of an advantage Ohio State is beginning to build is the camaraderie of the class. Most of the time it is overblown, especially in terms of recruiting others to the class. At first, I didn't see the other commits having much of an impact on other targets. I think it is beginning to change and I think their relationship with Knox played a small role in building the comfort and ease of him picking Ohio State.
The same is starting to occur with Prince. One commit he has a pretty good relationship with is Jalyn Holmes. It is not the ultimate decision maker but a relationship with fellow commits, if effective, can add to the comfort level a prospect looks for when picking a school.
2. Alex Bookser
The Pennsylvania product visited Ohio State unofficially not too long ago, marking the second time he has taken in the Buckeyes campus.
The multiple visits shows that Bookser has a genuine strong interest in Ohio State. The other contenders for the four-star lineman's services are Pittsburgh and Penn State. He stays relatively under the radar about his recruitment process so he's a bit tougher to read.
I think Bookser may take official visits and make a decision soon after. The in-state schools always pose a tough challenge so I'm not overly optimistic on the Buckeyes' chances.
3. Chad Mavety
Mavety is another junior college prospect Ohio State has extended an offer to. Being a junior college prospect, he has the ability to step in right away and shore up a spot along the offensive line that needs immediate help.
The four-star lineman can also be a valuable asset because of his ability to play left tackle. However, with two years of eligibility, they may not need his immediate help at that position if Taylor Decker can take over the reins at left tackle in 2014. Mavety could still provide much needed help at another position of need along the offensive line, though.
Mavety ranks a bit lower because he may have some work left to do off the field still. If he can make improvement in that area, he is a strong candidate to be in the 2014 Ohio State class. The Buckeyes are set to host him on an official visit in November and will need to knock that visit out of the park to be in contention.