Buckeye Recruiting Update

The Buckeyes head into the last four months of the 2014 recruiting cycle with a handful of spots still remaining. Plenty of targets remain that should provide for a pretty entertaining finish.

Quarterback (1) – Stephen Collier

Other targets remaining: Deshaun Watson, Jerrod Heard, and Jerrard Randall

Ohio State has their quarterback for the class but won't be afraid to add another. With Braxton Miller's possible early departure, junior college signal caller Jerrard Randall may be a guy to keep an eye on. Watson and Heard are other possibilities but committed elsewhere. Neither has shown signs of rescinding their verbal pledges but the Buckeyes' staff will have their eyes on their respective situations.

Running Back (1) – Parris Campbell

The Buckeyes pursued other backs like Derrell Scott, Jonathan Hilliman, Myles Autry, Corey Avery, Joe Mixon, and Tony James but they seem content with Campbell being the only addition. The current roster is loaded in the backfield as it stands now.

Wide Receiver (4) – Lonnie Johnson, Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, and Noah Brown

Other targets remaining: Travis Rudolph, Johnnie Dixon, and Trevion Thompson

The Ohio State staff probably will center their focus on Dixon and Rudolph moving forward. The two Florida standouts know each other well and were both on official visits last weekend as the Buckeyes hosted Wisconsin. Ohio State would take both if the opportunity presented itself. Rudolph and Dixon will take other official visits. Both recruitments are expected to wane on for a bit. The in-home visits after the season could play a role for both.

Tight End (0)

Other targets remaining: Mike Gesicki and DeAndre Goolsby

The Buckeyes were probably not in the business for a tight end early on but the loss of Blake Thomas has since changed the tide on this one.

Gesicki and Goolsby both took official visits to Ohio State last weekend. Gesicki is the priority and he has one official visit left, as he'll visit Penn State the weekend of October 12. The Buckeyes are in good shape for Gesicki currently but the Nittany Lions will get their shot.

Offensive Line (4) – Kyle Trout, Marcelys Jones, Demetrius Knox, and Jamarco Jones

Other targets remaining: Chad Mavety, Damian Prince, Alex Bookser, and Brian Wallace

Wallace looks nothing more than a plan B option currently for the Buckeyes. Mavety, Prince, and Bookser are the top targets.

Ohio State will have to battle the home state teams for Prince and Bookser. Maryland is a major suitor for Prince, while Bookser has Pittsburgh and Penn State in his top group along with the Buckeyes.

At this point, I would have Mavety suiting up for Ohio State next season. The Buckeyes host him on an official visit in late November.

Defensive Line (2) – Jalyn Holmes and Dylan Thompson

Other targets remaining: Solomon Thomas and Thomas Holley

It'll be quite the battle for Thomas and Holley but the Buckeyes are where they want to be for both.

Arkansas, Notre Dame, and Stanford are also near the top for the five-star Solomon Thomas and a new coach may be able to get Texas into the thick of it.

For Holley, I like where Ohio State stands a little more. Florida, Penn State, and Notre Dame are the other top suitors but he seems like he wants to get his recruitment over a little quicker than some of the other top targets on the Buckeyes' board.

Linebacker (3) – Sam Hubbard, Kyle Berger, and Dante Booker

Other targets remaining: Raekwon McMillan

McMillan is the only other linebacker left being pursued with great urgency by the Ohio State staff. I think the Buckeyes are in the driver's seat and will host him on an official visit for the night game when Ohio State hosts Penn State. I think the biggest threat for McMillan will be Clemson.

Secondary (2) – Damon Webb and Malik Hooker

Other targets remaining: Marshon Lattimore, Erick Smith, Juju Smith, and Jamal Adams

Ohio State has landed two of their top targets in the secondary so far with the pledges from Webb and Hooker. Lattimore and Smith will take a few official visits but are likely to follow Webb and Hooker when they announce which school they will attend.

The Buckeyes' staff has also chased some five-star prospects in JuJu Smith and Jamal Adams. JuJu Smith took an official visit to Columbus this past weekend and Jamal Adams will be on the Ohio State campus for the Penn State game for an official visit.

The fact that JuJu Smith made the trip shows that Ohio State is in the mix, and although he hasn't really paid much attention to USC for a few months now, a splash hire from the Trojans could change the tide in his recruitment. I'm not all that optimistic on the Buckeyes' chances but we will see how the rest of his recruitment progresses. They have done all they could to this point.

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